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Rock duo Matt and Kim will perform at the Student Association's Fall Fest Concert Series. The series will take place at the Center for the Arts on Sept 21, Oct 6 and Nov 10. Each show will highlight a specific genre.

SA announces Fall Fest changes and lineup

The Student Association announced its Fall Fest Concert Series on Friday, with three separate shows held at the Center for the Arts throughout the semester. Vince Staples will headline the Sept. 21 hip-hop event, with support from openers Taylor Bennett and Blaise Moore. The Oct. 6 concert will feature alternative rock artists American Authors and duo Matt and Kim at the CFA, with the final Nov. 10 concert bringing headliner Ashanti, as well as supporting acts Tinashe and Queen Naija.

Alice in Chains spent six albums perfecting a guitar heavy, bombastic sound that listeners have come to know and love. Three albums in with latest lead singer William DuVall, Alice in Chains attempts to keep the ball rolling off of the success of their previous two albums. With "Rainier Fog," however, Alice in Chains sounds lost in its own complacent mindset bent on maintenance rather than experimentation.

“Rainier Fog” mixes heavy guitars with predictable melodies

Losing Layne Staley was never the plan for Alice in Chains. The iconic grunge singer’s overdose shook the band to its core in 2002, resulting in a a lasting hiatus that would plague any future releases. For years, it was a mystery if Alice in Chains could ever replace Layne Staley. Until William DuVall entered the picture.

Former Waiting Room owner Chris Ring is back with a new venue, Rec Room, which opens this September. Ring hopes the venue will continue Waiting Room traditions, still bringing national acts to Buffalo.

The Wait is Over: Rec Room opening in Buffalo

Last year, Waiting Room owner Chris Ring closed his popular music club. The venue owner was forced to relocate over 40 shows and say goodbye to Waiting Room’s four years of prominence in the Buffalo music scene. One year later, Ring’s new venue is continuing traditions and marking a “new beginning” for the club owner. The new venue, Rec Room, officially opens its doors in September, bringing both local and international acts to Buffalo.

Disney Theatrical Productions under the direction of Thomas Schumacher presents Aladdin, the US tour, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, book and additional lyrics by Chad Beguelin: Clinton Greenspan (Aladdin), Michael James Scott (Genie), Isabelle McCalla (Jasmine), Jerald Vincent (Sultan) directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw

Disney’s Aladdin travels to Buffalo

Based on the beloved Disney animated film from 1992, the “Aladdin” musical kept some of the film’s charm despite production flaws. The Broadway musical took center stage at Shea’s Performing Arts Center from Aug. 8 to Aug. 19 for a two-week run at the popular local venue. The musical’s Middle Eastern style production and costume design paralleled the extravagant beauty within Shea’s Theater. The costume and set designs contrasted between the constant golden imagery with rich colors and fabric.

Lake Street Dive, a multi-genre band, played in front of a sold-out crowd in Rochester on Thursday. The band was just one of the headliners at this year’s jazz festival in the city.

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

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 summer months call for competitive movie releases all fighting over who can be named “Movie of the Summer”. From long awaited sequels to low-budget independent films, the scheduled releases provide entertainment for all walks of life.

Summer movie guide

The summer is a time to relax, sip some lemonade and enjoy the influx of blockbuster films that premier between June and August.


The Grapevine

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.

When he is not studying for a chemistry exam or volunteering in Honduras, Samuel Vespone, a 2018 graduate from UB, is producing and making music in his own bedroom. His bedroom is set up like a studio, which allows him to express his creativity with the instruments he knows how to play

Mr. Everything

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.

Pop rock duo Aly & AJ just hit the road on their Promises Tour. The group talked with The Spectrum about their Disney past, struggles in the music industry and what to expect from their upcoming EP.

A decade later: A conversation with Aly & AJ

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.”

“Deadpool 2” comes out on May 18. Director Tim Miller left the project due to “creative differences” with star Ryan Reynolds.

May Movie Guide

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.

A$AP Ferg, Ty Dolla $ign and Daniel Caesar brought a diverse mix of genres to this year’s Spring Fest, providing sets consisting of rap, trap and soul that energized Alumni Arena from start to finish.

Trap, rap and soul electrify Spring Fest

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.

A$AP Ferg’s “Still Striving” offers some massive trap cuts and is a must listen for Spring Fest attendees.

Don’t forget the lyrics

We’ve all been there: walking into a concert, thinking you know what you’re about to hear and suddenly getting hit with the deepest album cut of all time. Well, have no fear for Spring Fest.

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