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…

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…

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…

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…

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…