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More Than Cowboy Boots and Guitar Solos

March 8, 2007

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"For me it's more than cowboy boots and guitar solos. It's about striking a chord with the listener, with myself, with Celia; a chord that pulses and pokes at feeling, soul, dance, love and laughter" Avi Salloway, of the blues/bluegrass/ rock duet Avi and Celia, said "Cowboy boots and guitar solos are still cool though," he...

We are Scientists = We are Reproductions

February 14, 2006

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p>The three guys from Southern California follow in the footsteps of retro bands like The Killers and Interpol. Although, unlike The Killers and Interpol, listening to their album is like listening to a rock opera, it's one very long song about drinking to get over a girl. With its mod overtones and wannabe-British feel, ...

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 hopes of winning the Battle of the Bands, Soulvation Army, a band with UVM roots, was origi...

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 end to "terrorism" by creating bonds of friendship than by dropping bombs on people and creating mo...

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 electrifying performance to a sold out Higher Ground audience. The show had sold out the Tuesday before th...

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 performers this great nation has to offer. However, there is a silver lining to this cloud of me...

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 parachute. Family Groove Company (FGC) is one quartet with their hands gripping tight on the wheel. Ad...

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 album features styles ranging from House and Down Tempo to R&B and Hip-hop flavored beats. While Artifact is...

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 like Ira Glass of NPR fame and goof-ball popsters Deerhoof, and cites Hemingway as his favorite wr...

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 Bernie Brains, is a combination of each of the artists in the new group: Claypool, who has produced CD...

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 the 70's. If you still don't know who I'm talking about, it's worth taking the time to find out. Th...

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 Esoteric's bullet-proof Beantown flow and high energy performances. Whether freestyling, doing a live sh...

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