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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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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


A team effort

Everyone’s gonna find out about Hello Mahalo
Yes, the name sounds familiar and no, they don’t play Hawaiian music.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  July 23, 2008


San Vivaldo Trattoria

In Chef Alfie we trust
Terms like “destination dining” and “authentic Italian” take on new meaning at San Vivaldo Trattoria.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  July 07, 2008


Hot summer nights

The pulsating spirit of Sound Session ’08
The annual Sound Session festival is a weeklong sonic soiree that is expected to draw upwards of 65,000 partygoers from July 6 through 12.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  June 26, 2008


Rhymes 'n' life

Rhodeshow is staying real
The Rhodeshow troupe lives the lyrics and rocks the mic with a nonchalant confidence and fluid, streetwise delivery without glorifying the negative choices surrounding young people. 
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  May 28, 2008

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