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Grooving with the Mountain Goats

Grooving with the Mountain Goats

April 29, 2018

Four men in suits ran on stage, looking like a band of dads  hurrying from a business meeting to this...

Extra Spice in the Old North End

Extra Spice in the Old North End

November 8, 2015

“I’ll do medium spice, just to be safe,” said the server at Central Market Taste of Asia on North Winooski Avenue in Burlington’s North...

Sugar Shack Celebrates Syrup

Sugar Shack Celebrates Syrup

April 24, 2015

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Eat a Real Donut: Ren Wiener at Scout & Co

Eat a Real Donut: Ren Wiener at Scout & Co

March 29, 2015

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2013: a musical spectrum

January 14, 2014

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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 top albums, here are my favorite albums f...

‘Her’ takes top honor

January 14, 2014

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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 skyline at night.  The message i...

Skiing onto the screen

Colin Kamphuis

December 3, 2013

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Despite being a state that takes pride in its history and ski culture, Vermont had yet to produce a film that comprehensively covers its diverse range of skiing.  To make matters worse, most of the local ski hills that represent the backbone of skiing have been neglected, their significance forgotten until now. Local film...

Animal Collective Rewinds

Dillon Baker

September 5, 2012

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Over the past 10 years, few bands have been as consistently great, unique and, perhaps most notably, divisive, as the Baltimore-based group Animal Collective.  Their newest album, "Centipede Hz" - released on Sept. 3 - is the latest in a long line of psychedelic noise-pop that has captured the alternative music scene. Th...

Brother Ali welcomes students back to Burly

Hannah Ullman

September 8, 2011

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Underground rap artist Brother Ali kicked off the Back to School Bash on the fourth floor of the Davis Center, which was decorated to model a VIP event. The Sept. 2 event was part of the UVM Week of Welcome sponsored by Sigma Phi Epsilon and UVM Program Board (UPB). Green lights and bass-heavy music set the mood as guests ate candy apples, corn...

Beat gets louder in New Zealanders’ latest album

March 22, 2010

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On March 5, Clark Derbes' "A Family Gathering: Sculptures and Relatives" debuted at JDK Design Studio.His latest work features wooden sculptures, ink paintings and gouaches on birch panels by the Burlington artist.At the front of the exhibit, one is immediately welcomed by free standing, carved birch wood prisms.  "T...

“Finding Our Voices: Stories of American Dissent” premieres at the Roxy, Wed March 18

March 26, 2009

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"Tell me what you need. What you really want," cried out anti-war protestors in NYC, 2008. Their answer: "Justice." Nothing selfish about that.Providing the most accurate portrayal of American dissenters against the Iraq-war, "Finding Our Voices: Stories of American Dissent" does ultimate justice to this nation's foundational...

You can’t kill the boogeyman

March 2, 2009

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The most important thing to remember about the psycho-killer is that they never stay dead for long. And just like the unstoppable monsters they showcase, slasher films have also refused to curl up and die.For the past decade, American horror movies have been dominated by the "torture-porn" genre, flicks that focused exclusiv...

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