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In the blood

VulGarrity is humming on all cylinders
“We don’t have five dudes on stage pounding out power chords, so we need to find other ways to fill up all that space,” said Shawn Garrity, one-half of the multitasking siblings known as VulGarrity (sister Tracy is three years younger). “It forces us to think differently than before, and that’s proven to be a breathe of fresh air.  
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  June 10, 2009

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Creedence-meets-Waylon

Jay Berndt resurrects the Revival Preachers
No, there will not be country-fried rockabilly renditions of Kilgore Smudge tunes at the Blackstone when ex-Kilgore frontman Jay Berndt resurrects the Revival Preachers (myspace.com/jayberndt) in what will be only their second show since 2005 (the boys reconvened for a wedding party in March).
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  June 02, 2009

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Passion players

Rap-rock vets Mastamindz stay the course
"If music is your passion, then promote it. Get people to your shows. I honestly think people don't push themselves enough."
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  May 27, 2009

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Back on the surf-rock sonar

Hanging 30 with the Fathoms
'Tis the season for veteran surf-rock trio the Fathoms to usher in the warm weather when they play a free gig at Nick-a-Nee's on Saturday.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  May 20, 2009

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Write. Record. Gig. Repeat.

The Propellers stay the course on The Propellers: 2
The Warren-based Propellers are yet another notable band putting in work for the Warren-based label 75OrLess Rec-ords, and their sophomore release, The Propellers: 2 , offers a gradual growth from their self-titled debut.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  May 13, 2009

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Into the darkness

Riding shotgun on Route .44's lonesome highway
The new release from Route .44, This is My America (Blue Radio Records), provides further insight into lead singer Ian "Lefty" Lacombe's affinity for the dark side, as the enigmatic southpaw guitarist delves even deeper than on the acclaimed 2'07 debut, Worthless Lessons .
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  May 05, 2009



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Sugar-coated pop, anyone?

Jonas Dream's merry melodies
With lines such as "chock-full of sunny melodies and intimate, introspective lyrics with bright, polished production," I clearly didn't stumble onto the next Jesus Lizard here.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  April 28, 2009

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Rude awakening

The rousing sounds of Coma Coma
Coma Coma singer/bassist Eric Sampson brushes off the notion that Rhode Island's music community currently lacks quality acts.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  April 22, 2009

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Magic man

Theo Martins kills 'em with kindness
If the first quarter of '09 is an indicator of things to come for Theo Martins the Providence-based lyricist had better buckle up for what should be the biggest year in his budding hip-hop career.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  April 15, 2009

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Giant step

The Low Anthem sign with Nonesuch Records
Indie-folk trio the Low Anthem — Jeff Prystowsky, Ben Knox Miller, and Jocie Adams — have signed with Nonesuch Records, which will re-release their highly-acclaimed disc, Oh My God, Charlie Darwin, on June 9.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  April 15, 2009

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One shining moment

Fairhaven grab the brass ring at the 'BRU rock hunt
Fairhaven won a tight race at the 2009 WBRU Rock Hunt Finals at Lupo's on April 4.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  April 07, 2009



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Unextinct

Dinosaur Jr. will roam the earth forever
The convo is already off to a bumpy start with one Lou Barlow of Dinosaur Jr., phoning in from his Los Angeles residence at 10:30 am PST.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  March 31, 2009

Review: Oak Hill Tavern

Road to redemption
Looking for good down-south BBQ down south? Oak Hill Tavern is well worth the trip
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  March 25, 2009

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Springing ahead

The 'mericans are comin' back 'round
When I asked Chris Daltry just where exactly his acclaimed quintet the 'mericans had been hiding out, the founding father of the rootsy rockers was quick to deflect any insinuation that the Providence group had been slacking.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  March 25, 2009

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'BRU's bracketology

The Rock Hunt semi-finals, part two
The 2009 WBRU Rock Hunt continues this week with six more bands on tap, following victories by the Viennagram and Baylock last weekend.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  March 18, 2009

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Ready to rumble

No genre left behind in the '09 WBRU Rock Hunt
The 2009 Rock Hunt kicks off this weekend and the lineup proves to be perhaps the most colorful and diverse yet...
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  March 11, 2009



Get yr grog on all weekend long

Being green
Providence local music jumps starts St. Patty's Day
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  March 11, 2009

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Organic-analytical

No vocals/no problem for Nature/Nurture
Spring will mark the one-year anniversary for the instrumental trio Nature/Nurture, who recently teamed up with 75OrLess Records to release their debut CD titled EP001.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  March 04, 2009

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Interview: Monty Are I

A shot at the 'big time'
Summer 2009 could be the defining moment of Monty Are I's decade-long musical endeavor. The sonic pride of Cranston West High are on the same label as the Killers and Fall Out Boy, and their big-league debut is due out this summer.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  February 25, 2009

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Hope for the Nation

Jon Hope's Mass Appeal
Pick up the latest issue of XXL magazine and flip to the "Show and Prove" section and you'll spot Providence hip-hop artist Jon Hope — and rightly so.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  February 25, 2009

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Interview: Witch

Less weed, more speed
SONGS FOR THE DEAF AT AS220, COURTESY OF WITCH
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  February 18, 2009


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