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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...

Collecting the Body, Transferring Desire

February 17, 2005

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What do a Japanese sword, stiletto shoes, a penis sheath, and a Barbie have in common? Curated by UVM students, "Collecting the body, Transferring Desire" is one of the new spring exhibits at the Fleming Museum. On view are different objects of desire, or what some might call fetishes of different cultures. Contrary to popula...

“Fell in Love with a Boy”

February 17, 2005

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A crazy thing happened to me in the post-office the other day-I found out people are listening to soul again. But, it wasn't just anybody; it was three little girls with blonde hair and pig tails. They had choreographed a dance to the song on the radio, and one was the lead-singer while the other two backed her up. They knew all ...

Breakbeats in the Land of Dante

February 3, 2005

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Florence is a delightful city, home to the greatest masterpieces in art history; the finest wine from the nearby Chianti region; and olive oil so luscious it can be used to prepare pretty much every single one of the delicious dishes you might consume there. It is sadly lacking in one staple of any good culture, however: Mu...

An Appointment at Higher Ground with John Brown’s Body

February 3, 2005

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I woke up on Friday and looked at my hands, still marked with the Higher Ground under-21 "X." Scratching my head released the stale smoke locked in my hair and now my dreams were fading. I could remember last night. John Brown's Body (JBB) played one mean set of some of their best reggae tracks. I still felt those reverberating vo...

The Flo Hosts An End of the Semester Party at Nectar’s

December 6, 2004

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p>December 12th, The Flo' and The Casual Fiasco will perform an end of the semester party at Nectar's from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. If everyone else's semester has been like mine, getting drunk with the Flo' sounds just perfect. Better, at least, than sitting in your room crying yourself to sleep in the fetal position. These...

Ming and FS: Was Burlington Ready?

November 8, 2004

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This past Thursday night at Club Metronome displayed exactly what is wrong with Burlington's hip-hop and deejay scene. Ming and FS, urban rhythm aficionados, headlined and schooled Burlington's own hip hop outfit The Loyalists. The Loyalists played a set clocking in around 45 minutes. The three groupmembers all started on...

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...

Book Review: City of Glass

October 16, 2004

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Protagonist Quinn is a thirty-five year old novelist living in New York. He lives uneventfully with his wife and son until a bizarre chain of events, catalyzed by a single misdirected phone-call, send his life spiraling away from normality in this engaging novel by Paul Auster. The book takes you on a mind bending ri...

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...

Too Poignant For Hollywood: The Vermont Internation Film Festival

October 16, 2004

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Dubbed the "World's oldest human rights and environmental film festival," the Vermont International Film Festival has been one of Vermont's only forum for independent filmmakers since its inception. It has nutured and encouraged those voices within our community that otherwise would stand little chance of being heard. Issues re...

What is Wrong With Music Today

October 16, 2004

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Avril Lavigne: "My Happy Ending." The Canadian singer's second single from her Under My Skin album assaults the listener in a rather ingenious way. To call the song's first line, "Let's talk this over, it's not like we're dead," clumsy would seem a grotesque understatement. The music that follows is largely irrelevant, as it...

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