Striving for magic

By BOB GULLA  |  June 4, 2008

Recorded with Sean Lynch at Muzzle Recording Co. in Olneyville, Quiet/Loud/Repeat sounds like it was laid down pretty much live. Moe and Chris, KP’s guitar players, work off each other with primal urgency, thrashing out reverb-saturated licks while Chris spits out lyrics like a disgruntled drunk. Chris’s brother George flails away on the drums, while bassist Darrin Hilton tries to find a pattern that fits. Altogether, the band grinds it out without much fuss, and the high-energy dynamic translates really well. Should be a gas live.

KILLING PABLO + VIENNAGRAM + VOLCANO KINGS + BOOKISH VAGRANT | Firehouse 13, 41 Central Ave, Providence | June 7 | 401.270.1801

Providence cutting sessions
Jazz is an underrepresented art form among young, hip audiences in Providence, which is why AS220, in conjunction with jazzers Nick Sollecito, Mike Bernier, and Alex Chapman, have started the Providence Cutting Sessions. The three musicians will function as the house band, and skilled visitors on any instrument are encouraged to sit in. Charts are provided on the website or at performances; composers can also submit original pieces for the band to dig into. Contact for more info.

The program’s mission is to plant a seed that will eventually grow into a cutting-edge jazz scene. It will give musicians a semi-regular outlet, and spawn well as a new book of standards that Providence can call its own. The first session will take place this Sunday, June 8 at AS220 at 8 pm. Call 401.831.9327.

Wandering eye
On Thursday, June 5, at the Living Room, it’s OVERSIZED SWEATER, RACHEL VANSLYKE, MARY BEE, and BEN PILGRIM. Call 401.521.5200. On Friday at Brooklyn Coffee & Tea House, it’s THE LOW ANTHEM, JACQUIE BARTLETT, and 60 FEET OF STUPID. Call 401.575.2284. On Saturday at AS220, BAYLIES BAND, the COLD WAR, and MIKE MOUNTAIN make for a noisy night of droning feedback and transcendent clang. If you’d rather hear more mellifluous noise, you can go to Paddy’s Beach Club on Atlantic Ave. in Westerly and hear JERI AND THE JEEPSTERS. Call 401.322.1026. Or, if you want some adventure rock, mosey to the Blackstone on Saturday and check out GROW and GRAVITY WORKS. Also on Saturday there’s a free show at the Penalty Box with SUICIDE BILL, THE MASONS, SIX STAR GENERAL, and Boston’s KETMAN. Call 401.331.8545.

Sunday brings the debut performance of our own femme fatale version of the Fab Four — THE SHE-TLES, a Beatles tribute band (duh!) with Mary Ann Rossoni (George), Mary Day (John), Carol Gaultieri (Ringo), and Heather Rose (Paul). It’s all happening at the Hi-Hat in Davol Square in Providence. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the show gets underway at 8. Call 401.453.6500 and check out

On Tuesday, June 10, A TROOP OF ECHOES brings its hybrid of post-rock/free jazz/and sundry avant-garde to AS220. The band, which features Nick Cooper (guitar), Peter Gilli (saxophones), Harrison Hartley (bass / synth), and Dan Moriarty (drums), enjoys melting minds with squalls of noise set against lush textures and skronking improv. They’ll share the bill with Cryptacize, an Asthmatic Kitty act, and Hannah Devine, an acclaimed local singer-songwriter.

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