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She Rides straddle the lightning

Instant party
There's big news cranking out of the She Rides headquarters these days, as the Providence-based quintet have nailed down a new label (NC-based Rusty Knuckles, also home to J. Berndt) and an official sponsorship with Narragansett Beer, received another invite to SXSW in 2011, and is wrapping up an EP of new material.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  December 07, 2010

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Review: Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons' dazzling new disc

White light, white heat
Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons trump their impressive 2007 debut Bury Your Problems with the forthcoming White Lighter . The disc features an all-star array of acclaimed local artists chipping in — and was completed with the aid of fans who helped fund the recording process.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  December 01, 2010

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The Kim Lamothe Tree-oh officially in bloom

Mystery achievement
Tiverton-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Kim Lamothe doubles as a full-time organic gardener and owner of Greenlion Design, and her new sophomore release, Mystery of Viburnum , provides the perfect landscape for the Kim Lamothe Tree-oh to fully bloom.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  November 24, 2010

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Review: CasUno's sharp Sore Thumb; plus a New Low Anthem CD!

Eccentric gift of gab
"Welcome to where we keep it wordy not nerdy," declares CasUno EndCrews (aka Chris Andrews) on "Sticks Out Like a Sore Thumb," the title track of his latest and final solo disc.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  November 16, 2010

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The Devil, My Pocket say goodbye

Urge for going
'Twas a nice (if too brief) run for local indie-folk outfit the Devil, My Pocket, who are calling it quits with two headlining shows this weekend at the 201.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  November 12, 2010

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A more evolved — and angrier — Kanerko

Major signs of life
Kanerko: the band name should ring bells — and not only because the moniker draws inspiration from veteran White Sox first baseman (and Providence native) Paul Konerko.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  November 02, 2010



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Scarlett is the new Black

Lolita Black finally land new singer
Olneyville's finest post-punk/goth/sludge metal outfit went missing for the better part of 2010, but we're ecstatic to report that Lolita Black has returned with a new lead singer in Ms. Scarlett Delgado.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  October 27, 2010

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Vulgarrity's haunting Dance 2 the Grave

Creatures of the night
There's a musty funk emanating from the new VulGarrity disc, Dance 2 the Grave , as the acclaimed Provy-based sibling duo (Tracy and older brother Shawn Garrity) follow up their excellent '08 debut, If You Sing it, They Will Hum . . ., with 15 more tracks.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  October 19, 2010

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Johnny 'The Colonel' Maguire comes out swingin'

Speaking his mind
"Over the last five years, local live music around Providence has been on the back burner in favor of fancy restaurants, techno clubs, kickball, tattoos, cheap beer and hipsters."
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  October 13, 2010

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The devil inside: Eric French, meet Mr. Hyde

Little fury things
Singer/songwriter/guitarist Eric French possesses a pedigree well-befitting of his ambitious double-CD debut, Eric French & Mr Hyde : a degree from the Berklee School of Music, a veteran blues guitarist for a dad (Ron French), and continued insight and guidance from invaluable family friends such as local six-string icon Eric Fontana.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  October 06, 2010

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The Brother Kite's Isolation was worth the wait

The right time
The Brother Kite have long excelled at creating damn fine atmospheric fare, dating back to their 2004 self-titled debut album.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  September 29, 2010



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Johnny Lingo Band returns with Somewhere To Go

Sparking it up
The Johnny Lingo Band are back with Somewhere To Go , the follow-up to their ’09 debut Shake It Off (both available at iTunes).
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  September 22, 2010

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Fall Music Preview: Sounds abound

It's the busiest fall ever !
As the autumnal equinox fast approaches, there’s plenty of action statewide and no genre left behind from Downcity to down south to the highly-anticipated return of a local live landmark — the Met Café, now located in the Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  September 16, 2010

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Dropdead's unfinished business

Two decades in, Dropdead still 'play loud music, really fast'
It’s 20 years and counting for iconic hardcore-punk quartet Dropdead.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  September 15, 2010

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'Ritas with Roz Raskin and the Rice Cakes

The Human touch
Roz Raskin is speechless, completely stumped and jammed up by an eavesdropping stranger who just asked, "So what kinda music do you play?"
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  September 10, 2010

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Girl Haggard let loose with Country and Eastern

Cowboy junkies
An adorable, Tennessee-bred country-bumpkin whose idea of the perfect evening out begins and ends with shots and beers at the E&O Tap? What else could a man ask for?
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  August 31, 2010



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Now hear this!

Hopping on the Broadcaster bandwagon
Seven demos in and I'm hooked on Broadcaster.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  August 26, 2010

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Interview: The Wippets

The Wippets got a fever, and the only prescription is: More washboard!
One chance encounter during a trip to New Orleans back in 2003 illuminated the bulb for the Wippets' Matt Martin and Tony Depoto, two East Bay musicians seeking inspiration during the annual Jazzfest.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  August 18, 2010

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Craft service

Big Rush on the grind
The business model adopted by Pawtucket-via-Albany rapper Big Rush is simple: paying bills-via-rhyme skills.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  August 11, 2010

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Uninformed brilliance

Bill Burr earns raves for his rants
July 29, 9:40 am ET. Acclaimed standup comedian Bill Burr is running late for our scheduled half-hour phone interview, where we plan on talking up his upcoming appearance in Newport, along with any other topic lobbed at the red-headed, "shockingly Caucasian" pride of nearby Canton, Massachusetts.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  August 14, 2010

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Three the hard way

MakeupBreakup: Scents , drugs, and rock'n'roll
MakeupBreakup co-founders Michael Lamantia Jr. and Alexander Laorenza (aka Zan) have no delusions of rock 'n' roll grandeur; in fact, they genuinely couldn't care less what you or I or anyone else thinks about their music.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  August 10, 2010


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