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British singer Adele, shown here performing in Nashville, recently released her fourth studio album titled “30.” The album’s songs capture Adele’s vulnerability, heartbreak and resurgent confidence. (Photo by Kristopher Harris, via Wikimedia Commons)

Review: Adele’s ‘30’ is more than just a heartbreak album

By Candace Patrick, Staff Writer November 24, 2021

When asked about the theme of her new album on Instagram Live last month, Adele responded without hesitation: “Divorce, babe, divorce.” She meant it. In her fourth studio album, “30,” the British...

Spotify podcasts and book-centric YouTube channels are a great way to take a deeper dive into your favorite books. (Staff Photo by Sasha Cohen, Staff Illustration by Ryan Kawahara)

How to gush about books when everyone else has moved on

By Zoe De Leon, Contributing Writer November 22, 2021

As a self-aware slow reader, I always find myself in one of two situations: I’m either catching up on an outdated bestseller list, or I’m picking up a book I left to collect dust several months before....

Alexander 23 performs for a sold-out crowd at Terminal 5 in Manhattan in early March 2020. The former New Yorker is performing songs he wrote during the pandemic on tour. (Staff Photo by Manasa Gudavalli)

An interview with sad-pop artist Alexander 23

By Yas Akdag, Music Editor November 22, 2021

Alexander 23 is notorious for writing sad music. His song “IDK You Yet” — written about a difficult period in his life — is certified gold and recently went viral on TikTok. In a TikTok video,...

Check out these new tracks you may have missed from this week. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Listen to this: Beyoncé releases new song ‘Be Alive’

Honestly, we don’t have much to add here. Beyoncé pretty much speaks for herself. This week, we also review new songs by British artist Nilüfer Yanya, indie duo Beach House and Canadian rock band PUP....

“Venom: Let There be Carnage,” directed by Andy Serkis, was released on Oct. 1. The film is an entertaining and enjoyable superhero sequel. (Image courtesy of Sony Pictures)

Review: ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ comforts with campiness and predictability

By Justin Martinez, Contributing Writer November 18, 2021

I have never seen the first Venom movie and I had no interest at all in seeing its sequel. However, after having now watched “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” in theaters, I’ll be the first in line if...

Edgar Wright’s new film “Last Night in Soho” is both a horror film and a nostalgic depiction of 1960s London. The story is told from the perspective of modern teenager Eloise Turner (Thomasin McKenzie) as she follows aspiring singer Sandie (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Sandie’s career-serving romantic relationship with Jack (Matt Smith). (Image courtesy of Focus Features)

Review: ‘Last Night in Soho’ ditches comedy for horror

By Sebastian Zufelt, Staff Writer November 16, 2021

Edgar Wright’s Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy — Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End — are some of the smartest comedies of this century, especially in the way they play with their...

Snail Mail’s sophomore album “Valentine” was released on Nov. 5. The album is a step forward that shows promise for Snail Mail’s future. (Staff Photo by Ryan Walker)

Review: ‘Valentine’ is a dynamic move forward for Snail Mail

By Jack Solomon, Contributing Writer November 15, 2021

When Lindsay Jordan, who performs as Snail Mail, released “Lush” in 2018, she was met with rapturous critical acclaim. Jordan was only 18 at the time, but already felt industry pressure for her follow...

ABBA’s album “Voyage” was released on Nov. 5. This is ABBA’s first release after nearly 40 years. (Staff Illustration by Manasa Gudavalli)

Review: ABBA’s ‘Voyage’ revives the band’s iconic sound

By Candace Patrick, Staff Writer November 12, 2021

Swedish pop group ABBA’s triumphant return is marked by the release of their first album in 40 years. The album, titled “Voyage,” is a 37-minute escape to 1970s nostalgia. Despite the band’s decades-long...

On Nov. 9, the indie musician Mitski released her single “The Only Heartbreaker.” Its clear that shes returned from her hiatus with a new direction for her upcoming album Laurel Hell. (Photo illustration by Natalie Krowitz, photo by Ebru Yildiz courtesy of Pitch Perfect PR)

Mitski is back. God help us all.

By Alex Tey, Deputy Managing Editor November 11, 2021

On Tuesday, indie musician Mitski released the single “The Only Heartbreaker” and announced a February 2022 release date for the album “Laurel Hell.” Along with October’s “Working for the Knife,”...

Check out these new tracks you may have missed from this week. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Listen to this: Mariah Carey releases another Christmas song

Mariah Carey defrosted early this year, releasing a new Christmas song featuring R&B artist Khalid and choirmaster Kirk Franklin. Charli XCX also dropped a collaboration-heavy song this week with “New...

Beatrice Laus, the Filipino-British singer-songwriter also known as beabadoobee, performed at Webster Hall on Nov. 4. During the set, she delivered a few of her hit songs, including 2020s Stay and 2017s Coffee. (Photo by Jack Solomon)

beabadoobee cranks the volume up at Webster Hall

By Jack Solomon, Contributing Writer November 10, 2021

When I arrived at Webster Hall to see beabadoobee, the stage name of Beatrice Laus, there was a line around the block to get in. This is a common occurrence for the artist. The venue was bursting with...

Hannah Jadagu, a Steinhardt music business student, performed a one-hour set on Oct. 29 at The Sultan Room in Bushwick. Her rock star-like performance energized and harmonized with the audience. (Photo by Elle Liu)

Hannah Jadagu elevates bedroom pop at her first headline show

By Elle Liu, Contributing Writer November 9, 2021

In an all-white outfit, Hannah Jadagu ran on stage. Taking her place behind the mic stand, she strapped her guitar on and greeted the cheering crowd with a smile. The room was intimate, dimly lit with...