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Artist to Watch: Maggie Rogers

Isabella Bruni, Chief Copy Editor
February 22
Filed under Entertainment, Music

Maggie Rogers. Remember that name, in fact, just add her to your Spotify playlist because once you do you definitely won’t forget her. This new artist’s captivating folk meets electronica sound is one to take this coming year by storm.   The Maryland native got her official start into the industry fro...

PWR BTTM at Knitting Factory review

Jon Daniel Manarang, Staff Writer
February 22
Filed under Entertainment, Music

Queer-glam band PWR BTTM previewed their second record “Pageant” scheduled for release on May 12. Originally scheduled to be held at the Brooklyn venue Shea Stadium, the venue was changed due to a police raid at the DIY space.   Making their first trek to the east coast, the Seattle trio Nake...

Top 20 Songs of 2016

Top 20 Songs of 2016

Isabella Bruni and Angelica Acevedo
January 26
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Entertainment, Music

Isabella’s List 1. Closer- The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey Hands down The Chainsmokers produced the song of the year. The retro dance song featuring Halsey took over the second half of 2016 and was played on pretty much every pop radio station, as well as one of the most played songs on Spotif...

Album review – “Late Blooma”

Album review – “Late Blooma”

Gina Palermo, Managing Editor
December 7
Filed under Entertainment, Music

You could argue that jazz is a thing of the past, but Sha Briggs-Hall is changing that. The Brooklyn-based artist recently dropped a new album entitled, “Late Blooma,” featuring five tracks of pure hip hop, jazz, urban and nostalgic feels. Briggs-Hall, better known as “Surrael,” has an incredible pa...

The arts take their skills to the stage

Yves Nguyen, Staff Writer
November 30
Filed under Entertainment, Music

On a campus that is known for sports, the arts may fall by the wayside. But last week, the Performing Arts Division of Student Affairs and the Department of Art and Design reminded us of how much they provide to our community with the Fine Arts and Performing Arts Winter Concert. “A lot of the fo...

The Weeknd releases new album “Starboy”

Michael Anthony, Staff Writer
November 30
Filed under Entertainment, Music

In 2015, R&B singer The Weeknd released his Grammy winning "Beauty Behind The Madness" album. Born Abel Tesafaya, BBTM was met with a ton of positive reactions from both fans and critics, marking the turning point in his brief music career. Earning three billboard number one singles and a triple...

Lady Gaga releases “Joanne”

Lady Gaga releases “Joanne”

Isabella Bruni, Chief Copy Editor
October 26
Filed under Entertainment, Music

Welcome back Mother Monster and welcome “Joanne.” Three years since her previous album “ARTPOP,” Lady Gaga dropped her fifth album “Joanne” on Friday, Oct. 21. In between “ARTPOP” and “Joanne,” Lady Gaga took on multiple projects in and out of the music industry. She produced an...

Solange’s “A Seat at the Table”

Yves Nguyen, Staff Writer
October 26
Filed under Entertainment, Music

Solange’s new album rounds out a list of very pro-black albums this year, including Kendrick Lamar’s “untitled unmastered” and Beyoncé’s “Lemonade.” Solange created an album explaining her experience with her blackness in a mix of simplicity, complexities and vulnerabilities. “A Seat...

‘King Zimm’ wows at Java Johnnies

Chyna Davis, Staff Writer
October 26
Filed under Entertainment, Music

St. John’s University held a memorable Java Johnnies last Friday at the D’Angelo Center as students gathered to hear Khafre Zimmerman perform. Zimmerman, whose stage name is King Zimm, performed a variety of songs from his album, “The Best of King Zimm.” He also included covers of “Valerie”...

Music review: Avenged Sevenfold’s “The Stage”

Michael Ambrosino, General Manager & Entertainment Editor
October 19
Filed under Entertainment, Music

“Who is the crowd that peers through the cage... as we perform here upon the stage?” What a message, and what perfect timing, too! Is this the coming of a brand new album? This would be the band’s first since their relentless 2013 album, “Hail to the King,” whose “Acid Rain” still se...

Thirdstory: NYC’s emerging artists

Morgan Mullings, Contributing Writer
October 5
Filed under Entertainment, Music

Just a few months after opening for Tori Kelly on her U.S. tour, this YouTube sensation ended their own tour in their hometown. Ben Lusher, Richard Saunders and Elliott Skinner of Thirdstory just finished their first headlining tour with a show in Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg Sept. 27 and...

The Meadows leaves NYC disappointed

Jon Manarang, Staff Writer
October 5
Filed under Entertainment, Music

With the success of Governors Ball over the past few years, Founders Entertainment tried to catch lightning in a bottle once again with The Meadows NYC. Earlier this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio initially denied permits for a music festival to be held at Flushing Meadows Park during discussions to have...

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