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College alumnus brings Nashville to WJSC

College alumnus brings Nashville to WJSC

Ben Simone

March 15, 2014


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Rooted in the Country is the best of traditional country music, rockabilly, bluegrass, gospel, and Vermont artist,” said Corey Ryder, a Johnson State College alumnus whose radio show “Rooted in the Country” has brought nationally renown artist to WJSC 90.7 Ryder is a self-proclaimed historian...

Kat Wright bares her soul band at Radio Bean

Kat Wright bares her soul band at Radio Bean

Patrick McGuinn

March 15, 2014


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What does the word indomitable mean anyway? Big, loud, full of energy, perhaps? At Burlington’s Radio Bean on Thursday nights, something truly big is going on. Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band presides every Thursday evening at 11:30. Vocalist Kat Wright is backed by a band with a sound...

Eco-Band keeps the dead alive

Eco-Band keeps the dead alive

Thomas Benton

March 15, 2014


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An African-American woman dragged herself across the stage. Years weighed her down. She started by thanking Goddard College. Audience members looked at each other. Someone yelled, “This is Johnson State College!” The speaker didn’t understand. The someone repeated, “This is Johnson State...

Beyonce’s Declaration of Independence

Beyonce’s Declaration of Independence

Travis LeClair

February 6, 2014


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Many celebrated as Beyoncé Knowles became Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, and I, like many others, rejoiced when the two superstars had a child together. They deserve a break, they are busy with baby Blue. No one expects a new wife and mother to create the best work of her career. Beyoncé fans were pro...

Waka Flocka Flame lights up B-Town

Waka Flocka Flame lights up B-Town

Travis LeClair

February 6, 2014


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Energetic hip/hop star Waka Flocka Flame passed through Burlington on Jan. 25, bringing his effective hype crew with him and an arsenal of fun beats to rap and scream over, offering a show that was one hell of a good time. Waka Flocka Flame has earned success and mainstream attention after the release...

Springsteen ‘75 re-materializes, says: “I’ve seen some shit”

Springsteen ‘75 re-materializes, says: “I’ve seen some shit”

Tom Benton

February 6, 2014


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Even those who are simply aware of Bruce Springsteen’s continued existence probably remember his album “The Rising.”  It came out just after 9/11, when we were searching for landmarks of American identity, it reunited Springsteen with his legendary E Street Band, with which he hadn’t laid down...

Stearns hosts Vermont Bluegrass legends

Stearns hosts Vermont Bluegrass legends

Max Van Wie

November 27, 2013


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Stearns Performance Space was home to an interesting night of Bluegrass originals and traditional music Wednesday, Nov. 13. Opening the show, Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing mixed their distinctly northern Bluegrass with traditional southern Bluegrass music to create a sound that proved to be both...

Kanye’s “Yeezus” tour heals author’s vertigo

Kanye’s “Yeezus” tour heals author’s vertigo

Tom Benton, Surrogate Jimmy Stewart

November 19, 2013


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                  Kanye West is in the middle of his "Yeezus Tour," his first tour in five years (the last one supported his 2008 album "808s and Heartbreak," his devastation record; this one supports "Yeezus," his ego record, w...

“Artpop,” Lady Gaga’s turn-on

“Artpop,” Lady Gaga’s turn-on

Tom Benton

November 14, 2013


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  I resisted “The Fame,” Lady Gaga’s first album, with ease (“Bad Romance” felt too shticky, “Just Dance” my ass), then accepted her second album, “Born This Way,” because not only didn’t she disappear, like I thought she would, she came back trying. Her new album...

Rough Francis: not rough at all

Rough Francis: not rough at all

Tom Benton

October 15, 2013


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I’ve been listening to a lot of earthy girl-rock lately, ‘90’s stuff: Jonatha Brooke, Bic Runga, the Sundays, the usual suspects. Rough Francis, the 3/5 black punk group that played Dibden on Oct. 2, reminded me what I was missing. They injected a strengthening shot of masculine thrust into my...

Vermont Symphony Orchestra: they’re good at what they do

Vermont Symphony Orchestra: they’re good at what they do

Tom Benton

September 25, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Featured A&E, Music

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra kicked off its Made in Vermont Music Festival at JSC on Friday night, Sept. 20, the first night of JSC’s Alumni/Parents Weekend. Alumni and parents are certainly their target audience, especially the older alumni: once one becomes an adult, one eschews rock ‘n’ rol...

Twiddle wants girls, lighters and guitar

Twiddle wants girls, lighters and guitar

Melissa Rixon

September 11, 2013


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Twiddle rocked Dibden on Thursday, Sept. 5. The band members met while undergrads at Castleton State College. They play a fusion of jazz, reggae, funk and bluegrass. Before they unleashed that fusion upon the Dibden audience, band members Mihali Savoulidis, Zdenek Gubb and Brook Jordan sat down in D...

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