Wilco Prove Themselves Veterans of the Stage with 25-Song Set

By Xin-rui Lee, Staff Writer Beneath the grandiose and endearingly kitschy decor of the Beacon Theatre on March 18, a mish mash of young-uns and dad-rockers — identifiable by their over-representation of plaid and flannel — packed into the two balconies and orchestra seating. Just 5 songs in and the entire sold-out audience was on…

Why? Asks the Important Questions

By Sabeena N. Singhani, Staff Writer   On Saturday, Apr. 15, Why? took the stage at Irving Plaza after their opener Eskimeaux brought the ever-increasing crowd alive with her song “Power.” Eskimeaux frontwoman Gabrielle Smith prefaced her set with “I just told my parents I used to hang out here when I was fifteen.” The…

A Sleepover With gnash

By Veronica Liow, Multimedia Editor A sleepover should feel cozy — intimate due to not only the proximity but also what is shared within that close gathering. And gnash’s “The Sleepover Tour,” on April 19 at Irving Plaza was just that. With a multitude of smaller artists as openers for the night, the show was…

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…