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Ying Yang Twins Come to UVM

<p>Ying Yang Twins Come to UVM</p>

October 9, 2015

In the Harris-Millis dining hall last week, I overheard a snippet of conversation above the din of the crowd. "Are you going to see the Ying Yang Brothers?" asked a voice directly behind me."Nah, they're, like, outdated," said the voice’s counterpart. Both voices had the lilting, spliff-cured huskiness that...

An Eclectic Evening with Friends + Family

October 5, 2015

             On a recent Sunday night, local arts institution Burlington City Arts and whimsically charming music collective Friends + Family collided in a raw display of talent and passion.             The night’s lineup included an eclectic handful of bands, including highlights bass-dri...

Yakking with Bison

Frances King

October 5, 2015

  When asked to describe their sound, UVM student-band Bison may resort to “diskopunk,” a term coined by the group after admitting no genre does the sound justice. All three seniors agreed that the sound they have created in their new EP, “PSB,”available on SoundCloud, is a combination of al...

Pingala: Vegan Food for Omnivores

Pingala: Vegan Food for Omnivores

September 14, 2015

   As both an omnivore and a nitpicky jerk, it’s always bothered me a little to be called a carnivore. The confusion, if that’s what it is, likely stems from the fact that I eat meat with obvious enthusiasm. I’ve heard the term directed at other people who eat meat, usually by those who do n...

Fun with Friends and Family

Fun with Friends and Family

September 14, 2015

In warehouses, coffee shops and living rooms across town, a local collective of musicians and music-lovers called Friends and Family is working to bring live music from concert venues to the community. “We're an outlet for DIY performance in Burlington,” said Dana Heng, UVM alumna and member of ...

Your Weekend Fix: 9/18-20

Caroline Shea

September 9, 2015

[Editor's Note:     The Weekend Fix is a weekly column highlighting the good/weird/tragically overlooked events and activities that YOU should be doing this weekend.] Friday, Sept. 18 Looking to get moving after a week of laying low and avoiding the heat? Check out Salsa Night at 9 p.m. at Zen ...

Sugar Shack Celebrates Syrup

Sugar Shack Celebrates Syrup

April 24, 2015

 [dropcap style="normal or inverse or boxed"]I[/dropcap]t takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup, and 30 to fuel Misery Loves Company’s springtime Sugar Shack event.That figure doesn’t factor in the four gallons of syrup that chefs Nathaniel Wade and Aaron Josinsky also us...

The Magic of Gathering

April 20, 2015

(Leather)Bound for Glory

(Leather)Bound for Glory

Caroline Shea

April 11, 2015

Local indie-folk band The Leatherbound Books played a show March 15 at Higher Ground, their largest venue yet. With new music out and plans to get back in the studio to record, 2015 is shaping up to be a milestone year in the band’s career. Two nights earlier, the band and I walked into Downtown...

Eat a Real Donut: Ren Wiener at Scout & Co

Eat a Real Donut: Ren Wiener at Scout & Co

March 29, 2015

[dropcap style="normal or inverse or boxed"]D[/dropcap]o you ever find yourself dwelling on cartoon depictions of ordinary food items, taking in their eye-popping colors and lushly plump contours and wishing that they’d leap into your hand from the television screen? More specifically, have you sympathiz...

2013: a musical spectrum

January 14, 2014

In 2013, a musical evolution took place among the characters that create it.  New sounds dominated many of the genres that were becoming stale.  The prevailing sounds of the past couple of years have developed further to be better than ever before.  Instead of pointlessly rating the t...

‘Her’ takes top honor

January 14, 2014

Around 70 minutes into Spike Jonze's "Her," two principal characters have sex for the first time.  It's an intense rush of feeling, full of desire, surprise and instinct. The movie fades to black as the two come down from their high, and transitions back into an angelic, silent view of a city s...

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