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Washington Square News

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

Washington Square News

A woman with black hair, wearing a black shirt and black leather jacket, stands in front of a gray tiled wall.

Q&A: Miki Berenyi on ‘Fingers Crossed’ and the new chapter of her life

WSN sat down with Berenyi to talk about her memoir, the impact of music as she ages and what it was like navigating the ’80s alternative music scene as a biracial woman.
Stephanie Wong, Arts Editor April 22, 2024

Best known as the frontwoman of the band Lush, Miki Berenyi was an icon of the shoegaze scene back in the ’80s and ’90s. Her red hair is instantly recognizable to any veteran...

A man with headphones speaking into a walkie talkie on a film set.

Q&A: South Korean filmmaker Lee Chang-dong on realism in cinema

With Lee Chang-dong’s upcoming retrospective at the Metrograph, WSN spoke with the legendary South Korean filmmaker about the significance of realism in his films.
Tony Jaeyeong Jeong, Staff Writer April 8, 2024

Director Lee Chang-dong’s films are uniquely Korean, and throughout his career, his work has served as cultural beacons for the future of Korean cinema. “Peppermint Candy”...

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Q&A: Filmmaker Neo Sora on capturing Ryuichi Sakamoto’s final performance

WSN spoke with director Neo Sora about his latest film “Ryuichi Sakamoto | Opus,” the late musical icon’s last recorded concert.
Mick Gaw, Film & TV Editor March 15, 2024

Based in both New York and Tokyo, Japanese American filmmaker Neo Sora is a relative newcomer to the world of cinema. Named one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” by...

Brynn Cartelli performing at Brooklyn Steel on Feb. 10, 2023. (Manasa Gudavalli for WSN)

Q&A: Brynn Cartelli on her debut album, ‘OUT OF THE BLUE’

The pop star and Steinhardt student spoke to WSN about her powerhouse pop album, the color blue and artistic inspirations.
Eliana Brown, Contributing Writer February 27, 2024

American singer Brynn Cartelli is making a bold entrance into the pop scene with her debut album, “OUT OF THE BLUE,” which releases on March 1. Cartelli made a name for herself...

Band members Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan and James McNew pose in front of a pier with a bridge over it.

Q&A: Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan on the challenge of playing 8 straight nights

An inside look at one of indie rock’s most beloved holiday traditions.
Holden Lay, Staff Writer December 5, 2023

Nearly every year since 2001, the band Yo La Tengo has lit up the menorah and taken the stage for eight nights of Hanukkah shows, with proceeds from each night going to a different...

Two beams of light from a spotlight around a man covered in red light standing on a stage with a guitar. In front of him stands a crowd of people.

Q&A: Current Joys shifts into hyperpop mania in ‘LOVE + POP’

WSN sat down with singer-songwriter Nick Rattigan to talk about his latest album’s stylistic shift, current musical influences and future projects.
Stephanie Wong, Arts Editor November 14, 2023

Since the release of his debut solo album “Wild Heart” in 2013, Nick Rattigan — also known as Current Joys — has cemented himself in the hearts and playlists of angsty,...

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Q&A: Director and NYU alum Raven Jackson on the making of ‘All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt’

WSN spoke with Jackson, the director of A24’s newest release, about creating visual poetry with an uncompromising vision.
Liv Steinhardt, Contributing Writer November 6, 2023

“All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt” has been repeatedly described by critics as a work of sensorial poetry — more visual lyricism than narrative cinema. Following the story of...

Singer-songwriter and N.Y.U. student Val Olson, or Deadbeat Girl, sings on a concert stage lit up in blue alongside a bass player. Under the stage, audience members record her performance on their phones.

Deadbeat Girl speaks on artistic collaboration and current tour

Singer-songwriter and NYU student Val Olson has turned their background in music production and passion for lyricism into a budding career.
Eleanor Jacobs, Contributing Writer September 27, 2023

Val Olson may be 20, but Deadbeat Girl has just celebrated their first birthday. In the whirlwind year since releasing their kickoff single, “Another Day,” the indie-rock artist...

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...

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...

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A conversation with Irish indie-rock sensation Inhaler

Fresh off the release of their sophomore album “Cuts and Bruises,” WSN spoke with Irish rock band Inhaler about representation and vulnerability.
Ary Russell, Contributing Writer March 10, 2023

The Irish rock band Inhaler has decided to take a more stripped back approach on its sophomore album, “Cuts and Bruises,” in comparison to their earlier work. “Cuts and Bruises”...

Five people take pictures in front of a mural that depicts green mountains, tan buildings and trees. A Chinese national flag is drawn in the foreground. Two Asian people are smiling at the camera as they point to the Chinese slogan “collective prosperity” on the bottom of the mural.

Q&A: Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke on China’s changing identity

WSN spoke with celebrated Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke about nationalism, the internet and capturing contemporary China.
Nicolas Pedrero-Setzer, Arts Editor February 20, 2023

Jia Zhangke is often seen as the North Star of Chinese independent cinema. His continued interrogation of the nation’s cultural changes ever since he took up filmmaking in 1997...