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Jared Mann and friends get Willow on the map

Blanketfort social scene
Twenty-three-year-old Jared Mann would be considered the old man among his mates in Willow, a melodic (and mostly instrumental) math-rock trio from the woods of North Smithfield.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  September 25, 2012


Sweet Love gets the Motor revving

Fuzzed-up glory
Spark one up and dig on that Sweet Love.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  September 18, 2012


Boo City and Fall & Bounce strut their stuff

Get into the groove
Fall & Bounce and Boo City are two bands catching a pretty good buzz from 2012 debut albums, as well as acclaimed live shows (e.g., Boo City's set at this year's Foo Fest).
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  September 12, 2012


Got live if you want it!

Night moves
Adios, Summer 2012 — it was a real hoot, but lest we forget Rocktober is just around the corner, and we have more than enough local (and low-dough) shows on the docket to keep you moving and grooving through that autumn chill.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  September 12, 2012


Rolling into Rocktember

Festival season isn’t over yet
Not so fast, Rocktober — the month of September boasts two outstanding festivals on the next two Saturdays.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  September 04, 2012


Sage Francis hits up Juan Deuce and Falside

Rhody rap summit
Juan Deuce and Falside continue to put in some serious work.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  August 28, 2012

Got riffs?

Thrillhouse certainly does
In need of some good old-fashioned heavy metal riffs and shredding?
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  August 22, 2012


Diving into discs by Castle, Bob Kendall, and more

Odds and ends
This is the perfect time of year to catch up on the endless goodie sack of music coming down the pipe on a weekly basis (and please keep it coming).
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  August 15, 2012

7 days a week!

From Roomful of Blues to Gut Bucket
A full seven days of action on the live circuit! No excuses — get out there.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  August 09, 2012


Whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on at AS220’s Foo Fest

Bounce to this!
Get ready to work up a nice lather dancing the entire day away at AS220's annual block party known as Foo Fest.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  August 07, 2012


Lolita Black rips Flesh, Blood, and Bone

Too loud to ignore
Bob Otis is feeling it. Just prior to taking the stage for the official record release show last weekend at AS220, the guitarist and co-founder of Lolita Black, PVD's reigning heavy-goth-metal foursome, hands over a vinyl copy of Flesh, Blood, and Bone .
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  July 31, 2012


B. Dolan rules House of Bees Vol. 2 and Church of Love & Ruin

Bless the mic
Mission accomplished for B. Dolan on his latest release, House of Bees Vol. 2 (Strange Famous Records) — he set out to "shatter all expectations conjured by the word 'mixtape.' "
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  July 25, 2012


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.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  July 11, 2012


One-on-one with the master of the riff

Breaking Burr
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
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  July 10, 2012

Skinny Millionaires back on the prowl with Easy Tiger

Full circle
When talking up Lil Rhody's indie-folk-Americana-blues explosion, be sure to toss the Skinny Millionaires in that conversation.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  July 03, 2012


Doomsday Student are what they are

Apocalypse now
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.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  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 .
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  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.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  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.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  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.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  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.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  May 15, 2012

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