The Vermont Cynic

Labor-themed film series

February 2, 2014


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Many avid movie watchers could name the most gut-busting comedy, spine-stiffening horror movie or charming romance, but what about the roots of cinematic art?   Auguste and Louis Lumi??re, two of the first film-makers in history, publicly screened a movie for the first time in the winter of 1895, acc...

Beats and bars with Bless the Child

February 1, 2014


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There is nothing quite like the snap and crackle of a classic hip-hop beat. The ages of Public Enemy, N.W.A. and Wu-Tang are mere shadows for hip-hop acts of today to follow.  Aiming to keep alive the good vibes and groovy flows of traditional hip-hop is Burlington hip-hop collective Bless the Chi...

Cynic Picks: Jazz-trap and noisey raps

January 28, 2014


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?Get Up? Young FathersThe noise-rap-n?-pop trio responsible for two spectacular EPs ? 2011?s ?Tape One? and 2012?s ?Tape Two? ? are coming out with their latest single off of their debut LP, ?DEAD.?With drums rolling along powerfully and synthesizers bubbling all over this thing, ?Get Up? is one hella-tasty...

Feature: Argonaut and Wasp

January 28, 2014


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Deep within the Redstone Lofts lies a studio where a group of musicians is working hard to have their bombastic sound get its big break. Argonaut & Wasp, whose music is described by the group as ?a funk band that doesn?t play funk,? was created by juniors Trey Schibli and Theo Klein.The duo began collaborating...

Lotus blooms before frenzied fans

January 28, 2014


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A showcase for Lotus and Marvel Years, two dynamic musical acts displaying a passion for innovation, was held at Higher Ground this past Wednesday.Marvel Years, whose real name is Cory Wythe, a Burlington native and young gun DJ/musician, was the opening act. ?I have never really considered myself a...

Reel life: MoPi house

January 28, 2014


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In just three semesters, Living & Learning?s Moving Picture (MoPi) House has made a splash at UVM and in Burlington with a variety of film projects. Student program directors junior Jake Schneider, sophomore Evan Gracie and junior Paul Ouellette all work to ensure that MoPi reaches its full potential....

Jenke: the art of building community

Jacob Holzman

January 21, 2014


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How does one start a community, or even a culture?  Well, it seems something quite close to that is going down at Burlington's own Jenke Arts Collective, located at 19 Church St. The space was founded by 28-year-old Tommy Alexander and 27-year-old Matthew Mantone.  It opened halfway through...

Dr. Dog talks on old friends and new tricks

January 21, 2014


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Indie rock band Dr. Dog is coming to Higher Ground Jan. 28. They have played together for over a decade and are now touring in support of their most recent album, ?B-Room,? which came out in Oct. 2013. Members include Scott McMicken, Toby Leaman, Frank McElroy, Zach Miller, Eric Slick and Dimitri Manos....

Local Vermont artists tear into national tours

January 21, 2014


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Justin LevinsonThere is quite a bit of growth going on in the Burlington music world.Two acts ? Justin Levinson and the DuPont Brothers ? are taking forth upon tours leaving their nest of Vermont to hit the road.Born in Vergennes, Justin Levinson has spent most of his life in Vermont. By day, he does...

New year brings new T.V.

January 21, 2014


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For many of us not into the idea of spending our time tumbling down a mountainside with our feet strapped to a plastic slab, winter means only one thing: the arrival of midseason television. These new and returning shows are sure to get you through those short days and long nights when you feel you?ve...

Shorty does not come up short

January 21, 2014


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When it comes to horn-filled funk and jazz, one cannot shy away from New Orleans native Trombone Shorty. Shorty?s passion, creativity and dedication to the music and culture of New Orleans has driven his musical success and style to great heights. Shorty and the New Orleans Avenue?s performance at Higher...

Local student producer hits Higher Ground

January 14, 2014


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Burlington native and UVM student Cory Wythe, also known as Marvel Years, has been a musician most of his life.  He started playing guitar ten years ago and recently began producing music for fun. Gaining success and experience, he became Marvel Years, a musician who blends electronic with rock a...

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