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2 Records That Will Make You Feel Good

October 9, 2004

Ma$e: Welcome Back: Ma$e's return to the rap game is more of a drop in the bucket than the big splash he made in '96 as Biggie's Bad-Boy replacement. That said, for a Ma$e fan, you wont be too disappointed. He's still got songs where all he does is list his material objects, like "Money Comes and goes....

Daniel Johnston: Sorry Entertainer

October 9, 2004

Daniel Johnston should be a classic rock success story: poor, living in his mother's basement and recording songs on a $59 Sayano Boom Box, he gets discovered and promoted by Kurt Cobain, featured on MTV, and acquires a cult following from hipsters and established musicians alike. Twenty years la...

Off the Record: Jedi Mind Tricks

October 9, 2004

Jedi Mind Tricks' emcee Vinnie Paz is known for the forceful and angry delivery of his violent lyrics. Vinnie always makes sure that the words of any JMT track hit the listener like a Mack Truck. If you want vers??atility and a new sound on each track, you might want to look elsewhere. But, if you li...

A Few Questions For Talib Kweli

September 28, 2004

I met up with Talib Kweli after his show last Saturday. After Hayden Durki, a 12-year old emcee from Montpellier, rocked the backstage room, I was able to ask the God a few questions. His new record, The Beautiful Struggle, comes out this week. VC: Where do you see rap music in ten years? TK: Wh...

Film Review: Garden State

September 14, 2004

Now maybe I'm slightly biased when it comes to reviewing a film with my home state's nickname as the title, but I think anyone would be crazy to think that Garden State stinks as much as everyone says New Jersey does. This is a simple story of searching and finding. It is a movie about finding love, a ...

The Miracle Worker

April 26, 2004

From April 28th through May 16th, Vermont Stage Company, downtown Burlington's professional theatre, will present The Miracle Worker by William Gibson in the intimate setting of FlynnSpace. This heart-warming and soul-inspiring classic recounts the early life of Helen Keller-deaf and blind since in...

T.E. Breitenbach Comes To The Fleming

April 26, 2004

Some of you may know who he is because his painting "Proverbidioms" has been reproduced and is now a popular selling poster throughout the world. Others may be aware that he painted a triptych for Jim Morrison of the Doors in the 70's. If you still don't know who I'm talking about, it's worth ta...

Netherlandish Proverbs

April 19, 2004

Have you ever thought you could be one of those people that stare at the same painting for a long time? When it comes to the new exhibit at the Fleming Museum, you do not have a choice. "The Netherlandish Proverbs" depicts a busy village scene that can best be described by one word: Madness. More ca...

Off the Record: Esoteric

April 19, 2004

This past week the Cynic had a chance to catch up with Esoteric, the rapper from one of Boston's premier hip-hop acts, 7L&Esoteric. 7LES is known for its consistently innovative records, (DJ) 7L's flawless production, and Esoteric's bullet-proof Beantown flow and high energy performances. Whether fr...

Memefest 2004 Visual Arts Competition

April 19, 2004

Art and design students: Prick up your ears! Memefest 2004 Visual Arts competition is approaching shortly. Blogs, town halls, and smart mobs. Seems everywhere you turn these days people are speaking up. The silhouettes in the audience are grabbing those microphones and claiming a little "I'm Mad As...

A Conversation with Vinnie Paz

April 12, 2004

This Thursday Higher Ground will be hosting one of the most dynamic and original Hip Hop duos to come out in the last few years: Vinnie Paz, aka Icon the Verbal Hologram and Stoupe the Enemy of Mankind, also known as Jedi Mind Tricks. Their most recent album, Visions of Ghandi, is out on Baby Grand re...

“The Netherlandish Proverbs” at the Fleming

April 5, 2004

Have you ever thought you could be one of those people that stare at the same painting for a long time? When it comes to the new exhibit at the Fleming Museum, you do not have a choice. "The Netherlandish Proverbs" depicts a busy village scene that can best be described by one word: madness. More ca...

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