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A bank robber downsizes

There's nothing like an art heist to make journalists spout hyperbole. What else could explain the wild things they've said about Myles J. Connor, the Boston career criminal who by his own account has tiptoed by night through literally dozens of museu
The long fall from ripping off Rembrandts to shoplifting sunglasses
By JOHN LARRABEE  |  April 29, 2011

It’s the rain and snow, stupid

For those morons who say after a blizzard, “How’s that for global warming!” may we point out that one of the harbingers of climate change is the severity of storms that we experience.
Plus, hard times for the Blackstone
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 02, 2010
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Making a beautiful racket

Where else could you see the Blizzard of '78 and I, Destroyer share the same stage?
RHD-RI presents Thunder In the Bucket
By CHRIS CONTI  |  January 15, 2010
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Shout it out!

Sharks Come Cruisin' founder Mark Lambert is a Warwick native with a penchant for reworking and penning sea shanties from centuries past, often revised with rollicking punk flare — all thanks to the golden pipes of Quint, the shark-obsessed skipper in J
Sharks Come Cruisin’ corner the punk rock/sea shanty market
By CHRIS CONTI  |  January 08, 2010
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Pop music for picky people

Lincoln-based quartet Stalemate host their CD release party at the Blackstone on December 23 in honor of their sophomore effort, We Will Carry You Out to Sea .
Stalemate’s eclectic ways
By CHRIS CONTI  |  December 11, 2009
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King of the world

There was a very nice star turn on the November 29 edition of 60 Minutes by URI's Bob Ballard, although the university got scant mention.
At sea with URi’s Ballard. Plus, pilin’ on Palin, and hanging with Mike and Lucia.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 04, 2009


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Newport’s rock royalty

If 75orLess Records CEO (and Six Star General bassist) Mark MacDougall decided to host an East Bay Desert Sessions, the diePods would be the 3 am headliner.
The diePods — straight outta the City by the Sea
By CHRIS CONTI  |  October 23, 2009

October already!

Only 11 weeks and counting of Christmas shopping remain, so head out to some budget-friendly shows in the meantime.
Folk + blues + noise + alt-pop + Mr. Young
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 02, 2009
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Dance Fever

Those with a hankering for slick riffs and dirty break beats look no further.
Where to shake it like you mean it
By ABIGAIL CROCKER  |  September 04, 2009
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In the red

A handful of Phoenix readers questioned the parameters of what exactly defined a "Breakthrough Act" in our recent Best Music Poll, decided in dominant fashion by alt-rock quartet SEXCoffee. What exactly constitutes a band playing together for six yea
SEXCoffee amp it up on The Morning After
By CHRIS CONTI  |  September 04, 2009
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High-powered hybrid

"It's pretty much impossible for us to have a predictable sound," said Rosalind Raskin earlier this week while discussing The Friend Ship (Moose Proof Records), the full-length debut from Roz Raskin and the Rice Cakes ( MySpace.com/RozRaskin ).
Roz Raskin and the Rice Cakes set sail on  The Friend Ship
By CHRIS CONTI  |  August 21, 2009


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Creedence-meets-Waylon

No, there will not be country-fried rockabilly renditions of Kilgore Smudge tunes at the Blackstone when ex-Kilgore frontman Jay Berndt resurrects the Revival Preachers (myspace.com/jayberndt) in what will be only their second show since 2005 (the boys
Jay Berndt resurrects the Revival Preachers
By CHRIS CONTI  |  June 05, 2009
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Into the darkness

The new release from Route .44, This is My America (Blue Radio Records), provides further insight into lead singer Ian "Lefty" Lacombe's affinity for the dark side, as the enigmatic southpaw guitarist delves even deeper than on the acclaimed 2'07 deb
Riding shotgun on Route .44's lonesome highway
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 08, 2009
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Sugar-coated pop, anyone?

With lines such as "chock-full of sunny melodies and intimate, introspective lyrics with bright, polished production," I clearly didn't stumble onto the next Jesus Lizard here.
Jonas Dream's merry melodies
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 01, 2009
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Springing ahead

When I asked Chris Daltry just where exactly his acclaimed quintet the 'mericans had been hiding out, the founding father of the rootsy rockers was quick to deflect any insinuation that the Providence group had been slacking.
The 'mericans are comin' back 'round
By CHRIS CONTI  |  March 24, 2009

Get yr grog on all weekend long

Providence local music jumps starts St. Patty's Day
Being green
By CHRIS CONTI  |  March 11, 2009


Providence music news: February 27, 2009

Sling some shuffleboard while MARK CUTLER slings the six-string TONIGHT (the 26th) at Nick-a-Nee's
Shake some action
By PROVIDENCE MUSIC STAFF  |  February 25, 2009