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Spin the night

February 24, 2015

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UVM better prepare itself for “Something Un-expected”  happening on Saturday nights from 8 p.m.-10 p.m.WRUV 90.1’s own Bjorn Werner spins the feed Saturday under the DJ name BHE.Werner’s set consists of two hours of live DJ mixing where he showcases the latest releases from the worlds of deep house, U.K. garage and...

Rapper’s new single fights racism in U.S.

February 17, 2015

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Kendrick Lamar recently released an explosive and provocative track that caused a commotion in the hip-hop community.The song “Blacker the Berry” bluntly dissects the volatile racial crisis confronting African-Americans today.Lamar’s lyrics emphasize ethnic pride, which he expressed in his recent single “I,”  alon...

Shirt studio shines on

Shirt studio shines on

February 10, 2015

Phil Landry, graduate of Champlain college and owner of the Unknown Arts, prints in his studio on Ma...

Rapper rests in peace

Jon Zinter

February 3, 2015

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The hip-hop community was shocked and saddened at the sudden passing of Steven Rodriguez, 26, also known as A$AP Yams. He died Jan. 18. Rodriguez was the founder and mastermind behind A$AP Mob. He was a hip-hop encyclopedia. His vast knowledge of the genre allowed him to mold several successful rappers, most notably A$AP Roc...

Local artists talk future in Burlington

Becca Friedlander

December 3, 2013

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Burlington artists gathered in the SPACE gallery Nov. 13 in a fashion resembling the knights of King Arthur's court. The group was led by Christy Mitchell of the SPACE gallery, independent artist Clark Derbes and Art Map Burlington publisher Ric Kasini Kadour.  One of the issues brought up was the competition between artist...

Basement rock unearthed

Jacob Holzman

December 3, 2013

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Garages and rock go hand in hand - there is an entire genre of music entitled "garage rock." In rock n' roll, the basement band is the true emblem of what it means to be "in it for the music," the chief symbol of youthful energy and friendly rockin' out.  Townsend Revenue is one such band, a reminder that sometimes the music is what mat...

Artists transform trash into art

Julia Wejchert

September 8, 2011

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Where many have seen only garbage, seven Vermont artists saw raw materials for artistic expression. The walls of Winooski's Block Gallery were adorned with artwork made from recycled and repurposed materials. The exhibit, called "Upcycle Vermont," incorporated materials ranging from old windows to McDonald's wrappers to military uniforms. "...

The Barefoot Truth: They “love life”

February 26, 2009

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"Balsamic dressing and extra ranch on the side" are not the typical glamorous, hotel trashing or out of control demands of a successful band. But this is exactly what was demanded of Sodexho prior to Barefoot Truth's Feb. 13 show in the Davis Center. As far from typical as that may sound, that is Barefoot Truth. "We love playin...

Pretty & Nice? (Anything but)

February 23, 2009

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After lots of press and hype that the former hometown boys were back, Pretty & Nice failed to bring out the local fans on Thursday night at the Monkey House. The now Boston-based band on Hardly Art, a Sub Pop imprint, pulled out a bag of pop punk in the vein of OK Go and got their fans dancing. But, for a band that left Burlin...

Barn ball bounces back into Burlington

September 15, 2008

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On the way to Burlington each year, many UVM students pass the classic red clapboard barns that so scenically dot the Vermont countryside.So when walking through campus, one may not be surprised to spot a sculpture that pays a little tribute to those picturesque barns, but a sculpture that could roll away?Lars-Erik Fisk's "Barn Bal...

Q & A with O.A.R.

September 8, 2008

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The Cynic caught up with O.A.R. band member and saxophonist Jerry DePizzo to talk with him about their sixth album, forming a band in college and his biggest nonmusical influences, his family. They are slated to play Burlington this Wednesday at Memorial Auditorium.The Cynic: What's your take on starting as a band at the un...

UVM’s The Flo: Local Favorites Gaining Support

December 13, 2007

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Where do college bands start out? In dark grungy basements where the crowd could care less about who's playing as long as there is a steady beer supply. There will always be a few UVM students who will love a band solely because they are playing live music - regardless of their talent. A band shows undeniable talent when th...

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