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…

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…

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 —…

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…