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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 a commodity. An infamous example of this is Frank Zappa, the virtuosic multi-instrumentalist famous in ...

Burlington native Ace$world writes his own raps

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 was born in Sri Lanka and raised in Burlington. He has been recording rap music for the p...

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 Ocean. Even with his impressive fan base and incredible debut, more recently he has only released albu...

Grand Point North attracts artists from near and far

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, took place Sept. 14 and 15 at Waterfront Park in Burlington. Senior Lili Traviato opened f...

Burlington’s Father Figuer opens at Higher Ground

Burlington’s Father Figuer opens at Higher Ground

Griffin Jones, Staff Writer

September 25, 2019

The lights faded and the crowd gathered as the music blared into the cold night.  Higher Ground, a music venue in South Burlington, hosted the Virginia based band Illiterate Light and UVM’s own rock band Father Figuer take the stage on Monday Sept. 16. The UVM student band consists of four...

“Norman Fucking Rockwell” sets this autumn’s mood

“Norman Fucking Rockwell” sets this autumn’s mood

Sophia Venturo, Staff Writer

September 19, 2019

Look no further for the complement to your full-stop fall melancholy.  On her sixth studio album “Norman Fucking Rockwell,” Lana Del Rey is born again from the ashes of reckless abandonment and offers a meditation on her life through stripped down production, gentle piano and guitar driven melod...

Otis attracts UVM students

Otis attracts UVM students

Anya Kauffman, Staff Writer

September 18, 2019

Among the abundance of beanies and flannels was a large group of UVM students able to put their affinity for the outdoors to good use. Attendees made their way up the mountains in Elizabethtown, New York to set up their camping gear. On Sept. 6 to 8, students from surrounding colleges as we...

A musician’s necessary hiatus causes fan heartbreak

A musician’s necessary hiatus causes fan heartbreak

Sarah Robinson, Culture Editor

September 12, 2019

I’m in mourning. Grief, loneliness and isolation surround me. Why, you ask? Mitski has deleted all her social media accounts and announced an “indefinite” break from touring. In reference to a Sept. 7 concert in New York City, Mitski tweeted: “This will be my last show indefinitely, and I...

Burlington’s DIY Basement Shows

Burlington’s DIY Basement Shows

Zoe Schemm, Feature Writer

April 17, 2019

They say if you want something done right, do it yourself. This sentiment finds real world applicability in do-it- yourself venues, establishments with the space and equipment for live music that do not function in the same legitimate arena as official clubs or concert halls. Often taking place in s...

Meet the band: Juicebox

Meet the band: Juicebox

Keely Lyons, Staff Writer

April 17, 2019

In a dimly lit living room on Hyde Street, the seven student musicians that make up Juicebox crowded around a coffee table. Some sat on couches, some sat on the floor. Juicebox, the SpringFest opener, was about to start rehearsal on a snowy April 9 night. Skis were packed into a back corn...

UPB secures rap collective Beast Coast for SpringFest

UPB secures rap collective Beast Coast for SpringFest

Cyrus Oswald, Staff Writer

April 13, 2019

This year’s SpringFest will put the emphasis in “fest.” Multiple headliners will bring a festival vibe, said sophomore Sean Brewer, a member of the UVM Program Board’s concert commitee.   SpringFest 2019 will be headlined by rap collective Beast Coast. The group is comprised of Joey Bada$$,...

Billie Eilish brings youth and maturity to first album

Billie Eilish brings youth and maturity to first album

Sarah Robinson, Senior Staff Columnist

April 12, 2019

As is always the case, young women are running the pop music scene. From Lady Gaga to Ariana Grande, the biggest pop stars today must think about what songs will please their listeners while still maintaining their individuality and creating art that is meaningful to them. Seventeen-year-old...

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