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Roz Raskin and the Rice Cakes break out the Monster jams

You gotta stay positive
Roz Raskin returned to scene of the crime last weekend, all smiles on Empire Street prior to the Rice Cakes' outdoor set at Foo Fest.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  August 16, 2011


Catching up with Zox

Taking it back home
Eli Miller, Dan Edinberg, Spencer Swain, and John Zox are getting the band back together — for one night only.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  August 03, 2011


Slip sliding away with Last One Out

The boys of summer
Damn you, Last One Out. Having revisited their early-'11 EP Double Whammy (free download at ), the breezy and bouncy alt/piano-pop hooks have once again thumbtacked themselves to my cortex.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  July 27, 2011


75orLess Records and the Apartment's jam-packed celebration

It's a bash!
Be sure to get to the Apartment ("where Jake's usedta be") on Saturday, where the mighty 75orLess Records will set up shop for a dual-anniversary bash.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  July 20, 2011


The Low Anthem's Jocie Adams shares her gems

Absorbing swirling notions
I still remember the first time I met Jocelyn Adams in early 2010 during the Low Anthem's final day of recording Smart Flesh .
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  July 12, 2011


The lowdown on Sound Session 2011

Hot in the city
The seventh annual Sound Session festival jumps off all weekend long, and while this year's itinerary has been scaled down to three days rather than a full seven, you can expect another "multi-genre gumbo" at four locations.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  July 11, 2011


Three wicked freakin' awesome free festivals

Rockin’ the nice price
July is upon us, and Providence is about to ratchet up the al fresco action with an outdoor music festival season sure to satisfy freaks and families alike.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  June 29, 2011



Hit Rolfe Square for Artists’ Exchange’s New Music Festival
Cranston's Rolfe Square is the place to be this weekend — namely the Artists' Exchange ("around the corner from the old Park Theatre," as we locals say), which is presenting its New Music Festival on Friday night and all day Saturday.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  June 21, 2011


The 'Mericans keep their heads up on So Late It Hurts

Chasing the dark clouds
"Lift me up, I want outta here/Lift me up, I wanna taste the sky," Chris Daltry sings on "Sky Full," the closing cut from So Late It Hurts , the new album by the 'Mericans.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  June 15, 2011


Food For Thought: DirtyDurdie

The Rhymanese Diner mixtape
Hip-hop duo DirtyDurdie have cooked up one of the freshest releases of the year with their Rhymanese Diner mixtape, out next week at their release party at the Rhino Bar in Newport.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  June 15, 2011


Steve Allain's introspective Thirteen

Lucky number
Veteran singer-songwriter Steve Allain has amassed an impressive resume over the years since his childhood days growing up in Marlborough, Massachusetts.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  June 09, 2011


Allysen Callery's alluring Winter Island

From Bristol to Berlin with love
Folk singer/songwriter Allysen Callery received scores of positive press for her 2010 sophomore disc, Hobgoblin’s Hat (pick it up, along with her ’07 debut Hopey , at iTunes and ).
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  June 01, 2011


Brown Bird shape the sound of human existence

Ghosts in the marina
Last fall, Brown Bird officially downsized to two incredibly-talented partners in vocalist/guitarist/percussionist David Lamb and MorganEve Swain handling fiddle, cello, upright bass, and vocals.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  May 25, 2011


Sleep City: From West Warwick to the West Coast

The Blueprint
For all the talk of our burgeoning indie-folk/Americana music community here, the post-hardcore/melodic metal acts have also been making some serious noise.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  May 18, 2011


All aboard the Reverend Bastien bandwagon

Empire state of mind
After a couple of years traversing the country from here to Alaska with only an acoustic guitar, PVD-bred singer/songwriter Reverend Bastien is rolling solo no more since recruiting a pair of longtime friends and dubbing them the Congregation of the Traveling Empire.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  May 12, 2011


Prayers for Atheists take it personally

Rising against
Prayers for Atheists follow up their 2009 debut EP with a full-length punk scorcher, New Hymns for an Old War .
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  May 04, 2011


Fungus Amungus kicks out the (structured) jams

Re-growth of the cool
It's hard to believe Fungus Amungus have released only one album since sax player Jarrod Valenti founded the band nearly a decade ago.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  April 27, 2011


Jess Powers presents sultry sirens at Firehouse 13

Ladies first
The second installment of Chanteuse arrives next weekend at Firehouse 13.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  April 20, 2011


VulGarrity triumph at the 'BRU Rock Hunt

It takes (only) two
There was a packed house and another well-executed romp last Friday at the Met, the site of the 2011 WBRU Rock Hunt Finals.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  April 14, 2011


Take it personal: Chachi Carvalho's In Dust Real Evolution

Higher calling
Beloved Pawtucket lyricist Chachi Carvalho lost his dad to pancreatic cancer just over a year ago, an unexpected and devastating event for his family.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  April 05, 2011


The Jay Berndt revival continues

Magnificent bastard
A few months back, former Kilgore frontman Jay Berndt unleashed his official solo debut Sad Bastard Songs (Rusty Knuckles Music), a fistful of growlers we're highly fond of around here.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  March 30, 2011

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