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Indie rock band discusses how to be human

September 4, 2016


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An indie quartet from Oxford, England has succeeded in creating an album that transforms somber and banal life experiences into groovy, harmonious songs. Glass Animals’ second album, “How to be a Human Being,” is a concept album focusing on a specific theme; in this case, human personalities....

Netflix original series throws viewers back to the ’80s

Netflix original series throws viewers back to the ’80s

Chris Leow

August 31, 2016


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The Netflix original series “Stranger Things” was a surprise summer hit. The series is set in the 1980s and is one huge throwback, calling to mind classics like “The Goonies,” and is seemingly inspired by Stephen King. The story begins with the disappearance of 12-year-old Will Byers (Noah...

Beyonce serves lemonade

Beyonce serves lemonade

Erin Lucey

May 6, 2016


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When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. Or, if you’re Beyonce, you drop an unapologetic, guaranteed-classic album about all of the ways you’ve been wronged. The visual album “Lemonade” is an hour-long visual album set to 12 tracks of genres ranging from trap to gospel, released ...

Fun in the sun

Fun in the sun

Bettina Cataldi

May 4, 2016


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Saturday was a sunny day filled with an abundance of body tie-dye, truffle fries, friends being escorted to the drunk tank and the highly-anticipated main musical acts Bison, Madalia and The Head and the Heart.  UPB hosted its annual SpringFest March 31 in the Jeffords parking lot. This was the first y...

‘Huntsman:’ a good laugh

‘Huntsman:’ a good laugh

April 29, 2016


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"The Huntsman: Winter’s War” is entertaining for all the wrong reasons.Despite the $170 million budget, the film is laughably ill-conceived and poorly executed.Even the film’s all-star cast, comprised of Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain and Liam Neeson’s narration, can...

Pike rewarded by Seth Rogen

Pike rewarded by Seth Rogen

Bettina Cataldi

April 27, 2016


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To hear the deep-belly laugh of Seth Rogen reverberate through a cinema is a privilege not many receive in their lifetime. Unless, of course, you’re a member of UVM’s Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Rogen, an actor, comedian, charity founder and beloved pot icon, visited Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity an...

Electronic duo creates electric atmosphere

Allie Osorno

April 22, 2016


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Higher Ground overflowed with love and EDM April 10. Big Gigantic, the EDM power duo consisting of Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken, took the stage on their most recent visit to Burlington. The sold out show left a ticket line stretching outside to the curb. While the lobby was crowded with teenagers b...

Brazilian band rocks local venue

Brazilian band rocks local venue

April 21, 2016


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A little known, but highly influential Brazilian psych-rock band took a pit stop at the Monkey House on their way to Montreal April 9, only to rock the house to a crowd who had mostly never heard of them. Boogarins started as a high school recording project of two friends living in the small Brazilian ...

Untold stories displayed in local cafe

Untold stories displayed in local cafe

Bettina Cataldi

April 20, 2016


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One local homeless shelter is attempting to change the community’s perception of homelessness. ANEW Place, a homeless shelter that has served Burlington for the past 34 years, is telling the stories of their guests through their #IAmMoreThanHomeless project, which is currently on display at...

Country biopic fails to impress

April 15, 2016


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Even without any prior knowledge of country music, this film is sure to disappoint.“I Saw the Light” is a biographical film depicting the rise and fall of the legendary musician Hank Williams.Williams overcame a number of challenges before reaching fame and widespread recognition during his lifetime.He was born...

Hamburger helper: mom’s favorite rapper?

Hamburger helper: mom’s favorite rapper?

April 13, 2016


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The April Fools’ mixtape, “Watch the Stove” by Hamburger Helper fooled us all, garnering four million plays on Soundcloud in its first three days. And for good reason – it’s surprisingly alright. The title of the mixtape parodies Kanye and Jay-Z’s  “Watch the Thrown.”  The album is...

Film tells a touching story

Film tells a touching story

April 9, 2016


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A stubborn homeless woman and an introverted playwright make an unlikely pair in “The Lady in the Van.”The film is based off the true story of Mary Shepherd (Maggie Smith), a homeless woman who lived in Alan Bennett’s (Alex Jennings) driveway for 15 years.Jennings also plays Bennett’s imagine...

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