The Vermont Cynic

Behind Burlington’s Creative Social Network

Max Mccurdy

February 7, 2017

It’s no secret that Burlington is a creative community — this much can be understood by simply looking at jackets and backpacks Burlingtonians  embellish with the Grateful Dead logo. In an attempt to better understand Burlington’s artistic spirit, I reached out to a number of local artists and creato...

Down in the Heartland with Twin Peaks

Maggie Richardson

December 2, 2016

Jack Dolan and his bandmates have been around the block. Touring together since high school, Dolan’s band Twin Peaks released their third studio album in May. After hitting the West Coast and Europe on tour, they are making their first appearance in Burlington on Dec. 5. The band’s roots...

The Anti-Sport

The Anti-Sport

Max Mccurdy

November 30, 2016

Skateboarding is set to be in the 2020 summer Olympics in Tokyo. I’m confused. The Olympics are for usually for sports, and skateboarding can’t be a sport. Seeing skateboarding in the olympics is akin to McDonald's offering dry cleaning. Skateboarding can’t be a sport, sports have clear object...

And The Kids Share Lovers

And The Kids Share Lovers

Maggie Richardson

October 27, 2016

“I’m trying to wrangle everyone into a group costume...but it’s a secret!,” said And The Kids frontwoman Hannah Mohan. Mohan and her bandmates are gearing up for a two-night run at Signal Kitchen Thursday and Friday, excitedly rallying friends and assembling outfits for the weekend’s festivities...

Grand Point North Celebrates Burlington

Grand Point North Celebrates Burlington

Frances King

September 16, 2016

With summer officially coming to an end next week, Grand Point North music festival serves not only as the perfect ode to warmer weather, but also as a celebration of all things Vermont music, art and food.         Years ago, Grace Potter approached promoter Alex Crothers with a vision of a ...

Wit and Wisdom with Matteo Lane

Wit and Wisdom with Matteo Lane

Caroline Shea

September 14, 2016

Matteo Lane is a master of many trades: he’s a painter, an illustrator, an opera singer and now, a stand-up comedian. Lane will be at the Vermont Comedy Club Sept. 9 and 10, treating audiences to his trademark sarcastic wit. Opera may not seem like the traditional path to comedy, but for Matteo Lane, e...

Reviving Rock Classics with the Sheepdogs

Reviving Rock Classics with the Sheepdogs

Maggie Richardson

April 26, 2016

      ‘70s rock and roll lives on, and not just on Beatles-filled throwback playlists. With sweet harmonies and classic three-chord guitar rhythms, Ontario based rock outfit the Sheepdogs are reviving the genre’s golden years.         The band released their fifth studio album “Fu...

Cricket Blue’s Io: An Exploration of Music, Myth and Agency

Cricket Blue’s Io: An Exploration of Music, Myth and Agency

Caroline Shea

April 22, 2016

“Myths and old stories feel unresolved. You want to explain them,” Taylor Smith told me as we sat down to discuss Burlington folk duo Cricket Blue’s new EP “Io.” Their new EP opens as Smith and the duo’s other half Laura Heaberlin softly croon: “When the woods were full of wolves, t...

48 Hours across the Border

48 Hours across the Border

Caroline Shea

April 12, 2016

It’s a strange feeling to hop in your car for a short ride and suddenly be in another country. It’s a little like slipping through some Fairyland portal to an alternate dimension where everyone speaks French, the money is multicolored, and teenagers can go to bars. Only Fairyland is just Canada -...

An Education: Lessons Learned from Converse Hall

An Education: Lessons Learned from Converse Hall

Caroline Shea

April 1, 2016

Incoming college students can arm themselves with myriad study guides, syllabi, and workshops that promise to deliver academic success. What they don’t prepare you for is the various oddities of day-to-day dorm life. My education has been delivered to me courtesy of UVM’s oldest (and spookiest) do...

Kendrick and Kanye: Artistry versus Ego

Kendrick and Kanye: Artistry versus Ego

Jacob Holzman

March 18, 2016

Kendrick Lamar just released a new record, “untitled unmastered,” and it is a great listen. The quality of the music onboard the LP is astonishingly layered: every instrumental lavish and fleshed out and every lyric codified to mean three things at the same time. Even though it was drafted from B-si...

Graveyard Shift: A Night at WRUV

Graveyard Shift: A Night at WRUV

Frances King

March 16, 2016

Because of the WRUV graveyard shifts, the Davis Center is the UVM facility that never sleeps. The graveyards, late night shifts reserved for new and training DJ’s,  are a mixture of scary and fun, said first-year Ashley Claude. Though being in the Davis Center late at night can be a bit daun...

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