READY TO RUMBLE Lucero are headed to the Met.

No life experience instills and embodies that Work Hard/Party Hard mantra better than college. And with this recession forever nipping at our collective asses, the least we can do is show you a good time at a reasonable price. So here's a gathering of wallet-friendly shows, eats, and activities around the state to keep you entertained right through the academic calendar.


Our favorite live spot in for local and national touring artists, the Met (, 401.729.1005) in Pawtucket, is the perfect size for luring in quality acts on a regular basis. Make tracks for these killer (and all ages!) shows: this Friday, January 25, it's NJ indie-punk heroes TITUS ANDRONICUS ($15); for those about to rawk, head there February 1 for local greats THE EMPIRE SHALL FALL with ACARO, SWARM OF EYES, and plenty more; then get right back there February 2 when 95.5 WBRU-FM hosts WALK THE MOON with PACIFIC AIR. If your little sister is in town visiting on February 28, she will be super-pumped to know that AARON CARTER will be in town getting his groove on in Le Bucket. And how about this superb double bill featuring LUCERO and our JOE FLETCHER & THE WRONG REASONS on March 23. If you haven't hopped aboard the official Joe Fletcher bandwagon by now, I suggest doing so ASAP. They'll also play the Jamestown Arts Center (, 401.560.0979) on February 22 with KEITH McCURDY of Vudu Sister.

At the Met's big brother in downtown PVD, Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel (, 401.331.5876), the ladies will be swooning for CITIZEN COPE on January 25 ($30 day of show). And what better way to spend a Wednesday evening (February 6) than rolling your balls off at the BARSTOOL BLACKOUT FOAM PARTY; the Blackout parties always sell out so get tix in advance (18+, $36). Two days later another guaranteed sell-out arrives with GRACE POTTER & THE NOCTURNALS on February 8 (all ages, $30 in advance). A trio of national dates worth noting in March: TENACIOUS D goes "Old School Acoustic Style" on March 3; DRIVE BY TRUCKERS pull in on March 8; and CIRCA SURVIVE and MINUS THE BEAR rock out on March 15. All three shows are all ages and onsale now.

WBRU's annual ROCK HUNT throwdown returns with the semifinals slated for March 15 and 16 and March 22 and 23 (locations TBA). The Rice Cakes, the '12 champs, injected some much-needed life into the proceedings, and some quality competition along the way made for some great nights at the Ocean Mist, the Spot Underground, and Newport Grand. Check for upcoming details.

Attention hip-hop heads — 2013 marks the 10-year anniversary of DJ STERBYROCK's revered "Warped Wax Wednesdays" show on URI's 90.3 WRIU-FM. Catch Sterby in action spinning the best in throwback and indie hip-hop every Thursday at the new Fire Lounge & Grill in Warwick (401.467.8998), with $3 beers and $5 shots! And you can find turntable maestros like 2012 Best Music Poll winner DJ PRIMITIVE everywhere from the Rhino Bar in Newport to Smoke Lounge on Federal Hill; CR THE BEAST ( tears up sets at Lot 401 and numerous spots across New England; and DJ DOX ELLIS sets up shop at Provy hotspots Local 121, the Salon, Gavin's Pub, and Dusk.

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