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Jill Scott, Lake Street Dive and more make accords with Rochester

07/03/18 7:33pm | By BENJAMIN BLANCHET

ROCHESTER — Grammy-winning singer Jill Scott adorned Rochester on Friday night, but not just with her fine-tuned vocals.

Her light aura and lyrical relatability made her an act to behold.

Scott paraded through her catalog with ease and cracked jokes to the audience’s amusement. By the show’s conclusion, she proved her place at one of Upstate New York’s biggest jazz platforms.


The Grapevine

07/02/18 8:43pm | By ARTS DESK

With summer underway, live music is fruitful in every corner.

Buffalo’s music scene offers something for everyone year round, for multiple genres and areas of interest.


Mr. Everything

07/02/18 8:28pm | By ERIK TINGUE

When Samuel Vespone isn’t studying for a chemistry exam or volunteering in Honduras, he’s working on his next song.

Vespone, a UB ‘18 alum, can hit riffs on the saxophone, blow the harmonica, toot the trumpet and strum the ukulele.

In short, he can play it all.

Vespone spends half his day making music in his studio apartment, working both with instruments and his own vocals.


A decade later: A conversation with Aly & AJ

06/07/18 4:47pm | By BRENTON J. BLANCHET

Aly & AJ is still the sister-powered pop rock group from the golden age of Disney, but Aly and AJ Michalka are no longer under anyone’s creative control.

They make their own decisions.

Last year marked an entire decade since the duo’s last album, “Insomniatic,” an appropriate time for Aly & AJ to release their first independent project “Ten Years.”


May Movie Guide

05/16/18 3:43pm | By DAVID TUNIS-GARCIA

This is it, folks: the end of a gosh-dang era. While it’s been fun indulging myself writing about movies (almost) every month in ways that probably only I find amusing, I do hope that at least one reader — if there are any — has enjoyed this half as much as I have.


Trap, rap and soul electrify Spring Fest

05/06/18 6:44pm | By BRENTON J. BLANCHET , BRIAN EVANS

With Saturday’s closing set, the self-proclaimed “trap lord,” A$AP Ferg, wasted no time jumping into his opener “Trap and a Dream.” He rushed the stage as soon as his verse began.

Ferg headlined this year’s Student Association Spring Fest alongside West Coast rapper Ty Dolla $ign and opener Daniel Caesar.


Spring Fest to be held in Alumni Arena

04/29/18 11:45pm | By BRENTON J. BLANCHET

Spring Fest 2018 will take place Saturday in Alumni Arena.

SA Events sent an email to Spring Fest ticket holders Sunday afternoon, which stated the May 5 event will happen inside Alumni Arena due to “low temperatures” and “poor field conditions.”


Finding a voice in Buffalo: Alan Zweibel’s journey from UB to 'SNL'

04/26/18 4:53am | By BRIAN EVANS

Alan Zweibel went from being a South Campus resident advisor to an Emmy Award winner.

After growing up on Long Island, Zweibel attended Buffalo State College and transferred to UB in 1969 for the rest of his college career. As a resident advisor at UB’s Tower Hall on South Campus, Zweibel found his niche as a comedy writer in his time as an undergraduate.


Bill Bruford takes on creativity behind the drums

04/19/18 4:40am | By BRIAN EVANS

From Bill Bruford’s perspective, the drums are everything.

Whether it is touring as a member of Yes, Genesis and King Crimson, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has drummed around the world over a 40-year career.

More recently, Bruford has tested the waters of academia.