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Allysen Callery's alluring Winter Island

Folk singer/songwriter Allysen Callery received scores of positive press for her 2010 sophomore disc, Hobgoblin’s Hat (pick it up, along with her ’07 debut Hopey , at iTunes and ).
From Bristol to Berlin with love
By CHRIS CONTI  |  June 03, 2011

Review: Le Central

Their slogan is "Where the East Bay meets the Left Bank," and Le Central, in the middle of Bristol, usually does a fine job fulfilling the claim with more than good french fries. Gone are the days when the town had to settle for a Café La France on the
Cherchez la lunch
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 18, 2011

The 13th Annual Muzzle Awards

A year and a half into the Age of Obama, we are learning a lesson we should have figured out long ago — that repression, once in place, is rarely rolled back all the way, and that liberals no less than conservatives are reluctant to give up power.
A look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 02, 2010

Review: El Parque

Recent talk of favorite eateries turned to places with "a good vibe." That certainly holds true for El Parque, a relative newcomer to Portsmouth’s Island Park neighborhood.
A Mexican oasis in Portsmouth’s Island Park
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  June 25, 2010

Endless inquiry

Mikael Kennedy’s portraits of his maunderings through the American landscape harness a transcendental concurrence of vastness and intimacy.
Ghostly shapes and images at 37-A Gallery
By ANNIE LARMON  |  June 11, 2010

Pure Poetry

Between the deep-rooted American penchant for individualism and the suffragette and feminist movements, poet Emily Dickinson was bound to enter the literary canon.
The Belle of Amherst is a moving experience
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 11, 2010


Photos: Massive Attack at the House of Blues

Massive Attack, live at the House of Blues, on May 13, 2010
Massive Attack, live at the House of Blues, May 13, 2010
By ERIC BAUMANN  |  May 21, 2010

East Bay throwdown

Six Star General at the Common Pub
Off the Couch

Shows in town this week

A packed weekend of great local talent is on hand.
As much of this as you can!

Donkeys kicking Timilty

As if Democrats don't have enough problems with attacks from tea-bagging circus clowns, now one local pol is being targeted by fellow donkeys.
Governor's Council
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 19, 2010

Quiet storm

The only aspect of Allysen Callery's talents more impressive than her nimble, nylon-string finger-picking is her unmistakable voice.
Allysen Callery returns with Hobgoblin’s Hat
By CHRIS CONTI  |  February 12, 2010

Candles + caring

Former Best Music Poll nominee Mike Gendron and uncle Pete Gendron team up and unplug at the Greenwich Hotel on THURSDAY (the 4th), rocking the lounge free of charge til 12:30 am.
Bob Marley’s b-day + downcity benefits

It will not be a dull year!

The New Year is shaping up as potent dope for the political junkie.
The governor’s race, gambling, drama on Smith Hill, and more is on tap in 2010
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 08, 2010

A split atop the RI Tea Party

The Rhode Island Tea Party, a right-wing assemblage best known for its tax day rally against government spending on the State House steps, was until recently run by three women — Colleen Conley, Marina Peterson and, to a lesser degree, Nan Hayden. But n
Tea Time
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 25, 2009

Work the weekend

Potent triple dip at the Common Pub
Off the Couch

Take it to the limit

When asked to describe their own music, most bands get it horribly wrong. UK electro-noisesters Fuck Buttons, however, are not most bands.
The minimal maximalism of Fuck Buttons
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 20, 2009


Demdike Stare | Symbiosis

Do not adjust your speakers. There will be sounds emerging from them that would lead you to believe they’re malfunctioning, but fear not.
Modern Love (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  November 20, 2009

The Beehive Café

When Three Rivers Café closed last year, fans of chef Eli Dunn eagerly awaited his reappearance.
Keep an eye on the pie
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 13, 2009

Can the Rhode Island tea party brew a revolution?

The Rhode Island Tea Party, local wing of the national uprising against all things Obama, has some reason for hope.
 The movement strives to be a coherent force for change. But is it just blowing steam?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 23, 2009

Review: An Education

Let’s get this right out of the way: Carey Mulligan is the real thing.
Carey Mulligan graduates with honors
By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 16, 2009


Six Star and friends get raucous in Bristol
Off the Couch
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 11, 2009


Puracane | I've Been Here the Longest

Released by San Francisco groove merchants Ubiquity almost a decade ago, Puracane's debut Things You Should Leave Alone was an interesting if oddly timed proposition.
Astraea (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  June 12, 2009

Drawn together

Boston needs more superheroes. Not because our metropolis is gripped by an unprecedented crime spree, but, says Dave Kender, because our comics are perhaps not muscular enough for their own good.
Comic Koffeeklatsch
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 05, 2009
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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 ( in what will be only their second show since 2005 (the boys
Jay Berndt resurrects the Revival Preachers
By CHRIS CONTI  |  June 05, 2009

Can 'solar as service' work in Rhode Island?

As Alteris Renewables sees it, this is the game-changer.
A bright idea
By MARION DAVIS  |  May 01, 2009

Rude awakening

Coma Coma singer/bassist Eric Sampson brushes off the notion that Rhode Island's music community currently lacks quality acts.
The rousing sounds of Coma Coma
By CHRIS CONTI  |  April 24, 2009


'BRU's bracketology

The 2009 WBRU Rock Hunt continues this week with six more bands on tap, following victories by the Viennagram and Baylock last weekend.
The Rock Hunt semi-finals, part two
By CHRIS CONTI  |  March 18, 2009

Stay positive

Chatting with Grow songwriter Matt Odabashian and resident rapper Sneaktechniks about their livin lovin learnin debut and upcoming CD release party, it was clear that the band has taken an admirable and ballsy approach to their music.
Grow keep it real on livin lovin learnin
By CHRIS CONTI  |  January 06, 2009

Interview: The Damned's Captain Sensible

"School teachers and lawyers come along to see the Damned. . .and they want to see really bad behavior."
The Damned carry on
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  December 29, 2008

’Tis the season to buy local

Frog and Toad, an idiosyncratic gift store on Providence’s East Side, is your quintessential mom and pop shop.
 Tips for keeping your holiday gift-giving bucks in the ocean state  
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 10, 2008