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Alex Whetham is an asst. arts editor for The Spectrum


Dua Lipa’s ‘Future Nostalgia’ is a slightly disappointing nu-disco dance party
Album: “Future Nostalgia” Artist: Dua Lipa Release Date: March 27 Label: Warner Records UK Rating: 6/10
The Weeknd outdoes himself on '80s-influenced ‘After Hours’
The Weeknd the world knew and loved four years ago is shifting his image yet again. In the nearly four years since his last full length record, “Starboy,” Abel Tesfaye has been relatively quiet. Aside from his 2018 EP “My Dear Melancholy,” the only other art-related project he involved himself in was the Safdie Brothers-directed thriller “Uncut Gems,” which starred Adam Sandler.
Jay Electronica baffles on his debut, ‘A Written Testimony’
Jay Electronica has been in the public eye for so long that people began to doubt he would ever release an album. But the New Orleans rapper proved doubters wrong as he finally released his debut “A Written Testimony” on March 13.
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.
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.
92nd Academy Awards predictions and opinions
This Sunday, awards season is coming to a close with the 92nd Academy Awards. Despite being one of the latest award shows of the season, the Oscars always tend to generate the most buzz and controversy, thanks to persistent and valid criticism like #OscarsSoWhite.
What to expect at Slee Hall this semester
In a musical time where hip-hop and pop dominate arena concerts and punk shows run underground venues, it feels like classical music is underrepresented in the performance scene. But it isn’t hard to find it at UB.
Destroyer’s ‘Have We Met’ is confident, yet awkward synthpop
Album: “Have We Met” Artist: Destroyer Label: Merge Release Date: Jan. 31 Rating: 6/10
The best and worst performances of the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards
There was a shadow over the Grammy Awards this year. Whether this was due to the very recent passing of basketball legend Kobe Bryant or the various controversies surrounding the show, is not certain. Still, it is indisputable that the performances are one of the most anticipated parts of the Grammys, and that remained the case this year. The actual awards are never indicative of future success, but a particularly memorable performance –– good or bad –– can live on forever.
The grapevine
With the pressure of a new semester on the horizon, sometimes the only way to relieve that added stress is to go to a concert. From metal to underground hip hop and even legends from the ‘80s, here is a list of some of the most anticipated upcoming shows in the Buffalo area.