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Burlington ghostwalk: two culture writers’ critiques

Queen City Ghostwalk leader Thea Lewis speaks during a tour, Oct. 4. Lewis has been operating the tour, which brings guests around downtown Burlington and features several landmarks, since 2002.

Marjorie McWilliams and Cyrus Oswald

October 11, 2019

Educational and Fun Marjorie McWilliams A bright orange ribbon around a black hat and a floor length cape completed the mysterious aura of Thea Lewis on a chilly Burlington night.  Lewis has led Queen City Ghostwalk for 17 years and it shows. “I’ve been scaring up history in Burlington si...

New album by Alex G is the epitome of mediocrity

New album by Alex G is the epitome of mediocrity

Connor Adams, Culture Columnist

October 5, 2019

“House of Sugar” has potential to be a solid album, but track after track it fails to deliver. Alex G has been an indie superstar from his humble beginnings on bandcamp to collaborations with Frank Ocean. Even with his impressive fan base and incredible debut, more recently he has only released albu...

Kroll’s nostalgic comedy deserves hype

Kroll's nostalgic comedy deserves hype

Sophia Venturo, Staff Writer

October 4, 2019

Umbrellaed by a glittering marquee, chatty friends and focused ushers loitering in a high-traffic lobby were all ready to laugh at anyone’s expense. Comedian Nick Kroll’s Sept. 26 stop at Burlington’s Flynn Theater on his “Middle Aged Boy Tour” centered around off-color adulting, precari...

“Norman Fucking Rockwell” sets this autumn’s mood

Sophia Venturo, Staff Writer

September 19, 2019

Look no further for the complement to your full-stop fall melancholy.  On her sixth studio album “Norman Fucking Rockwell,” Lana Del Rey is born again from the ashes of reckless abandonment and offers a meditation on her life through stripped down production, gentle piano and guitar driven melod...

Review: Lake Street Dive shines at sold-out show

Lake Street Dive play songs from their new album.

Mills Sparkman, Summer Editor

July 30, 2019

When I found out I was attending the sold-out Lake Street Dive concert on July 25 at Burlington’s Waterfront Park, I gasped so loudly that my coworkers stared at me. I didn’t let out my breath until the show was over.  As I rode down College Street from work to the show, I saw the full scale of what ...

New Weyes Blood album balances light and dark

Jack Eccleston, Staff Writer

April 20, 2019

On the cover of the album, a young woman lounges in a bedroom underwater. “Titanic Rising,” Natalie Mering’s fourth studio album under the alias Weyes Blood, is a grandiose and sprawling depiction of the end of the world as we know it. But even in the face of disaster, Mering reminds us to ...

Billie Eilish brings youth and maturity to first album

Billie Eilish brings youth and maturity to first album

Sarah Robinson, Senior Staff Columnist

April 12, 2019

As is always the case, young women are running the pop music scene. From Lady Gaga to Ariana Grande, the biggest pop stars today must think about what songs will please their listeners while still maintaining their individuality and creating art that is meaningful to them. Seventeen-year-old...

New North End spot serves up authentic pizza

A small cheese pizza from Pizzeria Ida. The pizzeria has only recently opened in the North End area.

Jack Eccleston, Staff Writer

March 10, 2019

Pizzeria Ida is one of the North End’s newest and most exciting pizza joints, serving up authentic, wood oven, neapolitan and sicilian style “pies on demand.” Since it opened in late September 2018, Pizzeria Ida has been hidden away behind a nondescript parking lot off of 662 Riverside Ave. ...

Review: “The Lego Movie 2″ is almost as good as the original

Review: “The Lego Movie 2

Jonathan Greenberg, Staff Writer

March 9, 2019

Legos: everyone remembers spending time building with them in our childhood. That being said, I for one didn’t expect a movie based around these construction blocks to be any good. When the first Lego movie turned out to be amazing, I was thrown through a loop. Now that the sequel to the inconceivably popul...

Maggie Rogers sings of love and fame in latest album

Maggie Rogers sings of love and fame in latest album

Anna Kolosky, Staff Writer

February 8, 2019

I woke up early Jan. 18 to Spotify alerting me to the news I had been waiting for all month: one of my favorite artists had finally released her first album. Needless to say, I spent all morning and all week listening to Maggie Roger’s “Heard It in A Past Life” on repeat.  Roger’s ...

“Ballad of Buster Scruggs” displays creativity over cohesion

Keely Lyons, Staff Columnist

February 1, 2019

In the opening scene of the Coen brothers’ newest film, a ragged and worn book titled “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” lies centered on a nondescript wooden floor as Western guitars and horns play in the background. A wrinkled hand opens the cover as the names of some of Hollywood’s biggest hit...

“Roma” deserves the biggest screen

Hunter McKenzie, Senior Culture Columnist

January 17, 2019

I should admit that before I sat down to watch “Roma,” I knew almost nothing about it. Holly Coughlan I knew that it was a Spanish language film. I knew that it was in black and white. I also vaguely knew of the soft controversy surrounding the film’s distributor, Netflix, that made it available...

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