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Rap trio makes triumphant return

Rap trio makes triumphant return

December 6, 2016

Every ‘90s-loving hipster’s favorite rap group is back. After an 18-year hiatus, A Tribe Called Quest returned Nov. 11 with their sixth and supposedly final album, “We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service.” Following the death of group emcee Phife Dawg in March, the album, which has been i...

Comedian records special in Burlington

Comedian records special in Burlington

November 18, 2016

Not only is this comedian hilarious, but he is philanthropic, generous, open-minded and holds close ties to Burlington. Mike Finoia recorded his live album Nov. 12 at the Vermont Comedy Club. Finoia quickly captured the minds of Vermonters by promoting the legalization of marijuana. He took...

Hip-hop history tale gets down to business

Hip-hop history tale gets down to business

Alex LeRose

November 16, 2016

Calling all music lovers; Netflix just brought an era of music to television like never before. “The Get Down,” created by filmmaker Baz Luhrmann, is a series set in the Bronx in the 1970s. This show is a musically- driven drama that tells the story of the emergence of hip-hop after disco began to...

Folk artist gets nostalgic in new project

Folk artist gets nostalgic in new project

November 3, 2016

An album about nostalgia, “Ape in Pink Marble,” leaves listeners longing for places they have never been to and people they have never met. “Ape in Pink Marble” is freak folk artist Devendra Banhart’s ninth studio album and features 13 tracks. It succeeds in transporting listeners to...

Folk artist gets nostalgic in new project

Folk artist gets nostalgic in new project

November 3, 2016

An album about nostalgia, “Ape in Pink Marble,” leaves listeners longing for places they have never been to and people they have never met. “Ape in Pink Marble” is freak folk artist Devendra Banhart’s ninth studio album and features 13 tracks. It succeeds in transporting listeners t...

Mystery thriller burns up

Colin Kamphuis

November 2, 2016

Despite a strong cast and experienced director, “Inferno” continues the downwards spiral in quality characteristic of recent films following a similar formula. Tom Hanks returns as Professor Robert Langdon in the film adapted from Dan Brown’s most recent novel. Like “The Da Vinci Code” and...

‘The Accountant’ doesn’t add up despite great cast

Colin Kamphuis

October 27, 2016

Perhaps an attempt to reimagine the story of the awkward genius in “Good Will Hunting,” “The Accountant” presents its own oddball math whiz, but falls soundly into the mediocre category. Ben Affleck takes on role similar to Matt Damon’s mathematically-gifted janitor in “Good Will Huntin...

Solange sets the table: take a seat

October 25, 2016

How often does a genuinely personal, political and narrative album come along? It takes a truly talented artist to compose a record that gives the listener a feeling of actual dialogue–a coherent communication of life, struggle and philosophy from musician to audience. That is what Solange Knowles...

West Coast rapper delivers at FallFest

West Coast rapper delivers at FallFest

Bridget Dorsey

October 18, 2016

This year’s FallFest delivered the hype and mayhem hip-hop-hungry students have been long waiting to receive from UVM Program Board. Vince Staples is an emerging rapper characterized by West Coast Crip roots and a cool attitude with a streak of unapologetic goofiness. Staples wrote on Twitter, “I ge...

Marvel’s new hero fights social issues

October 14, 2016

So you’ve finally moved off campus and you’re broke as hell. Why waste non-existent disposable income when you can stay in, just you and an obscene amount of television? My recommendation: binge-watching is free, so spend the night getting to know Netflix’s newest superhero and my new boyf...

‘Snowden’ fails to live up to the drama

Colin Kamphuis

October 13, 2016

Despite featuring some of the fresher names in the film world, “Snowden” is a tired rehashing of an old formula. The film was directed by Oliver Stone and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley. “Snowden” details the professional career of one of America’s most infamous whistleblowers, Edwar...

Film renews typical trope

Film renews typical trope

Colin Kamphuis

September 28, 2016

Comedic, charming and heartfelt, “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” tugs the heartstrings without bordering on sappiness. “Hunt for the Widerpeople” tells the story of a young foster child who, after spending his life living in cities, is sent to live on a farm in rural New Zealand. Despite...

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