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On 'Lover,' Taylor Swift shows tremendous artistic growth

Swift has spent her whole career trying to describe true love in her songwriting. In the liner notes for "Red" she muses,“real love shines golden like starlight, and doesn’t fade or spontaneously combust. Maybe I’ll write a whole album about that kind of love if I ever find it.”  And with "Lover," she achieves that. In a call-back to "Red," Swift sings “I once believed love would be burning red/but it’s golden like daylight.”


Comedian Jim Norton will return to Buffalo to perform at Helium Comedy Club from Sept. 5-7.
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Jim Norton brings his honesty to the Buffalo comedy scene

Jim Norton became interested in stand-up comedy when he was 12 years old. Now, Norton performs at sold-out shows across the country and runs a radio show on weekday mornings. He has also created several podcasts, appeared in a few comedy shows, published two books and may have a small role in the upcoming Netflix feature film “The Irishman.” 


The Jonas Brother lit up the stage in vibrant colors while they entertained the crowd at the KeyBank Center Tuesday night. From left to right: Kevin Jonas, Joe Jonas and Nick Jonas.
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Buffalo catches the ‘Lovebug’

On Aug. 30, 2009, 12-year-old Sarah Scott’s dreams came true when she saw the Jonas Brothers live in Toronto. Ten years later –– and wearing the same t-shirt from 2009 –– her childhood dreams came true again, this time with a beer in her hand.


Struts vocalist Luke Spiller performs at Canalside Thursday.
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The Struts boogie-woogie by the harbor

 The Struts, currently on their “Young and Dangerous Tour” in support of their latest studio album “Young and Dangerous,” took on the rainbow-lit stage at Canalside on Thursday night and opened to the cheering crowd with “Primadonna Like Me.” Spiller dazzled on stage with his signature glittered cheekbones, black tattoo chokers, a gold fringe jacket, and an embellished green blouse.  


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The Grapevine

The Jonas Brothers, Nas, Wiz Khalifa: The biggest comeback story in pop this year, a hip-hop legend and a slightly-past-his-prime rapper are just a few of the many acts taking the stage in Buffalo this summer. Just because students can finally take a break doesn’t mean Buffalo’s music scene needs to. The Spectrum compiled a list of some of the hot music events coming up during the warm summer months.


NOVEL restaurant offers an eclectic array of entrees in a modern atmosphere
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Post-graduation gourmet

College graduation is a significant milestone for many students. Graduation parties are gone, but it is still a time for celebration. Buffalo is known for wings and beef on weck, but that doesn’t mean there is a lack of fine dining in the area. The Spectrumcompiled a list of restaurants that are fancy enough to convince your mom that you took care of yourself for the last four years.


Graduation is a time for celebration. The Spectrum compiled a list of songs to commemorate the end of the 2018-19 school year.
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Graduation grooves

The end of the year is a time of celebration. You can find a reason to rejoice if you survived finals week. Especially if you’re a senior.


Rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie saw the most energy out of Saturday's Spring Fest crowd.
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A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie wins over Spring Fest crowd

A late lineup change didn’t impact this year’s Spring Fest’s turnout. And it didn’t impact the crowd’s energy either. Opener Rich the Kid pulled out of his slot on Friday, just one day before he was set to open for Lil Baby and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie. But his replacement, New York rapper Young M.A, didn’t feel anything like a replacement.


The UB Choir practices for “Love Songs from the British Isles.”
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UB Choir prepares for Spring concerts

UB Choir Director Claudia Brown doesn’t care about being new. Brown, who began directing the choral program in 2017, harbors the challenge of running vocal groups and channels it into building a strong and diverse performance.





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