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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.
| October 19, 2010
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."
| October 13, 2010
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.
| October 06, 2010
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.
| September 29, 2010
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).
| September 22, 2010
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.
| September 16, 2010
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.
| September 15, 2010
'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?"
| September 10, 2010
Girl Haggard let loose with Country and Eastern
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?
| August 31, 2010
Now hear this!
Hopping on the Broadcaster bandwagon
Seven demos in and I'm hooked on Broadcaster.
| August 26, 2010
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.
| August 18, 2010
Big Rush on the grind
The business model adopted by Pawtucket-via-Albany rapper Big Rush is simple: paying bills-via-rhyme skills.
| August 11, 2010
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.
| August 14, 2010
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.
| August 10, 2010
Turning it up
The Coming Weak mean it, man
It's hard to believe the Coming Weak have been in business for only three years, now considered alt-rock veterans around these parts and known for their consistently precise and energetic live set.
| July 27, 2010
Back to the scuzz-rock future
Ming Toro is straight outta the Bucket
The self-titled EP debut from Pawtucket-based quintet Ming Toro (Bucket Republic/75orLess Records) will take a few dozen spins to settle in (or better yet, burrow), but when it does — and it will — prepare for a mighty regeneration of scuzzed-out post-punk.
| July 21, 2010
Get ready for Providence SoundSession ’10
The sweltering summer of 2010 (quit crying — summer was nonexistent last year) is about to get even hotter with the return of the capital city’s biggest bash.
| July 14, 2010
Life in the fast, loud, and hard lane
The Jesse Minute shut up and play
What a year thus far for Providence-based quintet the Jesse Minute.
| July 07, 2010
White trash heroes
Arab on Radar are back on the attack
It is official — iconic PVD noisemongers Arab on Radar are back on the grid and about to end their eight-year hiatus with a nationwide reunion tour beginning this weekend in Easthampton, Massachusetts, followed by a stop at AS220 on July 3.
| June 30, 2010
The Devil makes them do it
Digging deep with the Benedictions
"Americana, on the rocks" is the official tagline for the Benedictions, steady cooking since forming just 16 months ago (more on that in a minute), led by a familiar name on the folk circuit in G.W. Mercure.
| June 24, 2010
'Fun guy rap'
Long overdue Romen Rok debut worth the wait? Absolutely !
I emailed Edgewood-bred lyricist Romen Rok last week following the release of his highly-anticipated full-length platter Absolutely ! and asked just how he would describe his brand of hip-hop to the casual listener: “Fun guy rap” was the response.
| June 16, 2010
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