Staff Pick: Julia Nunes at The Basement

From the March 8, 2012 edition

Decry the internet all you want for facilitating a ruthless hype cycle that’s less than meritocratic, to put it nicely. But sometimes Al Gore’s finest invention really does bring power to the people. Consider the case of Julia Nunes, a Rochester college student whose YouTube performance videos (50 million views and counting!) made her a grassroots success story. She is that giddy, goofy girl from your college dorm gone viral, and she’ll bring her laid-back, personable stage show to The Basement this Friday on the heels of a Conan performance, an Entertainment Weekly feature and a professional video for “Stay Awake” that nearly matches the contagious whimsy of her star-making home videos.