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Basement Medicine

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Basement Medicine

The student-run community news site of Vermont State University - Johnson

Basement Medicine


Laufey, 24, is everybody’s Valentine

Heike Chaney December 10, 2023

Generation Z folk have had diverse attitudes toward Jazz music. Some might have heard an album from Frank Sinatra and muttered a simple “not interested” in return. If asked about a favorite Jazz artist,...

Fall 2023 Funk Fusion Ensemble

Funk Fusion’s kick-ass music

Jo Cutler December 10, 2023

Funk Fusion had its end-of-the-semester performance on stage at the Dibden Center for the Arts On Friday, Dec. 8. So, what is Funk Fusion? Wilbur Hayes, a current member of Funk Fusion, describes it...

Sophia Berard (left), Sarah Anctil-Krumeich (right) of the Polaris Singers

A spotlight on Polaris Singers

Heike Chaney December 10, 2023

  With finals season around the corner, and weekly schedules packing assignment upon assignment, you may be having trouble finding things to do outside of studying. You may have witnessed the choir...

Tennis serves up a hit with “Pollen”

Tennis serves up a hit with “Pollen”

Hannah McMahon March 14, 2023

Husband-and-wife duo Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley, better known as Tennis, released their sixth album, “Pollen,” on Feb. 10. A follow up to 2020’s “Swimmer,” “Pollen” is a 9-track indie...

Kyle Gagnon

The greatest playlist of all time: Mine

February 11, 2023

Stacks of bangers. Just stacks upon stacks of them. The sheer magnitude of electricity being produced is enough to make the hairs on yo mamma’s back stand on end. Tilly Tunez: Carefully Curated Heaters...

Oh, Canada!

Oh, Canada!

Kyle Gagnon November 14, 2022

It’s happening! Tegan and Sara have released their tenth studio album, Crybaby, and it is, as almost always, a banger. Consistently releasing full-length studio albums since their 1999 debut album...

Unpacking Swift’s “Midnights”

Unpacking Swift’s “Midnights”

Alli McLaughlin November 14, 2022

The process of listening to a new Taylor Swift album is something of a ritual for Swifties of any range. When the clock struck midnight on October 21, millions of listeners across the world hit play on...

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Beach Bunny’s new single rules

Kyle Gagnon April 14, 2022

Beach Bunny has released their latest single, “Fire Escape,” leading to the highly anticipated release of their new album, “Emotional Creature,” set to drop July 22. When I tell you that this single...


The Happy Fits fits in another great single

Alli McLaughlin April 14, 2022

Three-piece alt-pop-rock band “The Happy Fits” released their first new single of 2022 on March 17. The song, titled “Changes,” features the typical sunny sound of the funky trio; upon first listen,...

Headliners My Chemical Romance and Paramore

“When We Were Young Festival” set to kick off

Alli McLaughlin February 21, 2022

On Jan. 18, 2022, Live Nation broke the internet with the announcement of their upcoming When We Were Young Festival. The nostalgic lineup, which includes legendary bands like My Chemical Romance and Paramore,...

Master of his craft: Masayoshi Takanaka

Master of his craft: Masayoshi Takanaka

Kyle Gagnon, Sports Editor December 9, 2021

As the man once said, “You’re gonna wanna stop whatever you’re doing and listen to Masayoshi Takanaka.” I am embarrassed to say that I hadn’t heard of this music legend until very recently....

Taylor Swift is as good as ever

Taylor Swift is as good as ever

Kai Jamil, Staff Reporter December 9, 2021

On Nov. 12, 2021, cultural icon and pop/country musician Taylor Swift re-released her 2012 album, “Red,” with a whopping 14 bonus tracks that weren’t released on the original album. Red was Taylor...

Radiator Hospital

Radiator Hospital delivers

Kyle Gagnon, Sports Editor November 18, 2021

This isn’t what I would consider to be a timely review of what I currently consider to be perhaps the best indie rock album I have ever heard. Fans of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Dinosaur Jr. and even...

Reporter Alli McLaughlin with the band This Wild Life

This Wild Life

Alli McLaughlin, Staff Reporter October 28, 2021

The self-declared “Hot Topic Mumford & Sons” band, This Wild Life, just released their fourth full-length album on Oct. 15 titled “Ever Blossom.” The album includes 10 songs, ranging from upbeat...

Crywank’s new release is no laughing matter

Crywank’s new release is no laughing matter

Kai Jamil, Staff Reporter October 14, 2021

If you’re as into witty and slightly depressing folk-punk music as I am, you’ll probably love notable English anti-folk group Crywank’s newest and potentially last album, “Just Popping In To Say...

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“Trophy” wows

Soleil Devyn Borthwick, Copy Editor April 12, 2021

“Trophy” is the latest single by Brooklyn-based indie rock band Crumb, and have I been waiting for it--Crumb is far and away my favorite band, and they’re one of the only modern musicians I actively...

Trauma, pinball and cults: “Tommy”

Trauma, pinball and cults: “Tommy”

Soleil Devyn Borthwick, Copy Editor November 28, 2020

Released in 1969, the Who’s fourth album, “Tommy,” was the album that coined the term rock opera. While “S.F. Sorrow” by the Pretty Things was released in 1968 and is widely regarded as the first,...

Mindful music to make the day less grey.

Mindful music

Justin Robertiello, Staff Reporter September 22, 2020

Waking up early in the morning can be hard enough, but waking up with a full work schedule ahead of you can be even more difficult.  I am not always certain how to brace for the day.  I have tried many...

The art of the outro: Crumbs first two EPs

The art of the outro: Crumb’s first two EPs

Soleil Devyn Borthwick, Staff Reporter April 10, 2020

Come for the singer's voice, stay for the band's instruments. This is how most of the songs on Crumb's first two EPs make me feel. Crub is a New York band that formed at Tufts College. The band is made...

Mal Maiz

Creative Audience offers a widely diverse array of events

Adriana Eldred, Photo & Web Editor February 10, 2020

Every semester is jam-packed with interesting and thought-provoking events, and this semester is no exception – however, there are a few changes in the works that will continue to improve the creative...

Indie bass with Beabadoobee

Thomas Streeter November 21, 2019

On Oct. 14, Beabadoobie released her third EP, “Space Cadet.”   Beatrice Kristi Laus, also known as Beabadoobee, is a 19-year-old singer-songwriter based in London and born in the Philippines....

Holy Oleo!

Holy Oleo!

Adriana Eldred and Ari Erlbaum November 21, 2019

Basement Medicine staff members Ari Erlbaum and Adriana Eldred discuss the  Nov. 13 evening’s musical performance of the Oleo Romeos, featuring Professor Tyrone Shaw as frontman.   Editor’s...

Tame Impalas The Slow Rush album cover

Tame Impala’s new album combines psych rock and pop

Patrick Bell, Sports Editor November 7, 2019

Kevin Parker, also known as Tame Impala, announced to his fans via Instagram that his new album, “The Slow Rush” would release on Valentine’s Day 2020. This announcement was years in the making,...

Album Cover, “Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes,” by Radamiz

Radamiz’ lovely lyricism

Thomas Streeter, Staff Reporter October 24, 2019

Passion. Growth. Change. Progression. These are words that describe 27-year old Dominican-born Bed-Stuy Brooklyn rapper, Radamiz’s newest album. The album, ”Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes,” was...

Gallagher answers “Why me?”

Gallagher answers “Why me?”

Patrick Bell, Sports Editor October 24, 2019

“Why Me? Why Not?” is Liam Gallagher’s second release from his solo career. Released in September of 2019, it has received positive reviews from both critics and fans alike. Liam’s journey in...

The Black Keys return to roots

The Black Keys return to roots

Patrick Bell, Sports Editor October 3, 2019

Rejoice Black Keys fans. After a five-year hiatus, they are back with their album titled “Let’s Rock.” The Black Keys, consisting of guitarist, singer, and songwriter Dan Auerbach and drummer...

Tim Mikovitz, Dibden Center for the Arts tech director

Catamount Arts to bring new acts to Dibden

Ari Erlbaum September 20, 2019

Tim Mikovitz, technical director at Dibden Center for the Arts, is excited about the space’s future, in large part due to a new partnership with Catamount Arts. “I think Dibden is or should be the...

Jai Paul’s unfinished masterpiece

Jai Paul’s unfinished masterpiece

Patrick Bell September 20, 2019

In late August, I was scrolling through YouTube and came across a video by Middle 8 titled “What Happened to Jai Paul?” and clicked on it, not knowing anything about the artist. In those ten minutes,...

Father John Misty back with his fourth studio album

Father John Misty back with his fourth studio album

Patrick Bell May 9, 2019

"God’s Favorite Customer" is the fourth album by indie singer/songwriter Father John Misty. Released in 2018, it was received well by critics and fans alike but wasn’t nominated for any big awards. I...

Kickin’ it with Dropkick Murphys

Kickin’ it with Dropkick Murphys

Magnificent Schmidl April 24, 2019

It’s the Friday evening of St. Patrick’s day weekend and my boyfriend and I are headed to Boston, Massachusetts to celebrate the best way we know how: by going to a Dropkick Murphys concert. I, being...

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