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Sound Session 2012 hits the streets
Rocking the block
The block is hot (like, stifling hot) and about to get hotter as the capital city's grandest music and dance festival — the eighth annual Sound Session — once again descends upon Downcity.
| July 11, 2012
One-on-one with the master of the riff
Bill Burr is a busy man. The New England native now resides in Los Angeles, so I'm hoping he's on the East Coast when I'm instructed to call promptly at 9 am EST for a 30-minute phoner to promote his return to the Newport Yachting Center (limited tix still available at newportcomedy.com).
| July 10, 2012
Skinny Millionaires back on the prowl with Easy Tiger
When talking up Lil Rhody's indie-folk-Americana-blues explosion, be sure to toss the Skinny Millionaires in that conversation.
| July 03, 2012
Doomsday Student are what they are
Drummer Craig Kureck, guitarists Steve Mattos and Paul Vieira, and vocalist Eric Paul comprise Doomsday Student, though the Heaven's Gate-inspired promo pic (with the quartet all sporting orange Pumas in place of the white Nike Cortez) prohibits visual identity.
| June 27, 2012
William Moretti and his Denver Boot work moody magic
Close to the heart
Best bet of the week on the live circuit goes down on Saturday when the Denver Boot headlines a CD release party for their debut, 6 to 9, 7 . . . 12 .
| June 19, 2012
Jonah Tolchin’s Criminal Man is a product of the environment
Straight outta Shannock
As if there was any question regarding the impassioned subject matter found on Jonah Tolchin's recent full-length debut Criminal Man , the 19-year-old singer-songwriter-guitarist decidedly sets me straight during our interview earlier this week.
| June 05, 2012
Jon Hope goes with the flow on Work In Progress
Poetry in motion
"It's all about expanding the brand for me in this day and age," says expert Rhody lyricist Jon Hope while recalling his multimedia promotional endeavors since we last caught up.
| May 29, 2012
Fairhaven makes it epic on Plan A
From Cumberland to Cali with love
I never imagined Fairhaven's arena-sized piano-pop rock sound could get any more "mature and polished" than the swooning anthems on their 2010 debut Origins , but that's how Fairhaven lead singer Alan Connell described the new album, Plan A , when he sent a copy my way a few weeks back. He wasn't kidding.
| May 22, 2012
Welcome back, Broadcaster
Here they go again
Local indie rock greats Broadcaster may have finally come out from under the proverbial (and literal) black cloud that followed them around for most of last year.
| May 15, 2012
Raindance are ready to rage
Blood makes noise
Post-punk quintet Raindance returns with a new EP titled New Blood .
| May 08, 2012
Vudu Sister’s new CD; and Girls Rock! RI hits the ’90s
There are two big shows of note to squeeze into your stacked Cinco de Mayo social calendar this weekend, starting with the Vudu Sister album release show on Friday, followed by a stellar lineup of local acts covering '90s-era classics on Saturday when Girls Rock! Rhode Island presents "Cover Grrrls."
| May 01, 2012
The Tower & the Fool are all fired up for How Long
Nothing to lose
"We don't really have a plan for the band. All we are concerned with at the moment is writing songs that we love and having some fun. If it takes off — great, and if it doesn't, no one is going to be upset.
| April 24, 2012
Volcano Kings’ trippy soundtrack for Trash Can City
Pawtucket-based instrumental syndicate Volcano Kings celebrates its full-length debut release, 11 Ways to Avoid Death in Trash Can City , with a hometown throwdown next weekend at the News Cafe.
| April 17, 2012
Here they come: the Small Factory reunion show!
Happy to see
For those of us continually pining and praying for more early '90s indie-rock reunions (Archers of Loaf, the Promise Ring, and the Afghan Whigs all on tap this year!), we just scored a big one on the local front ...
| April 11, 2012
The General Assembly’s State of the Union series
Building a bridge
Don't worry, we ain't talking politics here.
| April 03, 2012
The Rice Cakes take the WBRU Rock Hunt title
And the winner is ...
A jam-packed crowd rocked out at the Met on Friday, and the highly-appreciative bands clearly fed off the energy throughout the evening.
| March 27, 2012
Off the Couch: From Shaolin with love
Wu-Tang wordsmith GZA hits Firehouse 13
On THURSDAY (the 22nd) head to Mardi Gras in Cranston and welcome back hard-rock quartet KANERKO ; Al, Kev, Nick, and Anthony just returned from a goodwill trip to Kosovo where they rocked out for our troops — nice work, guys.
| March 22, 2012
Six Star General get into the groove on Splinter
Six Star General continue to crank out top-shelf indie-rock records, and their eighth studio effort, Splinter , finds guitarist Kyle Jackson, drummer Dan Ulmschneider, and bassist/vocalist Mark MacDougall peaking hard through concise and potent bursts of stoner sludge."
| March 14, 2012
The 2012 WBRU Rock Hunt semi-finalists, Pt. 2
More March Madness!
Two walkoff winners dominated the opening round of the 2012 WBRU Rock Hunt semifinals last weekend, with the Rice Cakes and URI alums Kingston 530 advancing to the final four.
| March 06, 2012
The 2012 WBRU Rock Hunt semi-finalists, Pt. 1
March is upon us (already?) — let the 'BRU bracketology commence!
| March 01, 2012
Dirty Hank and Reason tap the bottle and hit the mic
Local lyricists Dirty Hank and Reason revel in drunken debauchery all over The Monty Brogan EP (Poorly Drawn Recordings), released just last week and currently up for grabs as a free download through multiple sites (check the end of these words for links).
| February 21, 2012
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