Bastille Bombards Barclays with Authenticity

By Veronica Liow, Multimedia Editor On March 30, fans stood in line for Bastille’s Wild, Wild World Tour hours before the doors opened at the Barclays Center fervently hoping to get as close to the stage as possible. Those hours were not a waste. With the compelling art that Bastille brings to the indie pop…

Protomen “Light Up The Night” at Williamsburg

By Taylor MacMillan, Contributing Writer When an android introduces a rock-opera band in Brooklyn, you know it’s about to get real. That’s just what happened on Wednesday, March 8th, as a robo-faced stranger by the name of “K.I.L.R.O.Y.” addressed the fans waiting in the Music Hall of Williamsburg. “K.I.L.R.O.Y.” is just one of the many…

Dawes is Just Getting Started

By Carter Shelter, Staff Writer Back in the tail end of 2015, Dawes brought their brand of road worn folk rock to the Beacon Theatre stage as part of public radio station WFUV’s annual Holiday Cheer concert alongside artists like Brandi Carlile and the late Sharon Jones. “We’ve been waiting to play this place,” frontman…

Khalid’s Debut Album Defines Being an “American Teen”

By Sabeena N. Singhani, Contributing Writer Being an American teen is truly an iconic feeling — every book, movie and TV show attempts to capture that time. But rather than a 20-something retrospective view of what are supposed to be the best years of life, fresh-faced teen Khalid brings to R&B the thing teenagers have…

Tennis’ Bowery Ballroom Concert Brings Groove to the Beat

Story and photos by Sabeena Singhani, Contributing Writer  On Tuesday , March 21, Tennis took the Bowery Ballroom by surprise. They were was accompanied by their Australian friends Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever — who were a combination of unhinged rock screeching and pop melodies. While their instrumentals were strong and truly warmed up the venue, the vocals…

Kevin Abstract Focuses on Inclusive Love

By Veronica Liow, Deputy Multimedia Editor The Studio at Webster Hall is a rather intimate venue. There are no barriers between the audience and the stage. There are no security guards pushing the crowd away from the artist. And when Kevin Abstract performed there on Friday, March 10, audience members — ages ranging from barely-teens…

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…