The Vermont Cynic

An Appointment at Higher Ground with John Brown’s Body

February 3, 2005

I woke up on Friday and looked at my hands, still marked with the Higher Ground under-21 "X." Scratching my head released the stale smoke locked in my hair and now my dreams were fading. I could remember last night. John Brown's Body (JBB) played one mean set of some of their best reggae tracks. I st...

Book Review: City of Glass

October 16, 2004

Protagonist Quinn is a thirty-five year old novelist living in New York. He lives uneventfully with his wife and son until a bizarre chain of events, catalyzed by a single misdirected phone-call, send his life spiraling away from normality in this engaging novel by Paul Auster. The book takes yo...

What is Wrong With Music Today

October 16, 2004

Avril Lavigne: "My Happy Ending." The Canadian singer's second single from her Under My Skin album assaults the listener in a rather ingenious way. To call the song's first line, "Let's talk this over, it's not like we're dead," clumsy would seem a grotesque understatement. The music that follows is...

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 ...

Batboy the Musical

March 8, 2004

The Romance... The Terror... The Pointy Ears! Who would have thought that one day, the Weekly World News' story about a half-man, half-bat would be made into a rock musical? Well, it has been, and now, in its Vermont Premiere, Batboy: The Musical has come to UVM. The show, which opens Monday March 11...

Big Fish Big Success

Lisa Redmond

February 2, 2004

Tim Burton has done it again. If you loved the imaginative plots, settings, and characters of Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas, then you will truly appreciate Burton's latest film, Big Fish.This film is an extremely polished cinematic achievement. The casting is perfect, with big ...

P-Funk at the Patrick

December 8, 2003

"Ain't no party like a P-funk Party, cause a P-funk party don't stop." On November first, the legendary George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic came to the Patrick Gymnasium to funkify the student body of the University of Vermont. The crowd was surprisingly small, and the stage was packed with Mars...

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