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Connor Gatesman

Connor Gatesman, Editor At Large

East Village, Manhattan.

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Members of boy group *NSYNC.

Staff Recs: Best Early 2000s Jams

September 28, 2018
Unabashedly indulge your bedazzled former self and rock out to these early 2000s hits.
KPRs profile on Soundcloud.

KPR Searches for Nostalgia with New EP

July 10, 2018
KPR tries to meld a variety of trending hip hop elements together in his new project, with middling results.
Single covers for Olivia Royals Please (top left), Brett Castro’s “Much About Sadness” (top right),  YIORGOS What We Do (bottom left), Anxias Moonlight (bottom right).

A Slew of Student Singles for Your Summer Playlist

April 25, 2018
2018 has boded well for NYU, with students and alumni dropping a slew of enticing singles that cover a wide berth of styles and topics.
The crowd at Lollapalooza in Grant Park, Chicago.

Best Festival Lineups

April 20, 2018
From New York to Spain and even Alabama, WSN staff has compiled a list of the best festival lineups this summer.
Artist Frank Ocean

Staff Recs: Best Frank Ocean Songs

April 13, 2018
WSN staff compiled a list of the best Frank Ocean songs. So sit back, relax and let this playlist take you to the Pyramids tonight.

TKTK Sessions: Michael Manzi

April 10, 2018
WSN sat down with Gallatin sophomore Michael Manzi to talk about his major's influence on his music and more.
Students and faculty who attended Steinhardt’s Q&A with DIY rapper Russ pose for a photo following the one-hour session.

Russ Entertains His Ego at Steinhardt Q&A

April 9, 2018
Steinhardt's music business program hosted rapper and producer Russ last Wednesday.
Modern Music Gets Personal

Modern Music Gets Personal

April 5, 2018
Music has long been a way to not only express oneself, but to overcome life's struggles, whether they be political, personal, or both.
Clockwise from top left, album covers from The Arctic Monkeys, Slowdive, Anderson .Paak , and Kim Petras.

Staff Recs: Best Songs to Spring into Spring With

March 30, 2018
Say goodbye to winter with our playlist of songs to spring into spring with!
Clockwise starting top left: Ethan Uno (City College ‘21), Adrien Calvet (Gallatin ‘20), Jack Laboz (Clive Davis ‘20) and Manny Pinkins (Clive Davis ‘20)

Students Serve Up Diverse Set of Singles

March 6, 2018
With spring quickly approaching, WSN has been unearthing the latest and greatest sounds of the new season that NYU’s musicians have to offer.
Cover of Pedro Cañas new EP Just You

Pedro Cañas Dives into Unknown with New EP

February 21, 2018
Electronic producer and NYU student Pedro Cañas just dropped his "Just You" EP. The project boasts an exciting core track with a diverse set of supporting remixes.
The Misters, a band comprised of all NYU students, performed at Rockwood Music Hall on Feb. 3. Michael Knitting (center), a Steinhardt senior in the Music Business program; Brent Crude (right), a CAS alumnus; Todd Martin, a sophomore in Music Business (right center) and Jim White, an NYU Music Business alumnus (left).

The Misters Bring Fervor to Rockwood Music Hall

February 5, 2018
The Misters took to the stage at Rockwood Music Hall, Saturday night, with a clear intent to show everyone a good time.
New Jersey band Malibu performing. Malibu, Pom Pom Squad, Nando Dale and Been Stellar joined forces for a one-night concert in Queens.

NYU’s Pom Pom Squad and Been Stellar Stun in Queens

January 29, 2018
NYU's Pom Pom Squad and Been Stellar Stun take center stage at Trans-Pecos in Queens.
Clockwise from top left
Pedro Cañas, Master Swami, Jesediah and Julian LaMadrid are all new artists for NYU’s latest artists.

Four NYU Musicians to Watch

January 22, 2018
NYU hosts a wide variety of up-and-coming musicians on the cusp of breaking through. Use this list as a roadmap of sorts for navigating the musical maze of both the school and the city.

Gallatin junior Alex Carr performed with his band at Sunnyvale in Brooklyn last Saturday.

Alex Carr Proves His Potential

December 6, 2017
Alex Carr, a junior in Gallatin, played Sunnyvale in Brooklyn over the weekend with his lo-fi rock band.
Steinhardt senior Yasmin Williams plays guitar using a unique style called lap-tapping.

Yasmin Williams Isn’t Afraid to Break Convention

December 4, 2017
WSN spoke with Yasmin Williams, a senior studying music composition at Steinhardt, who takes advantage of a specific type of guitar-playing.
“Last Christmas” by Wham!, featuring the duo George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley, Is one of the staff recommendations for best original holiday song.

Staff Recs: Best Original Holiday Songs

December 1, 2017
For the last staff rec of the semester, WSN staff members reveal their favorite original holiday hits.
The Professors Issue

The Professors Issue

November 27, 2017
NYU is well-known for it's wide range of talented professors. In the Professor Issue, WSN interviewed some of these individuals with the intent of learning how and why they do what they do.
Carlos Chirinos: Reaching Out Through Music

Carlos Chirinos: Reaching Out Through Music

November 27, 2017
Professor Carlos Chirinos sits down with WSN and explains his role in the many realms of music he's involved with, and how he uses music as an effective means of social outreach.
TKTK Session: Lexi Riese Balances Power With Grace

TKTK Session: Lexi Riese Balances Power With Grace

November 20, 2017
Our second TKTK session of the semester was Lexi Riese, a junior singer-songwriter in Gallatin who's focused on the intersection of music and identity.
WSN staff chooses their favorite place to get Mac and Cheese ranging from places like S’MAC to Panera Bread to even Annie’s microwaveable plate.

Staff Recs: Best Mac and Cheese

November 10, 2017
The WSN staff gives their takes on the best mac and cheese.

Vinyl’s Veritable Renaissance

November 6, 2017

The resurgence of vinyl has taken both college campuses and Urban Outfitters by storm. Undoubtedly, the format is seeing a second lease on life — but why? The format’s return...

The Front Bottoms were performing at Starland Ballroom on Oct. 21. They are currently on a national tour promoting their new album “Going Grey.”

Photo: The Front Bottoms Light Up the Stage in Their Home State

October 24, 2017

The Front Bottoms were performing at Starland Ballroom on Oct. 21. They are currently on a national tour promoting their new album “Going Grey.”


Von Sell is an upcoming German singer situated in Bushwick who recently signed a deal with NYU’s Village Record. His new EP will be launched soon and available on all major streaming services.

Do Not Sell Von Sell Short

October 10, 2017
WSN sat down with Von Sell, an up-and-coming musician from Germany, who just recently signed with NYU's Village Records.
Staff Recs: Scariest Horror Movies

Staff Recs: Scariest Horror Movies

October 6, 2017
WSN staff members choose their picks of the scariest horror movies of all time.
Hip-Hops Political Path

Hip-Hop’s Political Path

October 5, 2017
Hip hop is less political than it once was, but why?
NYU Clive Davis’s sophomore Jordan Taylor, also known as Akari, recently released his new EP “Lazyboy” on Aug. 24. You can find his songs on any major streaming services such as iTunes and Soundcloud.

Psychedelia Meets Hip-Hop on Akari’s Lazyboy EP

October 2, 2017
NYU student at Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music Akari's new EP, "Lazyboy," is the artist's debut on streaming services.
NYU Silver student Marcus Harley is also known by the stage name Swami Sound and recently released his new EP “Quiet Storm.”

Swami Sound Enters the Dreamscape with EP

September 25, 2017
NYU musician Swami Sounds recently dropped his latest EP, "Quiet Storm," a dreamy amalgam of piano and drum accents.
WSN Staff talk about their favorite tunes from this summer.

Staff Recs: Music for Pretending Summer Isn’t Over

September 15, 2017
The WSN staff picks the music that will let you pretend summer isn't over.
Webster Hall’s doors are closed for renovations indefinitely, ending a century of music history in the East Village.

End of An Era for Webster Hall

September 5, 2017
Webster Hall was shut down for renovations indefinitely last month, and it's the end of an era for the popular music venue.
C3, consisting of Steinhart and CAS freshmen, just released its debut EP.

C3 Exudes Eclecticism With Debut EP

May 1, 2017
NYU student musician collective C3 has just released their eponymous debut EP, featuring tracks that build layer instruments — and Leonard Bernstein monologues — to create a dynamic, energetic collection.
NYU student Mike Ellis has released a self-titled EP on iTunes, Amazon and all major streaming services. The five tracks feature a mix of pop and country.

Mike Ellis Fuses Pop and Country in New EP

April 24, 2017
NYU artist Mike Ellis' self-titled EP is an earnest effort at pop music, tinged with bold efforts at auto-tune and country vibes.
Daye Jack, a former NYU student, has a new debut album with Warner Bros. Records called “No Data.” His music is known to have a throwback vibe with consistent instrumentals.

Daye Jack Brings New School Flows to Old School Cool

April 17, 2017
Daye Jack's debut LP "No Data" might follow a concept, but it certainly doesn't follow a pattern — his talent makes every song a masterpiece, and the album more than the sum of its parts.
Last Monday on April 3, the NYU Symphony performed under conductor Adam Glasser.

NYU Symphony Soars Like No Other

April 11, 2017
In a night full of music and animation, the NYU Symphony was bright, explorative and talented as ever.
Jazz Collective C3 Sinks Its Teeth Into NYC

Jazz Collective C3 Sinks Its Teeth Into NYC

March 27, 2017
Just as Third North Residence Hall brings together multitudes of students to experience living with a variety of people, student jazz collective C3 — named after the building's basement level where they met — has brought a multitude of musical influences to their sound.
Tisch Clive Davis sophomore, Adrian Martens, also known as Dasychira, sat down with WSN to discuss music, travel and identity.

Dasychira Doesn’t Sacrifice Soul for Sound

March 6, 2017
Clive Davis Institute student and musician Dasychira is headed to big places with his new EP "Immolated" — or rather insect-sized spaces.
NYU Clive Davis alum Maggie Rogers released her debut EP “Now That the Light Is Fading” last Friday, Feb. 17.

Maggie Rogers Leaves No Sound Unturned

February 27, 2017
The momentum that NYU alum Maggie Rogers has been building since she stunned Pharrell during a Clive Davis masterclass in 2015 has reached its peak with her EP release — though whether the momentum carries through is debatable.
Steinhardt freshman Lucas Ebeling plays the drums in NYU’s Jazz Studies Program.

Ebeling: The Jazz Cat’s Pajamas

February 21, 2017
Philadelphia's sending its coolest cats to NYU, and WSN sat down with Lucas Ebeling, a Philly transplant in the Steinhardt jazz program.
Songwriter and singer Khaya Cohen preformed a pop up concert in Washington Square Park on Valentines Day.  WSN sat down with her to talk about her style and upcoming single, Whys It Gotta Be About Love.

Khaya Sings for Any Genre

February 15, 2017
Clive Davis sophomore Khaya talks about her music, the importance of sound versatility, songwriting, performing and her upcoming single release.
Up-and-coming musician Nick Charger talks about his creative process and personal outlook on life.

Nick Charger’s Ever Evolving Sound

February 6, 2017
NYU student and rising hip-hop artist Nick Charger offers his views on being a Bay Area transplant to the Big Apple.