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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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



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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

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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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Review: Chomp Kitchen and Drinks

Burger and sandwich supremacy in Warren
Chomp Kitchen and Drinks may be off the beaten path, but the rapidly developing legion of fans are just about beating down the door to get in and experience the fresh and inventive offerings.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  April 30, 2014



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Melodic doom at its finest

Bloodpheasant's 'Traum' is a dirty, swampy debut
How do you take your folk music? Served with a heaping helping of head-to-toe denim and a whole lotta washboard? Enough already.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  April 30, 2014

Off the Couch: Reks-n-effect

Plus, the McGunks heat up Firehouse 13
And Smith & Weeden celebrate their new CD
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  April 30, 2014

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It's only rock 'n' roll

Smith & Weeden hit the mark with their debut LP
It may be time to ditch the broad “Americana” and “indie-folk” tags we slap on any band incorporating banjos, whiskey, and head-to-toe denim.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  April 23, 2014

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Last band standing

The Rare Occasions triumph at the WBRU Rock Hunt
The Met was packed for another tightly contested showcase showdown.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  April 16, 2014

Off the Couch: Get hopping!

Detroit Rebellion ready to rumble at Dusk
Plus, Arc Iris and the Silks celebrate Record Store Day
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  April 16, 2014


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