Anticipation for an upcoming Gorillaz album is at an all-time-high. The group started chronicling their entire history on social media two weeks ago, posting videos and clips from all of their releases and performances over the years. Then, ten new pages from The Book of Noodle released last week, confirming the start of their fourth phase. With no official announcement of an album release date, a recent report revealed that that the new record is just two weeks away from completion. While they’re still in the studio, these social media spasms have us thinking the actual release is near.Today, the Internet flared up with another story from Gorillaz: The Book of Russel, which sees characterized drummer Russel Hobbs on a quest to rescue his bandmate Noodle after an attack on Plastic Beach. As The Book of Russel concludes, “The band was getting back together.” #TheBookofRussel pic.twitter.com/7mm9lidrTB— gorillaz (@gorillaz) October 7, 2016[H/T CoS] A few days later… #TheBookofRussel pic.twitter.com/BsK3I4kVNh— gorillaz (@gorillaz) October 7, 2016 Read the entire series below, and rejoice for the return of the Gorillaz! With Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett at the helm, we can’t wait to see what this future release has in store.
Matt BurkeSarcastic, cynical, mourning our cultural devolution, devoutly contrarian, this comic spins a cranky, dark and critical web for the dwindling intellect of America. Though it is evident that the constraints of domestic life are beginning to asphyxiate him, Matt Burke clings to a thread of dignity and the media’s dubbing him heir to the throne of the great thinkers of the trade. In a career that has spanned the heights of decadence and moments of tender self-examination, Burke’s sacrifice and reverence for his craft have consistently set him apart from the fray as he awaits his opportunity to sell out. Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com $15-$50. 7 p.m. February 14.Teresa GiudiceThe star of The Real Housewives of New Jersey and three-time New York Times bestselling author will be signing her new book, Turning The Tables: From Housewife, to Inmate, and Back Again. In her very first tell-all memoir, Teresa comes clean on all things Giudice: growing up as an Italian-American, meeting the love of her life and starting a family, dealing with chaos and catfights on national television, and eventually, coming to terms with the reality of life in prison. Featuring never-before-seen scans of her prison diary, Turning the Tables captures some of the most memorable moments of her prison stay, including the cringe-inducing fist fights she witnessed, the awkward conundrum of being trapped when a fellow inmate had a…guest…over, and the strength she found while confined between four concrete walls. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. February 16.Aaron CarterSince he was just 7 years old Aaron Carter has been a household name worldwide. Starting in the late 1990’s Carter became a pop superstar when his second album “Aaron’s Party” sold 3 million copies in the United States. Now 28 years old, Carter is aiming towards more of a pop hip-hop type of style which is sure to get the party rocking wherever he performs. Opening the show is Robbie Rosen, The Como Brothers Band, Sarah Barrios and Morell Brown. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. clubloaded.com/events $20-$70. 6:30 p.m. February 17.-Compiled by Nick Pasco and Timothy Bolger WinterfestArts and crafts, a model train show, a Frozen-themed puppet show, raffles and more. Levittown Hall, 201 Levittown Parkway, Levittown. 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. February 13. 3rd Annual Louder Than Love Valentine’s ConcertLove will be in the air and the soundwaves at this Valentine’s Day Eve concert, here to help couples get in the mood. Perofrming will be Louder Than Love, TKA, Taylor Dayne, Veronica, Shannon, George Lamond, Rockell, Cece Peniston, Robin S., Sweet Sensation, Soave NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$69.50. 8 p.m. February 13. Frank Latorre And The Kingbees Blues BandThe four-time winner of the LIBS Memphis Blues Challenge and lead by their Grammy Award winning Harmonica player, Frank Lattore being an accomplished artist and song writer and the Kingbees have been playing their style of Blues since 1989 and are sure to please a crowd dying to hear some of the Blues. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. February 13. Noam Pikelny of Punch BrothersThis is the preeminent banjoist of his generation, the greatest color-blind banjoist of all-time, who was hailed by the Chicago Tribune as the “pros’ top banjo picker.” Noam is a founding member of Punch Brothers, a string ensemble which The Boston Globe calls “a virtuosic revelation” and The New Yorker describes as “wide-ranging and restlessly imaginative.” Finally freed from the shackles of his brilliant musical friends, the banjoist debuts a bonafide solo show, previewing new original music slated for a fall 2016 release. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $25-$30. 8 p.m. February 13. Jim BreuerValley Stream-native and Press favorite Jim Breuer returns to his roots on LI to perform his signature hilarious stand-up. Expect to see spot-on impressions of the rock legends he loves, including James Hetfield of Metallica and ACDC’s Angus Young. Prepare to be schooled by the ultimate “marriage warrior” and, if we’re lucky, his notorious Saturday Night Live character, Goat Boy, just might make an appearance. No matter what he throws at the audience, they are in for the time if their lives. The day after he hosts three shows, the funnyman will also host a special Valentine’s Day comedy show, “Love, Laughter & Funyuns!” The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $19.50-$100. 5, 7:30 and 10 p.m. February 13, 7:30 p.m. February 14.Reggae SnowsplashNoah’s Arc, the self-described “Suburbaclot Sons of Patchogue,” headline this event with a bunch of infectious originals and a couple of covers that draw from styles including: Reggae, Ska, Dub, Rocksteady and Dancehall. Also performing will be Ros Droppa, Soul Junkines and Konekt Band. 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue. 89northmusic.com $10. 5 p.m. February 4.Masters of IllusionLevitating women, appearances and vanishes, escapes, comedy magic, sleight of hand and beautiful dancers are among the magical experiences that will have audiences not believing their own eyes. At one point, the entire audience participates in a mind-boggling illusion and some lucky individuals even get picked to assist with illusions on stage! The phenomenon is born from the multi-award winning television series of the same name on the CW Network. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50. 7 p.m. February 14. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York For TodayThis Iowa-based Christian metalcore band is touring to promote their sixth album, Wake, which was released in October. Warming up the crowd will be Like Moths To Flames, Phineas, Vanna, My Kingdom and I Awake. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. clubloaded.com/events $17, $19 DOS. 6 p.m. February 11.B Side BanditsThis Long Island-originated band is playing their original Rock Rhythm and Blues style. The music is a wide range of styles and audience engagement is one of their specialties. They appeal to all ages which guarantees for an exciting performance. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave, Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $10. 8 p.m. February 11. ForeignerWith 10 multi-platinum albums and 16 Top 30 hits, Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world, for damn good reason. With a formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales, now exceeding 75 million, the band is responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems, including “Juke Box Hero,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Say You Will,” “Cold as Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is.” With more than 30 years of musical glory under their belt, Foreigner continues to rock the charts, show after show and hit after hit. Recently, Foreigner released The Best of Foreigner & More, a new, high-definition live recording celebrating the band’s most successful album of all time. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50. 8 p.m. February 11. Jackie Greene (Photo credit: Leigh Esposito/Facebook)Jackie GreeneBack to Birth – Greene’s seventh album and his Yep Roc Records debut – is more than worthy of some serious attention. The 11-song set showcases the multitalented artist’s uncanny knack for synthesizing his deep affinity for American roots styles into timeless, personally-charged music. Armed with a persuasive voice, a vivid songwriting skill and an instinctive mastery of several instruments, Greene has carved out a unique musical niche, and the album marks another creative landmark in his already compelling body of work. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $35-$40. 8 p.m. February 11. The Art CollectorsAn opening reception will be held for this exhibition that includes selected prints from thecollection of Richard Gerrig and Timothy Peterson. In addition to the private collection on display, there will be original prints by artists whose work is often shown at Gallery NorthGallery North, 90 North Country Rd., Setauket. gallerynorth.org Free. 5-7 p.m. February 12.Joe NicholsNichols’ latest single, the upbeat, straight-talker “Freaks Like Me,” serves as the lead track from his upcoming project, due out in 2016. His latest album, Crickets, spawned the two multi-week hits “Yeah” and “Sunny and 75.” That’s in addition to prior chart-toppers like “Brokenheartsville,” “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off” and “Gimmie That Girl,” and Top 10 smashes like “The Impossible,” “If Nobody Believed In You,” “What’s A Guy Gotta Do,” “Size Matters” and “I’ll Wait For You.” Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. muls.com $30, $35 DOS. 8 p.m. February 12.The Beach BoysGet lost in rock ‘n’ roll and drift away as the seminal Beach Boys free their souls with timeless hits such as “Kokomo,” “Surfin’ Usa” and “I Get Around.” The legendary group has been pouring their youthful hearts out with these classic titles since the 1960s, inspiring past and present generations onward. By the end of the night, it will be abundantly clear that surfing is and has always been the best transportation of choice. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$59.50. 8 p.m. February 12. Sinatra Love Songs: A Big Band ValentineCelebrate Valentines Day with Frank Sinatra’s Love Songs with the 19 piece New Millennium Big Band. Dance the night away with your Valentine in this elegant evening of dining, dancing and swing! Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $35-$39. 8 p.m. February 12. ChippendalesStarting in 1979 the first all-male stripping troupe, the Chippendales is guaranteed to give you the best male entertainment around. The Chippendales is seen by millions of people annually, but thanks to their “Break The Rules Tour 2016,” fans don’t have to travel to Las Vegas to see them live. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$75. 9 p.m. February 12.
(REUTERS) – The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Wednesday approved an additional financial package of 35.7 million pounds ($44.71 million) to support the professional and recreational game which have been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.Cricket has been suspended since March and the ECB had initially announced a 61 million-pound aid package to help the game withstand the financial impact of the shutdown which has delayed the start of the English season.The ECB said 30.2 million pounds would be made available to First-Class Counties (FCCs) and the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in August while 5.5 million pounds will go to County Cricket Boards (CCBs) for the recreational game.The funds were due to be paid to counties for the inaugural season of The Hundred competition, which was pushed back to 2021 due to the coronavirus outbreak.“It is the ECB’s responsibility to protect the whole game’s future during the financial uncertainty we face as a sport,” ECB CEO Tom Harrison said in a statement.“It remains our priority to get cricket started again this summer… and we will continue to work with government to try and do in a way that keeps people safe but that limits the ongoing impact of this crisis on our game.”England are scheduled to play West Indies in a three-test series from July 8 with all matches to be held behind closed doors.