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National Album Review: Dreams and Nightmares by Meek Mill

Posted on November 14, 2012 by Sam Hill in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

Rapper Meek Mill’s major-debut, Dreams and Nightmares, has its high spots but often feels more like a hip-hop head’s nightmare than it does an album to put on repeat. Rappers who come up through the mixtape circuit have two options on how to handle their debut in the major leagues. One option is to stick […]

Get your drag on: USM’s 13th annual Royal Majesty Drag Show

Posted on November 14, 2012 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture, Features

Michael DesRoches, graduate student creates a beard for Dri Huber, junior social work and psychology double-major.

It’s that time of year again and Portland is gearing up to get its “drag on.” The largest campus and community drag show in Northern New England, the annual Royal Majesty Drag Show will return for its 13th year on Nov.16 in the ballroom at Holiday Inn By The Bay. This year’s show will be […]

Album Review: good kid, mAAd city by Kendrick Lamar

Posted on October 30, 2012 by Sam Hill in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

With the West Coast on his back and the open support of rap veterans, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar has dropped his major-label debut album, good kid, mAAd city, and is instantly being hailed across the industry as “the new king of West Coast rap.” The album is subtitled “A short film by […]

USM’s Stonecoast MFA program ranked top ten in U.S.

Posted on October 30, 2012 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture

Poets and Writers magazine, a well-known publication to most lovers of the writing trade, recently ranked USM’s Stonecoast MFA program in creative writing as eighth in the nation among low-residency programs. Stonecoast has been in the top ten since the 2007-08 rankings, proving to be one of the most prominent MFA programs in the U.S. […]

Lewiston-Auburn campus used as set for upcoming independent zombie film

Posted on October 30, 2012 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture, Features

LAC was invaded by a horde of zombies last Sunday as Freight Train Films filmed scenes for the upcoming movie How to Kill a Zombie. Hundreds of zombie enthusiasts, regional actors and students showed up to volunteer as zombie extras. “This is just a fantastic experience for everyone here,” said award-winning actor, director and president […]

Portland considered top foodie destination in America

Posted on October 30, 2012 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture, Features

Rumored to have more restaurants per capita than any other U.S. city except San Franciso, Portland is definitely a must-see destination for any foodie. The city’s food scene is thriving and with an abundance of fresh seafood at the ready, a collection of local artisan bakeries, numerous distinct independent breweries and a community of innovative […]

National Review: EP No. 01 by Smoke and Jackal

Posted on October 22, 2012 by Sam Hill in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

EP No. 01 is the debut release of the alternative, southern rock group Smoke and Jackal, which consists of already accomplished musicians Nick Brown, guitarist and vocalist for Mona, and Kings of Leon bassist, Jared Followill. The seven-track EP was recorded within a week at Brown’s home studio in Nashville, Tenn. Bringing two accomplished musicians […]

Casablanca Comics hosts visiting artists

Posted on October 22, 2012 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture, Features

Ben Hatke and Zack Giallango sit down to meet with fans at Casablanca Comics.

Casablanca Comics in Portland will host a collection of nationally renowned comic creators and artists over the next few weeks. These events will give fans of the genre a chance to meet with active artists in the field, getting an inside view of the business and a chance to chat with the creators of some […]

Live electronic music is coming alive in Portland

Posted on October 15, 2012 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture

Live Electronic, a very new and innovative genre, is flourishing here in Portland Maine. It seems these days we hear a lot of people complaining about how nothing is new anymore. Even students at USM who have access to Portland’s music scene. “I think a lot of the generation lacks a fire in them to […]

Palestinian Film Festival

Posted on October 15, 2012 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture

The second annual Palestinian Film Festival is underway in Portland, hosting film screenings in various locations throughout the city. The festival was organized by Maine Voices for Palestinian Rights, a group that works to support nonviolent efforts to end the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories. They work through educational outreach, making important information on […]