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Monster mash
How's your FRIDAY (the 26th) shaping up? Head downtown and start it off with a sonic boom.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  October 24, 2012


Allysen Callery cozies up to The Summer Place

In full bloom
Allysen Callery's new EP The Summer Place is the companion to last year's Winter Island ; a special-edition double-disc package is available now via the Berlin-based DIY label Woodland Recordings (, complete with lyrics and a vial of Lupine seeds for planting.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  October 17, 2012


Meta P copes with the loss of his twin sister on ‘Dragonfly’

Straight from the heart
Sean Sbardella, aka lyricist Metaphysics (Meta P), was at DJ Sterbyrock's apartment getting a haircut when his father called and left a dire message.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  October 10, 2012

Let's see action

From Stray Birds to Mighty Good Boys
Last call for the sonic mayhem of HANK SINATRA JR. , ELECTRIC EEL SHOCK , and NYC's PEELANDER-Z at Firehouse 13 (401.270.1801) on THURSDAY (the 11th), priming the palate for another steady weekend of live action.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  October 09, 2012


Alec K. Redfearn & the Eyesores get ‘accessible’

Death becomes them
"Alec K. Redfearn" and "accessible" sharing the same sentence?
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  October 03, 2012


Jared Mann and friends get Willow on the map

Blanketfort social scene
Twenty-three-year-old Jared Mann would be considered the old man among his mates in Willow, a melodic (and mostly instrumental) math-rock trio from the woods of North Smithfield.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  September 25, 2012


Sweet Love gets the Motor revving

Fuzzed-up glory
Spark one up and dig on that Sweet Love.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  September 18, 2012


Boo City and Fall & Bounce strut their stuff

Get into the groove
Fall & Bounce and Boo City are two bands catching a pretty good buzz from 2012 debut albums, as well as acclaimed live shows (e.g., Boo City's set at this year's Foo Fest).
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  September 12, 2012


Got live if you want it!

Night moves
Adios, Summer 2012 — it was a real hoot, but lest we forget Rocktober is just around the corner, and we have more than enough local (and low-dough) shows on the docket to keep you moving and grooving through that autumn chill.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  September 12, 2012


Rolling into Rocktember

Festival season isn’t over yet
Not so fast, Rocktober — the month of September boasts two outstanding festivals on the next two Saturdays.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  September 04, 2012


Sage Francis hits up Juan Deuce and Falside

Rhody rap summit
Juan Deuce and Falside continue to put in some serious work.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  August 28, 2012

Got riffs?

Thrillhouse certainly does
In need of some good old-fashioned heavy metal riffs and shredding?
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  August 22, 2012


Diving into discs by Castle, Bob Kendall, and more

Odds and ends
This is the perfect time of year to catch up on the endless goodie sack of music coming down the pipe on a weekly basis (and please keep it coming).
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  August 15, 2012

7 days a week!

From Roomful of Blues to Gut Bucket
A full seven days of action on the live circuit! No excuses — get out there.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  August 09, 2012


Whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on at AS220’s Foo Fest

Bounce to this!
Get ready to work up a nice lather dancing the entire day away at AS220's annual block party known as Foo Fest.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  August 07, 2012


Lolita Black rips Flesh, Blood, and Bone

Too loud to ignore
Bob Otis is feeling it. Just prior to taking the stage for the official record release show last weekend at AS220, the guitarist and co-founder of Lolita Black, PVD's reigning heavy-goth-metal foursome, hands over a vinyl copy of Flesh, Blood, and Bone .
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  July 31, 2012


B. Dolan rules House of Bees Vol. 2 and Church of Love & Ruin

Bless the mic
Mission accomplished for B. Dolan on his latest release, House of Bees Vol. 2 (Strange Famous Records) — he set out to "shatter all expectations conjured by the word 'mixtape.' "
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  July 25, 2012


Sound Session 2012 hits the streets

Rocking the block
The block is hot (like, stifling hot) and about to get hotter as the capital city's grandest music and dance festival — the eighth annual Sound Session — once again descends upon Downcity.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  July 11, 2012


One-on-one with the master of the riff

Breaking Burr
Bill Burr is a busy man. The New England native now resides in Los Angeles, so I'm hoping he's on the East Coast when I'm instructed to call promptly at 9 am EST for a 30-minute phoner to promote his return to the Newport Yachting Center (limited tix still available at
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  July 10, 2012

Skinny Millionaires back on the prowl with Easy Tiger

Full circle
When talking up Lil Rhody's indie-folk-Americana-blues explosion, be sure to toss the Skinny Millionaires in that conversation.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  July 03, 2012


Doomsday Student are what they are

Apocalypse now
Drummer Craig Kureck, guitarists Steve Mattos and Paul Vieira, and vocalist Eric Paul comprise Doomsday Student, though the Heaven's Gate-inspired promo pic (with the quartet all sporting orange Pumas in place of the white Nike Cortez) prohibits visual identity.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  June 27, 2012

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