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Sleep City: From West Warwick to the West Coast

The Blueprint
For all the talk of our burgeoning indie-folk/Americana music community here, the post-hardcore/melodic metal acts have also been making some serious noise.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  May 18, 2011


All aboard the Reverend Bastien bandwagon

Empire state of mind
After a couple of years traversing the country from here to Alaska with only an acoustic guitar, PVD-bred singer/songwriter Reverend Bastien is rolling solo no more since recruiting a pair of longtime friends and dubbing them the Congregation of the Traveling Empire.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  May 12, 2011


Prayers for Atheists take it personally

Rising against
Prayers for Atheists follow up their 2009 debut EP with a full-length punk scorcher, New Hymns for an Old War .
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  May 04, 2011


Fungus Amungus kicks out the (structured) jams

Re-growth of the cool
It's hard to believe Fungus Amungus have released only one album since sax player Jarrod Valenti founded the band nearly a decade ago.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  April 27, 2011


Jess Powers presents sultry sirens at Firehouse 13

Ladies first
The second installment of Chanteuse arrives next weekend at Firehouse 13.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  April 20, 2011


VulGarrity triumph at the 'BRU Rock Hunt

It takes (only) two
There was a packed house and another well-executed romp last Friday at the Met, the site of the 2011 WBRU Rock Hunt Finals.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  April 14, 2011


Take it personal: Chachi Carvalho's In Dust Real Evolution

Higher calling
Beloved Pawtucket lyricist Chachi Carvalho lost his dad to pancreatic cancer just over a year ago, an unexpected and devastating event for his family.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  April 05, 2011


The Jay Berndt revival continues

Magnificent bastard
A few months back, former Kilgore frontman Jay Berndt unleashed his official solo debut Sad Bastard Songs (Rusty Knuckles Music), a fistful of growlers we're highly fond of around here.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  March 30, 2011


The 2011 WBRU Rock Hunt semi-finalists, pt. 2

Musical bracketology
Round One of the 2011 WBRU Rock Hunt semi-finals is in the books, following a runaway victory in Newport and a narrow escape at the Spot Underground last weekend. Six more locally-culled artists will have at it this weekend, vying for the final two spots in the final four, which will take place at the Met on April 8.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  March 22, 2011


The 2011 WBRU Rock Hunt semi-finalists, Pt. 1

March madness
Torn heartstrings may trump torn guitar strings at this year's WBRU Rock Hunt, which kicks off this weekend when the first six acts take the stage (the remain-ing six will square off next weekend), all vying for a nice pack of prizes as well as coveted radio airplay.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  March 15, 2011


Sage Francis's office party; Ken Casey & friends' new Whiskey

Party time!
Two big names in music are doing big things locally within the upcoming week: world-class lyricist and Strange Famous Records CEO Sage Francis will host another SFR office party, and later in the week Dropkick Murphys' frontman Ken Casey will officially unveil the Whiskey Republic.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  March 09, 2011


For Chris Monti, Home is where the heart is

Nature's way
After a few spins through the latest solo release from blues/country/folk maestro Chris Monti, it's clear the man can spin a darn good, engaging tale with guitar (and harmonica and kazoo and fiddle) skills to match.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  March 02, 2011


Flesh and blood

Last year, The Low Anthem finished their third album and toured the world. During a freewheeling interview back home, they tell us all about it
The acclaimed folk/Americana quartet resume the whirlwind promo stretch leading up to their third full-length release, following 2008’s critically-lauded breakthrough Oh My God, Charlie Darwin and their ’07 debut, What the Crow Brings .
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  February 17, 2011


Mouth of Flowers in Full Effect

Petal to the metal
Devotees of mid-'90s indie/post-hardcore/ CMJ -approved alt-rock have been feeling the love the past few years.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  February 15, 2011


New discs by Skinny Millionaires and Suicide Bill & the Liquors

Newport calling
Our friends at 75or Less Records continue to crank out quality product, and February 2011 marks their fifth anniversary, as the Warren-based label founded by Six Star General bassist Mark "Slick" MacDougall approaches its 100th release.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  February 09, 2011


The Tower and the Fool's bittersweet symphonies

Turn on the bright lights
It shouldn't come as too much surprise to hear the six guys comprising the Tower & the Fool have made a conscious decision to simply go with the flow following a promising, self-titled debut EP released late last year (available at iTunes and ).
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  February 04, 2011

Review: Boneyard Barbecue

A rockin' delight in the wilds of Seekonk
Rhode Islanders are blessed with heavenly-good BBQ spots statewide, and while Boneyard Barbecue's business address reads Seekonk, we might as well claim this bustling, family-friendly joint as our own.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  February 02, 2011


37 things to do before finals

Where the fun is
You're back from the holiday break and are ready to fill in the social calendar that stretches from here to the end of the semester. Check out these entries and get ready to get busy .
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  January 27, 2011


Meta P. has a simpler plan

Original recipe
Don't let Sean Sbardella's moniker of choice — Metaphysics ("Meta P") — dissuade fellow ol-skool enthusiasts who prefer original-recipe rap to the bombastic, rapid-fire verbiage of latter-day indie backpackers.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  January 26, 2011


Six Star General kick up some serious sludge on Six

Commanding your attention
"The wah is dead," Six Star General guitarist Kyle Jackson acknowledges early on during the first of two CD release shows last weekend at the Apartment.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  January 18, 2011


Angry Farmer connect with Disconnect

Crop dusters
Angry Farmer guitarist/lead vocalist Matt Martin claims he doesn't understand what "crunchy rock" means when I refer to what I'm hearing on Angry Farmer's new five-song EP debut, Sentimental Disconnect while we're taking a gander at their press pics.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  January 13, 2011

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