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The Spectrum’s winter movie guide

The Spectrum’s winter movie guide

01/26/16 11:26pm | By Luke Heuskin

As Valentine’s Day draws ever nearer, lovers all over the country are scrambling to find the perfect date. Some will opt for the exotic, while others prefer the classic choice of dinner and a movie. This February, Hollywood made sure to provide movies for every taste, from superhero movies to an ample selection of romantic films.


The Rust City Project: Crafting a blueprint for success

The Rust City Project: Crafting a blueprint for success

01/26/16 11:21pm | By BRIAN WINDSCHITL

The Rust City Project – Matt Sacha on vocals and guitar, Dan Heuskin on bass and Anthony Berardi on drums – has been trying hard to establish itself in the local Buffalo scene. For the three-piece, bluesy, riff-oriented alt-rock band, these struggles have defined the earliest experiences of the young band.


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.