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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

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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

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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

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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

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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  thetowerandthefool.bandcamp.com ).
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



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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

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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

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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

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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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2011 brings Jon Hope, the McGunks, Jocie Adams, and more

On the horizon
We're wrapping up our 2011 preview, checking in with a few more of our favorite local acts and artists.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  January 04, 2011



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Winter Providence music preview: Bring the new noise

Prayers for Atheists, Broadcaster, Kanerko, and more
Adios, 2010. No time for looking back now, though. We have the exclusive scoop on some of the area's best bands and just how they plan to rock your world in 2011. And this is just a taste of what's in store for RIers from some of our favorite local musicians.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  December 29, 2010

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The best local discs of '10

Mix it up
'Twas an incredible (and incredibly diverse) year for Rhody-based musical acts, and formulating a Top 10 of 2010 was no easy task as we plunged into the archives and dug up some of our favorite LPs from the past 12 months.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  December 22, 2010

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Jeff Byrd & Dirty Finch kick out the laid-back jams

Digging their roots
Add Jeff Byrd & Dirty Finch to the conversation when talking up the quality roster of local Americana/alt-country acts within state lines.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  March 30, 2011

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She Rides straddle the lightning

Instant party
There's big news cranking out of the She Rides headquarters these days, as the Providence-based quintet have nailed down a new label (NC-based Rusty Knuckles, also home to J. Berndt) and an official sponsorship with Narragansett Beer, received another invite to SXSW in 2011, and is wrapping up an EP of new material.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  December 07, 2010

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Review: Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons' dazzling new disc

White light, white heat
Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons trump their impressive 2007 debut Bury Your Problems with the forthcoming White Lighter . The disc features an all-star array of acclaimed local artists chipping in — and was completed with the aid of fans who helped fund the recording process.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  December 01, 2010



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The Kim Lamothe Tree-oh officially in bloom

Mystery achievement
Tiverton-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Kim Lamothe doubles as a full-time organic gardener and owner of Greenlion Design, and her new sophomore release, Mystery of Viburnum , provides the perfect landscape for the Kim Lamothe Tree-oh to fully bloom.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  November 24, 2010

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Review: CasUno's sharp Sore Thumb; plus a New Low Anthem CD!

Eccentric gift of gab
"Welcome to where we keep it wordy not nerdy," declares CasUno EndCrews (aka Chris Andrews) on "Sticks Out Like a Sore Thumb," the title track of his latest and final solo disc.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  November 16, 2010

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The Devil, My Pocket say goodbye

Urge for going
'Twas a nice (if too brief) run for local indie-folk outfit the Devil, My Pocket, who are calling it quits with two headlining shows this weekend at the 201.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  November 12, 2010

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A more evolved — and angrier — Kanerko

Major signs of life
Kanerko: the band name should ring bells — and not only because the moniker draws inspiration from veteran White Sox first baseman (and Providence native) Paul Konerko.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  November 02, 2010

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Scarlett is the new Black

Lolita Black finally land new singer
Olneyville's finest post-punk/goth/sludge metal outfit went missing for the better part of 2010, but we're ecstatic to report that Lolita Black has returned with a new lead singer in Ms. Scarlett Delgado.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  October 27, 2010


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