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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.


‘Endless’ journey of perfection for Frank Ocean

04/17/18 11:47pm | By BRENTON J. BLANCHET

The word "perfection" is corny. Nothing is truly perfect – especially art. Everything comes with its faults.

I tried to find fault with the recently-surfaced CD-quality version of Frank Ocean’s “Endless.” I listened from a critic’s perspective several times over. I removed my personal feelings for Ocean’s craft and just listened as if it meant nothing to me. And I’ve come to a conclusion.


The Weeknd gives R&B the time of day again

04/05/18 5:55pm | By BRENTON J. BLANCHET

Album: “My Dear Melancholy,”

Artist: The Weeknd

Label: XO

Release Date: March 30

Grade: A-

When The Weeknd rose to underground fame in 2010, much of his appeal revolved around mystery.

The singer, also known as legal name Abel Tesfaye, uploaded to tracks to YouTube under his stage name, absent of any information about his identity.


The grapevine

04/05/18 3:15am | By BRIAN EVANS

With winter weather sticking around through April, stepping out can be difficult.

As we approach the end of the semester and finals, The Spectrum compiled a list of events and shows across campus and throughout Buffalo to get you out and moving this April.

The Zodiaque Dance Company Spring Program

Thursday, April 5 - Sunday, April 8

In its 44th season, the Zodiaque Dance Company will take the stage at the Center for the Arts April 5 through April 8.


From 'SNL' to Broadway: A conversation with Colin Quinn

04/05/18 3:07am | By BRIAN EVANS

Behind and in front of the camera, Colin Quinn finds resonance in all forms of comedy.

Whether it’s starring in one-man shows on Broadway directed by friend and fellow comic Jerry Seinfeld or his tenure as a writer for “Saturday Night Live,” the comedian brings experience and influence that have helped span a 30-year career.

Quinn spoke with The Spectrum about his “One in Every Crowd” stand-up tour, experiences working the comedy circuit and his upcoming shows at Buffalo’s Helium Comedy Club on April 26-28.