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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 Mind Tricks. Their most recent album, Visions of Ghandi, is out on Baby Grand records. For anyone looking fo...

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. Now don't get me wrong I am a huge fan of listening to one of these bands at a party while sipping ba...

Thank God For Kimock

March 1, 2004

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The Steve Kimock Band is one of those bands that makes one realize that music is still progressing, interesting, and most of all, beautiful. The audience at the Higher Ground on Thursday, February 26th, felt extremely lucky to be a part of something so uniquely special. Steve Kimock is a musician that looks at music in a perf...

A Conversation with Steve Kimock

February 23, 2004

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Steve Kimock is arguably one of the best contemporary guitar players out there. He regularly attempts to reinvent himself, and is a man of experimentation. Kimock is not afraid to take chances or to step outside of the box.Dubbed as Jerry Garcia's favorite unknown guitar player, Kimock fuses jazz, blues, world, and whatever ...

A Conversation With Quilt

February 17, 2004

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I met Derek Pinkham and Chris "Cuzo" Cocuzzo at Muddy Waters on a beautiful Friday afternoon to discuss their band, Kwilt. Muddy's is something of a Burlington tradition for UVMers and townspeople alike. The delicious coffee and homey tree-like decor provided the perfect atmosphere in which to interview this local college ba...

Dave Johnson Talks About Yonder Mountain String Band

December 8, 2003

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"Playing in Vermont is like maple syrup: sweet and delicious" is the first phrase that comes to Dave Johnston's mind when asked about playing in Vermont. Johnston and his fellow band mates, Adam Aijala on Guitar, Ben Kaufman on bass, and Jeff Austin on Mandolin, make up the Yonder Mountain String Band, which will play th...

What is The New Deal?

December 8, 2003

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On October 23, 2003 The New Deal came to Higher Ground in Winooski to bring its instrumentally constructed house beats, fused with jazz, hip hop, and eletronica, to a packed house in which everyone had their minds set on dancing their asses off. I arrived at Higher Ground at 7:00 p.m to have a chat with The New Deal's ba...

A Finger in Your Ear: A Conversation with Keller Williams

December 8, 2003

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Anyone who has had the opportunity to listen to Keller Williams knows that he is truly the greatest one-man band. With what seems like no difficulty, Williams is able to be an entire band consisting of everything from guitars and basses to an array of percussion instruments. And I don't mean where one stops, another begins. No...

An Interview with Sean Daly

October 27, 2003

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As the front man for one of the most successful underground hip-hop groups to date, Slug has garnered national and international praise for Seven's Travels, Atmosphere's latest album. As a leading voice in what can accurately be defined as one of the most influential major popular art movement of our time, Slug has positioned hi...

Don’t Let These Guys Give You The Slip

October 20, 2003

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This coming Saturday night, October 25h, don't miss a truly unique, original, and exciting band called The Slip, which will be performing down the street at Winooski's own Higher Ground. The Slip is a trio consisting of brothers Andrew Barr (drums), Brad Barr (guitar), and longtime friend and bandmate Marc Friedman (bass). Over the last ...

String Cheese Invades UVM

October 20, 2003

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On October 8, 2003, The String Cheese Incident came to UVM to spread their lighthearted grooves to a student body awaiting them with open arms. While surprisingly tickets were still available at the door, they managed to come very to close to reaching Patrick Gymnasium's full capacity. The Cheese took the stage at approx...

Remarkable Rembrandt

October 6, 2003

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It's not the usual thing these days in 21st Century America to attend an exhibit that requires either very good eyesight or a magnifying plate to view the works of art. Great art, however, as Provost John Bramley pointed out, has become almost commonplace in Burlington, the Andy Warhol exhibit this summer at the Fleming h...

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