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….

LVL UP — Too Good For Bad Headline Puns

By Carter Shelter, Contributing Writer LVL UP have been staples of the Brooklyn indie rock and DIY scene for the last couple of years, but last year’s release of their album “Return to Love” — their first record on Sub Pop — saw them starting to garner more attention as a true force to be…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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….