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Alex Whetham is an asst. arts editor for The Spectrum


‘Cats:’ a miserable cinematic experience
Movie: “Cats” Director: Tom Hooper Starring: Francesca Hayward, Idris Elba, Robbie Fairchild Studio: Universal Pictures Rating: 2/10
Arts Desk 2019 album picks
As 2019 comes to an end, it’s time to reflect on the year’s finest musical releases. The past 12 months have provided listeners with quality music. Pop and hip-hop continued their chart domination with notable releases from Lizzo, Ariana Grande and Tyler, the Creator, while rock and metal contributed with strong efforts from Blood Incantation, The Twilight Sad and Opeth.
Five albums to reduce your stress
It’s the end of the semester, final papers and projects are piling up and you’re ready to pull your hair out. Mental health is just as important as physical health, stress is never good and sometimes the best thing to do is just relax. Finding a way to relax is easier said than done, but music can easily help students destress before finals and is one of the most accessible stress-relieving tools. Thanks to the advent of streaming, music for stress relief is affordable, you can listen to it while you study and it won’t force you to break a sweat like a run would.
The six best albums of the 2010s you probably haven’t heard of
There has never been a decade as hard to pin down musically as the 2010s.  Genres like trap and EDM took the mainstream world by storm as underground outsider genres like vaporwave (a genre consisting of already-existing ‘80s songs slowed down with reverb) challenged conventions of what music could be in the modern day.
The UB Curriculum is a waste of time
I used to be a proponent of the UB Curriculum.  As a former pre-med student, the chance to take a few English and Music courses while also pursuing psychiatry seemed ideal and a step above what I assumed regular general education programs would be like. But I misunderstood.
UB alumni work to revive WRUB after no plans for station revival set
In 1993, WRUB had over 100 students on staff. It had a radio signal that played everything from grunge to early hip-hop on airwaves throughout campus.
‘The Lighthouse’ is brilliance in black and white
Movie: “The Lighthouse” Director: Robert Eggers Starring: Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe Studio: A24 Rating: 10/10
UB gamers show mixed feelings toward Blizzard’s Hong Kong controversy
One of the gaming world’s beloved companies is facing criticism after a top gamer showed support for Hong Kong. On Oct. 8, Blizzard, creator of games like World of Warcraft and Overwatch, announced it would ban and revoke prize money from Hearthstone pro and Hong Kong native Ng Wai Chung (username Blitzchung). Chung, who won the company’s Asia-Pacific Hearthstone Grandmasters Tournament, wore a mask during an interview to show solidarity with Hong Kong natives looking to retain autonomy from maintain China.
‘Jesus is King’ finds Kanye West at his most unfinished
Album: “Jesus is King” Artist: Kanye West Label: Def Jam Release Date: Oct. 25 Rating: 5/10
‘A different art:’ Documentary series highlights community stories
Back-to-back screenings are usually similar.  But on Wednesday, Squeaky Wheel challenged this notion, screening everything from a film about upcoming fatherhood to a film on sheep becoming zombies.