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Craft service

The business model adopted by Pawtucket-via-Albany rapper Big Rush is simple: paying bills-via-rhyme skills.
Big Rush on the grind
By CHRIS CONTI  |  August 13, 2010
Islands at Jerky's

Islands at Jerky's


The music of Islands doesn't stick in my mind too long, but it does build an evocative atmosphere while it's in the air. The respected...
By webteam  |  June 22, 2010
The Depreciation Guild at Jerky's

The Depreciation Guild at Jerky's


Let's play the old "what if" game. What if Yo La Tengo were a shoegaze band? What if My Bloody Valentine had a little Belle...
By webteam  |  June 16, 2010
These United States at Jerky's

These United States at Jerky's


Sometimes a record grabs you from the get-go. A quick snare drum groove, a pulsing bass line, and a cracking voice declaring "over, baby we're...
By webteam  |  June 01, 2010
Phantogram at Jerky's

Phantogram at Jerky's


Phantogram's Eyelid Movies (Barsuk) is a record that works in the morning while you're puttering and sipping the coffee, and in the evening when you're...
By webteam  |  May 19, 2010
Phosphorescent at Jerky's

Phosphorescent at Jerky's


Up 'til now, Matthew Houck has made his eerie, twang-based moves seem somewhat woebegotten. That's a positive: he's eloquent when it comes to ennui. Under...
By webteam  |  May 05, 2010


Brother Ali at Jerky's

Brother Ali at Jerky's


There are lots of thoughtful notions in the lyrics of Brother Ali. The Midwest MC is part of the Rhymesayers crew, and as he scrutinizes...
By webteam  |  April 07, 2010
Big Sean at Jerky's

Big Sean at Jerky's


How do younguns get a leg up? Props from a superstar don't hurt. Big Sean has had Kanye West on his side for awhile, and...
By webteam  |  March 31, 2010
Deer Tick + Those Darlins at Jerky's

Deer Tick + Those Darlins at Jerky's


Last year Deer Tick wowed the national critics, dressed up as the Sex Pistols for Halloween (would have loved to have heard their "No Feelings"),...
By webteam  |  March 31, 2010
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’Bru Bracket-Busters

Part 1 of the 2010 WBRU Rock Hunt semi-finals is in the books, with Santa Mamba and underdogs You Scream I Scream advancing to the finals, and this weekend six more bands will vie for the two remaining spots.
You Scream I Scream and Santa Mamba get to the finals
By CHRIS CONTI  |  March 26, 2010
Lucero at Jerky's

Lucero at Jerky's


Lucero has never been short on punch. The Memphis rockers with the dusty cowboy feel and the knack for melancholy know about pushing and shoving....
By webteam  |  March 24, 2010


Toubab Krewe at Jerky's

Toubab Krewe at Jerky's


If it has an inspiring groove, the jam band audience gives it a shot. There's no doubt that the folk and pop music from West...
By webteam  |  March 24, 2010
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Into the groove

The 2010 Best Music Poll nominees announcement is fast approaching, but we do know all of the '09 victors will return to defend their titles, including jazz/funk reigning champs Funkatronic, who are looking for a three-peat.
Funkatronic kick out the hybrid-fueled jams
By CHRIS CONTI  |  March 12, 2010
Joell Ortiz + Joe Budden at Jerky's

Joell Ortiz + Joe Budden at Jerky's


You don't grab a mic if you don't have plenty of self-assurance, and Joell Ortiz ain't lacking in that department: "I need a clone/'cause that's...
By webteam  |  March 10, 2010
Inspectah Deck at Jerky's

Inspectah Deck at Jerky's


Wu Tang zealots are definitely waiting for Inspectah Deck's Manifesto (Traffic) to drop in a few weeks, and the Staten Island MC is tweeting that...
By webteam  |  March 10, 2010
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Focus group: Labeless Illtelligence

It's NBA All-Star Saturday and Labeless Illtelligence representatives Chris Andrews and Tyler Edwards, better known as CasUno and ESH the Monolith, settle in for one last marathon studio session at Edwards's East Providence apartment (dubbed FrESH Ear St
CasUno and ESH the Monolith streamline the cipher
By CHRIS CONTI  |  February 19, 2010


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Brand new funk

Evan Hanson and Brendon Bjorness-Murano, better known as lyricist 90Sevan and beatminer/composer Low B, teamed up just seven months ago to form Broken Ground.
Broken Ground launch their Sneak Attack
By CHRIS CONTI  |  November 27, 2009
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Thinking person’s metal

Jerky’s Bar continues its hot streak of delivering quality live acts spanning all genres, and next weekend the hardcore metalheads will descend upon Richmond Street for a fistful of metalcore bands, including the much-anticipated return of former Killswi
 The Empire Shall Fall rise up on Awaken
By CHRIS CONTI  |  November 13, 2009

Here's the Sure Shot


You know what Greg Nice says in “DWYCK”: “DJ Pre-mier, take me out with the fader.” Guru wouldn’t have been Guru without his turntable bro,...
By webteam  |  October 07, 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

Pawtucket calling

The long weekend starts THURSDAY (the 3rd) with a 7 pm set from local singer/songwriter GREG LATO at Hot Topic in Providence Place Mall. He's touring the region behind his recent full-length debut Monday Morning Breakdown .
Off the Couch
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 04, 2009


IndieArts mania!

Head down to the Greenwich Hotel THURSDAY (the 16th) and lounge with local acoustic troubadour DANIEL CHASE and Boston's SARAH BORRELLO (her piano-driven cover of "White Rabbit" is insane); never a cover and always 21+, call 401.884.4200 for more.
So much to do, all at once
By PROVIDENCE ARTS STAFF  |  July 17, 2009
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Back on the surf-rock sonar

'Tis the season for veteran surf-rock trio the Fathoms to usher in the warm weather when they play a free gig at Nick-a-Nee's on Saturday.
Hanging 30 with the Fathoms
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 22, 2009
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Ready to rumble

The 2009 Rock Hunt kicks off this weekend and the lineup proves to be perhaps the most colorful and diverse yet...
No genre left behind in the '09 WBRU Rock Hunt
By CHRIS CONTI  |  March 11, 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


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Hope for the Nation

Pick up the latest issue of XXL magazine and flip to the "Show and Prove" section and you'll spot Providence hip-hop artist Jon Hope — and rightly so.
Jon Hope's Mass Appeal
By CHRIS CONTI  |  February 25, 2009