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The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

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Liz Cooper brings “Hot Sass” home to Burlington

Sophia Venturo, Culture Editor October 4, 2021

Illusory soundscapes and hot lights swept over the mossy rafters and rumbling crowd. Folk-rock artist Liz Cooper performed her new record “Hot Sass” at Higher Ground with supporting act New Madrid...

The Young Love Scene’s Gordon Goldsmith ‘03 poses for photos Sept. 2.

The Young Love Scene follows viral single with explorative debut record

Max Gerlach, Culture Staff Writer September 8, 2021

The Young Love Scene’s debut LP, “Holy Punch,” delivers just what its title entails: a holy punch. The Young Love Scene is Gordon Goldsmith’s ‘03 solo project. The 36-year-old Burlington resident...

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Tall Travis & the Beanie Babies v. indie-folk formulas

Connor Adams, Culture Staff Writer May 5, 2021

Student band Tall Travis & the Beanie Babies released singles “Raw Milk is Medicine'' and “Rotoscope Me” April 14 on Youtube and Soundcloud.  Both singles immerse the listener within a cacophony...

Lily Seabird on single Bug and debut album

Lily Seabird on single ‘Bug’ and debut album

Max Gerlach, Culture Staff Writer April 28, 2021

Imagine you’re a bug, scrambling through forests of grass as the feet of giants crush the ground around you. Your small world is revolving, twisting and turning as you try to make sense of it all, and...

Nullhegan’s Emma Downie and Ben Collins, both juniors, stand on College street April 11.

The overwhelming freedom of Nullhegan

Connor Adams, Culture Staff Writer April 12, 2021

Gutsy guitars and soaring vocals hypnotized audience members as juniors Ben Collins and Emma Downie of music duo Nullhegan rocked out in Brennan’s Pub. Nulhegan is a mix of blues, jazz and classic...

Sophomore Matteo Luban plays his Japanese Fender Stratocaster guitar April 2.

Matteo Luban on new single ‘Disarray,’ isolation and inspiration

Anna Kolosky, Assistant Culture Editor April 5, 2021

Bossa nova beats melt together with dancey vibes and guitar riffs in senior Matteo Luban’s most recent song, “Disarray.”  While the title suggests disharmony, Luban’s musical talent and inspirations...

Meg Lipke, Ground for Body, 2019, 72x60x5, Fabric dye, acrylic, beeswax on canvas, and polyester fill, Photo by Sam Simon

Questioning tradition with Meg Lipke’s ‘In the Making’

Quinn Johnson, Culture Staff Writer March 24, 2021

“In the Making” is a fun and funky exploration of the convergence of painting, sculpture and textiles, and centers on Meg Lipke’s ‘91 painting practice over the last five years.  Born in Portland,...

Left: Bag of Tears, c. 2015-2016
Right: Baby Slippers on Thorns, 2006

Enigmatic and experimental: Diane Gabriel’s ‘Pivotal Moments’

Quinn Johnson, Culture Staff Writer March 24, 2021

Escape the bustling crowds of Church Street Marketplace and step into a white-walled oasis.  On Feb. 12, Burlington City Arts revealed their Spring 2021 exhibitions, “Meg Lipke: In the Making”...

No Showers on Vacations subaqueous adventure

No Showers on Vacation’s subaqueous adventure

Quinn Johnson, Culture Staff Writer March 15, 2021

Get ready to go on a tropical vacation in the midst of Vermont winter.  No Showers on Vacation, a home-grown UVM band, has just released its first full-length album “Aquaband” on Feb. 26, 2021.  “Aquaband”...

Junior Matthew Carlton stands on the porch of his off-campus apartment Feb. 26. Carlton just released  “The Dream is Dead” under the artist name Tasheff.

Student releases emotional synth-pop EP

Anna Kolosky, Assistant Culture Editor March 3, 2021

When junior Matthew Carlton wrote his song “Head,” he didn’t realize that he would actually end up writing four songs that would turn into his first EP, “The Dream is Dead.”  Originally from...

Members of the band Lady Bits stand together posing for promotional shots they had taken for their recent album release.

‘Lady Bits’ brings practicality to punk

Quinn Johnson, Culture Staff Writer February 17, 2021

Look no further for your new favorite collection of headbangers.  Lady Bits, a Brooklyn-based, femme-punk, trio, released their latest album in Dec. 2020. Written and recorded over the past year, “Lose...

Daisy Hutter poses with her sculpture 2020 Self Portrait at Williams Hall Nov. 3.

Art student renders pandemic life in new sculpture

Laura Meyer, Staff Writer November 13, 2020

In the lobby of Williams Hall, a three-dimensional sculpture suspends from the ceiling. It is a portrait of a young woman wearing a mask. Her deep eyes and flowing hair are sketched in black and white,...

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