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The Vermont Cynic

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

Are vinyl records pointless?

Are vinyl records pointless?

Jude Roberts , staff writer May 12, 2021

Though vinyl has made a comeback recently, there are far better and more convenient options for today’s listeners. Vinyl record sales were the highest they'd been in over a decade in 2020. The “vinyl...

Lil Nas X isnt responsible for what kids see, parents are

Lil Nas X isn’t responsible for what kids see, parents are

Gabby Felitto, Opinion editor April 14, 2021

A week ago, Lil Nas X dropped the music video for “Montero (Call Me By Your Names),” and many parents are getting their panties in a bunch. The video depicts Lil Nas X as Eve in the garden of Eden,...

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Pons’ Creative Chaos

Connor Adams, Staff Writer December 6, 2020

Pons’ new album, “Intellect,” is brimming with talent and budding ideas, but ends up being a lesson on the dangers of uncontrolled chaos. In an interview with the band, band member Jack Parker...

Opinion staff: Cynical Halloween Tunes

Opinion staff: Cynical Halloween Tunes

Opinion Staff October 30, 2020

As an emo kid at heart, “IT is the end” by metalcore band Ice Nine Kills is the best halloween song. While it was hard to pick between their other songs from their horror movie inspired album,...

Male rappers are more than their music

Male rappers are more than their music

Sophie Oehler, Cynic Columnist October 23, 2020

May, 2017. Long Island born rapper Lil Peep is due to take the stage at his concert in Los Angeles. Well, if he can find it. He’s clearly disoriented, reaching out through a drug induced haze to anyone...

Try not listening to music, your mood may improve

Try not listening to music, your mood may improve

Sam Jefferson, Cynic Columnist October 22, 2020

It was a Friday morning, and it looked like I was going to be late to my international relations class. I grabbed my water bottle, notebook and Dentyne spearmint gum and rushed out the door, only to realize...

Folklore is market motivated queerbaiting

‘Folklore’ is market motivated ‘queerbaiting’

Sophia Venturo, Assistant Culture Editor October 9, 2020

In late July, I heard  that Taylor Swift was releasing a surprise double album called “folklore,” a dreamy indie record with a black-and-white album cover showing a whimsical treeline. It set my teeth...

How COVID-19 changed popular music

How COVID-19 changed popular music

Connor Adams, Staff Writer September 24, 2020

The coronavirus has forced music to evolve within the walls of quarantine into an anomaly exclusive to 2020. Artists have had to find new ways to produce their music in our socially-distanced world....

The issue with posthumously released albums

The issue with posthumously released albums

Connor Adams, Culture Columnist February 20, 2020

Posthumously-released albums may seem like a noble idea to continue an artist’s spirit, but more often than not, they disrespect what the artist would want. Once an artist dies their name becomes...

Senior Andrew “Ace” Trainor-Clark stands against a tree outside the Davis center, Feb. 6. Trainor-Clark’s music is produced by Burlington-based producer Rajit Sachdeva.

Burlington native Ace$world writes his own raps

Natalie Charron, Staff Writer February 14, 2020

Rapper Ace$world was “born light, light as a feather.” Senior Andrew “Ace” Trainor-Clark, who records his rap music under the name “Ace$world, puts his finished work on Apple Music and Spotify.  Trainor-Clark...

New album by Alex G is the epitome of mediocrity

New album by Alex G is the epitome of mediocrity

Connor Adams, Culture Columnist October 5, 2019

“House of Sugar” has potential to be a solid album, but track after track it fails to deliver. Alex G has been an indie superstar from his humble beginnings on bandcamp to collaborations with Frank...

Burlington based music group, The Bubs, performs at Grand Point North, Sept. 15. The festival hosted 17 musical acts, including UVM senior Lili Traviato under the stage name Princess Nostalgia.

Grand Point North attracts artists from near and far

Ella Ruehsen, Staff Writer September 27, 2019

Local musicians took the stage on the waterfront, bringing the community together downtown.  The ninth annual Grand Point North music festival, organized by musician and Vermont native Grace Potter,...

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