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Digging deep

The Blizzard of '78 returns with Book of Lies
The Blizzard of 78 released their second album, Book of Lies  (available at tbo78.com and iTunes) on Tuesday,
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  December 10, 2008

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Energized outlet

The instrumental mayhem of Cowgirl
Two-thirds of the prog-noise powerhouse collectively known as Cowgirl are members of Zox.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  December 04, 2008

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Straight outta Arctic

The Noise Campaign rock the vote
The West Warwick-based quintet the Noise Campaign have rocked plenty of local dive bars and club stages across Rhode Island in recent months, and this spry crew of 20- and 21-year-olds will begin recording their full-length debut at Strangeways Recording in February.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  November 25, 2008

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Sonic youth

California Smile bring the noise
After a pair of successful record-release gigs at Firehouse 13, Cali Smile will join an indie-rock bill on Friday (the 21st) at URI with locals the Coming Weak, the Noise Campaign, and Warwick's Dorado 30, to name a few — all for only $4 at the door.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  November 19, 2008

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Rockin' again

The return of the Cobra-Matics
Johnny Maguire, aka the Colonel, dropped a line to give the heads-up on his newly reformed rockabilly outfit, the Cobra-Matics.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  November 12, 2008

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Testifying

Tales from bandmates and a lifelong fan
My memories of Thom Enright and his big talent and bigger heart go way back to when I was a young teenager growing up in East Greenwich.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  November 05, 2008



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Retro, active

The return of Von Doom
It’s hard not to dig Von Doom’s sound for someone like myself, who went a bit apeshit for the lovelorn, melodic, and melancholy noise of early ’90s indie rock, from stalwarts Buffalo Tom and Dinosaur Jr. to obscure stuff like St. Johnny and Seaweed.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  October 29, 2008

Off the couch: October 24, 2008

Tim Taylor Band, Young Neil & the Vipers, and more
Tim Taylor Band, Young Neil & the Vipers, and more
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  October 24, 2008

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Feel the pain

The bittersweet smolder of Barn Burning
Barn Burning is the acclaimed audio outlet for singer/guitarist Anthony Loffredio, a Providence native whose introspective tales are spun well beyond his 33 years and well-complemented by a revolving door of musicians since the 2004 promising debut Weatheredbound .  
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  October 22, 2008

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Gang of four

It Was the Best of Times get streamlined
It Was the Best Of Times have officially downsized to a quartet, but that doesn’t mean the sonic pride of Hope Valley plans on calling it quits anytime soon.  
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  October 16, 2008

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Rebirth of the cool

Call it a comeback: Jake’s Bar & Grille is back in action
The new and improved Jake’s Bar & Grille on Richmond Street reopens the 9th and kicks off a Columbus Day welcome back weekend with three diverse shows.  
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  October 09, 2008



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Going with the flow

Gamblin’ Hands dives right in
Business is picking up for East Bay newcomers Gamblin’ Hands, who perform their first headlining show tonight (the 2nd) at the Living Room.  
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  October 02, 2008

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Shady neighbors

Arab On Radar revisited, via DVD, with Sunshine for Shady People
“You can actually make something out of nothing because we had shit, then we somehow whipped up this fucking fury — Arab On Radar,” says Jeff Schneider.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  September 25, 2008

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Rhody loves Chachi

Spittin’ rhymes straight outta the Bucket
Get to know Charlie “Big Chachi” Carvalho for about five minutes and it’s clear he’s equal parts confident and cordial, a down-to-earth family man with big aspirations.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  September 17, 2008

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Food for thought

Romen Rok stays hungry
The Edgewood section of Cranston may not be known as a hip-hop hotbed, but that neighborhood raised a razor-sharp emcee named Romen Rok.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  September 10, 2008

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Hotter than ever

A rich lineup at the Hot Club Waterfront Festival
The Hot Club Waterfront Festival returns this weekend with a lineup as diverse as the melting pot of 21-plus partygoers who will fill South Water Street throughout the weekend.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  September 03, 2008



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Unplugged

Arcadia Landing call it quits
Four friends, two bands, and nine years laer, Arcadia Landing is closed for business, according to a statement posted on their MySpace page on July 25.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  August 27, 2008

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Heart and soul

Penrose and friends bring the heat
The Cranston-based quartet Penrose continues to impress, delivering a fervent set at Lupo’s last Friday. The crew has been busy since they swept two categories in this year’s Best Music Poll.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  August 20, 2008

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Seriously fun

Awesome Brothers give all they got
“We wanted to be like the Righteous Brothers, but more awesome.”
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  August 13, 2008

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Pushing his buttons

Joe Beats heads back to the lab
“My number one priority is getting more of my music out there.” 
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  August 05, 2008

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It takes two

makeupbreakup are ready to make their move
The makeupbreakup machine officially gets cranking on August 19 when their debut EP, We Prefer Not To . . . (s.a.f. records), is released. Call it electro-surf power-pop?
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  July 30, 2008


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