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Re: “Soundbites: Thoughts on Rezoning in the South End

I would appreciate the possibility of larger acts coming to a new Higher Ground. We stopped going to the old venue, the DJ's, rehashed Dead wannabe bands, and millennial shows no longer appealed to us. We head to Tupelo, NH, Barre Opera House, or the Flynn. Higher Ground hasn't offered anything interesting of late to the rockin 50 year olds.

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Posted by Reenie Phillips on 06/28/2019 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Soundbites: Thoughts on Rezoning in the South End

"Who the fuck would pay money to see this? The whole thing feels soulless to me."

Amen. Gross and greasy.

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Posted by Justin Boland on 06/26/2019 at 12:25 PM

Re: “Soundbites: Brian Wilson to Perform at Burlington Discover Jazz Festival

And so 7Days' shilling for Discover Jazz begins, through the estimable JordanAdams, in another vain attempt to assuage the paper's guilt for basically ignoring the festival for years (--see Kamasi Washington cover story, a futile attempt to win the white jazz novice).. Musically speaking, the titular leader of the Beach Boys was barely a presence in the 2016 appearance, his song intros practiced to a fault and only to a slightly lesser extent coached by comrade in arms from the group Al Jardine. whose son actually stole the show singing Brian's parts. It's too much to ask for discerning analysis of music from this rag, but can ya just not be so obvious about your gratuitous public relations for BDJF: the paper still devotes more space to Waking Windows!?!? (and don't make the excuse it's for the sake of local musicians!)

Posted by on 03/23/2019 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Soundbites: Slick Rick to Play Sugarbush Resort

Wow, great reporting on The Reks' event with Slick Rick. Maybe you could have done some basic journalism and called the owner of the Reks for his side of the story rather than spending three paragraphs whining about how offensive you find old school rap lyrics? With a capacity of around 100 people, it's no surprise the ticket are pricey, and I'm sure the Sugarbush clientele has the money. As of Monday, they had already sold more than half of the tickets and I wouldn't surprised if it sells out.

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Posted by Rich Ferber on 03/08/2019 at 9:13 AM

Re: “Soundbites: Andy Kershaw's Deli Edits and Reliving 2000s Indie Music

In quoting a television series (!?!?!?) when concluding his mewling about his favorite music gone out of fashion, the author speaks volumes about his passion for music--or rather the lack thereof--not to mention why this greatest of all the arts so often seems a peripheral concern for 7Days. Adams could've at least referred to Carly Simon's "Anticipation," but he's probably not even that culturally literate. And certainly not conversant in songs of substance, such as The Who's "Long Live Rock:" '...We tried but you were yawning...Rock Is Dead!!!---Long Live Rock!!!'

Posted by on 03/05/2019 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Soundbites: Thoughts on Magic Hat's New Mardi Gras

For what it's worth, I worked as a Mardi Gras parade volunteer for several years -- keeping crowds back and out from underfoot, picking up beads that fell in the street out of reach and flinging them on into the crowds, and so on... and the "and so on" included picking up Main Street after each parade. It was *not* a nasty, onerous job. Many hands made light work and generally we were done picking the unclaimed beads, candy, and other detritus up in about fifteen minutes.

The biggest post-parade task was collecting the bike racks that served as crowd barriers along the route, and pros were paid to do that.

Posted by Jay Furr on 02/11/2019 at 4:51 PM

Re: “Lawsuit: Nectar's Negligence Caused 'Wild West'-Style Shooting

It was clear the new owners were in over their heads even before this event happened...

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Posted by The Oracle on 01/22/2019 at 8:43 AM

Re: “Lawsuit: Nectar's Negligence Caused 'Wild West'-Style Shooting

I'm betting Mr. Nashid case will end up being referred to the Burlington Community Justice Center. There's a good chance he will end up having the book thrown at him . In Vermont that means community service , possibly a fine which will be forgiven . Who knows, Nectars and staff may suffer greater consequences then this fine citizen .

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Posted by Rich ard on 01/18/2019 at 4:19 PM

Re: “Lawsuit: Nectar's Negligence Caused 'Wild West'-Style Shooting

I agree with CHRISTOPHER HILL. Weinberger and his buddies are only interested in making Burlington a big city and thinking about how much money they can make off of people and helping their rich friends. They don't care about the "little" people!!

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Posted by Gi Grape on 01/17/2019 at 9:24 PM

Re: “Lawsuit: Nectar's Negligence Caused 'Wild West'-Style Shooting

I'm honestly surprised that this didn't bring criminal charges

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Posted by Scuba on 01/17/2019 at 5:22 PM

Re: “Lawsuit: Nectar's Negligence Caused 'Wild West'-Style Shooting

This would not have happened when Nectar Rorris owned the place. He gave a damn about Burlington and the safety of the people who live in the city. Burlington has been invaded by a horde of greedy, narcissistic punks and "big city wannabes" whose allegiance is to their egos, their wallets and making Burlington into an urban ghetto. Start with Wonder Boy Weinberger, Don "The Snake" Sinex, the crew at "f"Arts Riot and follow the trail until you reach the end, a yuppie wet dream that has capitalized on the uniqueness of the city they're destroying.

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Posted by Christopher Hill on 01/17/2019 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Lawsuit: Nectar's Negligence Caused 'Wild West'-Style Shooting

I would hate to be the lawyer for the night club. Returning a weapon to an angry, and likely intoxicated patron? Ridiculous. A woman shot as a result of that negligent act? I wish her a complete recovery.

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Posted by Andrew Duff on 01/17/2019 at 6:11 AM

Re: “Soundbites: WTF is Going on With Grace Potter & the Nocturnals?

I think what happened was Grace became famous got rid of her husband of 3 yrs and now is preggers by some other guy. Perfect rock star soap opera stuff

Posted by Russell Stoner on 12/26/2018 at 12:56 AM

Re: “Soundbites: A Tribute to Donovan and a New Home for the Nightshade Kitchen

I laughed out loud when I read Jordan Adams' 'wildly underrated' description of Donovan. Pursuing my own passion for music, I've learned there's no underestimating the attraction of and loyalty to, niche artists (I still love Matthew Sweet after all these years!?!?). Still, there's something confounding about the thought of tribute to a man once nothing more than a Bob Dylan wannabe who then turned to psychedelic ephemera of his era. There was, unfortunately, no mention of Leitch's song "There Is A Mountain" as source material for The Allman Brothers' mammoth instrumental improvisation, "Mountain Jam:" do the tributeers perform that? But I'm not really complainingbecause the existence of a functioning homage to Donovan has me holding out hope to a similar unit devoted to Buffalo Springfield---or maybe even MOBY GRAPE/!

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Posted by on 09/02/2018 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Soundbites: Commander in Queef

I miss Dan so much it hurts.

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Posted by Meemaw Rees on 04/06/2018 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Soundbites: Mister Disaster

I'm willing to guess the author has never owned a business. He may have no idea what it's like to put your time money and sweat on the line, to value hard work and self worth when creating something out of nothing. Business owners don't get to punch out when the day is done so it's not as simple to just take other peoples advice as he ignorantly implies. No business owner in their right mind would roll over to appease such garbage opinion or all the toxic trauma drama happening around this. And yet, he did tread into violent toxic water and listen, and talk to non violent people, and he did make a change. This article is entitled, intolerant, and attempting to turn what another flawed human (get over yourself no one is perfect or 100% correct) created into some kind of monstrous disaster through toxic wording and hypothesizing. This article is violent and makes me want to flea this witch hunting small town mentality. If I could, I would post a picture of Cartman screaming, "you will respect my authoritah!" Bc thats how commical this attempt at "opinion" is. Try using a mirror sometime. Those of us who are human and make mistakes, sometimes actually learn from them when we have the time to come to new perspectives through the process of healing. This opinion denies that important healing process and right of being an ever evolving human, making mistakes and growing, for the sake of an egotistical stunt. Boring and lame.

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Posted by Maya Piorkowska on 07/07/2017 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Soundbites: Mister Disaster

Am I the only one who feels like all of this could have easily been avoided if Craig had just been a decent person and *listened* to the trans community and allies in the very beginning? It seems like this became much more complicated than it needed to be.

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Posted by RedSoxRule45 on 06/21/2017 at 6:59 PM

Re: “Soundbites: Mister Disaster

Why have you taken down all of the offending information off of the Facebook page and GoFundMe?

Did someone buy you off to do it? Money seems to be the only thing you care about. Definitely not the trans* community....

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Posted by Lindsay on 06/21/2017 at 6:55 PM

Re: “Soundbites: Mister Disaster

Though this was a music column..

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Posted by Spit Jack on 06/20/2017 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Soundbites: Mister Disaster

Here is a message I sent to Craig on March 2, 2017: (I never got a response)

Hi Craig,

I hope this finds you well. I am very sorry for the intensity of what you are going through.

I attended the town hall this evening and was beyond emotional with the Trans communities pain. The name you have chosen is offensive to them, period. I know you never meant any Ill intent and if anything you were being inclusive. The fact of the matter is a very large group as well as the Pride center are choosing to condemn and boycott your new establishment.

I know I have no right in asking this. But would you consider re naming the bar along with a letter stating you hear and understand the Trans community need to feel safe and was not aware of the impact the name had.

I think you are going to be very successful. I believe the choice of renaming the bar is an act of solidarity. It also shows we are human and can listen. We are all in this together and I want nothing but the best for you. Please think about it. It is a tough position but I do believe things have a way of bringing us all together. You have an opportunity to show Vermont how we as a community protect and stand by each other.

Much love and light,


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Posted by Robert Toms on 06/20/2017 at 6:26 AM

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