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Sunday, February 28, 2021
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The three blue men playing with one of their signature instruments, the drumbone.

Bringing the blue to Buffalo

Buffalonians got a taste of absurdity Saturday night when three blue men stormed the stage at Shea’s.  The Blue Man Group performed at Shea’s Buffalo for its “Speechless Tour” as the four performers -- Meridian, Mike Brown, Steven Wendt and Adam Zuick  -- showed audience members why the performance art company has remained popular ever since it was first started in 1987.

John Palumbo and Rick Witkowski sit down and talk music with Alex Whetham and Justin Woodmancy.

Forty-five years of progressive rock: An interview with Crack the Sky

Crack the Sky is still able to rock the stage 45 years into its touring career.  The West Virginia-based progressive rock and art rock act has a career-spanning, rotating cast of 17 musicians and 18 studio albums, a catalog which sold out the Tralf Music Hall on Friday. While they never reached the heights of Prog-giants like Yes, Rush or King Crimson, they continue to satisfy their dedicated fanbase.

Kane Brown performing hits including Homesick, Heaven, and One Thing Right to a sold-out crowd at KeyBank Center.

‘Mr. Brown can woo’

Kane Brown, one of the biggest artists in country music, touched down at the KeyBank Center Saturday as he secured another accolade: his song “Homesick” had just hit No. 1 on country radio. The song, dedicated to members of the armed forces, is a country ballad at its finest.

Mundy Cakes owner Amanda Bernardini poses with cookies inside Mundy Cakes on Allen Street.

The sexiest bakery in Buffalo

Amanda Bernardini enjoyed baking sugar cookies with her mother and grandmother as a young girl in Rochester. Now she bakes and sells penis-shaped and lingerie-clad ass cookies at Mundy Cakes, her bakery on Allen Street in Buffalo. Since opening Mundy Cakes in the summer of 2018, she has stayed unabashedly true to her no-filter business model –– a model she certainly adopted since her youth.

Julia Erbacher selling upcycled pieces at a local art festival.

Found through fashion

Julia Erbacher was always sure that she wanted to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology.  But her college journey didn’t go as she expected. After starting at Niagara County College Community College, changing her major three times and finally deciding to study Spanish education at UB, she still couldn’t shake her vigor for vogue.

Wesley Schultz, the lead singer and guitarist for The Lumineers performed many top songs including Ho Hey, Ophelia, and Angela.

The Lumineers light up Buffalo

Ten thousand folk-rock fans filled up the KeyBank Center Wednesday night wearing uniforms of flannels, flat-brimmed hats and boots to watch the Lumineers perform cuts from their latest album, “III.” But the folk-rock group didn’t decide on a uniform until their encore, when lead singer Wesley Schultz and percussionist Jeremiah Fraites reentered the stage sporting Buffalo Sabres jerseys.

Cover of Animal Crossing: New Horizons

March Madness, but for gamers

March will be a great month for both sports and video games. As basketball fans look forward to March Madness, there are several highly anticipated video games dropping to stir up some “madness” in gamers as well. To help readers know what's coming up and what to look for, we’ve compiled a list of the most anticipated March 2020 releases.

 Rapper Pop Smoke who performed at Fall Fest last semester was shot dead in a home invasion.

2019 Fall Fest headliner Pop Smoke dies at 20

Rapper Pop Smoke is dead at 20 after being shot in his Hollywood home early Wednesday morning and students are remembering his UB performance just five months ago. The death is being reported as a result of a home invasion. As of 4 p.m. on Wednesday, the suspects have not been apprehended.

“Parasite” director Bong Joon Ho holds two Oscars.

UB community shares excitement over Best Picture winner

More than 20 million people from different countries and backgrounds tune into The Academy Awards each year.  But in over nine decades of award shows, there have only been 11 foreign films nominated for best picture at The Oscars. And the cinematic honor has never been awarded to any movie made outside of the U.S.

Sculptures of the dead were often made to accompany their body as a memorial to their life.

Ancient Egyptian mummies invade the Buffalo Museum of Science

A dark room filled with nameless corpses might not seem like a great place to spend an afternoon. But paired with unique coffins, intricate Graeco-Egyptian portraits and gold-coated bandages, the Buffalo Museum of Science offers an exciting and insightful experience.  The Golden Mummies of Egypt’s world premiere Saturday welcomed coffins, corpses and culture to Buffalo. The display, on tour from the Manchester Museum’s world-class collection, features a series of mummies and artifacts from the Graeco-Roman period of Egyptian culture. The artifacts date as far back as 332 B.C.E. and are combined with an enticing mix of immersive technology that connects the ancient and modern worlds. 

Waterparks album cover

Lonely heart club anthems

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and the panic is beginning to set in. As partners struggle to navigate Pinterest in search of thoughtful gifts, us singles will be carefully curating playlists to remind our lonely hearts that we “ain’t got no valentine.”

Caiaphas (Alvin Crawford), Annas (Tyce Green) and other priests singing about their plot to kill Jesus Christ.

‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ brings 50th anniversary tour to Shea’s

When “Jesus Christ Superstar” debuted in the ‘70s, it shocked audiences with its loud rock music, modern themes and non-traditional biblical interpretations. While rock is no longer the radical genre it once was, the latest U.S. tour has updated the revolutionary musical with aspects such as hip-hop choreography to help keep the show relatable for new generations.

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