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Textures and treasures

New discs by Bob Kendall and Allysen Callery
Two of Rhode Island's finest singer-songwriters team up.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  July 23, 2014


Straight outta Aquidneck

Freddie Black and B Luv keep rap heads fed
In the words of Freddie Black on the leadoff banger “Shut ’Em Down”: “If you didn’t know before, now you know it now.”
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  July 16, 2014

Off the Couch: Shorts 'n' Cakes

Plus, ESH and Arc in the Bucket
And the Pete Theroux Memorial Fest
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  July 16, 2014


Most valuable players

The Midday Records team has summer covered
If we could bestow a RI Music Community Achievement Award to anyone around here, I wouldn’t hesitate to crown Davey Moore the people’s champ.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  July 09, 2014


Now THIS is a party!

LibertyFest puts the free in freedom
The 15th annual LibertyFest bash has outgrown its Smith Hill roots and will relocate to Dusk, and hot-damn, it’s a doozy.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  July 02, 2014

Off the Couch: Musical fireworks

From Von Donovan to Twin Foxes
Plus, an early bird rager at Firehouse 13
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  July 02, 2014


To hell and back

Hip-hop icon Sage Francis writes his way out of the darkness on 'Copper Gone'
What a long, strange trip it’s been for iconic lyricist/slam poet/DIY CEO Paul “Sage” Francis, who re-emerges following a four-year hiatus with his sixth studio album, ' Copper Gone .'
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  July 02, 2014


Beast mode

A Troop of Echoes turn it up on 'The Longest Year On Record'
The band has carved out a unique blend of experimental math-rock, somewhere between Thurston Moore and Thelonious Monk.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  June 18, 2014

Off the Couch: Summer — at last!

DJ Dox Ellis in the building(s)!
Plus, a Bad Larry reunion!
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  June 18, 2014


An epic headbangers' ball

Metal rules at Dusk's Mortvvm Aestvs MMXIV
While the unsuspecting Federal Hill set dine on chicken marsala and crème brûlée this weekend, hundreds of black/death metal fans will congregate around the corner at Dusk on Harris Avenue.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  June 11, 2014

Off the Couch: Range roving

From Heaher Rose to Humanbeast
Plus, a big weekend at the Knickerbocker
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  June 11, 2014


Sizzling sounds

Local music abounds in the 'Haven Brothers' film
Clocking in at a whopping 42 (!) songs, the soundtrack is stacked higher than a triple-decker Murder Burger.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  June 04, 2014

Off the Couch: RIP, Blood Moons

Plus, the return of Lolita Black!
And the debut of Jets Can't Land
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  June 04, 2014


The House that Houlihan built

Haunt the House's 'Jack Rabbit Jones'
The album gleams with a stirring, spiritually-inflected sound that well represents the band name.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  May 29, 2014

Off the Couch: The block is hot!

An all-star roster at the Hope Street Block Party
Plus, Torn Shorts and the School of Rock
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  May 28, 2014


Mic check

A hometown hip-hop roundup
Rhode Island’s hip-hop community is mighty healthy and 2014 is shaping up to be another banner year for locally sourced lyricists.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  May 26, 2014

Off the Couch: Bring on the three-day weekend!

From Poppasquash to Pete Seeger
Plus, the latest Church of Providence extravaganza
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  May 21, 2014


All-star weekend

Singer-songwriters in Cranston for the Round Square Festival
A wealth of talent at Theatre 82.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  May 14, 2014

Off the Couch: May daze

From King Sickabilly to Consuelo's Revenge
Plus, Cult Leader and Tinsel Teeth
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  May 14, 2014


Kicking out the hazy jams

The Stilts ride high on 'Yellow Hound'
There are plenty of bluesy jam-band acts around these parts worth looking up nowadays. Add Woonsocket-based quartet the Stilts to that list.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  May 07, 2014

Off the Couch: Moms rock too!

From Coma Coma to Elephantine!
Plus, the return of Peelander-Z
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  May 07, 2014

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