New York University's independent student newspaper, established in 1973.

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New York University's independent student newspaper, established in 1973.

Washington Square News

New York University's independent student newspaper, established in 1973.

Washington Square News

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Review: ‘Interplay’ strives to reach for Ride’s highest highs and pave new roads for the future

The acclaimed rock band continues to evolve its post-reunion sound while also successfully taking a trip down memory lane.
Alan Zhang, Contributing Writer April 8, 2024

In its third album since a 2014 reunion, rock band Ride has dabbled in experimentation. With “Interplay,” the band blends atmospheric guitar effects with an electronic synth...

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Producer and artist Nicknames discusses finding confidence in his musical journey

Nicknames’ most recent single, “It’s Alright,” was released on Jan. 17.
Alan Zhang, Contributing Writer January 22, 2024

Back when NYU senior Max Strite was still a high school student living in Washington D.C., he dreamed of becoming a professional DJ. Inspired by artists like Calvin Harris and...

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Review: ‘Blanket’ is a lukewarm embrace of Kevin Abstract’s new style

The former Brockhampton rapper attempts to find his voice and reinvent himself in his first solo album after Brockhampton disbanded.
Alan Zhang, Contributing Writer November 15, 2023

After glimpses and teases during his live shows, Kevin Abstract released his first solo album since the disbanding of Brockhampton, an American hip hop boy band founded by...

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R&B star Yasmina on her new EP ‘the process’

The singer-songwriter and NYU student’s newest project highlights a newfound sense of authenticity and creative control.
Alan Zhang, Contributing Writer October 18, 2023

Yasmina has flourished as a rising star in the R&B scene. Her steady stream of singles and EPs released in recent years have gained her a sizable following online, especially...

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