Fourth Annual Pandora Holiday Live Brings Brits to Manhattan

By Jordan Reynolds, Entertainment Editor In theory, The 1975 and Bastille are two very similar bands. Both are from the UK, both headed by a lead singer with a distinctive voice quality and both resonate with alt-pop fans. The similarities, however, stop there. The two bands, along with opener Bishop Briggs, appeared for the fourth…

New York’s Best Nutcracker Yet

By Ryan Mikel, Contributing Writer In a city dominated by a multitude of holiday spectaculars, one in particular rises — or shall I say, grand jetés, above the rest. George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” shimmers in spun sugar at the David H. Koch Theater. Beaming with a 40-feet-tall Christmas tree, a snowstorm of charismatic dancers, and…

Hump Day Update: 12/07/16

By Rachel A.G. Gilman, Staff Writer Welcome to Hump Day Update, the place to find out everything you need to know about what’s been going on in the entertainment world for the week. I’m Rachel A.G. Gilman. But enough about me, let’s get to the news. The Grammy nominations were announced this week and Beyonce…

Concert Review: My Morning Jacket

The mythology of Jim James is an interesting one. While the My Morning Jacket front man has never done anything to explicitly cultivate the cultish reverence many of the band’s fans show him – immortalized in an episode of “American Dad!” – he does have a tendency, like many great artists, to play into it….

“On The Map” Tells A Remarkable Sports Tale

By Sophie Bennett, Staff Writer In the year 1977 the Israeli basketball team defied all odds and defeated many European teams to win the European Championship. Beginning with a brief overview of basketball and Israel’s history, “On The Map” dives into the roots of the Maccabi Tel Aviv team. In 1973 Israel was longing for an…

“Slash” Gives a Good–Not Great–Account of Life on the Internet

By Carter Glace, Staff Writer “Slash” is the rare modern film that actually has something interesting to talk about regarding the Internet Age. As a millennial helplessly glued to his phone, I find most attempts to comment on our new tech-heavy society to have nothing interesting to bring to the discussion, always going for the…

Jess Kent: From Tweets to Shows

By Lexi Riesenberg, Contributing Writer From busking on the street to opening for Troye Sivan at NYC’s Terminal 5, singer-songwriter-producer Jess Kent has come a long way from the Australian suburbs where she grew up. Coldplay tweeted out the music video for her debut single, “Get Down,” an alt-dance-pop track with a reggae-inspired beat, when…

‘Beavis and Butthead’ Revival Cashes in on ’90s Nostalgia

By Carter Glace, Staff Writer It might be hard to believe in the age of Netflix, but there was a point where “Beavis and Butthead’ was one of the most popular and controversial things on television. Mike Judge’s first animated show following a duo of idiotic teenagers helped solidify MTV’s former glory, sprung Judge to…

“Bullets Over Broadway” (1994)

By Daniella Nichinson, Staff Writer Can you distinguish the man from the artist? In “Bullets Over Broadway,” Woody Allen ponders this question as young playwright, David Shayne (John Cusack), faces the struggles of making a play without losing all creative jurisdiction over it. By intertwining a tale of Broadway and the mafia, Woody Allen masterfully…

The Grand Damage

By Molly Dolan, Contributing Writer Initially, audiences might be a bit wary and unsure of what to expect from “What’s Your Damage,” a comedy show hosted by the Grand Bar and Grill in Williamsburg. The restaurant’s website offers precious little information, and the title itself isn’t terribly specific. Still, it’s clearly a successful recipe —…

Hump Day Update: 11/30/2016

By Rachel A.G. Gilman, Staff Writer Welcome to Hump Day Update, the place to find out everything you need to know about what’s been going on in the entertainment world for the week. I’m Rachel A.G. Gilman. But enough about me, let’s get to the news. “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” was finally…

Hiss Golden Messenger Finishes Strong at Marathon Show

By Carter Shelter, Staff Writer “Be patient with me when I don’t have a rhyme” goes one of the lines in the title track of Hiss Golden Messenger’s latest album, “Heart Like a Levee.” The North Carolina indie folk group, led by singer and songwriter M.C. Taylor, proved the virtues of patience during a marathon show…