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Soulvation Army: Burlington’s Musical Militia

February 7, 2006

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Soulvation Army does not take second-hand clothes donations. Nor do they feed the homeless hot soup on a single-digit day in Burlington. They do, however, perform an important social function: funk and soul. Formed in 2005 with the...

Vermont Musician Michael Franti

January 31, 2006

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"As I've traveled around the country and traveled around the world, I've realized that there's millions of us who believe that we should do everything in our lives to create peace, and that we'll be more effective in putting an...

Wise up to Matisyahu

November 15, 2005

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"I really believe in the universal nature of music and I'm excited that my music is touching different groups of people no matter what their personal beliefs are." -- Matisyahu On Saturday, Oct. 22nd, Matisyahu gave an electr...

Jeremy Scott is So Hot Right Now

February 22, 2005

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Here at the Cynic we are under a constant assault from aspiring musicians looking for publicity, and most of them don't deserve any. Every day, we editors and writers dread receiving the newest hit singles from the best crappy pe...

Family Groove Company Coming To Nectar’s

February 22, 2005

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Think of jam songs like dragsters: shaky vehicles flirting with disaster. The tires might blow, the car could hit the wall, and the next one looks to do the same. Bands often lose sight of composition and rely on jams like a ...

STS9 Is Coming Too

February 17, 2005

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Sound Tribe Sector Nine has played Burlington many times in the past few years. After releasing their new album Artifact on their own independently owned record label 1320, this tour will be one not to be missed. The new al...

A Cynic Exclusive With The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy

October 27, 2004

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Colin Meloy, lead singer and songwriter of the Portland based band The Decemberists, is an angelic embodiment of the indie-rocker stereotype. He wears nerdy glasses, a vintage shirt and a grandpa v-neck sweater. He drops names li...

Colonel Claypool’s Bucket of Bernie Brains

October 16, 2004

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Being a long time Primus fan I was excited when I heard that Les Claypool, lead singer and arguably one of the best bass players around, would be making a new CD for this fall. The band's name, Colonel Claypool's Bucket of Be...

T.E. Breitenbach Comes To The Fleming

April 26, 2004

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Some of you may know who he is because his painting "Proverbidioms" has been reproduced and is now a popular selling poster throughout the world. Others may be aware that he painted a triptych for Jim Morrison of the Doors in...

Off the Record: Esoteric

April 19, 2004

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This past week the Cynic had a chance to catch up with Esoteric, the rapper from one of Boston's premier hip-hop acts, 7L&Esoteric. 7LES is known for its consistently innovative records, (DJ) 7L's flawless production, and Es...

A Conversation with Vinnie Paz

April 12, 2004

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This Thursday Higher Ground will be hosting one of the most dynamic and original Hip Hop duos to come out in the last few years: Vinnie Paz, aka Icon the Verbal Hologram and Stoupe the Enemy of Mankind, also known as Jedi Mi...

Honey Nut Roasted at Living/Learning

March 1, 2004

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Let's face it; we are at the heart of Phish country. Although the Burlington scene has developed a bit of diversity, it often seems like there a few too many jam band knock offs with words like groove and project in their names. No...

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