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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.”


Spectrum Q&A with UB artist-in-residence Rima Yamazaki

09/14/17 12:30pm | By BENJAMIN BLANCHET

As part of UB’s Creative Arts Initiative, filmmaker Rima Yamazaki is residing at UB until Oct. 31.

Yamazaki, a Japanese-born and New York-based filmmaker, has been featured all around the world, with screenings in Brazil’s Move Cine Arte Film Festival and Rome’s MAXXI festival just this year alone.

The filmmaker, alongside professor Nicholas Bruscia, spoke at Hayes Hall on Wednesday after screening her film “Nakagin Capsule Tower: Japanese Metabolist Landmark on the Edge of Destruction.”

Before the screening, Yamazaki spoke with The Spectrum about her work and the film she’s producing in Buffalo.


Squeaky Wheel keeps on turning

09/11/17 9:54am | By DAVID TUNIS-GARCIA

Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center was established in 1985 with the goal of innovation in media through three core concepts: exhibition, education and access to technology for all. Located at 617 Main St. in downtown Buffalo, Squeaky Wheel continues that legacy through their workshops, open equipment rental and multimedia art exhibitions.


"Get Me Out of My Head" reflects the mind's workings at El Museo

09/07/17 12:25am | By BENJAMIN BLANCHET

On Friday, over 30 people attended the opening and artist talk for “Get Me Out of My Head” at Allen Street’s El Museo. The reception made the already small venue a bit tighter as Harris, one of two featured artists in the exhibit, discussed his paintings. The exhibit also featured Von Voetsch, a UB alumnus, who tackled his battle with brain cancer in his work.


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.


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.


UB Fall Fest rocks Baird Point


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.


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


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.


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.