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Grooving with the Mountain Goats

Grooving with the Mountain Goats

Caroline Slack, Features Editor

April 29, 2018

Four men in suits ran on stage, looking like a band of dads  hurrying from a business meeting to this gig. For a second I wondered what I was getting myself into. Then I felt the pulse of the bass and heard the hearty strums of a guitar. On Wednesday, April 18, the Mountain Goats grac...

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 End. I tried again. “No, I really do want it hot. I liked the curry you made me last time.” “Are you sure?” she asked. “It has chilies i...

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...

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...

Skiing onto the screen

Colin Kamphuis

December 3, 2013

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...

Animal Collective Rewinds

Dillon Baker

September 5, 2012

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 alt...

Brother Ali welcomes students back to Burly

Hannah Ullman

September 8, 2011

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 g...

Beat gets louder in New Zealanders’ latest album

March 22, 2010

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 birc...

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

March 26, 2009

"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 t...

You can’t kill the boogeyman

March 2, 2009

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 th...

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