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The Allman Brothers Band Play Career Ending Concert To Fans At Beacon Theater

October 29th, 2014 2:59pm EDT
The Allman Brothers Band
A music era has ended as The Allman Brothers Band played their last concert ever at New York City's Beacon Theater on Tuesday.

The finale to the group's 45-year career as a band was confirmed by the group’s leader Gregg Allman. Allman confirmed the news last week before the first of their six Beacon shows.

The group has played a series of concerts every years at the Beacon Theater since 1989, totaling 230 concerts in all.

Last night was also the 43rd anniversary of the death of Duane Allman. Several of his guitars were played for the occasion.

The band played three sets in their show, t...
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Taylor Swift Talks About Her BFF Lena Dunham, Writing 'Snarky' Songs

October 29th, 2014 9:11am EDT
Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift sat down with David Letterman on Tuesday night and talked about her best friend Lena Dunham and no longer writing "snarky" songs about her ex-boyfriends.

Before they met, the singer initially thought "Girls" star Dunham was making fun of her. "I Googled her and I saw her quoting my lyrics and I thought, she has to be doing that ironically, she has to be making fun of me...I have this big loser complex from school," she told the late night talk show host. "Then we met in person...and we've been best friends ever since."

Dunham had previously told Swift, "I feel like you’ve bee...
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Review: Taylor Swift Delivers Fun, If Flawed Album On ‘1989’

October 28th, 2014 7:00pm EDT
Taylor Swift 1989
With a big pop album composed of ‘records,’ there are almost always unavoidable pitfalls. That said contemporary pop is all about having big-time singles that can dominate radio. For pop convert Taylor Swift, 1989 benefits from big records as well as suffers from the aforementioned pitfalls. 1989 is a pop album through and through, and while Swift shows she can hold her own, the effort lacks the character and distinctiveness of her country albums.

“Welcome To New York” definitely doesn’t sound like a typical Taylor Swift album opener – let alone a typical Taylor Swift record for tha...
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Prince To Play 8-Minute Jam Session On 'Saturday Night Live'

October 28th, 2014 11:41am EDT
Prince
Chris Rock had one request when he was signed to hosting duties at "Saturday Night Live" for the Nov.1 show, Prince had to be the musical guest.

Instead of the usual two song sets other musicians play, Prince will play one 8-minute jam in the middle of the show, accompanied by his band 3rdeyegirl. Just because he is Prince, there will be no commercial interruption.3rdeyegirl consists of guitarist Donna Grantis, bassist Ida Neilsen and drummer Hannah Ford Welton.

After 18 years, former "SNL" cast member Chris Rock will return to Studio 8H and will usher Season 40 into the critical November...
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Taylor Swift Named New York City's Global Welcome Ambassador

October 28th, 2014 11:26am EDT
Taylor Swift Global Welcome Ambassador
Taylor Swift is teaming up with NYC & Company to promote the Big Apple. The singer was named a Global Welcome Ambassador and will play a major role in the "Welcome To New York" tourism campaign, which is named after one of the songs from her new album, "1989."

Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company, explained, “New York City is a truly welcoming city, and 'Welcome To New York' perfectly exemplifies the unrivaled hospitality, energy and excitement that can be felt throughout all five boroughs.

"We are pleased to work with Taylor Swift to welcome visitors from around the world, as s...
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An Overjoyed Carrie Underwood Reveals Her Baby Due Date

October 28th, 2014 10:37am EDT
An Overjoyed Carrie Underwood Reveals Her Baby Due Date
After months of speculation about when Carrie Underwood would be presenting her impending offspring to the world, the singer revealed on "The View" that she is due in the spring.

The 31-year-old Grammy winner revealed on the talk show that she is overjoyed at the prospect of being a mother.

She stated she can't wait to be "responsible for a tiny human."

While Underwood was seen sporting the tiniest of baby bumps, she seemed in good spririts about the prospect of pregnancy.

She revealed on "Today," "It's still kind of weird, to be honest. Sometimes I'll be with my husband (Mike Fisher) ...
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Taylor Swift's '1989' Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week in Music

October 28th, 2014 9:38am EDT
Taylor Swift's '1989' Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week in Mu
Cutting right to the chase, there’s one inescapable, gargantuan, and humongous juggernaut of an album being released this week, and it comes by way of Taylor Swift. Swift is the one to beat on an off-cycle Monday release date, when the majority of new releases are dropping. While it may be is Swift’s week, there are some other ‘brave souls’ releasing albums the same day. Here are eight albums to check out this week.

1) Taylor Swift, 1989 (Big Machine)

While it has yet to happen in 2014, it seems like a surefire bet that Taylor Swift’s highly anticipated pop album 1989 will give the...
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Logic Delivers Raps Biggest Triumph Of 2014 With Debut 'Under Pressure'

October 27th, 2014 2:15pm EDT
Logic Delivers Raps Biggest Triumph Of 2014 With Debut 'Under Pr
“Yes, I know the flow hotter than Lucifer / even though heaven sent him.” Yep, that’s how burgeoning Maryland rapper Sir Robert Hall – aka Logic – rolls. After releasing notable mixtapes (Young Sinatra: Welcome To Forever especially), Logic issues his first major label album, Under Pressure via Def Jam. Gifted with words telling his own personal, captivating, and rough life stories, Under Pressure ends up being among the year’s best rap albums. Its authenticity and genuineness can’t be knocked.

“Intro” opens Under Pressure ferociously, as Logic spits, “I just wanna make these music love...
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Sting's Broadway Musical 'The Last Ship' Opens To Mixed Reviews

October 27th, 2014 10:52am EDT
Sting's Broadway Musical 'The Last Ship' Opens To Mixed Reviews
Sting's new Broadway musical "The Last Ship" opened at the Neil Simon Theater in New York City on Sunday night, and critics weren't too impressed with the production.

The show centers on the singer's upbringing around the shipyards of north east England. It stars Michael Esper, Rachel Tucker and Jimmy Nail.

David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter wrote: "This melancholy musical is without doubt a heartfelt, intensely personal project. It's performed with vigorous commitment by an accomplished cast," however, he adds: "Sadly, it's also a bit of a yawn."

He calls the plot "plodding" and sa...
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CD Review: A Failed Apology - 'This Past Year'

October 25th, 2014 8:25pm EDT
CD Review: A Failed Apology - 'This Past Year'
On their latest EP soiree This Past Year, pop-punk merchants A Failed Apology are, at times, more punk than pop (“This Past Year...,” “Say It, I Love You”) thanks to punchy guitars and driving rhythms, though there are instances when the pop outweighs the punk (“Keep Your Head Up,” “The Way I Think Of You”) due to severe bouts of call-and-response vocals and unavoidably catchy hooks (the Knuckle Punk and Real Friends shout out in “Keep Your Head Up” is just the icing on the cake). Just as the band did with “Goodbye” on their previous EP The Weekend, A Failed Apology turns down the lights an...
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