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First Fridays in Burlington’s South End

First Fridays in Burlington's South End

Bettina Cataldi, B-Side Writer

June 2, 2017

Alongside the Burlington waterfront lies a lesser-known land beyond creemees and sunsets; one populated by photographers, metal workers and painters alike. I attended my first-ever “First Friday” event, in which dozens of art venues and restaurants across the South End opened their doors free...

Music Making for the Masses

MAX MCCURDY. B-Side. Del Water Gap performing in Burlington.

Max Mccurdy

March 9, 2017

It is genuinely hard to find someone who doesn’t enjoy listening to music. It’s quite a bit easier to find someone who doesn’t play music. While factors such as lack of interest or time might play a part in this gap, the disconnect between listening and playing music is surely due to the di...

A Night Out with Rose Street Collective

MAX MCCURDY. B-Side. Rose Street Collective at the Skinny Pancake on February 3rd.

Frances King

February 14, 2017

Snapping their fingers under lights of purple, blue, and yellow hues, Julia Spelman, Lilly Dukich and Erika Polner spend the majority of a Friday night set perfecting harmonies as a powerful vocal trio, while reserving a few songs for solo performances highlighting individual strengths.  Rose Street Collective,...

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

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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

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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

The Sheepdogs. VANESSA HEINS.

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

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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

Montreal from Mont Royal, QC. CAROLINE SHEA. B-Side.

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 -...

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