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Melodies for days: Q&A with singer and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird

22 hours ago | By HANNAH STEIN

A glockenspiel, violin, guitar –– Andrew Bird plays them all.

Bird, a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter will perform at UB’s Center for the Arts on Saturday as part of his “Echolocations: River” national tour.

The Spectrum spoke with Bird before the concert about his latest album, “Echolocations: River” and his extensive music career that began when he was four-years-old. Bird has 14 albums and “Echolocations:River” is his second installment in his “Echolocation” series, where he takes inspiration from various landscapes.


Five questions ‘Star Wars Episode VIII’ needs to answer

12/20/15 10:50pm | By Tom Dinki

If you we’re hoping “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was going to answer all your questions, you’re going to be disappointed when you see the movie.

And you clearly don’t know much about this saga.

The series set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away loves its mysteries and reveals – especially those dealing with parental lineage. And while we got our answer to who Kylo Ren is – he’s Han Solo and Princess Leia’s son – we also got even more questions that the next installment, “Episode VIII,” will have to answer.

Here are the top 5.


‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ recaptures both the perfections and imperfections of original trilogy

12/20/15 6:04pm | By Tom Dinki

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” recaptures the spirit of the original trilogy. The stories are simple. The humor is done appropriately. The characters make you care about them. There’s not much exposition and there’s often convenient plot devices to get the heroes out of tricky situations. It emulates the original trilogy’s perfections and imperfections.


How UB arts students handle finals week

12/14/15 2:25pm | By KENNETH KASHIF THOMAS

Students in arts majors programs employ preparation techniques different than many students, mainly due to the nature of their examinations. Most of their finals examinations are performance-based – although some do involve memorization – but the physical and creative aspect of art is hard to quantify on just paper alone.


Music and memory

12/10/15 6:53pm | By BRIAN WINDSCHITL

Regardless of whether it’s beneficial or not, many students claim that listening to some form of music when they are studying actually helps them out distractions and focus on the task at hand.


Spotify playlist: The 2016 Grammy nominations

12/09/15 12:46am | By BRIAN WINDSCHITL

Awards season is coming around once again and from Kanye West’s rants to Miley Cyrus’s recent antics with Robin Thicke, everyone loves a good headline.

Next year’s Grammy nominations have already stirred up some controversy, with many believing that some indie acts like Tame Impala or Sleater-Kinney deserved a nod. Many more believe that Madonna and Prince were also snubbed from the Grammy nominations.

Next year’s show is sure to be as dramatic as all the other years. Here’s The Spectrum’s list of our favorite Grammy-nominated artists and songs.


And the Grammy nominees are…

12/09/15 12:11am | By Gabriela Ortiz

While the Grammys are not meant to award artists based on commercial success, its impact on popular culture remains prevalent and every year millions of people tune in to watch their favorite artists win.


Will the Blumquists ever learn on ‘Fargo’?

12/08/15 12:28am | By DAN MCKEON

Earlier in the season, I criticized “Fargo”for focusing too much on the Blumquists early on. They seemed boring to me, like just another folksy Minnesota couple. Maybe it was their accents that threw me off.

By now, the Blumquists are the uncontrollable factor that keeps the gang war fresh and unpredictable.


The Grapevine

The grapevine

12/06/15 3:23pm | By BRIAN WINDSCHITL

This week, Buffalo has a slew of surprising acts coming in to perform. From feminism icons, former American Idol stars and the genius behind 2011’s hit song “Friday,” there are too many concert choices this week to pick just one. Do yourself a favor this finals week and get out of your dorm room or apartment, de-stress and catch a concert.


Jay Z’s Tidal announces new CEO-Jeff Toig

Jay Z’s Tidal announces new CEO-Jeff Toig

12/03/15 10:21pm | By GIOVANNI GAGLIANESE

TIDAL is a new addition to the music streaming industry. Much like Spotify, Pandora and other services, it offers music and playlists based on moods, activities and genres. The company has recently made Jeff Toig, former chief business officer of SoundCloud, its CEO in the hopes of becoming a stronger company.