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Aer storms through Higher Ground

February 18, 2014


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Music fans arrived at Higher Ground Feb. 13 through the same storm that caused many professors to cancel classes.That night marked the beginning of Aer?s ?Word of Mouth? tour, which continues through March and zig-zags across the U.S. and Canada.The show opened with the four-man rock group from Los Angeles,...

Acts electrify Burlington

February 11, 2014


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The air rang with electronic beats and the walls shook with bass in the Higher Ground Ballroom Feb. 7.That night saw the Emancipator Ensemble, Odesza and special guest Real Magic all releasing their unique flavors of electronic dance music. The night?s first act was Real Magic, whose real name is Drew...

Battle for Springfest

February 11, 2014


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After three days of competition, the bands Tar Iguana and Binger took top prize at UVM?s Battle of the Bands.Hosted by the University Program Board in Brennan?s pub, the battle included more than a dozen musical performances over the course of three nights.The finale of the top five finalists was held...

Big gets bigger

February 11, 2014


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When a jazz student and saxophonist begins jamming with DJ?s in Boulder, Colorado, you get Big Gigantic, an electronic group with live drums and improvisation.The band was formed by Jeremy Salken and Dominic Lalli. As their name suggests, Big Gigantic has performed at some of the largest festivals in...

Fleming unveils two new exhibits

February 11, 2014


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The doors to art on campus are open yet again.The Fleming Museum recently held its seasonal opening reception Feb. 5. The reception is designed to introduce the museum?s collections to the public and to celebrate its tradition of providing new art exhibits to the UVM community. While the Honors College,...

Student unveils his own “Demon”

February 11, 2014


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Junior Matt Lipke showed his second full-length feature film, ?A Demon in My View,? at Billings Lecture Hall Feb. 8. He filmed, edited, directed, produced and wrote the film himself. The movie is about a girl whose parents died and in her first year of college, she is again haunted by the killer who...

Which flicks to pick

February 11, 2014


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The Oscars are in less than two weeks, so it is time for predictions.Who will take home the gold? Let?s figure it all out.Best Picture: ?12 Years a Slave?It?s not a sure bet, but a safe one for this year?s award. In terms of quality, ?12 Years? is an effective film but not a great one. With the Academy...

ODESZA and more coming to Burlington

February 5, 2014


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Coming to Higher Ground this Saturday is up-and-coming indie dance duo ODESZA, hoping to get an energy-stuffed dance party going.The group consists of Seattle-native electronic music producers Harrison Mills, also known as Catacombkid, and Clayton Knight, also known as BeachesBeaches.Two track from their...

Dan Coyle and his vagabond vibes

February 4, 2014


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He went from living out of cars and struggling with depression to internationally touring and performing. Dan Coyle finds music to be a means to cope with his pains and trials.?Whatever wants to come out will come out,? Coyle said.?It?s as if you were to paint something blindfolded, and then you take...

Framing injustice

February 4, 2014


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A photograph has the power to capture the emotion of a time and place. It can preserve in time moments of glory, passion, victory and defeat, as well as social injustice. The Black Student Union, along with the Inter-Residence Association, spoke with UVM students about social dominance and began a Microaggression...

Punk rock theatre comes to Flynn

February 4, 2014


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The unique merging of punk rock and musical theatre comes together in Green Day?s ?American Idiot? the musical, which opens at the Flynn Theatre Feb. 11. Written by Green Day?s singer and lyricist Billie Joe Armstrong and director Michael Mayer, the production is a compilation of songs from the album...

Tragic season so far

February 4, 2014


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?Sociopath? is a word that has been tossed around frequently in discussions about the third season of HBO?s Girls.This is in reference to the behavior of its main character, Hannah Horvath. Examine the most discussed moment of the season so far, when Hannah steals a story told to her by Adam?s sister,...

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