Thursday, December 14th, 2017

A skösh of this and that: USM students’ band wins state-wide competition and prepares for debut album release

Posted on March 04, 2013 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture, Features

“These guys are badass,” said Tom Trasher, manager of the Fusion Lounge in Lewiston where the high-energy fusion band Skösh performed on Friday. “Really. You’re going to love them.” These guys are known in and around this town for their funky, upbeat covers. Listeners in the area come from all over to find them and […]

National Album Review: Hummingbird by Local Natives

Posted on February 25, 2013 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture, Music

lt may be too early to call it, but I’m willing to bet that Hummingbird by Local Natives will be considered one of the best albums of the year. Local Natives’ 2010 debut, Gorilla Manor, was a hit. The melodic and energetic lyrics combined with the choir-style hooks left listeners in love with this Fleet […]

Theater students compete in regional festival

Posted on February 25, 2013 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture, Features, Theatre

A select group of USM theater students made the trip to Hyannis, Mass. last Tuesday to take part in the nationally recognized 2013 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Some students competed and were successful, some just attended the workshops that were held, but all seemed to learn something new. “Our theater department, like all […]

Local Album Review: Ripely Pine by Lady Lamb the Beekeeper

Posted on February 25, 2013 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture, Music

Even though she performs under the name Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Aly Spaltro proves with her debut album Ripely Pine the she is no lamb to be led around. Spaltro taught herself to write music and sing, and until now has been releasing music recorded out of her home in Brunswick, Maine, and selling her work […]

National Album Review: Ordinary People by Olu

Posted on January 28, 2013 by Sam Hill in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

Riding high off internet buzz and armed with a surprising work ethic, Cleveland rapper Olu has given his fans what they’ve been asking for. Ordinary People is a full-length album that, like his previous releases, is full of first-rate lyricism, a varied collection of beats from underground producers and tracks that appeal to the tastes […]

National Album Review: O.N.I.F.C by Wiz Khalifa

Posted on January 21, 2013 by Sam Hill in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

“Used to be the kid, now homie I’m the man,” raps Wiz Khalifa on “Let It Go” from his latest and long-anticipated album O.N.I.F.C (Only N*gga In First Class). Wiz has finally recovered from his sluggish Atlantic Records debut, Rolling Papers, a admitted mistake that Wiz discussed in an open letter to fans earlier in […]

From Greece to Gorham: A look at one man’s ‘destiny’

Posted on January 21, 2013 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture, Features

Gorham House of Pizza owner Angelo Sotiropoulos poses at the register with employees (from left to right) Lindsay Chapman, Abigail Hayes and USM Media Studies & Communication major Ayrie Calhoun.

Last spring, Angelo Sotiropoulos thought his life was over. Gorham House of Pizza was boarded up and he was diagnosed with cancer at age 63. But with generous support from the community and some time to rest, he is back on his feet and back in the kitchen, continuing his journey here in Maine. Gorham […]

National Album Review: Long.Live.A$AP by A$AP Rocky

Posted on January 21, 2013 by Sam Hill in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

It’s official: Long.Live.A$AP has been worth the wait. New York rapper A$AP Rocky was signed to the majors almost two years ago, and a road of scrapped projects and delayed release dates was all that followed. Everyone was ready to write him off before the spacey single “Goldie” was released last April, just in time […]

National Album Review: Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys

Posted on December 03, 2012 by Sam Hill in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

Alicia Keys has gone through a lot of personal changes in recent years, and claims that Girl on Fire has been marketed as a heart-wrenching autobiographical album. While it might seem leaps and bounds more personal for Keys, and she has certainly matured lyrically, but the music throughout her fifth studio album remains the same. […]

Student brings Spain’s zest to Portland

Posted on December 03, 2012 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture, Features

Olas performs at Local Sprouts Cafe. Megan Keogh (left) and Lindsey Bourassa (right) perform an original, flamenco-inspired dance while other members accompany them.

“I fell in love with the Spanish language and just couldn’t let it go,” said Chriss Sutherland, a senior Hispanic studies major at USM. Sutherland has dedicated himself to studying, preserving and enriching Hispanic culture here at USM and in Maine through his work, and is a part of a successful Portland-based musical group of […]