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Vulgarrity's haunting Dance 2 the Grave

Creatures of the night
There's a musty funk emanating from the new VulGarrity disc, Dance 2 the Grave , as the acclaimed Provy-based sibling duo (Tracy and older brother Shawn Garrity) follow up their excellent '08 debut, If You Sing it, They Will Hum . . ., with 15 more tracks.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  October 19, 2010


Johnny 'The Colonel' Maguire comes out swingin'

Speaking his mind
"Over the last five years, local live music around Providence has been on the back burner in favor of fancy restaurants, techno clubs, kickball, tattoos, cheap beer and hipsters."
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  October 13, 2010


The devil inside: Eric French, meet Mr. Hyde

Little fury things
Singer/songwriter/guitarist Eric French possesses a pedigree well-befitting of his ambitious double-CD debut, Eric French & Mr Hyde : a degree from the Berklee School of Music, a veteran blues guitarist for a dad (Ron French), and continued insight and guidance from invaluable family friends such as local six-string icon Eric Fontana.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  October 06, 2010


The Brother Kite's Isolation was worth the wait

The right time
The Brother Kite have long excelled at creating damn fine atmospheric fare, dating back to their 2004 self-titled debut album.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  September 29, 2010


Johnny Lingo Band returns with Somewhere To Go

Sparking it up
The Johnny Lingo Band are back with Somewhere To Go , the follow-up to their ’09 debut Shake It Off (both available at iTunes).
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  September 22, 2010


Fall Music Preview: Sounds abound

It's the busiest fall ever !
As the autumnal equinox fast approaches, there’s plenty of action statewide and no genre left behind from Downcity to down south to the highly-anticipated return of a local live landmark — the Met Café, now located in the Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  September 16, 2010


Dropdead's unfinished business

Two decades in, Dropdead still 'play loud music, really fast'
It’s 20 years and counting for iconic hardcore-punk quartet Dropdead.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  September 15, 2010


'Ritas with Roz Raskin and the Rice Cakes

The Human touch
Roz Raskin is speechless, completely stumped and jammed up by an eavesdropping stranger who just asked, "So what kinda music do you play?"
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  September 10, 2010


Girl Haggard let loose with Country and Eastern

Cowboy junkies
An adorable, Tennessee-bred country-bumpkin whose idea of the perfect evening out begins and ends with shots and beers at the E&O Tap? What else could a man ask for?
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  August 31, 2010


Now hear this!

Hopping on the Broadcaster bandwagon
Seven demos in and I'm hooked on Broadcaster.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  August 26, 2010


Interview: The Wippets

The Wippets got a fever, and the only prescription is: More washboard!
One chance encounter during a trip to New Orleans back in 2003 illuminated the bulb for the Wippets' Matt Martin and Tony Depoto, two East Bay musicians seeking inspiration during the annual Jazzfest.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  August 18, 2010


Craft service

Big Rush on the grind
The business model adopted by Pawtucket-via-Albany rapper Big Rush is simple: paying bills-via-rhyme skills.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  August 11, 2010


Uninformed brilliance

Bill Burr earns raves for his rants
July 29, 9:40 am ET. Acclaimed standup comedian Bill Burr is running late for our scheduled half-hour phone interview, where we plan on talking up his upcoming appearance in Newport, along with any other topic lobbed at the red-headed, "shockingly Caucasian" pride of nearby Canton, Massachusetts.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  August 14, 2010


Three the hard way

MakeupBreakup: Scents , drugs, and rock'n'roll
MakeupBreakup co-founders Michael Lamantia Jr. and Alexander Laorenza (aka Zan) have no delusions of rock 'n' roll grandeur; in fact, they genuinely couldn't care less what you or I or anyone else thinks about their music.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  August 10, 2010


Turning it up

The Coming Weak mean it, man
It's hard to believe the Coming Weak have been in business for only three years, now considered alt-rock veterans around these parts and known for their consistently precise and energetic live set.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  July 27, 2010


Back to the scuzz-rock future

Ming Toro is straight outta the Bucket
The self-titled EP debut from Pawtucket-based quintet Ming Toro (Bucket Republic/75orLess Records) will take a few dozen spins to settle in (or better yet, burrow), but when it does — and it will — prepare for a mighty regeneration of scuzzed-out post-punk.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  July 21, 2010


Block-rocking beats

Get ready for Providence SoundSession ’10
The sweltering summer of 2010 (quit crying — summer was nonexistent last year) is about to get even hotter with the return of the capital city’s biggest bash.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  July 14, 2010


Life in the fast, loud, and hard lane

The Jesse Minute shut up and play
What a year thus far for Providence-based quintet the Jesse Minute.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  July 07, 2010


White trash heroes

Arab on Radar are back on the attack
It is official — iconic PVD noisemongers Arab on Radar are back on the grid and about to end their eight-year hiatus with a nationwide reunion tour beginning this weekend in Easthampton, Massachusetts, followed by a stop at AS220 on July 3.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  June 30, 2010


The Devil makes them do it

Digging deep with the Benedictions
"Americana, on the rocks" is the official tagline for the Benedictions, steady cooking since forming just 16 months ago (more on that in a minute), led by a familiar name on the folk circuit in G.W. Mercure.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  June 24, 2010


'Fun guy rap'

Long overdue Romen Rok debut worth the wait? Absolutely !
I emailed Edgewood-bred lyricist Romen Rok last week following the release of his highly-anticipated full-length platter Absolutely ! and asked just how he would describe his brand of hip-hop to the casual listener: “Fun guy rap” was the response.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  June 16, 2010

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