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December movie guide

12/07/17 4:40am | By DAVID TUNIS-GARCIA

The holidays are a time to stay home and spend time with family and friends. It’s also a time to trek to the nearest movie theater and pay to sit in silence with a bunch of strangers for a few hours.

At first glance, December appears to be a light month for releases but a closer look reveals a few gems hidden among whatever dad-movie Steven Spielberg is putting out these days. Oh, and the biggest movie of the year.

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UB Glee sets a new tone

02/17/16 12:47am | By KENNETH KASHIF THOMAS

Starting only eight years ago, the UB Glee is in a transitionary stage. Last year, with a brand new executive board, the club made many important decisions regarding events, trips and overall policy. The club focused on making its event schedule more manageable. While UB Glee traditionally held two events per semester, the club has decided to cut down to one per year, to take place before finals week, according to Events Coordinator Nabil Faisullah

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Happy Birthday, Steak and Cake Records

02/14/16 4:34pm | By GRACE TRIMPER

Hannah O’Rourke, a SUNY Buffalo State graphic design student, said she couldn’t believe how much talent was in one basement.

O’Rouke, along with other music lovers and friends and family of local musicians filtered in and out of West Side basement venue Curly’s Saturday night to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Brandon Schlia’s Buffalo-based independent music label, Steak and Cake Records, as well as Schlia’s 31st birthday.

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Product Placement

Product placement on the rise

02/14/16 3:17pm | By Luke Heuskin

Peyton Manning’s post-Super Bowl 50 interviews treated Americans to more than the trivia of what the Broncos’ quarterback’s favorite brew is.

Manning left no doubt that Budweiser – and none other than Budweiser – was the best way for the nation to go on celebrating his team’s victory, as he twice stated in postgame interviews that he would be drinking that brand of beer after the big win.

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Q&A: Steak and Cake Records turns 5

Q&A: Steak and Cake Records turns 5

02/11/16 4:05pm | By GRACE TRIMPER

Started in 2011, Steak and Cake has spent the past five years producing local indie, alternative and even hip-hop groups, including Schlia’s own rock band Red Heat. His Bandcamp page has a discography of almost 100 different projects and collaborations with musicians from across the City of Buffalo and beyond.

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Future reigns in wicked start to the year

Future reigns in wicked start to the year

02/11/16 4:02pm | By DARLENE BRUMFIELD

Purple Reign’s track list includes “Super Future” delivering another masterpiece, without the need for featuring artists. The frenzy and increasing popularity Future has acquired can also be a result of his exclusion of featuring other artists – solely sticking to his grassroots of providing hard, gritty lyricism, with memorable ad-libs.

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The Spectrum’s sex playlist: R&B edition

02/07/16 5:10pm | By BRIAN WINDSCHITL

The past year has been killer for R&B music. From the The Weeknd’s domination of the charts to the inventive FKA twigs, the scene is bursting with promising new talent.

For The Spectrum’s annual sex playlist, we decided to pick out some of our favorite R&B songs that are good for late nights.

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