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…

Hump Day Update: 11/09/2016

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. Nick Jonas is still talking about his problems in his new…

Where I Gush about “Luke Cage” for a While

By Carter Glace, Staff Writer Warning! Spoilers! Is it predictable for a comics based column to geek out about “Luke Cage”? Yes. But you know what? It’s still worth talking about. Because regardless of what you think of the Netflix series, it’s impossible to deny how special and bold it is. Much like with “Jessica…

Rona Jaffe Foundation Supports Female Writers

By Arimeta Diop, Staff Writer In a moment of glory for the winners of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards, the NYU Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House hosted each author for a reading this past Sunday. The proud featured winners included Lina Maria Ferira Cabeza-Vanegas, Danielle Geller, Jamey Hatley, Ladee Hubbard, Airea D. Matthews and…

Baba Brinkman: A Tracklist for Chaos

  By Hailey Nuthals, Highlighter Editor Who’s the latest rising star in the rap scene? Is it that poet featured on Beyoncé’s “Lemonade?” Is it that guy you found on SoundCloud last week who’s doing a residency at that dive out in Brooklyn? Is it perhaps Baba Brinkman, the guy penning verses about climate change,…

“Barbecue” uses crass humor to its advantage

by Nikolas Reda-Castelao Barbecue is a show about a family intervention of the youngest member, a “crackhead ho,” who has driven her equally broken family to the ends of their sanity. This is an impeccably written show. The director, Kent Gash, was unforgivingly blunt, crass and charming when he gave the pre-show reminder that he…

FKA Viet Cong

by Michael Waller In a recent update on the ever-shrinking barrier between freedom of expression and political correctness in the post-internet age, indie band Viet Cong apologized for and promised to change their name. This comes after a slew of offended op-eds criticized the band’s name for its callous treatment of the atrocities perpetrated by…

Throwback Concert: Dumblonde Shows Great Potential at Debut New York Show

by Jake Viswanath The line at Gramercy Theatre wrapped around the block  early last October for new electronic pop duo Dumblonde, an impressive turnout for an upcoming act’s debut show, but Dumblonde is not a new discovery for these dedicated fans. Dumblonde members Shannon Bex and Aubrey O’Day were two of the five members of…

“Killing Them Safely” shows the origins of Tasers

by Carter Glace A documentary film about the history, nature and use of Tasers might not sound like the most riveting ninety minutes of cinema, yet “Killing Them Safely” is one of the best documentaries of the year. It is an expertly crafted, fully realized dive into a tense, fast growing crisis that in the…

‘Pondling’ Highlights Irish Excellence

by Annaluz Cabrera Genevieve Hulme-Beaman enraptures audience’s attention in her one-woman play like no other. “Pondling,” a Gúna Nua Theatre Company and Ramblinman production from Dublin, Ireland premiered Off-Broadway in the US at the 59E59 Theaters as part of Origin’s 1st Irish Festival. It was directed by Paul Meade, artistic director of Gúna Nua. Hulme-Beaman…

Martha Wilson and The Feminist Art Movement

by Lily Dolin  Art is not always easy. Museums are often filled with visitors squinting at artwork, trying and often failing to understand the meaning behind it. Other times, art is difficult to digest. Artwork that forces us to confront tough topics can sometimes be scary. People often seek to prohibit or censor this controversial…

Throwback Concert: Dave Pietro’s NYU Ensemble Live at Blue Note

by Xin Rui-Lee MacDougal is eerily quiet for Sunday lunch. Considering the Halloween festivities of the night before, no doubt half the city is curled up in bed nursing hangovers. Entering the dimly lit club, the crowd in Blue Note is thin and predominately comprises of NYU students and middle aged others. The wait staff…