Dua Lipa Rocks & Rolls in DC

By Jordan Reynolds, Highlighter Editor Dua Lipa may not have an actual album out yet, but that hasn’t stopped her from headlining her first North American tour this month. Her stop at the Rock & Roll hotel in Washington, DC on Sunday was one of 15 shows on the tour, and it was a mesmerizing…

Brazilian Os Mutantes Bring Greater-Than-Great Hits to Webster

By Carter Shelter, Staff Writer Os Mutantes, a band that made a name for themselves as part of the Tropicália movement in late ‘60s Brazil by combining the psychedelic rock sounds coming from the U.S. and the U.K. at that time with traditional Brazilian and Latin influence, are one of those groups that seems to…

Indie Rock Outfit Grandaddy Returns — On Their Own Terms

By Xin-Rui Lee, Staff Writer; photo by Kat Vlasova, Staff Photographer It’s been over a decade since Grandaddy properly disbanded, the official announcement coming after the release of their fourth — and supposedly farewell — studio album “Just Like The Fambly Cat.” In the interim, a few side projects cropped up here and there. Some…

Decades Later, Run The Jewels Still Run the Terminal

By Carter Shelter, Staff Writer Run the Jewels have quietly defied all of the odds stacked against them. If you had brought up the notion of two veteran rappers approaching middle age not only achieving their greatest success at such a seemingly late point in their careers, but achieving the kind of success that leads to…

Grooves and Goals with Reva DeVito

By Miguel de Laveaga, Contributing Writer The cold weather and dirty snow didn’t keep fans away from Reva DeVito’s headlining show at Mercury Lounge on Friday, Feb. 10. DeVito first broke big with her cover of Sade’s “Sweetest Taboo,” giving audiences a taste of her soulfulness. Now, two years later, she’s touring in support of…

Us the Duo Encapsulates Compassion and Love

By Veronica Liow, Deputy Multimedia Editor With just two glasses of wine on the table by the bold red couch and a cozy rug in the center on the stage, a unique type of intimacy blossomed at Us the Duo’s show last Thursday. Especially at a venue like Highline Ballroom, which lacks a physical barrier…

Lady Lamb Brings Bare Emotion

By Carter Shelter, Contributing Writer There’s always been something intimate about Lady Lamb’s music. Even at its biggest and most bombastic moments, her songs and lyrics give glimpses into her life and the way her mind works that can sometimes feel almost intrusive. So when the singer-songwriter — whose real name is Aly Spaltro —…

Lana Del Rey’s “Love” Is Out of This World

By Sherah Ndjongo, Contributing Writer After taking a break following the release of her latest studio album “Honeymoon” in 2015, the indie music’s queen Lana Del Rey has broken her musical silence with the sudden drop of the lead single from her upcoming album “Love.” Typical of a Lana Del Rey hit, the song is…

Half the Animals, All The Sound

By Farhin Lilywala, Contributing Writer “NYC,  let’s cheers!” Half the Animal lead singer Chase Johnson said to the audience as he welcomed the crowd to the band’s show at Rockwood Music Hall this Tuesday. For a brief few hours, people were able to get a break from the cold as they stepped into the venue…

SHY GIRLS at Music Hall of Williamsburg

By Ekaterina Vlasov, Contributing Writer On Friday Feb. 10, Portland-based R&B artist Shy Girls performed at Music Hall of Williamsburg, supported by openers NOYA and Flamingosis. All three acts displayed the power and diversity of electronic music. Noya’s hauntingly clear and beautiful vocals opened the show, blending traditional Spanish sounds with classic dance beats to…

AFI Tear Through Terminal 5

By Ward Pettibone, Contributing Writer Describing an AFI show as energetic is like describing a parachute jump as refreshing. Parachute jumps at least involve safety equipment, but there was none in sight as frontman Davey Havok stepped out onto — yes, onto — the crowd at Terminal 5 in the most surreal moment of the…

Mariah Carey’s “I Don’t:” Defiant and Empowering

By Christopher Collado, Contributing Writer Despite going through a whirlwind of drama and controversy over the past year — from breaking up with ex-fiancee James Packer to her malfunctioning New Year’s Eve performance — Mariah Carey has risen above it all and has released her new song “I Don’t” featuring rapper YG on Friday, Feb….