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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


Stay positive

Grow keep it real on livin lovin learnin
Chatting with Grow songwriter Matt Odabashian and resident rapper Sneaktechniks about their livin lovin learnin debut and upcoming CD release party, it was clear that the band has taken an admirable and ballsy approach to their music.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  January 06, 2009


Splendid sludgefest

Six Star General soars on Spaceship to Planet Cookie
Six Star General soars on Spaceship to Planet Cookie
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  December 23, 2008


Bittersweet sendoff

One last chance to catch Sweetthieves in the act
You're killing me Sweetthieves.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  December 16, 2008

Off the Couch: Get Cozy

Cool Collective at RISD's Chace Center
Cool Collective at RISD's Chace Center
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  December 11, 2008


Digging deep

The Blizzard of '78 returns with Book of Lies
The Blizzard of 78 released their second album, Book of Lies  (available at and iTunes) on Tuesday,
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  December 10, 2008


Energized outlet

The instrumental mayhem of Cowgirl
Two-thirds of the prog-noise powerhouse collectively known as Cowgirl are members of Zox.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  December 04, 2008


Straight outta Arctic

The Noise Campaign rock the vote
The West Warwick-based quintet the Noise Campaign have rocked plenty of local dive bars and club stages across Rhode Island in recent months, and this spry crew of 20- and 21-year-olds will begin recording their full-length debut at Strangeways Recording in February.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  November 25, 2008


Sonic youth

California Smile bring the noise
After a pair of successful record-release gigs at Firehouse 13, Cali Smile will join an indie-rock bill on Friday (the 21st) at URI with locals the Coming Weak, the Noise Campaign, and Warwick's Dorado 30, to name a few — all for only $4 at the door.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  November 19, 2008


Rockin' again

The return of the Cobra-Matics
Johnny Maguire, aka the Colonel, dropped a line to give the heads-up on his newly reformed rockabilly outfit, the Cobra-Matics.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  November 12, 2008



Tales from bandmates and a lifelong fan
My memories of Thom Enright and his big talent and bigger heart go way back to when I was a young teenager growing up in East Greenwich.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  November 05, 2008


Retro, active

The return of Von Doom
It’s hard not to dig Von Doom’s sound for someone like myself, who went a bit apeshit for the lovelorn, melodic, and melancholy noise of early ’90s indie rock, from stalwarts Buffalo Tom and Dinosaur Jr. to obscure stuff like St. Johnny and Seaweed.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  October 29, 2008

Off the couch: October 24, 2008

Tim Taylor Band, Young Neil & the Vipers, and more
Tim Taylor Band, Young Neil & the Vipers, and more
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  October 24, 2008


Feel the pain

The bittersweet smolder of Barn Burning
Barn Burning is the acclaimed audio outlet for singer/guitarist Anthony Loffredio, a Providence native whose introspective tales are spun well beyond his 33 years and well-complemented by a revolving door of musicians since the 2004 promising debut Weatheredbound .  
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  October 22, 2008


Gang of four

It Was the Best of Times get streamlined
It Was the Best Of Times have officially downsized to a quartet, but that doesn’t mean the sonic pride of Hope Valley plans on calling it quits anytime soon.  
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  October 16, 2008


Rebirth of the cool

Call it a comeback: Jake’s Bar & Grille is back in action
The new and improved Jake’s Bar & Grille on Richmond Street reopens the 9th and kicks off a Columbus Day welcome back weekend with three diverse shows.  
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  October 09, 2008


Going with the flow

Gamblin’ Hands dives right in
Business is picking up for East Bay newcomers Gamblin’ Hands, who perform their first headlining show tonight (the 2nd) at the Living Room.  
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  October 02, 2008


Shady neighbors

Arab On Radar revisited, via DVD, with Sunshine for Shady People
“You can actually make something out of nothing because we had shit, then we somehow whipped up this fucking fury — Arab On Radar,” says Jeff Schneider.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  September 25, 2008


Rhody loves Chachi

Spittin’ rhymes straight outta the Bucket
Get to know Charlie “Big Chachi” Carvalho for about five minutes and it’s clear he’s equal parts confident and cordial, a down-to-earth family man with big aspirations.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  September 17, 2008


Food for thought

Romen Rok stays hungry
The Edgewood section of Cranston may not be known as a hip-hop hotbed, but that neighborhood raised a razor-sharp emcee named Romen Rok.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  September 10, 2008


Hotter than ever

A rich lineup at the Hot Club Waterfront Festival
The Hot Club Waterfront Festival returns this weekend with a lineup as diverse as the melting pot of 21-plus partygoers who will fill South Water Street throughout the weekend.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  September 03, 2008

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