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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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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


'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


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



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


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


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


Interview: Witch

Less weed, more speed
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  February 18, 2009


Smooth assassins

Poorly Drawn People are ready to slay in '09
This could be a defining year for the revered Providence-based hip-hop collective Poorly Drawn People. Or not.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  February 10, 2009


Interview: The Low Anthem

Riding high
The Low Anthem return home — for just a little while
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  February 04, 2009

Run the gamut

From death metal to ambient opera
Mellow out and rest up on the folk front February 5th when Maryland-based singer SUSAN SOUZA visits the Greenwich Hotel (401.884.4200) while on a national tour.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  February 04, 2009


Punk legend Bob Otis returns with Lolita Black

Back in Black
When a local punk rock guitar legend like Bob Otis sincerely declares that "there's a lot of greatness going on in this town right now," you tend to listen up.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  January 21, 2009


Verbana Darvell: Unmasked

The return of Verbana Darvell
South County screamo quartet Verbana Darvell recently finished their latest EP, Brought Out the Waiting , produced by studio whiz Mike Poorman at Strangeways Recording in Providence.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  January 13, 2009

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