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System of a Down and The Mars Volta Attack Montreal

September 12, 2005

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Though System of a Down and The Mars Volta hardly have similar styles in the kind of music they write, record, and perform, a factor that unites the two acts is that they are both absolutely unique in the world of modern popular music. On Monday the 29th (the first day of classes for all UVM students), the two played a sh...

Eggars: A Genius? or Just Staggering?

September 12, 2005

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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, by David Eggars ventures into the presently unchartered waters of a fiction/non-fiction novel. It is a heartbreaking story about David Eggar's parents, who died when he was in college, leaving him with an 8-year-old brother to take care of. To say that the work is one of staggering ge...

Off the Record: Kanye West

September 12, 2005

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Dear Summer,I know that you'll miss me. We go together like Nike Airs and crisp tees. But, the school year is upon us again and it's time for the Off the Record hip-hop column to start up again. We'll start the year off by skipping over all of this summer's hottest releases to focus on Kanye West's end of summer release o...

WRUV with The Slip/Benevento Russo Duo

August 31, 2005

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Members of The Slip and The Benevento/Russo Duo got together at Higher Ground on August 13th to perform a special show in the Showcase Lounge. The Slip features the Barr brothers (Andrew and Brad) and Marc Friedman who formed their power trio in Boston 8 years ago. Marco Benevento (keys) and Joe Russo (drums) make up the wi...

Theatre Preview

August 31, 2005

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Practice begins the first day of classes for students in the Theatre Department. They need an early start since the first performance of the year will be Christopher Durang's Beyond Therapy, which runs from September 28 to October 1, and then again from October 6-9. Student and member of the Theatre Department, Dave As...

STS9: A Rockin’ Good TIme

March 8, 2005

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It's February 21st, and I'm shaking in my boots. For the past five years, I have heard these guys, and every time I have listened to them they have seemed to get better. Now, they are selling out venues up and down the East Coast, West Coast, and internationally touring. My taste in music seems to have grown almost in conjun...

RATATAT Talks with WRUV

March 8, 2005

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Curt: There is very little out there that sounds like you guys, where do you get your sound from?Even: I think between the two of us our tastes are like, all over the place. I tend to get really obsessed with certain things. I was getting really into dub a couple months ago, I listened to tons of that and lately I've been list...

Jamie and Doug Return to Slade

March 7, 2005

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This past Thursday, March 3rd, Jamie Masefield and Doug Perkins played a concert in Slade Hall for what, the umpteenth time? It was a kicking show. As Jaime and Doug agreed, "It started out slow, but it really picked up at the end." This was due mostly to the audience, which slowly trickled in, with typical UVM style, most arri...

Billy Martin of Medeski, Martin, and Wood Converses with the Vermont Cynic

March 5, 2005

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Saturday night, February 26th, after a hot Medeski, Martin, and Wood show at the Higher Ground, I sat down to have a conversation with virtuoso innovative jazz drummer Billy Martin.Vermont Cynic: So some of the crowd felt jilted by you guys not coming back out for an encore-was there a particular reason?Billy Martin: Well the...

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...

What Will “Be”

February 21, 2005

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Legend has it that in the forties Lester Young was the king of cool. His introverted sax style eased out from his horn like a trail of incense. He was poetry and more than anything his aura was unexplainable-it was mysterious-Lester just had a way. It's that kind of presence that elevates an artist just a little bit higher th...

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