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Breakfast of champions

Slipping into Surprise Me Mr. Davis
The Slip have been a fixture on the jam band scene for 15 years. Over the past six years, the Slip’s core members — bassist Marc Friedman, guitarist Brad Barr, and his brother Andrew behind the kit — along with pianist Marco Benevento and singer/songwriter Nathan Moore occasionally whip up a little something on the side they like to call Surprise Me Mr. Davis.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  April 08, 2010

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Hello, we’re Johnny Cash

Stacked all-star tribute/benefit at the RISD Auditorium
The Nave Gallery in Somerville kicks off its month-long salute to the Man in Black next week.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  March 31, 2010

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’Bru Bracket-Busters

You Scream I Scream and Santa Mamba get to the finals
Part 1 of the 2010 WBRU Rock Hunt semi-finals is in the books, with Santa Mamba and underdogs You Scream I Scream advancing to the finals, and this weekend six more bands will vie for the two remaining spots.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  March 24, 2010

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Tuneful throwdown

The 2010 WBRU Rock Hunt semi-finalists, Pt. 1
"The WBRU Rock Hunt is not designed to find the best 'alternative rock' act — we're out to find the best live act looking to earn more exposure along with some pretty cool prizes."
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  March 17, 2010

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Into the groove

Funkatronic kick out the hybrid-fueled jams
The 2010 Best Music Poll nominees announcement is fast approaching, but we do know all of the '09 victors will return to defend their titles, including jazz/funk reigning champs Funkatronic, who are looking for a three-peat.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  April 12, 2010

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Straight outta Tallahassee

Kyle Campol’s Imadethismistake
Tallahassee transplant (via Toronto) Kylewilliam Campol absolutely loves to call Rhode Island home, having moved here last May to further his career as a musician and establish the world headquarters for his post-punk outfit Imadethismistake — a move some homegrown cynics may consider ass-backwards.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  March 04, 2010



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Bringing it all back home

In the studio — a former pasta sauce factory in Central Falls — with the Low Anthem
"Pull around back, head up the fire escape and knock twice, someone will let you in."
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  February 24, 2010

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The Manhattan project

B. Dolan breaks north on Fallen House, Sunken City
"Was I a coward to abandon the broken down mechanics that crowned Biggie Smalls as the king of Atlantis?" asks Providence-based wordsmith B. Dolan.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  February 24, 2010

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Focus group: Labeless Illtelligence

CasUno and ESH the Monolith streamline the cipher
It's NBA All-Star Saturday and Labeless Illtelligence representatives Chris Andrews and Tyler Edwards, better known as CasUno and ESH the Monolith, settle in for one last marathon studio session at Edwards's East Providence apartment (dubbed FrESH Ear Studios).
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  February 17, 2010

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Quiet storm

Allysen Callery returns with Hobgoblin’s Hat
The only aspect of Allysen Callery's talents more impressive than her nimble, nylon-string finger-picking is her unmistakable voice.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  February 10, 2010

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Smoothed out on the R&B tip

Mary Bee and David Gonzalez’s Fiesole
"Seeing Mary Bee interact and talk on a daily basis is totally different from hearing Mary Bee sing — it's like night and day," writes producer David Gonzalez.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  February 05, 2010



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Bring on the major leagues

Fairhaven are officially on the hunt
There ain't enough lighter fluid in your Bic to keep pace with Fairhaven's piano-driven anthems on their full-length debut Origins.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  January 27, 2010

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Tight but loose

Jangly + angular = Glowkid
I had never come across the adjective "jangular" until I visited the Glowkid website.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  January 20, 2010

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Making a beautiful racket

RHD-RI presents Thunder In the Bucket
Where else could you see the Blizzard of '78 and I, Destroyer share the same stage?
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  January 13, 2010

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Shout it out!

Sharks Come Cruisin’ corner the punk rock/sea shanty market
Sharks Come Cruisin' founder Mark Lambert is a Warwick native with a penchant for reworking and penning sea shanties from centuries past, often revised with rollicking punk flare — all thanks to the golden pipes of Quint, the shark-obsessed skipper in Jaws .
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  January 06, 2010

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Local flavor

Andrew Martin serves up fresh Ocean State Sampler
Local journalist and acclaimed hip-hop scribe Andrew Martin has corralled a flavorful roster of Rhody-based rap talent on the Ocean State Sampler , 10 exclusive tracks available for free download.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  December 30, 2009



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Local heroes, ’09 edition

From Suicide Bill & the Liquors to Roz Raskin & the Rice Cakes
The Rhode Island music community flourished in 2009, with new full-lengths from the Coming Weak, California Smile, and the pride of Cranston West and official big-leaguers Monty Are I, who released Break Through the Silence in September.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  December 22, 2009

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Pouring it on

Six Star General’s raucous Take Your Teeth Out
Like most of us around here, 75orLess Records founder and Six Star General frontman Mark "Slick" MacDougall would like to put 2009 to bed.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  December 16, 2009

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Pop music for picky people

Stalemate’s eclectic ways
Lincoln-based quartet Stalemate host their CD release party at the Blackstone on December 23 in honor of their sophomore effort, We Will Carry You Out to Sea .
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  December 09, 2009

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High tide

Thrashing surf-rock from Cliffs & Bangers
Newport’s Cliffs & Bangers bring their lightning-rod brand of surf-rock to the 201 this weekend behind their spring ’09 release Short Tracks No Brakes , and the downtown crowd better be prepared for some hair-flailing headbanging.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  December 02, 2009

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Brand new funk

Broken Ground launch their Sneak Attack
Evan Hanson and Brendon Bjorness-Murano, better known as lyricist 90Sevan and beatminer/composer Low B, teamed up just seven months ago to form Broken Ground.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  November 24, 2009


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