Saving bucks with bikes

Posted on April 14, 2014 by nathanbaril in Arts & Culture

From insurance payments to oil changes, cars can be just as limiting as they are liberating. However, there is one method of transit that is a bonafide budget saver. There is a long list of costs associated with the proper maintenance of an automobile, and for a college student, this list can often be too […]

Musicians riff to pay the bills

Posted on April 14, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in Arts & Culture

Singers and musicians whose passion is pouring hours of practice and rehearsal into honing a musical craft, are finding plenty of ways to make money that go beyond just playing gigs. Landing gigs and performing at esteemed venues is near the end of the long road to making it big in a very competitive industry. […]

Movie Review: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Posted on April 14, 2014 by martinconte in Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews

Go down the road that splits at the Starbucks until you see the statue of the man with the lobster.  Enter the theater doors beyond the statue of the man with the lobster, purchase a ticket for the film named The Grand Budapest Hotel, walk thirty paces until you reach the theater doors, sit in […]

Azaria Chamberlain set to perform last show

Posted on April 14, 2014 by elledavis in Arts & Culture

Two USM students, Nick Decker and Chris Armstrong, have been bringing new sounds to Gorham with their band Azaria Chamberlain, but now, with only two shows left, the band is dissolving after being one of the most active bands on campus this year. Considered by some to be out of their element at USM, Decker, […]

Hartley’s latest album is full of lyrical twists

Posted on April 14, 2014 by dkelly in Arts & Culture

No, Portland is not the home of Willie Nelson or Townes Van Zandt, but we do have Wesley Allen Hartley—a country/folk asset giving this Northeastern city Texan comfort. Dusty roads, rusty road signs, cheap whiskey and heart-wrenching stories are at the heart of country/western music. Few listeners pick up an old fashioned country album to […]

Watts releases solo album after 31 years

Posted on April 14, 2014 by dkelly in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

Ben Watt, an accomplished writer, DJ, BBC radio personality, and musician, gives a peak songwriting performance on Hendra. Hendra begins with its self-titled track. Acoustic guitar, acoustic bass, background strings and a reverberated picked electric guitar part create a dim and somber feeling. Lyrics go, “I wish I’d studied harder now, made something of myself […]

Local electronic band deviates from the norm with their latest album

Posted on April 07, 2014 by dkelly in Arts & Culture

S/T, released by Contrapposto, is some of the strangest electronic music to come out of Portland. But something new is going on with this album. Made up of only two members, Jacob Pitcher and Mirabai Iwanko are able to make an enormous amount of sound. Ambient synthesizers, pounding drum machines, and smooth vocals make electronica […]

USM students zip their lips for the National Day of Silence

Posted on April 07, 2014 by matthewdonovan in Arts & Culture

Students at USM and across the world will join in a vow of silence on Wednesday to show their support for the LGBTQA community. Thousands of schools participate in this international event to show their support of gays and transgenders who are facing or have faced adversity. The Queer Straight Alliance leads the effort, but […]

Roman decadence thrives in The Great Beauty.

Posted on April 07, 2014 by martinconte in Arts & Culture

Whether he is walking down a cobble stoned street, dancing to pulsating electronic music on a rooftop into the morning, or staring up at the ceiling, imagining it as a cool expanse of ocean. Jep Gambardella, played by Tony Servillo, is a ghost of a former era, a notion of ‘coolness’ that was born in […]

Heroes and misfits and jazz

Posted on April 07, 2014 by dkelly in Arts & Culture

Heroes + Misfits, released by up-and-coming jazz pianist Kris Bowers, exemplifies the emerging trend of fusing hip-hop grooves with jazz proficiency. Winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and a Juilliard School graduate, there is no question of Bowers’s ability. Splitting his time between a Fender Rhodes and an acoustic piano, Somewhat of an […]