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The best of both worlds

11/16/17 2:01am | By BRENTON J. BLANCHET

The UB Concert Band, led by music department Professor and Director Jon Nelson, joined the Genkin Philharmonic for their annual fall performance at Slee Hall. The two groups came together to present “A Young Person’s Guide to the 20th Century.”

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The Grapevine

09/07/17 12:24am | By BENJAMIN BLANCHET

The easiest part of the semester is over. Your syllabi are in hand and Labor Day weekend is sadly in the books, but if you’re looking for things to do this weekend, there are plenty of musical events in and around Buffalo for your entertainment.

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Travis Scott, 2 Chainz and more make noise in Buffalo

09/03/17 8:12pm | By BRENTON J. BLANCHET

Fans may not have gotten all they voted for, but Fanbassador’s first Tailor Made Festival was a night to remember.

A rowdy crowd of several thousand took to Canalside Saturday evening to catch performances from a variety of rappers and electronic groups. Their excitement mainly appeared during mainly hip-hop sets, like that of Waka Flocka Flame.

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UB Fall Fest rocks Baird Point

09/03/17 12:45pm | By BENJAMIN BLANCHET , DAVID TUNIS-GARCIA

Genres collided as Lil Uzi Vert and New Politics performed at the first outdoor Fall Fest since 2014, bringing a unique energy to this year’s show.

Lil Uzi Vert, known for his high-octane trap ballads, led the line-up which included hip-hopper Blackbear, rock band New Politics and singer Roy Woods. While the crowd began slightly lethargic and dispersed over the large outdoor space, they came together and increased in vitality as the chilly night progressed.

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Battle of the fests: UB students torn between Fall Fest and Tailor Made after fests scheduled on same day

08/30/17 11:33pm | By BENJAMIN BLANCHET , BRENTON J. BLANCHET , DAVID TUNIS-GARCIA

In addition to the Student Association’s annual Fall Fest, another high profile festival will be taking place downtown. Tailor Made Festival, featuring last year’s Fall Fest headliner Travis Scott along with 2 Chainz, will take the stage on the same night that Lil Uzi Vert performs on North Campus at this year’s Fall Fest.

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Jay-Z resurrects on "4:44"

06/30/17 2:34pm

Jay-Z plots against his own life and succeeds on his latest album "4:44."

The old Jay-Z is no more on the album as the rapper picks apart and evaluates the last couple of years.

In 2013, a year after the birth of Blue Ivy Carter, Jay dropped the forgettable Magna Carta Holy Grail hoping to remind the youngsters he never left. The following year, neo-soul queen Solange tears into him in an elevator over a certain ‘becky’ he’s involved with.

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“Wonder Woman” brings grace and much needed heart to the DCEU

06/06/17 3:34pm | By DAVID TUNIS-GARCIA

DC Comics needed a win. “Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Suicide Squad” did very well at the box office, but both were rightfully panned by critics and any discerning fan. “Man of Steel,” the first film in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), received mixed reviews at the time of release and looks worse in retrospect for establishing the grim tone of this universe and prioritizing spectacle over any sort cohesive vision or characterization.

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Thundercat, The Pharcyde and more dominate Field Trip Festival

06/05/17 7:54pm | By BENJAMIN BLANCHET

A historic Canadian fort transformed into a musical arsenal this past weekend as artists performed at Field Trip Music and Arts festival.

Field Trip, which took place at Toronto’s Fort York site on Saturday and Sunday, failed to disappoint the thousands in attendance. The festival turned five years old this year and blessed concertgoers with the likes of rock group Phoenix, indie band Broken Social Scene, jazz-hop group BADBADNOTGOOD (BBNG) and others.

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