The Vermont Cynic

Local student producer hits Higher Ground

January 14, 2014


Filed under Archives, Arts

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...

Local artists talk future in Burlington

Becca Friedlander

December 3, 2013


Filed under Archives, Artist Spotlight, Arts

Burlington artists gathered in the SPACE gallery Nov. 13 in a fashion resembling the knights of King Arthur's court. The group was led by Christy Mitchell of the SPACE gallery, independent artist Clark Derbes and Art Map Burlington publisher Ric Kasini Kadour.  One of the issues brought up was the c...

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...

Orchesis displays Fall Showcase talent

Jacob Holzman

December 3, 2013


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To dance is not just to "bust a move." Rather, it is an art form, and one that some UVM students are proving can be taken to new heights.  The Orchesis Dance Company pulled out all the stops at their Fall Showcase on Nov. 23, displaying a set of routines, running the spectrum of emotions. Junior Car...

Smooth grooves for Vt.

December 3, 2013


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Down the corridor from the side entrance of North End Studios is an unkempt room with dark maroon walls that one could only come across with purpose.  Black curtains cover windows wrapped up with Christmas lights, and the floor is tiled with plastic imitation marble that is coming apart. This ...

Vt. Comedy Club chooses new champ

November 12, 2013


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?Being the best comedian in Vermont is like being the best reader in West Virginia,? comedian Phil Davidson jokingly said during the Vermont?s Funniest Comedian contest at Club Metronome Saturday night. The club drew in over 200 people as the final 12 contestants competed in nine-minute acts. The contestants...

Welcome to the next generation of gaming

November 12, 2013


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Though college has taken much of the gamer out of me, it?s hard for anyone with a soft spot for videogames to ignore the release of the next generation of consoles. All the debate, the hope, the excitement... it?s hard to really compare it to anything else in popular media. Fans of either console take...

MMLP2 can’t stand up

November 12, 2013


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What is a "rap god?" Eminem claims he is one.  However, instead of creating forms of divine invention on his new album, "The Marshall Mathers LP 2," Slim Shady has manufactured a forgettable artifact of past successes, unable to innovate beyond them, for better or for worse. Ironically, the th...

Bad Grandpa’ not bad

November 5, 2013


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?I?m gravely serious when I say that the ?Jackass? franchise of films are some of the finest forms of modern entertainment in our generation, and surely the purest modern incarnation of performance art that exists today. They?re perfectly orchestrated chaos. Watching a ?Jackass? film entertains you and...

Reflektor’ anything but a reflection

November 5, 2013


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?Yes, the wait is over. Arcade Fire?s long-awaited fourth LP ?Reflektor? is finally in our hands, and this time they?ve given us a lot to hold on to. I?ve decided that it is best to not analyze this album in terms of Arcade Fire?s past discography. For one, I don?t think that it?s fair to the record,...

Silent cinema is given sound

November 5, 2013


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?On the night of ghosts, goblins, gobs of glucose and good times, true hauntings took place as cinematic spectacle at the Roxy Cinemas in downtown Burlington.The popular local theater featured the Andrew Alden Ensemble, who performed an accompaniment to not one, but two horror films: ?Nosferatu? and...

This Week in Arts: November 6-12

November 5, 2013


Filed under Arts

?WednesdayNov.6Pigeons Playing Ping Pong +Smooth AnticsNectar?s, 9:30 p.m., $7Pigeons Playing Ping Pong are a funky foursome fully familiar with the power of a rhythmic groove and a good alliterative name. Hailing from Baltimore, this jam band is on the rise and continues to build their fan base thro...

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