The Vermont Cynic

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...

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...

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