Comic Artist Appreciation Column

By Carter Glace, Staff Writer February 6 marks the anniversary of comic artist Jack Kirby’s death. The Marvel Comics creator left a legacy that will probably remain unchallenged as long as comic books are printed, having helped define the designs of Captain America, Fantastic Four, Hulk, X-Men, Black Panther, and several other Marvel and DC characters….

Hump Day Update: 2/8/17

By Rachel A.G. Gilman, Staff Writer Welcome to Hump Day Update, the place to find out everything you need to know about what’s been going on in the entertainment world for the week. I’m Rachel A.G. Gilman. But enough about me, let’s get to the news. Chance the Rapper released his video for “Same Drugs”…

Going on a Trip at Rough Trade NYC

By Vidisha Bansal, Contributing Writer Field Trip returned to their hometown of New York City to play a special night at Brooklyn’s world-acclaimed combination record-store-and-venue Rough Trade NYC. Taking Rough Trade’s stage is a milestone for any band, and particularly notable for the quickly-rising but still young group. The boys performed at Brooklyn’s Gateway back…

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…

Riverdale: A Critic of the Pilot

By Carter Glace, Staff Writer If I am being perfectly honest, I am not especially versed in the ‘Archie’ universe. Introduced to the series by my girlfriend in high school, I was quickly overwhelmed by the sheer amount of lore, spin offs, characters, and continuity (which, to be fair, is an issue in super hero…

Hump Day Update: 2/1/17

By Rachel A.G. Gilman, Staff Writer Welcome to Hump Day Update, the place to find out everything you need to know about what’s been going on in the entertainment world for the week. I’m Rachel A.G. Gilman. But enough about me, let’s get to the news. Our old friend Taylor Swift was recently asked to…

Life and Love in 1970s Pittsburgh

By Kamila Daurenova, Contributing Writer With “Fences” nominated for multiple academy awards and “Jitney” on Broadway, the legendary two-time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright August Wilson is making a welcome comeback to American stage and screen. Both works belong to his crowning achievement “The Century Cycle,” a series of 10 plays that aim to raise consciousness…

Hump Day Update: 1/25/17

By Rachel A.G. Gilman, Staff Writer Welcome back to Hump Day Update, the place to find out everything you need to know about what’s been going on in the entertainment world for the week. I’m Rachel A.G. Gilman. But enough about me, let’s get to the news. If you were looking for some comedy on…

New Museum Exhibit Explores Strange Bodies

By Natalie Whalen, Entertainment Editor Artist-in-Residence at the New Museum, A.K. Burns’, new fifth-floor installation, “Shabby but Thriving,” is nothing if not thought-provoking. The exhibit itself centers on a video projected onto overlapping walls. Sometimes the smaller ‘wall,’ which is more or less a piece of heavy material placed at a slant perpendicular to the other,…

“The Present” Is Painfully Appropriate for Our Present

By Kamila Daurenova, Contributing Writer Vodka, fireworks and existential crises; every ingredient necessary for a Russian birthday party can be found in Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh’s Broadway debut “The Present.” Revamped by Andrew Upton for The Sydney Theatre Company, the play is based on Anton Chekhov’s first and lesser-known “Platonov,” never finished and only…

Get Sensual with Homeboys of Binary Code

By Daniela Tesfaie, Contributing Writer For those who have yet to delve into the world of progressive metal, Binary Code’s a great place to start. The group of NJ/NY-based gentlemen strike a perfect balance between ambiance and heaviness with their sophomore album “Moonsblood” that recently received a new digipack release. The band’s formula is not peculiarly…

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…