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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


Falside cranks up the Snare Conditioning

Return of the beatsmith
There's no stopping Provy-based producer Falside the Beatsmith, who just released his most recent "seasonal beat tape," Snare Conditioning , and has plenty more in store by year's end, as he hand-crafts beats for some of the finest local and national indieground wordsmiths.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  September 20, 2011


Night moves

Got live if you want it!
Wow — a ton of worthwhile (and wallet-friendly) local live shows are lined up through Thanksgiving, so plan ahead and mark your calendar for these great gigs.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  September 14, 2011


For Matt Martin, abnormal is normal

Psychedelic class clown
Matt Martin currently performs with no fewer than five bands, including his latest solo venture of sorts, which he calls Psychedelic Clown Car.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  September 14, 2011


Rocktucket heats up the Bucket

Street smarts
Are you ready for Rocktucket 2011? September marks the arrival of the 13th annual Pawtucket Arts Festival, popping up at various parks and venues around the Bucket for the next three weeks.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  September 06, 2011


Melody meets atrophy in Baylies Band

Living the dream
"It's nice to win but that doesn't mean the big clubs want us any more than they did before," acknowledged Eric Baylies, longtime ringleader behind New Bedford-based noise-rock outfit Baylies Band.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  August 30, 2011


Zumo Kollie expands his reach on The Last Showing

Renaissance man on the move
Providence-based wordsmith Zumo Kollie made his mark on the Rhody rap community with his 2009 debut, The Idiot Savant .
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  August 25, 2011


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

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