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'Fun guy rap'

Long overdue Romen Rok debut worth the wait? Absolutely !
I emailed Edgewood-bred lyricist Romen Rok last week following the release of his highly-anticipated full-length platter Absolutely ! and asked just how he would describe his brand of hip-hop to the casual listener: “Fun guy rap” was the response.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  June 16, 2010


Steady business

Poorly Drawn People's Reason and Falside remain in motion
"Poorly Drawn People has some new members, and a new way of doing biz."
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  June 02, 2010


Welcome to Chateau Rex

A new day rising for Coma Coma
75orLess Records strikes again with another stoner-rock scorcher in Chateau Rex , courtesy of Coma Coma.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  May 26, 2010


Poetic chaos

A Troop of Echoes spend Days In Automation
The melodic noise collective known as A Troop of Echoes will unveil their full-length debut Days In Automation next weekend at AS220, hosting their album release party alongside an impressive gathering of local support.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  May 19, 2010


Living in the Now

Shryne’s ‘honest but polished’ pop-rock
There’s no denying the ongoing presence of what we’ll call melodic pop acts here in Rhode Island, bands comprised of guys in their mid-20s with a serious knack for penning sugary-sweet hooks and harmonies.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  May 12, 2010


Beats, rhymes, and Li(f)e

Sage Francis balances despair and hope on new album
Cult-status indie wordsmith Sage Francis digs deep and blows the black mold off the diary on Li(f)e (Anti-), while enlisting an impressive roster of indie-rock songwriters.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  May 05, 2010


Band of brothers

It’s a Bash! tells the Neutral Nation story
Acclaimed local director David Bettencourt immortalizes Providence-via-Attleboro punk pioneers Neutral Nation in his latest documentary, It’s a Bash! .
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  April 28, 2010


Monster math

Nature/Nurture return with EP002
New Bedford-based instrumental specialists Nature/Nurture strike back with a new release and an added guitarist, bolstering their complex yet concise angular jams while continuing the N/N tradition of composing monster math rock by-the-numbers — literally.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  April 21, 2010


The final four

The Wandas hit the ground running at the ’BRU Rock Hunt
From Yiddish speed-rhymes to Latin funk, the 2010 Rock Hunt finals once again delivered a musically diverse and thoroughly-entertaining show at Lupo’s last Saturday.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  April 14, 2010


Breakfast of champions

Slipping into Surprise Me Mr. Davis
The Slip have been a fixture on the jam band scene for 15 years. Over the past six years, the Slip’s core members — bassist Marc Friedman, guitarist Brad Barr, and his brother Andrew behind the kit — along with pianist Marco Benevento and singer/songwriter Nathan Moore occasionally whip up a little something on the side they like to call Surprise Me Mr. Davis.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  April 08, 2010


Hello, we’re Johnny Cash

Stacked all-star tribute/benefit at the RISD Auditorium
The Nave Gallery in Somerville kicks off its month-long salute to the Man in Black next week.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  March 31, 2010


’Bru Bracket-Busters

You Scream I Scream and Santa Mamba get to the finals
Part 1 of the 2010 WBRU Rock Hunt semi-finals is in the books, with Santa Mamba and underdogs You Scream I Scream advancing to the finals, and this weekend six more bands will vie for the two remaining spots.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  March 24, 2010


Tuneful throwdown

The 2010 WBRU Rock Hunt semi-finalists, Pt. 1
"The WBRU Rock Hunt is not designed to find the best 'alternative rock' act — we're out to find the best live act looking to earn more exposure along with some pretty cool prizes."
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  March 17, 2010


Into the groove

Funkatronic kick out the hybrid-fueled jams
The 2010 Best Music Poll nominees announcement is fast approaching, but we do know all of the '09 victors will return to defend their titles, including jazz/funk reigning champs Funkatronic, who are looking for a three-peat.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  April 12, 2010


Straight outta Tallahassee

Kyle Campol’s Imadethismistake
Tallahassee transplant (via Toronto) Kylewilliam Campol absolutely loves to call Rhode Island home, having moved here last May to further his career as a musician and establish the world headquarters for his post-punk outfit Imadethismistake — a move some homegrown cynics may consider ass-backwards.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  March 04, 2010


Bringing it all back home

In the studio — a former pasta sauce factory in Central Falls — with the Low Anthem
"Pull around back, head up the fire escape and knock twice, someone will let you in."
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  February 24, 2010


The Manhattan project

B. Dolan breaks north on Fallen House, Sunken City
"Was I a coward to abandon the broken down mechanics that crowned Biggie Smalls as the king of Atlantis?" asks Providence-based wordsmith B. Dolan.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  February 24, 2010


Focus group: Labeless Illtelligence

CasUno and ESH the Monolith streamline the cipher
It's NBA All-Star Saturday and Labeless Illtelligence representatives Chris Andrews and Tyler Edwards, better known as CasUno and ESH the Monolith, settle in for one last marathon studio session at Edwards's East Providence apartment (dubbed FrESH Ear Studios).
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  February 17, 2010


Quiet storm

Allysen Callery returns with Hobgoblin’s Hat
The only aspect of Allysen Callery's talents more impressive than her nimble, nylon-string finger-picking is her unmistakable voice.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  February 10, 2010


Smoothed out on the R&B tip

Mary Bee and David Gonzalez’s Fiesole
"Seeing Mary Bee interact and talk on a daily basis is totally different from hearing Mary Bee sing — it's like night and day," writes producer David Gonzalez.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  February 05, 2010


Bring on the major leagues

Fairhaven are officially on the hunt
There ain't enough lighter fluid in your Bic to keep pace with Fairhaven's piano-driven anthems on their full-length debut Origins.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  January 27, 2010

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