The Vermont Cynic

Carrie’ reboot lacks in imagination

October 22, 2013


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??Carrie? is exactly the film you would expect, as the re-remaking of an adaptation of Stephen King?s first published novel of the same name: money on the screen.Okay ? let?s get the good things out of the way: this film stars a stellar cast. Chlo? Grace Moretz is fantastic as Carrie, and proves that...

DJs bring good vibrations

October 22, 2013


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Higher Ground was quickly swamped with throngs of people as they surged into the venue in preparation for the sold out Wolfgang Gartner & Tommy Trash concert Oct. 15.The night began with talented openers Charlie Darker and Bass Kleph, who utilized a wide variety of samples and managed to keep their songs...

Eight brothers, one unique brass band

October 22, 2013


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?The excitement was palpable amongst the crowd at the intimate venue Signal Kitchen this past Saturday as they awaited the arrival of Chicago-based brass collective Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. The enthusiasm could be attributed to the fact that many present had attended the screening earlier that evening...

Arcade Fire heating up

October 15, 2013


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Arcade Fire is a lot like a comet: constantly moving in some sort of otherworldly orbit that we only get the chance to catch a glimpse of once every few years. When we do get the chance though, boy is it special. This time around, the band is pulling out all the stops, making the release of their new...

Film festival takes over BTV

October 15, 2013


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The Vermont International Film Festival began another year of activist-oriented film, opening Friday, Oct. 11 with two powerful films: ?The Worst Thing About Coming Out? and ?The Crash Reel.? ?The Worst Thing About Coming Out? premiered appropriately on international Coming Out Day as the first film...

Kat Wright celebrates latest release

October 15, 2013


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?Gotta keep on climbing ?til my dreams ? you can make it if you want to, but you better hustle, babe.?These words, sung on Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band?s EP on the song ?Hustlin,?? speak truths about the path she and her soul troubadours are on ? they definitely have been hustling, and they...

Redbone shares eclectic musical fusion

October 15, 2013


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Martha Redbone Root?s Project is breaking new ground in the music industry with an eclectic genre fusion unfamiliar to many.Through the classic poetry of William Blake and a distinct musical direction derived from her ancestral roots of traditional Native American music, blues and country, Redbone has...

Nothing Was (not) the Same

October 14, 2013


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? Drake's new album "Nothing Was the Same" is the most surprising thing since, well, Drake's last album. The irony of this is that it has very little on the side of surprise. First thing first: "Nothing Was the Same" could have worked if it had cut a few songs and re-worked a few others to place emphasis...

GTAV Review: Rockstar on top of its game

October 14, 2013


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? Experiencing the launch of a new Grand Theft Auto game is kind of like witnessing a shooting star: it doesn't happen very often, different parts of the world gather to celebrate and enjoy it, and if you don't understand why anyone cares about it, you still can't escape hearing about it. Grand Theft...

Banjo masters display skills

October 8, 2013


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The words ?Do you have room in your heart for the five-string banjo?? boomed from the audio system of a pitch black Flynn Theatre on Saturday, signaling the start of the B?la Fleck Banjo! Summit.Back by popular demand after a string of shows starting in 2012, this banjo collaborative lays claim to some...

Series has strong start

October 8, 2013


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Showtime?s newest series, the provocatively titled ?Masters of Sex,? premiered its second episode, ?Race to Space,? this past Sunday and continues to expose itself as one of the must-watch shows of the fall TV season.The show centers on the real life sexologist research team of William Masters and Virginia...

Underground scene hosted at Dresden’s

October 8, 2013


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Deep down in the dark pits of a place known as Dresden?s Basement, one can find where both the literal and the figurative underground music scene really is.Dresden?s Basement is located in an anonymous house in the Burlington area, and is archetypal of a straight-up do-it-yourself venue: shoebox-sized...

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