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'The Voice' recap: Judith Hill rules first knockout round

Team Adam Levine -- Amber Carrington, Caroline Glaser,

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The knockout round started on “The Voice” last night and there was the usual angst as Team Adam and Team Shakira were cut down to the four artists who will face off in next week’s live rounds.

Adam Levine really did have the best team and some of his cuts really were painful, while Shakira seemed to have made a couple of strategic errors where she pit two strong singers against each other.

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Rihanna's canny combo of sex, love and other stuff at Prudential Center

Rihanna, on stage during her "Diamonds World Tour"

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Rihanna might not be the best singer or the best dancer, but she is pretty exceptional at being a pop star. She represents expertly produced songs that both reflect and anticipate top-40 trends by balancing her outsized (if sometimes oppressive) sexuality with the sort of aw-shucks humility that manifests itself in shy smiles after particularly successful performances. Her social-media presence...

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Intro 4.29.13: Videos from Nine Days, Foals, English Beat and more

Nine Days, the St. James-based band best known

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The reunited Nine Days play their classics and test out new material at the Boulton Center on Friday.

Intro brings you the week’s hottest videos and shows every Monday. To catch up on all the Intros and watch classic Long Island music scene videos, check out Newsday Music’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/newsdaymusic.

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NINE DAYS, “If I Am.” At Boulton...

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'American Idol' Season 12: Amber Holcomb rules Top 4 power rankings

"American Idol" - Top 4: Candice Glover, Angie

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Sometimes, the “American Idol” contestants do their best to prove the judges right.

Last night, more than usual, song choice actually became more important than the performances themselves. Nicki Minaj likes to go on about how the Final Four are all “superheroes” with their vocals. While that’s not exactly true, Candice Glover and Kree Harrison clearly have a greater mastery of singing than...

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Hear The xx's 'Great Gatsby' song

The xx -- Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim

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Music from the soundtrack to "The Great Gatsby" has been hard to come by, especially since the Jay Z-curated album is set for a May 7 release. Still no sign of Beyonce and Andre 3000's version of Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" or even anything more than a snippet of Jay's new "$100 Bill."

However, electronic breakout artists The xx aren't waiting. The British...

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'The Voice' recap: Sarah Simmons steps up

Duncan Kamakana and Sarah Simmons battle on Night

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After the final night of the battle rounds, it looks like Team Adam is the one to beat. He has four strong contenders to win — Judith Hill, Sarah Simmons, Midas Whale and Warren Stone — though he’ll have to lose one of those in the knockout rounds. The other teams are more or less even, though Team Usher may have a little more depth.

Here’s how they finalized their teams last night:

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Lady Antebellum sets secret show in NYC

Lady Antebellum is set to release their fourth

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Lady Antebellum will celebrate the release of its new “Golden” album with a secret show at the McKittrick Hotel in Manhattan on May 7. Proceeds will benefit Musicians on Call.

Here’s the catch: You have to be part of the Citi Private Pass program. Tickets go on sale through the program at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

"Musicians On Call is thrilled to have Lady Antebellum support our mission...

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Bob Dylan, Wilco set for Jones Beach

Bob Dylan performs during the 17th Critics' Choice

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The Americanarama Festival of Music, featuring Bob Dylan and His Band and Wilco, will stop at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on July 27.

The celebration of the Americana genre, which Dylan influenced for decades and Wilco helped pioneer in the ‘90s, will also include up-and-comer Ryan Bingham, the Oscar-winning singer-songwriter behind “The Weary Kind” from the Jeff Bridges movie “Crazy Heart.”

Tickets...

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'The Voice' recap: Midas Whale, Ryan Innes roll

Midas Whale -- Jon Peter Lewis and Ryan

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Night Three of “The Voice” battle rounds had a few surprises, including the exit of the promising Jessica Childress and performances that showed Ryan Innes and Midas Whale are here to stay. Here’s how the night shook out:

TEAM USHER: JESSICA CHILDRESS vs. VEDO, “Locked Out of Heaven” In an incredibly tight battle, both Jessica Childress and Vedo had charisma to burn and incredibly strong vocals,...

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Divinyls' Christina Amphlett dead: 'I Touch Myself' singer was 53

Christina Amphlett, the gritty lead singer of Australian rockers The Divinyls, best known for their hit "I Touch Myself," died Sunday at her home in New York, following a battle with breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. She was 53.

"Hers was a life of passion and creativity; she always lived it to the fullest," Amphlett's cousin, singer Patricia "Little Pattie"...

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