The Vermont Cynic

“CULT” hits home

March 11, 2014


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Fans of the punk-rock band Bayside were happily surprised Feb. 10 when the band decided to stream their heavily anticipated sixth studio album, "CULT," early on Pandora Premieres.  In an interview with Hopeless Records, lead vocalist Anthony Raneri said, "CULT, in a way, is the Bayside discography without using a...

Cynic Picks: A taste of Vermont

February 25, 2014


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WRUV DJ Dox, real name Karla Noboa, shares some tracks from Vermont artists. Her radio show ?Exposure? runs every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and features local and live music. 1. Artist: Paper CastlesSong: Thirty WeeksAlbum: Vague Era 2. Artist: Nose Bleed IslandSong: Lazy Dreams with Suzie SueAlbum:...

Metal hits Higher Ground

February 25, 2014


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A wide range of metal fans came from all over Vermont to see a slew of bands including The Kindred, Intronaut, Deafheaven and Between the Buried and Me at Burlington?s Higher Ground Feb. 24.Most of the crowd came from off campus. Many of which were adult fans from outside of Burlington or from ?45 minutes...

Non-profit puts locals on stage

February 25, 2014


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Burlington non-profit Friends + Family brought their do-it-yourself styled concerts up a step to the second floor of the Burlington City Arts center Feb. 22. The non-profit hosted a show that included five local acts who varied in style.Friends + Family is an organization that assists musicians to put...

Opening minds one note at a time

February 25, 2014


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The Red, Black and Green Revolutionary Eco-Music Tour made its second stop in Vermont, with a collaboration of jazz musicians both young and old. Students and local residents alike filed into the Southwick Recital Hall Feb. 20 for nearly two hours of music, theatrics and speeches by several notable figures.Among...

Talking on Transitions

February 25, 2014


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Members of the UVM community filled the Grand Maple Ballroom Feb. 20 to see Netflix original series ?Orange is the New Black? cast member Laverne Cox speak about her journey to womanhood. Cox is a transgender advocate, actress and producer first found acclaim on VH1?s ?I Want to Work for Diddy? and the...

Hearts don’t skip a beat

February 25, 2014


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"It's very simple when it comes to music because you get to be yourself," Heartbeat singer Dana Herz said.   Heartbeat is a musical group made up of Israeli and Palestinian youth who use their talents to share their experiences of conflict in the Middle East.   They also work to create a message of pea...

Alpenglow shines brightly

February 18, 2014


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A range of Valentine?s Day options, below freezing temperatures and three feet of snow didn?t stop nearly 200 fans from heading to Signal Kitchen for local act Alpenglow?s set Feb. 14.Topknots and Pabst Blue Ribbon cans bobbed along with the band?s tunes and the young crowd was nearly silent, with almost...

Burlington hip-hop going unheard

February 18, 2014


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Where are the beats and bars in Burlington?The Burlington hip-hop scene is, to the artists involved in it, an underutilized but vibrant community of positive vibes.Local emcee Justin Boland, also known as Wombaticus Rex, runs the blog ?Vermont Hip-Hop News.??It?s weird, it?s not nearly diverse enough...

From the personal to the comic panel

February 18, 2014


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?I?m so excited to be a professor at large! Kind of like a serial killer,? cartoonist Alison Bechdel said during her talk Feb. 11. Bechdel was recently inducted into the James Marsh Professor at Large program, which brings internationally distinguished individuals to campus. Throughout the talk, Bechdel...

Metal medley hits this city

February 18, 2014


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Brace your ears: a storm of distorted guitars and blast beasts is coming to Burlington Feb. 24. The Asheville, N.C. native, progressive metal band Between the Buried and Me is romping across the states on tour.The small tour also features the groups Deafheaven, Intronaut and The Kindred.Between the Buried...

Top mountain tracks

February 18, 2014


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A great playlist can create the perfect mood for a day of skiing. When I am riding the lift up, a smooth reggae song provides warmth and happiness, even if the arctic wind is blasting ice particles into my face. Similarly, when it?s time to conquer that gnarly bump run, an up-beat hip-hop track in my...

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