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…

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….

Hiss Golden Messenger Finishes Strong at Marathon Show

By Carter Shelter, Staff Writer “Be patient with me when I don’t have a rhyme” goes one of the lines in the title track of Hiss Golden Messenger’s latest album, “Heart Like a Levee.” The North Carolina indie folk group, led by singer and songwriter M.C. Taylor, proved the virtues of patience during a marathon show…

K.Flay’s Homecoming

By Sabeena Singhani, Contributing Writer K.Flay broke boundaries at Baby’s All Right on Nov. 18, opening the show with a literal kick and a bang. Tomboyish Katherine Flaherty dominated the stage, rushing from side to side, looming over those who were closest to the front. She rapped her words, flowing them together like the thick drums…

Greta Kline Wins Over Webster Hall

By Sabeena Singhani, Contributing Writer Big Thief opened Frankie Cosmos’s New York show at Webster Hall on Nov. 13 with their classic energy rock, opening with “Masterpiece,” and a sway along the light crowd started. Adrianne Lenker, frontwoman, shreds guitar and her accompaniment seems to be in as much awe as the crowd. Her set goes…

Kathleen Hanna: Angry and Ready

By Gilchrist Green, Music Editor After beginning to put her battle with Lyme disease behind her, feminist punk queen Kathleen Hanna is back on tour as the front-woman for her new band the Julie Ruin, and she’s angry, honest and powerful as ever. Best known for her ‘90s punk band Bikini Kill and her starring role…