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Julia Diorio

Julia Diorio, Music Editor

Julia Diorio is a sophomore studying journalism at CAS. When not reminiscing about 2000s pop-punk music, she can normally be found drinking copious amounts of Dunkin' iced coffee, curating hyper-specific Spotify playlists or struggling with the NYT crossword. Find her variations of all-black outfits and dog pictures on Instagram @juliadiorio_. Send song suggestions to [email protected].

All content by Julia Diorio
An illustration of an albums black-and-white cover depicts a woman crossing her arms and lying down on a bed, with the words THE TORTURED POETS DEPARTMENT above her.

Review: ‘The Tortured Poets Department’ is a humanizing and chaotic chronicle of heartbreak

Taylor Swift continues to keep her fans on their toes with an album that peers into her mind as she rises into incomprehensible fame.
Julia Diorio, Music Editor April 22, 2024

Taylor Swift is a polarizing artist. Aside from her music, many tend to hold very passionate opinions about her life, decisions and music, especially within her relationships....

In the background is the Letterboxd website window, which shows three films in the “Popular Films This Week” category: “Dune: Part Two” “La La Land,” and “Spirited Away.” To the lower right, there is a phone screen showing the overview for the film “The First Omen.”

Inside the Boxd: ‘Monkey Man,’ ‘Dune: Part Two,’ ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ and more

Inside the Boxd is a column documenting WSN staffers’ recent film reviews on Letterboxd. Grab some popcorn and get that watchlist ready!

With roughly 10 million site-wide users in 2023, including the likes of NYU alumni Martin Scorsese and Ayo Edebiri, Letterboxd has become the premier social media platform for...

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Staff Recs: HEAR ME OUT!

This is a judgment-free zone.

While we love to revel in the world of pretentious high-brow art, there is no better feeling than drowning yourself in a sea of pop-culture trash. Sometimes we find the most comfort...

Several people perform on a stage with instruments while fire blazes in the background.

Fall Out Boy’s latest MSG performance proves that punk rock is not dead

Fall Out Boy’s sold-out weekend at Madison Square Garden demonstrated a revival for the punk genre.
Julia Diorio, Music Editor March 28, 2024

Hundreds of punk-rock fans brought out their eyeliner and Dr. Martens at Madison Square Garden on Friday night to relive the glory days at the Fall Out Boy's latest concert performance....

Four people on a stage playing instruments. A crowd watches them from the audience.

Q&A: Punchlove on its debut album ‘Channels’

A band of five NYU graduates, Punchlove, released its debut album and is currently going on tour.
Julia Diorio, Music Editor March 14, 2024

Punchlove, a band of five Steinhardt graduates, is currently on tour for their new album “Channels,” an urban collection of shoegaze and electric indie tracks that showcases...

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Staff Recs: Who runs the world?

Our favorite feminist media to carry you into this Women’s History Month cultured and empowered.

The greatest part of March — besides the warming weather — is that it celebrates women. It creates a space to go back in time and highlight powerful women in history who were...

A front entrance with the text “Electric Lady Studios” written in a retro white font on two reflective walls.

‘An exploitative environment’: The interns behind Electric Lady Studios

Julia Diorio, Music Editor February 20, 2024
Student interns expecting to gain hands-on experience in the music industry told WSN they were made to do janitorial and administrative work at the renowned recording studio.
Greta Gerwig getting interviewed on a stage. She and her interviewer are sitting on pink stools and smiling. A large printout of the Barbie “B” logo stands behind them.

The case for Greta Gerwig

“Barbie” snubs in the Oscar nominations have the internet in an uproar.
Julia Diorio, Music Editor February 2, 2024

The Oscar nominations for “Barbie” are out. Ryan Gosling was notably nominated for best supporting actor for his performance as Ken. More notably, Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie...

A woman with dark skin and brown curly hair wearing a red sweater, a pair of blue jeans and red sneakers smiles as she lounges back on a pale pink couch. A bucket of popcorn is in her right arm and a book named “Love Stories” lies on her leg.

Staff Recs: Mwah!

WSN’s Arts Desk spotlight their favorite swoon-worthy books, tunes and films to celebrate this Valentine’s Day.

Whether you’re excited for or dreading Valentine’s Day, we at the Arts Desk have compiled a wide range of romance-related media to get you through the holiday. We’ve got...

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5 NYC movies to get you excited about being back on campus

The best movies for living your main-character life.
Julia Diorio, Mick Gaw and Alexa Donovan January 31, 2024

For many students, our first taste of New York City was through the silver screen. Whether it was watching the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man trample through Midtown or Meg Ryan climax...

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Staff Rants: New beginnings or old complaints?

WSN staff shares their thoughts on the beginning of the 2024 spring semester.

On time: Yezen Saadah — Deputy Managing Editor  It has only been a week, and yet I feel like I’m already halfway through the semester.   On course schedules: Molly...

A collage of four books: on the top left is a book titled “Daughter: A Novel” written by Claudia Dey, with an abstract pink, red, orange and yellow shape with white sparks on its black cover; on the top right is a book titled “My Husband” by Maud Ventura, with a face with blue eyes, blonde hair and red lipstick on its cover; on the lower left is a book titled “Know My Name: A Memoir” by Chanel Miller, with a dark turquoise cover with three yellow lines across corners; on the lower right is a book titled “Cleopatra and Frankenstein” by Coco Mellors with a close-up of a woman’s face on its cover.

Books beyond Bobst: A story about a father and daughter, a book narrated by an obsessive wife, and more

Books beyond Bobst is a monthly book-rec column highlighting what NYU students are reading now, outside of their classes. If you’re in need of a new read, look no further.
Alexa Donovan, Julia Diorio, Emily Genova and Alisha Goel January 29, 2024

“Daughter” by Claudia Dey  — Alexa Donovan, Deputy Arts Editor  I am absolutely certain about only a few things in life, but one thing I am sure of is this: when...

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Staff Recs: la fin.

Join WSN’s Arts Desk in celebrating some of this year’s artistic triumphs.

The final stretch of the year is both cherished and chaotic with its never-ending festivities. Before you gorge yourself on Christmas cookies or get tipsy on spiked eggnog, though,...

Fake snow falls around a group of ballet dancers dressed in light blue costumes who stand on a stage that is designed to look like a forest covered in snow.

‘The Nutcracker’ is worth your time this December

With its timeless magic and intricate artistry, “The Nutcracker” is a ballet built to be a lasting holiday tradition.
Julia Diorio and Carmo Moniz December 4, 2023

Every time I hear the first few notes of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” some of the happiest memories from my childhood come to mind. Nights spent doing homework...

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Staff Recs: Caw-caw!

WSN’s Arts Desk shares their fowl-themed favorites.

If you couldn’t tell, we had a little trouble coming up with a theme for this month’s staff recs. November is a strange month, awkwardly sandwiched between two of our favorite...

A display of shelves showing Taylor Swift smiling with the words 1989 (Taylors Version) with multiple vinyls in the middle of a large room with other aisles of items on sale.

Review: ‘1989 (Taylor’s Version)’ proves the album will never go out of style

Taylor Swift’s rerelease of “1989” is a dreamy rendition of her New York past that showcases her lyrical artistry.
Julia Diorio, Music Editor October 30, 2023

Red lips, smeared eyeliner, a blue dress on a boat, one lost Grammy and a suspected snowmobile crash with then-boyfriend Harry Styles — 2014 Taylor Swift had every bit of inspiration...

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Staff Rants: Spooky season

Our staff shares their thoughts on Halloween.

On still having class Molly Koch — Opinion Editor It’s simple, wear your halloween costume to class.    On trick-or-treating — or the lack thereof Krish Dev —...

Four women dressed in 1920s clothing are sitting on a picnic blanket on grass. There are plates of food in front of them and they are covering themselves in blankets. They are holding fans.

Review: ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ glorifies American sin, white greed and forbidden love

Martin Scorsese’s first Western crime drama represents the duality of man while also educating the audience on the Osage’s “Reign of Terror.”
Julia Diorio, Music Editor October 20, 2023

For the Osage Nation, a Native American tribe, the flower moon brings health and rejuvenation. As the moon rises in May, flowers begin to bloom, and the medicine they hold becomes...

A multimedia piece of an “Only Murders in the Building” poster, a portrait of musician John Maus, a red book cover titled “Berlin” by Bea Setton, a blue book cover for “In The Miso Soup” and a Yeah Yeah Yeahs album cover of a hand cracking open an egg.

Staff Recs: BOO!

With the Halloween season officially starting, WSN’s Arts Desk highlights books, songs and more to get you in the holiday spirit.

Trick or treat from WSN’s Arts Desk! We can’t give you candy, but we can give you something even more delicious — our Halloween-themed favorites.  In case you haven’t...

A crowd gathering at the Governors Ball music festival. There is a modified Statue of Liberty behind the crowd wearing a pair of sunglasses.

Summer music festivals aren’t what they used to be

Despite the recent rise in popularity of music festivals, repeated disasters and mishaps may be a sign they’re in decline.
Julia Diorio, Music Editor September 22, 2023

Usually, you know what you’re getting into with a music festival. You go. You spend $20 on a tiny hot dog and another twenty on water. You walk around aimlessly between three...

Global Fashion Collective showcases cultural couture from across the world at NYFW

Global Fashion Collective showcases cultural couture from across the world at NYFW

Global Fashion Collective’s New York Fashion Week shows spanned two days, bringing established voices in fashion from around the world to New York City.
Nikkala Kovacevic, Julia Diorio and Payton Selby September 13, 2023

Global Fashion Collective presented 17 international designers who showcased their visions of home, place, beauty and time through their New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2024...

A collage of a copy of Either slash Or by Elif Batuman, a long playlist of “BELEZA PULA” by Masayoshi Takanaka and various black vinyls lay against a purple background.

Staff Recs: How to romanticize the start of a new term

WSN’s arts editors spotlight a range of media to help you fight those back to school blues and start your semester right.

We know what the first days of school are like. Whether you’re a first-year trying to navigate living in New York City for the first time or an overwrought senior ready to wrap...

A black-and-white photo of a stage with two rugs, a grand piano, a double bass, an amp and a drum set.

Smalls Jazz Club’s fight to keep jazz alive

Spike Wilner, a musician and the manager of Smalls Jazz Club, spoke with WSN about what sets Smalls apart and the importance of jazz music.
Julia Diorio, Contributing Writer April 26, 2023

Nestled in the West Village, Smalls Jazz Club is home to a New York staple that is slowly disappearing. Spike Wilner, a professional jazz musician, has been playing piano jazz...

Two people browsing racks and tables of tee shirts in a store. A red neon sign that reads “City Fun” hangs above, and tee shirts and a skateboard hang from the back wall.

‘It’s band tee heaven’: City Fun is the East Village spot for music merch 

City Fun is a bright spot on an East Village block otherwise dedicated to bodegas. The store sells shirts from all your favorite bands, benefiting both the artist and the small local business.
Julia Diorio, Staff Writer April 20, 2023

Located on First Avenue between Second and Third Streets, City Fun is a vibrant explosion of color and music in the East Village shopping scene. The store exclusively sells band...

Sam MacPherson, who has curly blond hair, wearing a light gray denim shirt, white t-shirt, dark blue pants and brown chukka boots.

Sam MacPherson on new EP ‘Powerlines,’ upcoming tour

“Last Minute” went viral on TikTok and skyrocketed Sam MacPherson into fame. Now, he talks about his new EP and headlining tour.
Julia Diorio, Contributing Writer April 14, 2023

Sam MacPherson was one of the many artists who had a song go viral on TikTok during the pandemic, with “Last Minute” reaching nearly 20 million streams on Spotify. He’s a...

Anna of the North poses for a photo, wearing a brown top and a black leather jacket.

Anna of the North on how her Scandinavian roots set her apart 

Singer-songwriter Anna Lotterud talks about her rise to fame, her current North American tour and what goes into her songwriting process.
Julia Diorio, Contributing Writer April 7, 2023

Anna Lotterud, the singer-songwriter behind Anna of the North, makes “soft, soul-bearing electro-pop.” Her nickname was given to her after her move across the world from Norway...

Director Martin Scorsese wearing a suit and a blue tie, standing in front of a backdrop with the N.Y.U. logo and text “TISCH SCHOOL OF THE ARTS.”

Martin Scorsese makes appearance at first Tisch Gala since 2019

NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts celebrated Hank Willis Thomas and Deborah Willis at the first post-pandemic edition of its flagship fundraising event.
Clara Spray and Julia Diorio April 6, 2023

The Ziegfeld Ballroom was full of stars and smiling faces for this year’s edition of NYU’s Tisch Gala. From Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese to university president Andrew...

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A love letter to ‘New Girl’ as it departs from Netflix

The iconic show is leaving the streaming service, and fans are not happy.
Julia Diorio, Contributing Writer April 5, 2023

Last month, Netflix announced that “New Girl,” the cult classic TV sitcom that follows a quirky schoolteacher and her three roommates, would be leaving the platform on April...

Musician Palmyra Delran wearing a black jacket while holding a magnifying glass in her hand. She sits in front of a white backdrop.

Palmyra Delran: The trashy-pop queen of rock ‘n’ roll

The former Friggs frontwoman and current Underground Garage radio personality discusses her 30 years of experience in the music industry.
Julia Diorio, Contributing Writer March 21, 2023

Palmyra Delran has seen nearly every corner of the music industry. As a former member of the Philadelphia rock bands The Friggs and Pink Slip Daddy and collaborating with LA supergroup...

A photo of the four members of the band Quarters of Change standing in a line showing the sides of their bodies. They are wearing black clothes and are standing against a blurred blue background.

Rock band Quarters of Change on its ever-evolving sound

Members of rock band Quarters of Change talk about their beginning as a group and how they used the pandemic to their advantage.
Julia Diorio, Contributing Writer March 6, 2023

Composed of four tight-knit, born-and-raised New Yorkers — Ben Acker, Attila Anrather, Jasper Harris and Ben Roter — the band Quarters of Change masters a modern revival of...

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Review: New doc on Sarah Lawrence cult tells the harrowing truth of survivors

The docuseries follows a group of nine students at Sarah Lawrence College who fell victim to manipulation. It serves as a harrowing realization that cults are not things of the past, but closer than we know.
Julia Diorio, Contributing Writer February 28, 2023

Content warning: This article contains descriptions of sexual assault. Sarah Lawrence College sits in the small village of Bronxville, New York, an affluent Westchester County...

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Review: With ‘This Is Why,’ Paramore continues to exceed expectations  

Paramore’s long-awaited sixth album reminds us that the pop-punk band is here to stay.
Julia Diorio, Contributing Writer February 22, 2023

My first interaction with Paramore was in elementary school. My older cousin was obsessed with the music group and I was obsessed with my older cousin, so Paramore became the coolest...

From left to right: Noelle Scaggs, Michael Fitzpatrick, John Wicks, Joe Karnes, Jeremy Ruzumna and James King all dressed in semi-casual outfits, posing in front of a colorfully patterned background.

Fitz of Fitz and the Tantrums on his musical philosophy and upcoming tour

Michael Fitzpatrick discusses success within the music industry and the resurgence of “Out of My League” on TikTok. 
Julia Diorio, Contributing Writer January 30, 2023

With over 400 million streams on “Out of My League” and 200 million on "HandClap,” Fitz and the Tantrums has everyone singing along, regardless of age. The band is composed...

From left to right: a man wearing a green hoodie, a woman wearing a black puffer jacket, a man wearing a black leather jacket and a woman wearing a red puffer jacket dancing in a room. There is a tripod with a camera in front of them.

Barbershop by day, dance club by night: Astor Place Hairstylists

Astor Place Hairstylists, a New York City institution, recently broke into the party scene with help from NYU sophomore Quincy Davis.
Julia Diorio, Staff Writer December 12, 2022

I walk past Astor Place Hairstylists on my way to class every week, and I have always admired their sign: “We speak Italian, Russian, Greek, Spanish, French, Polish, Uzbek, Farsi,...

A road sign that reads “the letter E 22 Street” and “Third Avenue” is hung on a wall filled with Christmas decorations.

Rolf’s NYC: Christmas sleigh or neigh?

Relatively ignored during the off-season, Rolf’s is packed until closing from November to January. Do the reviews and social media exposure live up to the hype at this German bar?
Julia Diorio, Staff Writer December 5, 2022

Christmas in New York is famous for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular show, its Rockefeller Center decorations and window displays galore. As a born and raised New Yorker, even...

Greyson Chance wearing a black turtleneck sweater stands at a corner of a room. There are two shadows of him on the two walls behind him. The photo is in black and white.

Q&A: Greyson Chance on his music comeback and prioritizing mental health

Singer-songwriter Greyson Chance gets candid about his new era of music and his most recent album. He is playing at Gramercy Theatre on Friday, Dec. 2.
Julia Diorio, Contributing Writer December 1, 2022

If you didn’t see singer-songwriter Greyson Chance’s cover of “Paparazzi” back in 2010, you probably lived under a rock. His middle school talent show performance in Oklahoma...

An illustration of a brown-haired woman in a long-sleeve blue shirt holding a bagel with her left hand. Behind her there are floating bagels in vertical lines, against a dark blue background.

How to order an NYC bagel the right way

New York City is famous for its bagels. Here’s how to act like a pro at the counter.
Julia Diorio, Contributing Writer November 30, 2022

New York City is famous for having the best bagels in the world. There’s nothing like a good bagel in the morning to jump-start that 8 a.m., but if you’re new to the city,...

An illustration of TikToker Caleb Simpson. He has brown hair and is wearing a navy Yankee hat and pink hoodie. Simpson is standing in front of two brownstone buildings.

How much is rent in New York City?

An interview with TikTok’s Caleb Simpson on the wealth disparity within New York City communities.
Julia Diorio, Contributing Writer November 23, 2022

From left to right: A man with brown hair wearing a gray jacket with grid patterns and a white T-shirt. A man with dark hair wearing a blue T-shirt with an unintelligible logo, a black jacket and black pants. A man with dark hair wearing a white T-shirt, a green jacket and beige pants. They stand in front of a cyan-colored wall with a half-opened, white grid door.

Q&A: New Rules discuss TikTok fame and their boy band identity

WSN sat down with the U.K. and Irish boy band to talk about their new song, music tastes and favorite type of pasta.
Julia Diorio, Contributing Writer November 21, 2022

Not to be confused with the Dua Lipa song, New Rules is everything you’d want from a United Kingdom-based boy band. Alec McGarry, Nathan Lambert and Ryan Meaney first broke...

An illustration of a vinyl record on which the image of a man with a beard and long black hair is imprinted. He is wearing black jeans, a dark green T-shirt, and a light gray long-sleeve button-up, and is standing in a grassy field with mountains in the background. A Great Dane sits next to him on the right.

Review: Noah Kahan encapsulates the beauty of heartbreak, healing and the New England fall on ‘Stick Season’

After Noah Kahan’s backyard video of his single “Stick Season” went viral on TikTok, fans waited with bated breath to see if the album would meet their expectations.
Julia Diorio, Contributing Writer November 2, 2022

Indie artist Noah Kahan is a master of lyrical storytelling. Previously known for his popular collaboration with Julia Michaels in “Hurt Somebody,” Kahan can no longer be classified...

Portraits of different sizes are hung up in an art gallery. The gallery has white walls and wooden floors.

Wolfgang Tillmans shares his fearless perspective of the world in new MoMA installation

Wolfgang Tillmans’ ‘To look without fear’ blurs the line between aesthetics and politics.
Julia Diorio, Contributing Writer September 26, 2022

On Sept. 12, the line for The Museum of Modern Art went around the block, even before its 10:30 a.m. opening. Many of those waiting carried cameras, notebooks and laptops in order...

An illustration depicts a blue shirt coming out of a canvas tote bag. The background is a purple and blue gradient.

NYC Versus American Suburbia: The Limitations of Self Expression

Moving from a small town to the big city, I had dreams of expressing my true self. However, I had not considered the realities of being a teenage girl in New York City. How can I express myself if I fear for my safety?
Julia Diorio, Contributing Writer September 25, 2022

A crowd of concert attendees is lit by a purple light. A male screams into the camera.

NYU Mystery Concert: Loop pedals, mosh pits and ‘Happy Birthday’

Students met performers Ethel Cain, Skaiwater and Polo Perks with an outpouring of love.
Julia Diorio, Contributing Writer September 23, 2022

There was a sense of contagious energy in the air as students excitedly chatted in anticipation of the three acts coming, eager to blow off steam from the beginning of the semester....