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The Rice Cakes take the WBRU Rock Hunt title

And the winner is ...
A jam-packed crowd rocked out at the Met on Friday, and the highly-appreciative bands clearly fed off the energy throughout the evening.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  March 27, 2012


Off the Couch: From Shaolin with love

Wu-Tang wordsmith GZA hits Firehouse 13
On THURSDAY (the 22nd) head to Mardi Gras in Cranston and welcome back hard-rock quartet KANERKO ; Al, Kev, Nick, and Anthony just returned from a goodwill trip to Kosovo where they rocked out for our troops — nice work, guys.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  March 22, 2012


Six Star General get into the groove on Splinter

Psychedelic embrace
Six Star General continue to crank out top-shelf indie-rock records, and their eighth studio effort, Splinter , finds guitarist Kyle Jackson, drummer Dan Ulmschneider, and bassist/vocalist Mark MacDougall peaking hard through concise and potent bursts of stoner sludge."
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  March 14, 2012


The 2012 WBRU Rock Hunt semi-finalists, Pt. 2

More March Madness!
Two walkoff winners dominated the opening round of the 2012 WBRU Rock Hunt semifinals last weekend, with the Rice Cakes and URI alums Kingston 530 advancing to the final four.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  March 06, 2012


The 2012 WBRU Rock Hunt semi-finalists, Pt. 1

March madness
March is upon us (already?) — let the 'BRU bracketology commence!
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  March 01, 2012


Dirty Hank and Reason tap the bottle and hit the mic

Blooze brothers
Local lyricists Dirty Hank and Reason revel in drunken debauchery all over The Monty Brogan EP (Poorly Drawn Recordings), released just last week and currently up for grabs as a free download through multiple sites (check the end of these words for links).
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  February 21, 2012


Deleted Arrows’ The Body As a Wasteland is a sonic beast

Total control
Deleted Arrows released its must-hear full-length debut a few weeks back, a sonic beast titled The Body As a Wasteland .
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  February 17, 2012


Slonk Donkerson, Galvanize, Vertical Twin, and Gut Bucket

Four by four
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By: CHRIS CONTI  |  February 08, 2012


Juan Deuce and Falside get down to work as The Mechanics

Impossible to ignore
The stars have aligned and the Rap Gods must be smiling down at Juan Deuce and Falside.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  January 31, 2012


Fête and Dusk are stepping it up

Class acts
While Providence clubs and live venues seem to come and go "in this economy" (RIP Club Hell and the 201), two band- and fan-friendly venues are stepping up as viable outlets focused on delivering a wide array of artists and musical styles, from heavy metal to sultry singer/songwriters.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  January 26, 2012


Must-see music, comedy, and more

Where the fun is!
Welcome back! The holiday break has you reenergized and ready to hit the books, but first things first. Break out a fresh No.2 and pencil in some fun.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  January 24, 2012


Six Star General and the Blood Moons hit the vinyl

Spin the black circle
It was another year and another 20 or so releases from 75orLess, the Warren-based independent label run by Mark MacDougall, which cleaned up in our Best Music Poll, with 75orLess artists voted victorious in nine categories.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  January 18, 2012


The Famous Winters’ cold comfort

Melodancholy & the inventive sadness
The Famous Winters co-founders Alex Garzone and Sean Kennedy delivered an eclectic introduction to their new venture last summer with the EP Carnival Sky .
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  January 11, 2012


Three Tall Pines get it right on All That’s Left

Making it good
Bluegrass/Americana quartet Three Tall Pines recently released their second album, All That's Left , the follow-up to their 2008 debut, Short While Ago (both available at iTunes and
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  January 03, 2012


Toasting another year of high quality hip-hop

Savor the local flavor
We're saluting another dynamic year of real deal Rhody-based rap music — the diverse community of razor-sharp eccentric wordsmiths and young-gun production phenoms worthy of your attention.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  December 28, 2011


The year’s best local releases

Hear, here
The Year in Music was pretty damn good to us locals, with noteworthy, often nationally-recognized albums created right here in our backyard.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  December 22, 2011


Brown Bird go for it with Salt For Salt

Full steam ahead
Brown Bird couldn't have chosen a better launching point to Go For It than their latest album, Salt for Salt , as the incredibly talented twosome of David Lamb and partner MorganEve Swain leave the shipyard and coffeehouse behind and set out to make music a full-time career.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  December 13, 2011


Josh Grabert, aka Torn Shorts, soaks up Life On a River

Float on
Josh Grabert has spent the past 18 months performing as the one-man band Torn Shorts, and his official debut, Life On a River , is an impressive collection.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  December 07, 2011


Jacob Haller’s maddeningly catchy Circumstantial evidence

Spinning his yarns
No one spins a good tale like singer/songwriter Jacob Haller, who just released Circumstantial Evidence , the follow-up his '09 solo debut Mistaken Identity.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  November 30, 2011


Reason to Fight come out swinging with Blue Collar Pride

Here’s the beef
"Hard Working, Hard Drinking, Hard Core," the closing cut from Reason to Fight's new disc, Blue Collar Pride , ably delivers the veteran punk quartet's mission statement.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  November 21, 2011


Deer Tick, Jeffrey Osborne, and the RISA gang serenade Provy

Divine party
Mayor Taveras sure knows how to party. The capital city's Department of Arts, Culture & Tourism has co-sponsored more than 200 events over the past six months commemorating the 375th anniversary of Roger Williams arriving here and setting up shop in Providence.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  November 15, 2011

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