White Noise Records has put together a compilation of notable local rockers and is supporting it with a mega-release party at Lupo’s on Friday, December 14. The show features HEATHER ROSE AND THE DRAMA, MASTAMINDZ, SOMA CITY, SATURDAY AT NINE, MIND OF EIN, GOOD LUCK CADET, FIGHTING THE INFLUENCE, and A TURN OF PHRASE. Based in Johnston, White Noise is a recording studio/merch and promotional service provider (CDs, banners, stickers, apparel) that formed two years ago. Thanks to noteworthy studio projects (Penrose, Someday Providence) and quality work, the company has grown steadily, to the point where they’re poised to take their game to the next level. The label comp released this weekend features the aforementioned bands plus Arcadia Landing, Sex Coffee, and more. Full-length projects are already in the planning stages from Heather Rose & the Drama and Omerta Verse. White Noise has also thrown their weight behind charity events and other worthwhile local music showcases, including the recent FYE shows. The gig at Lupo’s will surely be their biggest yet, and a chance for them to do their thing on the big stage.
Soma City is also anchoring a big night at Jerky’s on Saturday. It’s a benefit to help band member Jonny P. White pay his medical bills (he was badly beaten after a recent show in Boston). The lineup also features KENAZ, HYPERSOLID, TESTER, 12 STEP PROGRAM, and HELL WITHIN. Doors are at 6:30. Be generous. Call 401.621.2244.
Onstage, Josie Crosby used to be, well, Josie Crosby. Now she’s ditched her own name and gone with SIGNS OF LIFE, the name of her newish band, with lead guitarist Tom Champlin, formerly of local legends the Jungle Dogs (WBRU Rock Hunt champions way back in 1990), drummer Bill Lawing (formerly of Superbug), and Chris Hackett, the owner of Mojo Music in Westerly, on bass. And, of course, Josie’s on guitar and vocals. Her voice, strong like Grace Slick’s with warbly flecks of Neil Young and Janis, heads up a tough rootsy, rockin’ mix. When the band first came together, chemistry appeared in healthy supply; Signs clicked immediately, prompting a deluge of new material. On their self-titled demo, Crosby and company come across as loose and passionate, with some good singing, a lot of nice guitar work, and more than a passing similarity to Crazy Horse, especially on “Not For Me.”
On Tuesday, December 18, Signs of Life will play AS220 with Alexandra Scott at an all-ages show at 10 pm. Go to myspace.com/signsofliferi.
On Saturday, the WESTMORELAND STREET JAMMERS hit the Shorebreak on Beach Street in Narragansett. The show’s 21-plus and kicks off at 9:30. Call 401.783.1022. Congratulations to BILL HARLEY for his Grammy nomination. If he wins this one, like he did the last one, he’ll have a really valuable pair of bookends for his shelf.
On Friday, the ATWATER-DONNELLY TRIO will play a holiday show on their home turf in Foster at the Peeptoad Coffeehouse at theNorth Foster Baptist Church. Call 401.647.3105 or go to fosteringarts.org. On Saturday, the trio plays the Stone Soup holiday show at St. Paul’s Church in Pawtucket. Call 401.457.7147. Do your best to get over to Stone Soup. Now in the midst of their 27th season, the folk alliance finds itself in a pretty serious money crunch that is liable to dissolve the organization if benefactors don’t show up soon. Stone Soup has always supported itself through ticket sales and merch, but this season has landed them on tough times. Donations can be made at the show this weekend, at stonesoupcoffeehouse.com, or by mail to Stone Soup Folk Arts Foundation, 27 Kent Street, Cumberland, RI 02864. All donations are tax-deductible and will help keep the folk fires burning.