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Martina McBride Performs Atop the Empire State Building Tonight

The Empire State Building will mix an old tradition with a new happening Friday as the iconic New York City landmark will host a private concert for the first time in history. The building will be lit bright pink in an effort to raise awareness for breast cancer as Grammy-winning singer Martina McBride performs.

The singer wraps up her album release week for Eleven, her 11th studio album, with a pink carpet event at the legendary landmark. Her latest single, “I’m Gonna Love You Through It,” is a powerful tale about a woman undergoing breast cancer.

“The first time I heard ‘I’m Gonna Love You Through It’ I got chills from my head to my toes. I’ve heard from so many people that this song has touched their lives,” the country artist said.

For my complete writeup, visit CBS. I’ll be covering the show tonight, so be sure to follow me on Twitter.

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October 14, 2011 | | (0) comment comment
Stream The Black Keys Live NYC Performance Tonight

Earlier today, The Black Keys released details on their seventh album, El Camino. Due to drop on December 6,  the band also added more dates to their European and UK tour.

If Europe is too far to travel, you’re in luck as tonight they’ll be streaming their show in New York on T-Mobile’s Facebook page.  At 11 p.m./EST head on over to Facebook and watch the show. I’ll be there so for complete updates, follow me on Twitter.

Watch the video below for “Tighten Up,” the song that won them “Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal” at the 2011 Grammy Awards.

October 12, 2011 | | (0) comment comment
Bedford Stuyvesant Hosts 5th Annual Restoration Rocks Concert Saturday

Thousands are expected to attend this weekend’s Restoration Rocks Concert in Brooklyn, an event which will boast performances by the Brooklyn Philharmonic featuring Mos Def, Idle Warship, Pharoahe Monch and additional local talent.

The annual event will take place on Fulton Street between Marcy and Brooklyn Avenues in Bedford Stuyvesant.

The concert is the kick-off celebration of Bed-Stuy Alive’s week-long festival which promotes the culture, commerce and community of Bed-Stuy, explained Tracey Capers, Executive Vice President of Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation.

“We realized there is so much indigenous, amazing talent in the community and we wanted to promote local artists from the neighborhood,” Capers continued. “Every year, the concert has grown and evolved and what we always try to do is have a combination of main stage artists as well as emerging talent in the community to perform. The goal is that all the artists have a tie to Bed-Stuy or Brooklyn.”

Read the rest of this article on CBS.

October 8, 2011 | | (0) comment comment
The Gaslight Anthem Sign to Mercury Records

Earlier today, The Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon announced on Twitter that the band signed to Mercury Records and will be releasing a new album in 2012. The band confirmed the news on their Web site:

“We’re pleased to announce that we have just signed with Mercury Records (that’s Mercury/Island-Def Jam Records for North America and Mercury Records UK for the rest of the world). We have had a great run with the folks at Side One Dummy Records, they have been really terrific to work with, and they will always be our dear friends. We in the band felt that this was the best time to make a move to support our goals as a band, and we’ve met some really earnest and dedicated folks at Mercury US and UK. We’re hard at work writing songs now for what we feel is going to be the best record we’ve ever made! Thanks to everyone for your support and we look forward to seeing you in 2012!


The Gaslight Anthem”

Rolling Stone premiered The Gaslight Anthem’s cover of Pearl Jam’s “State of Love and Trust” this week. Listen to it here.

“We chose ‘State’ because it’s the song we felt that could’ve been a Gaslight song had we had the gift of that song come to us. It’s a great song about staying faithful,” Fallon explained to Rolling Stone.

Stay tuned for the band’s iTunes session, due out December 13th.

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October 6, 2011 | | (0) comment comment
Renovated East Village Music Venue, Joe's Pub Reopens

After three months of renovations, a cozy East Village venue known for intimate musical performances will reopen Tuesday for a week of diverse shows.

A New York staple since 1998, the venue serves more than 100,000 audience members annually.

The recent reconstruction allows a more enjoyable experience with added seating and better sight lines to accommodate each patron, explained Shanta Thake and Kevin Abbott, Director and Managing Director of Joe’s Pub.

“We really listened [to the customers] and made sure that the sight lines were perfect for every single seat in the house. We moved the majority of the service outside of the room now so you don’t hear the noise from the drink making. It was difficult to see menus, so we addressed that,” Abbott said.

For my complete article, visit

October 4, 2011 | | (0) comment comment
The Roots To Headline Free Concert On The Intrepid Thursday

On Thursday evening the Intrepid will transform to a concert venue on the water as 2,000 New Yorkers are expected to attend the inaugural “Party On the Intrepid.” Not your typical performance setting, a stage will be set up on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier surrounded by now-stationary fighter jets.

“Our team had the idea that it would be amazing to do a culturally relevant music event on the deck of the Intrepid,” said Jessica Resler, co-owner of The Participation Agency.

A never before seen opportunity to view music on the top of the Intrepid, Resler says concertgoers will be “flanked by 30 fighter jets on either side of you. It’s definitely going to be a show people are not going to forget for a long time.”

“Party On the Intrepid” is located at The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum at Pier 86, W. 46th St. and 12th Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m., show is at 7 p.m.

For the complete story, visit

September 29, 2011 | | (0) comment comment
Stars Show Up For Metropolitan Opera House Season Opener

The entertainment world was represented in full force at Monday night’s Metropolitan Opera season opener at Lincoln Center.

Before Anna Netrebko took the stage for her performance in Anna Bolena, model Tyra Banks, musician Maxwell, and actresses Christine Baranski, Archie Panjabi and Leelee Sobieski walked the red carpet.

While the stars attended the event, opera fans without a celebrity name could watch the performance on multiple screens in Times Square, where 2,000 seats were available for the free screening.

Maxwell explained his appreciation for the art form.

“It’s the ultimate experience. For me, the opera is the very first idea of seeing a show. It takes so much technique and discipline to do what these people do. To really get to experience that and get my A-game together is what this is about for me,” he said.

For my complete article, visit CBS.

September 27, 2011 | | (0) comment comment
New York Bakery Honors Beyonce’s Pregnancy With Growing ‘Baby Bun’
CATEGORIES: Features, News

While seasonal treats are a staple at bakeries and coffee shops throughout the city, Lower East Side’s Babycakes is taking things one step further.

The vegan bakery recently created a new addition to its list: the “baby-bump” bun, inspired by Beyonce’s pregnancy.

The owners of Babycakes came up with the idea after the hit singer announced her pregnancy at the MTV Video Music Awards last month.

“When we learned about Beyonce having a bun in her oven, we all got teary-eyed because we adore her and play her music at BabyCakes all the time,” Erin McKenna, the bakery’s owner, said. “We thought it would be fun to make a bun in her honor.”

For my complete writeup, visit

September 21, 2011 | | (0) comment comment
‘Bluegrass In the Park’ Concert To Bring Taste Of Country, BBQ To Madison Square Park
CATEGORIES: Features, News

Who says New York ain’t country?

The inaugural Bluegrass In the Park concert will hit New York’s Madison Square Park today. Hosted by Mad. Sq. Music: Studio Series, from 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. music fans can treat their ears and stomachs to five bluegrass acts and food offered by Fatty Crew.

“Madison Square Park has a long history of presenting folk, blues, Americana and country,” said Mike Rucker, director of communications for the park. ”We have found that despite all the many amazing musical offerings city residents have to choose from, these types of traditional American music genres are surprisingly unrepresented.”

Two-time Grammy Award winners Nashville Bluegrass Band are just one of the groups that will perform. Previously, the ensemble has played the White House and around the world in locations such as China, Iraq, Bangladesh and Bahrain. Disguised as the Soggy Bottom Boys, they also collaborated on the multi-platinum soundtrack for the film O Brother, Where Art Thou?

For the complete article and list of performers, visit CBS Local.

September 17, 2011 | | (0) comment comment
Colbie Caillat Teaches Guitar in "Master Class"
CATEGORIES: Features, News

Have you been meaning to learn that new song by your favorite artist on guitar? Well, you’re in luck.

Earlier today, CBS Interactive Music Group teamed up with Street Date, Energizer and VH1’s Save The Music Foundation to showcase musicians and bands through a six week series of instructional videos, called Master Classes.

Fans can watch video features on Street Date to learn behind the scenes tips and tricks to playing their favorite songs from a variety of artists – taught by the musicians themselves. Master Classes videos premiered today on Street Date and kicked off with Colbie Caillat, whose Master Class video features her teaching fans how to play her new song “Make It Rain.”

Watch below as Colbie explains how her song, “Make It Rain” came together and learn how to play it with her. Stay tuned for Master Classes from Gavin DeGraw, Kina Grannis, Vanessa Carlton, Jesse Harris and Kicking Daisies.

August 3, 2011 | | (0) comment comment
"See Through You"
Willie Shaw's sultry new song mesmerizes upon first listen.
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