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…

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…

Indie Rock Outfit Grandaddy Returns — On Their Own Terms

By Xin-Rui Lee, Staff Writer; photo by Kat Vlasova, Staff Photographer It’s been over a decade since Grandaddy properly disbanded, the official announcement coming after the release of their fourth — and supposedly farewell — studio album “Just Like The Fambly Cat.” In the interim, a few side projects cropped up here and there. Some…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…