“The Present” Is Painfully Appropriate for Our Present

By Kamila Daurenova, Contributing Writer Vodka, fireworks and existential crises; every ingredient necessary for a Russian birthday party can be found in Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh’s Broadway debut “The Present.” Revamped by Andrew Upton for The Sydney Theatre Company, the play is based on Anton Chekhov’s first and lesser-known “Platonov,” never finished and only…

Get Sensual with Homeboys of Binary Code

By Daniela Tesfaie, Contributing Writer For those who have yet to delve into the world of progressive metal, Binary Code’s a great place to start. The group of NJ/NY-based gentlemen strike a perfect balance between ambiance and heaviness with their sophomore album “Moonsblood” that recently received a new digipack release. The band’s formula is not peculiarly…

The Paper Kites Unite Audience Members With Harmonious Tunes

By Veronica Liow, Deputy Photo Editor On Nov. 16, The Paper Kites broke barriers at Gramercy Theater. Through humble interactions and the easygoing vibes that were set in place by the serene music, the indie rock-folk band furthered its connection with the audience members. Beginning with “Relevator Eyes,” The Paper Kites set a rather quick pace…

‘Dear Evan Hansen,’ Broadway’s Next Big Thing

By Kamila Daurenova, Contributing Writer “When you’re falling in a forest, and there’s nobody around / do you ever really crash or even make a sound?” Outside the untouchable “Hamilton,” you’ll be hard-pressed to find an audience rising for a standing ovation faster than that of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s new original musical “Dear…

‘Alice in Wonderland’ Gets an Updated Twist

By Lily Dolin, Staff Writer Those familiar with Lewis Carrol’s classic “Alice in Wonderland” know it’s filled with strange words and nonsensical stories that make the reader question madness and reality. “Wonder/Through the Looking-Glass Houses,” a performance art adaptation of the beloved children’s tale, stays true to the unusual characteristics of the original story. The…

John Legend Delivers Spiritual Performance at Pandora Presents

By Anna Letson, Multimedia Editor Down the street from his old neighborhood and his first four apartments, John Legend put on a performance you could almost call religious in the 1849 Gothic Revival synagogue that is now the Angel Orensanz Center. Just a after the release of his latest album “Darkness and Light,” Legend teamed…

Batman: Noel (Retro Review)

By Carter Glace, Staff Writer Just when I thought I couldn’t think of final column for the Holiday Season, the answer hit me like a ton of bricks: Batman. Believe it or not, Batman has been the star of what might be one of the greatest holiday themed graphic novels of all time. I know…

After Leaving NYU, Jai Wolf Blossoms

By Kalkidan Tadese, Contributing Writer NYU alumni Jai Wolf recently released his first EP “Kindred Spirits.” On his first national tour, the artist, known especially for his single “Indian Summer,” looked back to his roots. When asked of his past, Wolff recalls his childhood spent listening to music, playing in his high school orchestra and…

Abramovic Draws Art from Mysticism

By Zuzia Czemier-Wolonciej, Staff Writer Marina Abramovic, the 70-year-old Yugoslavian performance artist, is undeniably one of the most important visionaries of our time. She has been furthering the boundaries of physical and emotional endurance through her work for over four decades. However, even the most extraordinary artist can certainly be doubted when she recalls in…

Bastille Conquers Bowery Ballroom

Story and photo by Kamila Daurenova, Contributing Writer After taking the world by storm with their debut album “Bad Blood” in 2013, Bastille have had quite the three years. After having toured with Muse before setting out on their own international tour, won the BRIT Award for Best Breakthrough Act, and performed for thousands at…

XO Striking Love in the Hearts of Fans

By Sabeena Singhani, Contributing Writer On Nov. 18 at Baby’s All Right down in Brooklyn, emerging new indie pop band Nightly came out just minutes before hip-hop artist K.Flay. Their lead singer Jonathan Capeci worked the stage, the audience mimicking his movements, warming up to his sway of electronic glaze and pop repeats. Started with his cousin,…

Dara Quilty: Live at WNYU

By Kevin Hannon, Staff Writer Dara Quilty is one half of Dublin duo Apella, who stormed Irish radio this summer with their debut single “We Met At A Party,” which has also been viewed over 15 million times on YouTube. Speaking of radio, Quilty is not only a musician but also an award-winning DJ at…