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Meta P. has a simpler plan

Original recipe
Don't let Sean Sbardella's moniker of choice — Metaphysics ("Meta P") — dissuade fellow ol-skool enthusiasts who prefer original-recipe rap to the bombastic, rapid-fire verbiage of latter-day indie backpackers.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  January 26, 2011


Six Star General kick up some serious sludge on Six

Commanding your attention
"The wah is dead," Six Star General guitarist Kyle Jackson acknowledges early on during the first of two CD release shows last weekend at the Apartment.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  January 18, 2011


Angry Farmer connect with Disconnect

Crop dusters
Angry Farmer guitarist/lead vocalist Matt Martin claims he doesn't understand what "crunchy rock" means when I refer to what I'm hearing on Angry Farmer's new five-song EP debut, Sentimental Disconnect while we're taking a gander at their press pics.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  January 13, 2011


2011 brings Jon Hope, the McGunks, Jocie Adams, and more

On the horizon
We're wrapping up our 2011 preview, checking in with a few more of our favorite local acts and artists.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  January 04, 2011


Winter Providence music preview: Bring the new noise

Prayers for Atheists, Broadcaster, Kanerko, and more
Adios, 2010. No time for looking back now, though. We have the exclusive scoop on some of the area's best bands and just how they plan to rock your world in 2011. And this is just a taste of what's in store for RIers from some of our favorite local musicians.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  December 29, 2010


The best local discs of '10

Mix it up
'Twas an incredible (and incredibly diverse) year for Rhody-based musical acts, and formulating a Top 10 of 2010 was no easy task as we plunged into the archives and dug up some of our favorite LPs from the past 12 months.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  December 22, 2010


Jeff Byrd & Dirty Finch kick out the laid-back jams

Digging their roots
Add Jeff Byrd & Dirty Finch to the conversation when talking up the quality roster of local Americana/alt-country acts within state lines.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  March 30, 2011


She Rides straddle the lightning

Instant party
There's big news cranking out of the She Rides headquarters these days, as the Providence-based quintet have nailed down a new label (NC-based Rusty Knuckles, also home to J. Berndt) and an official sponsorship with Narragansett Beer, received another invite to SXSW in 2011, and is wrapping up an EP of new material.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  December 07, 2010


Review: Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons' dazzling new disc

White light, white heat
Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons trump their impressive 2007 debut Bury Your Problems with the forthcoming White Lighter . The disc features an all-star array of acclaimed local artists chipping in — and was completed with the aid of fans who helped fund the recording process.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  December 01, 2010


The Kim Lamothe Tree-oh officially in bloom

Mystery achievement
Tiverton-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Kim Lamothe doubles as a full-time organic gardener and owner of Greenlion Design, and her new sophomore release, Mystery of Viburnum , provides the perfect landscape for the Kim Lamothe Tree-oh to fully bloom.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  November 24, 2010


Review: CasUno's sharp Sore Thumb; plus a New Low Anthem CD!

Eccentric gift of gab
"Welcome to where we keep it wordy not nerdy," declares CasUno EndCrews (aka Chris Andrews) on "Sticks Out Like a Sore Thumb," the title track of his latest and final solo disc.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  November 16, 2010


The Devil, My Pocket say goodbye

Urge for going
'Twas a nice (if too brief) run for local indie-folk outfit the Devil, My Pocket, who are calling it quits with two headlining shows this weekend at the 201.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  November 12, 2010


A more evolved — and angrier — Kanerko

Major signs of life
Kanerko: the band name should ring bells — and not only because the moniker draws inspiration from veteran White Sox first baseman (and Providence native) Paul Konerko.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  November 02, 2010


Scarlett is the new Black

Lolita Black finally land new singer
Olneyville's finest post-punk/goth/sludge metal outfit went missing for the better part of 2010, but we're ecstatic to report that Lolita Black has returned with a new lead singer in Ms. Scarlett Delgado.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  October 27, 2010


Vulgarrity's haunting Dance 2 the Grave

Creatures of the night
There's a musty funk emanating from the new VulGarrity disc, Dance 2 the Grave , as the acclaimed Provy-based sibling duo (Tracy and older brother Shawn Garrity) follow up their excellent '08 debut, If You Sing it, They Will Hum . . ., with 15 more tracks.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  October 19, 2010


Johnny 'The Colonel' Maguire comes out swingin'

Speaking his mind
"Over the last five years, local live music around Providence has been on the back burner in favor of fancy restaurants, techno clubs, kickball, tattoos, cheap beer and hipsters."
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  October 13, 2010


The devil inside: Eric French, meet Mr. Hyde

Little fury things
Singer/songwriter/guitarist Eric French possesses a pedigree well-befitting of his ambitious double-CD debut, Eric French & Mr Hyde : a degree from the Berklee School of Music, a veteran blues guitarist for a dad (Ron French), and continued insight and guidance from invaluable family friends such as local six-string icon Eric Fontana.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  October 06, 2010


The Brother Kite's Isolation was worth the wait

The right time
The Brother Kite have long excelled at creating damn fine atmospheric fare, dating back to their 2004 self-titled debut album.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  September 29, 2010


Johnny Lingo Band returns with Somewhere To Go

Sparking it up
The Johnny Lingo Band are back with Somewhere To Go , the follow-up to their ’09 debut Shake It Off (both available at iTunes).
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  September 22, 2010


Fall Music Preview: Sounds abound

It's the busiest fall ever !
As the autumnal equinox fast approaches, there’s plenty of action statewide and no genre left behind from Downcity to down south to the highly-anticipated return of a local live landmark — the Met Café, now located in the Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  September 16, 2010


Dropdead's unfinished business

Two decades in, Dropdead still 'play loud music, really fast'
It’s 20 years and counting for iconic hardcore-punk quartet Dropdead.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  September 15, 2010

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