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The year’s best local releases

Hear, here
The Year in Music was pretty damn good to us locals, with noteworthy, often nationally-recognized albums created right here in our backyard.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  December 22, 2011


Brown Bird go for it with Salt For Salt

Full steam ahead
Brown Bird couldn't have chosen a better launching point to Go For It than their latest album, Salt for Salt , as the incredibly talented twosome of David Lamb and partner MorganEve Swain leave the shipyard and coffeehouse behind and set out to make music a full-time career.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  December 13, 2011


Josh Grabert, aka Torn Shorts, soaks up Life On a River

Float on
Josh Grabert has spent the past 18 months performing as the one-man band Torn Shorts, and his official debut, Life On a River , is an impressive collection.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  December 07, 2011


Jacob Haller’s maddeningly catchy Circumstantial evidence

Spinning his yarns
No one spins a good tale like singer/songwriter Jacob Haller, who just released Circumstantial Evidence , the follow-up his '09 solo debut Mistaken Identity.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  November 30, 2011


Reason to Fight come out swinging with Blue Collar Pride

Here’s the beef
"Hard Working, Hard Drinking, Hard Core," the closing cut from Reason to Fight's new disc, Blue Collar Pride , ably delivers the veteran punk quartet's mission statement.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  November 21, 2011


Deer Tick, Jeffrey Osborne, and the RISA gang serenade Provy

Divine party
Mayor Taveras sure knows how to party. The capital city's Department of Arts, Culture & Tourism has co-sponsored more than 200 events over the past six months commemorating the 375th anniversary of Roger Williams arriving here and setting up shop in Providence.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  November 15, 2011

Two great freebies

Plus, last chance for What Cheer? in ’11
Last call to catch local country-punk heroes GIRL HAGGARD in action at the Met on THURSDAY (the 17th), where Mandy Allan (voted best female vocalist in our 2011 music poll) and the boys open for Nashville Pussy and Supersuckers (wow).
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  November 15, 2011


Kanerko roars back with Delusions of Grandeur

Beast mode
2011 will go down as a decisive comeback for hard-rock quartet Kanerko, who are set to release their new EP Delusions of Grandeur at the Met on Friday.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  November 08, 2011


ESH & Dox and Meta P get busy

Rhody rhyme time
Don't sleep — the Rhode Island hip-hop scene is flourishing, arguably more than ever.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  November 02, 2011


Deer Tick celebrate the release of their rollicking new disc

Divine inspiration
John McCauley got a lust for life — and a dangerous mind. But we already knew that.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  October 19, 2011


The Fortune Healers, Broadcaster, and Makeupbreakup

Terrific triple play
The Homegrown inbox here at 150 Chestnut never ceases to amaze, with quality submissions coming down the pipe on a weekly basis.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  October 11, 2011

Review: The Abbey

The best burger in Providence, brick by brick
The Abbey may resemble just another corner grub pub, but I'm here to declare that this Elmhurst mainstay (near the Providence College campus) is home to the best cheeseburger in Providence.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  October 05, 2011


Say yes to the Can’t Nots

A positive double negative
The Can't Nots released their debut EP, Applesauce , earlier this year and quickly racked up some positive press around these parts, and garnered a Best Breakthrough Act nomination in our 2011 Best Music Poll.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  October 04, 2011


Boobstock III and Singing About Providence usher in October

Nice pair!
A pair of highly-recommended shows are on tap this Saturday (Rocktober the 1st!) in the capital city.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  September 30, 2011


Falside cranks up the Snare Conditioning

Return of the beatsmith
There's no stopping Provy-based producer Falside the Beatsmith, who just released his most recent "seasonal beat tape," Snare Conditioning , and has plenty more in store by year's end, as he hand-crafts beats for some of the finest local and national indieground wordsmiths.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  September 20, 2011


Night moves

Got live if you want it!
Wow — a ton of worthwhile (and wallet-friendly) local live shows are lined up through Thanksgiving, so plan ahead and mark your calendar for these great gigs.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  September 14, 2011


For Matt Martin, abnormal is normal

Psychedelic class clown
Matt Martin currently performs with no fewer than five bands, including his latest solo venture of sorts, which he calls Psychedelic Clown Car.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  September 14, 2011


Rocktucket heats up the Bucket

Street smarts
Are you ready for Rocktucket 2011? September marks the arrival of the 13th annual Pawtucket Arts Festival, popping up at various parks and venues around the Bucket for the next three weeks.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  September 06, 2011


Melody meets atrophy in Baylies Band

Living the dream
"It's nice to win but that doesn't mean the big clubs want us any more than they did before," acknowledged Eric Baylies, longtime ringleader behind New Bedford-based noise-rock outfit Baylies Band.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  August 30, 2011


Zumo Kollie expands his reach on The Last Showing

Renaissance man on the move
Providence-based wordsmith Zumo Kollie made his mark on the Rhody rap community with his 2009 debut, The Idiot Savant .
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  August 25, 2011


Roz Raskin and the Rice Cakes break out the Monster jams

You gotta stay positive
Roz Raskin returned to scene of the crime last weekend, all smiles on Empire Street prior to the Rice Cakes' outdoor set at Foo Fest.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  August 16, 2011

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