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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

Two great freebies

Plus, last chance for What Cheer? in ’11
Last call to catch local country-punk heroes GIRL HAGGARD in action at the Met on THURSDAY (the 17th), where Mandy Allan (voted best female vocalist in our 2011 music poll) and the boys open for Nashville Pussy and Supersuckers (wow).
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  November 15, 2011


Kanerko roars back with Delusions of Grandeur

Beast mode
2011 will go down as a decisive comeback for hard-rock quartet Kanerko, who are set to release their new EP Delusions of Grandeur at the Met on Friday.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  November 08, 2011


ESH & Dox and Meta P get busy

Rhody rhyme time
Don't sleep — the Rhode Island hip-hop scene is flourishing, arguably more than ever.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  November 02, 2011


Deer Tick celebrate the release of their rollicking new disc

Divine inspiration
John McCauley got a lust for life — and a dangerous mind. But we already knew that.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  October 19, 2011


The Fortune Healers, Broadcaster, and Makeupbreakup

Terrific triple play
The Homegrown inbox here at 150 Chestnut never ceases to amaze, with quality submissions coming down the pipe on a weekly basis.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  October 11, 2011

Review: The Abbey

The best burger in Providence, brick by brick
The Abbey may resemble just another corner grub pub, but I'm here to declare that this Elmhurst mainstay (near the Providence College campus) is home to the best cheeseburger in Providence.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  October 05, 2011


Say yes to the Can’t Nots

A positive double negative
The Can't Nots released their debut EP, Applesauce , earlier this year and quickly racked up some positive press around these parts, and garnered a Best Breakthrough Act nomination in our 2011 Best Music Poll.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  October 04, 2011


Boobstock III and Singing About Providence usher in October

Nice pair!
A pair of highly-recommended shows are on tap this Saturday (Rocktober the 1st!) in the capital city.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  September 30, 2011

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