After Leaving NYU, Jai Wolf Blossoms

By Kalkidan Tadese, Contributing Writer NYU alumni Jai Wolf recently released his first EP “Kindred Spirits.” On his first national tour, the artist, known especially for his single “Indian Summer,” looked back to his roots. When asked of his past, Wolff recalls his childhood spent listening to music, playing in his high school orchestra and…

XO Striking Love in the Hearts of Fans

By Sabeena Singhani, Contributing Writer On Nov. 18 at Baby’s All Right down in Brooklyn, emerging new indie pop band Nightly came out just minutes before hip-hop artist K.Flay. Their lead singer Jonathan Capeci worked the stage, the audience mimicking his movements, warming up to his sway of electronic glaze and pop repeats. Started with his cousin,…

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…

What We Talk About When We Talk About Music

By Michael Landes, Staff Writer Haruki Murakami may be the most widely-known Japanese author in the world today. His novels regularly appear on tables in the NYU Bookstore and on the shelves of students of all stripes and schools, but his new book “Absolutely on Music” departs from his typical fantastical fiction style. Essentially a…

School Survival Tips with DREAMERS’ Nick Wold

By Hailey Nuthals, Arts Editor It’s that time of year again, with the summer drawing to a close and the days getting shorter and shorter with each sunset. But fret not: a new year of academia brings new hope, and better yet, the debut album from psych-indie trio DREAMERS. The boys are back with an…

Citizen Zero: “That’s pop culture. We’re rock and roll.”

By Hailey Nuthals, Arts Editor Detroit may not be known as a big music scene, but there’s certainly big music coming out of it. Rock outfit Citizen Zero are poised to release their second full-length (and first album in about five years) this Friday the 12th. Titled “State of Mind,” the band has been teasing…

Shopping’s Rachel Aggs on DIY Punk & Dancing Away Your Troubles

By Hailey Nuthals, Arts Editor There’s no time like the present to dance, but there’s especially no time like the summer to shake away some of your troubles. Luckily, that happens to be the specialty of the eastern-London band Shopping. Their post-punk vibe, created with simple guitar melodies and vocals from Rachel Aggs, foot-tapping bass…

Bassh-ing the Scene

By Hailey Nuthals, Arts Editor Whoever said everything out of Nashville is country was wrong and probably not very fun. Bassh (pronounced just like “bash”), a new duo out based musically out of the town (and living in North Carolina), have just put out their first single “Body” and are already finding themselves on the…

Bridgman | Packer Dance and the Art of Video Partnering

By Hailey Nuthals, Highlighter Editor Enter the world of Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer, the creative minds behind Bridgman | Packer Dance. It’s a world of illusion and manipulation, of visual confusion and wonder. The pair, who have been dancing and choreographing since 1978, are most well known for their exploration of what they call…

Conor McAteer’s Maritime Wake

By Kevin Hannon, Contributing Writer In his latest album, “I Was An Astronaut,” Conor McAteer chronicles the ebb and flow of a relationship from the perspective of a wearied mariner trying to steer a sinking ship. The Northern Irish singer-songwriter, whose album has been hailed by the BBC as “one of the most beautiful albums…

Fantastic Negrito: On Thirsty Fans and Needing People

By Hailey Nuthals, Highlighter Editor When it comes to blues rock artist Fantastic Negrito, the name doesn’t lie. The artist, whose real name is Xavier Dphrepaulezz, has made a style of blues that’s infused with soul, roots, and rock in a way that’s undeniably amazing. Even NPR recognized the talent when they declared him the…