"We've literally toured the world and done some amazing things," Marz continued. "We have no regrets and still love each other like family."
Hidden just behind the Mickey D's on Broad St is Firehouse 13 (41 Central St, Providence, 401.270.1801, fh13.com), the official go-to hangout for ol-skool, all-ages punk rock matinees (just about every Sunday). On October 5, FH13 hosts THE CASUALTIES, TENEBRAE, LOWLIFE, REASON TO FIGHT, and P.O.W.; and high-powered psychobilly shenanigans are on tap for October 19 with CALABRESE, TONY JONES & THE CRETIN 3, THE ARKHAMS, and THE EVIL STREAKS. Both shows are just $10.
AS220 (115 Empire St, Providence, 401.831.9327, as220.org) is the reigning avant-garde art and performance space in the capital city. Riff ravens THRILLHOUSE return (did you happen to catch their monstrous set at this year's Foo Fest?) with a headlining low-dough show on October 26. And on November 11, catch WHORE PAINT with COMPANY CORVETTE, EMPTY FLOWERS, and STINKING LIZAVETA.
Speaking of Hilary Jones and Whore Paint — why not donate a few bucks and let the ladies rock your world? Jones is an integral member of Girls Rock! RI, and Whore Paint will headline a three-day benefit bash known as LADYFEST, slated for September 21-23 at Machines with Magnets (400 Main St, Pawtucket, 401.475.2655, machineswithmagnets.com). The event will include workshops as well as performances all weekend from THE FAGETTES, LE FOMO, FLUNCT, GERTRUDE ATHERTON (yes!), and many, many more. Tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com, and check in with ladyfestpvd.com for updates.
Another fun benefit show of note happens on September 14 at Roots Café (276 Westminster Street, Providence, 401.272.7422, rootsprovidence.com), helping out the 5th annual PROVIDENCE HONK FESTIVAL (aka PRONK!), as street bands from around the country will converge on Providence (around Fox Point) on October 8. Some badass brass will lead the charge — namely, PVD's two reigning marching bands, THE WHAT CHEER? BRIGADE and THE EXTRAORDINARY RENDITION BAND; DOWNTOWN BOYS and WOLF PORN (best band name ever?) round out the bill. Punch up providencehonkfest.org for updates.
There are plenty of folky and rootsy and bluesy treats on the calendar. Stone Soup Coffeehouse (at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 50 Park Pl, Pawtucket, 401.921.5115, stonesoupcoffeehouse.com) welcomes LORI MCKENNA on September 29, local legend PAUL GEREMIA on October 13, and GARNET ROGERS on November 10. Common Fence Point Community Hall (933 Anthony Rd, Portsmouth, 401.683.5085, commonfencemusic.org) invites you to get up close and personal with the APRIL VERCH BAND on September 29 and RAMBLIN' JACK ELLIOTT on October 6. The Blackstone River Theatre (549 Broad St, Cumberland, 401.725.9272, riverfolk.org) goes green with CILLIAN & NIALL VALLELY on October 7, and gets their Quebecois on with JOSEE VACHON and company on November 10. The Narrows Center For the Arts (16 Anawan St, Fall River, MA, 508.324.1926, ncfta.org) has its usual array of riches on tap; highlights include JORMA KAUKONEN on October 13, LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III on October 19, RODNEY CROWELL on October 25, and IRIS DEMENT on November 10. And look out for JAMES MCMURTRY at Fête on October 4, JIM KWESKIN & GEOFF MULDAUR at the Courthouse Center for the Arts in West Kingston on November 8, and a big pair of shows at the Park Theatre in Cranston with THE ROBERT CRAY BAND and KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD on September 28 and DR. JOHN and THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA on November 18.