"It's really tough to book gigs anywhere these days, the economy sucks and there's no real money to be had playing music," Blandino stated, "but we do it because we love to play. Playing out keeps us young and it's still great fun knowing we can still move an audience and see them smile."

THE FATHOMS | Nick-a-Nee's, 75 South St, Providence | Saturday, May 23 @ 9 pm | 401.861.7290 | Free

Extra day to party!

VERSE SIGNING OFF AT AS220

The long weekend offers a laundry list of good shows statewide, beginning with a handful of free shows TONIGHT (the 21st) when MARK CUTLER plugs in at the Greenwich Hotel (401.884.4200), local bluesmen THE KILLDEVILS visit Nick-a-Nee's (401.861.7290), and JONAS DREAM play a freebie at the Blackstone (401.726.2181). Also on Thursday, the Hi-Hat (401.453.6500) hosts THE RYAN MONTBLEU BAND and DEPTH QUARTET TRIO, and Golden Era hip-hop heads should head downtown to Tazza as DOX (of Poorly Drawn People fame) goes crate-digging starting at 9 pm (401.421.3300). On FRIDAY (the 22nd), CHRIS MONTI of the Killdevils goes acoustic at Fat Belly's Pub on Main Street in East Greenwich; no cover, call 401.884.3434. VERSE will play their final two shows at AS220 on Friday and Saturday with an assortment of loud-ass locals, including PRODUCT OF WASTE and ST. JUDE. No advance tickets will be available, get out early and get in line; both shows start at 9 pm (401.831.9327). WBRU and Lupo's team up for a pair of locally-infused early-bird gigs with FORDOES ME QUITE and THE COMING WEAK opening for MADINA LAKE on Friday, and NEO NOUVEAU and Rock Hunt champs FAIRHAVEN warming it up for Zox on Saturday; both shows are only $9.95 in advance, call 401.331.5876. Meanwhile, KEEP ME CONSCIOUS (formerly Cherry S/T) celebrates an EP release at Jerky's Bar with THE INTEL and plenty more (401.621.2244). HEATHER ROSE & THE DRAMA hit the Blackstone with STALEMATE, FOR THE LOVE OF SLOANE, and NYC's SEX SLAVES. ANNIE & THE BEEKEEPERS (indie-folk fans should check out the new EP Squid Sessions) headline a nice bill at Firehouse 13 with BROWN BIRD, PEASANT, and DETROIT REBELLION opening, call 401.270.1801 for the scoop. On SATURDAY (the 23rd), Rehoboth-based experimental rock quartet ANGRY FARMER (led by Matt Martin of the Wippets) kick off a string of monthly appearances at Cats (401.722.0150). On SUNDAY (the 24th), WORLD PREMIER will pack 'em in at Newport Blues Cafe, tickets are $10 in advance, call 401.841.5510. North Carolina duo BELOVED BINGE (check out their latest, Blender Theory, on iTunes) fill a bill with locals THE ABOMINABLES, JUSTIN MARRA, and GLASS JARS at AS220. And the Ocean Mist makes a strong case to stay south this weekend, from SOUL SHOT and GROW on Friday to jam-band legends FOXTROT ZULU on Saturday and JOHN CAFFERTY & THE BEAVER BROWN BAND on Sunday. Call 401.782.3740 for info on all three.

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