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Ravi Shavi kick out the jams

A potent blend of scruffy garage rock and doo-wop dance floor jams, Ravi Shavi's new self-titled album is an absolute blast.
Party starter
By CHRIS CONTI  |  January 25, 2013
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New discs by Skinny Millionaires and Suicide Bill & the Liquors

Our friends at 75or Less Records continue to crank out quality product, and February 2011 marks their fifth anniversary, as the Warren-based label founded by Six Star General bassist Mark "Slick" MacDougall approaches its 100th release.
Newport calling
By CHRIS CONTI  |  February 11, 2011
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Review: Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons' dazzling new disc

Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons trump their impressive 2007 debut Bury Your Problems with the forthcoming White Lighter . The disc features an all-star array of acclaimed local artists chipping in — and was completed with the aid of fans who hel
White light, white heat
By CHRIS CONTI  |  December 03, 2010
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Interview: MST3K creator Joel Hodgson on Cinematic Titanic's art of bad film

Hodgson has returned to live performance with Cinematic Titanic , a touring version of MST3K that keeps the riffing (but ditches the robots-in-space conceit). In advance of the Cinematic Titanic show at the Wilbur Theatre on Friday, he called to di
Awful good
By ROB TURBOVSKY  |  October 29, 2010
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Local heroes, ’09 edition

The Rhode Island music community flourished in 2009, with new full-lengths from the Coming Weak, California Smile, and the pride of Cranston West and official big-leaguers Monty Are I, who released Break Through the Silence in September.
From Suicide Bill & the Liquors to Roz Raskin & the Rice Cakes
By CHRIS CONTI  |  December 25, 2009
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Born to rock

The last time Deer Tick were in Portland, at SPACE Gallery in November 2007, then-21-year-old frontman John McCauley decided to sing the national anthem. He sprung offstage and hit the floor belting the Tony Bennett standard "I Left My Heart in San Fra
Deer Tick take it to the roadhouse
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 17, 2009


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Hail, Deer Tick!

Heady days for Deer Tick.
The Providence rockers are poised for a breakthrough with Born On Flag Day
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 19, 2009
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Practice makes precious

After seeing her do her thing at the House of Blues on Wednesday, I think I can safely conclude that something about Jenny Lewis just doesn’t do it for me.
Jenny Lewis + Deer Tick, live at House of Blues, June 10, 2009
By RYAN STEWART  |  June 12, 2009
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Equal rites?

New England has made a pretty good case, in recent years, for America's capital of queer. 
Why has Rhode Island lagged behind the rest of New England on same-sex marriage legislation?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 10, 2009
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30 on 30

The Providence Phoenix celebrates 30 years with 30 interviews  
30 local luminaries look back on 30 years of the New Paper and the Providence Phoenix
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 22, 2008
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In and out of fashion

Something felt eerie about scruffy, squirrelly Rhode Island trio Deer Tick as they entertained the bleep out of the densely occupied VFW.
Paradosaurus Wreck invades the Dilboy VFW
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  August 19, 2008


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Johnny Carlevale and the Rollin’ Pins live it up

Over the years, Providence’s Johnny Carlevale has served as a kind of musical archivist.
Gettin' real gone
By BOB GULLA  |  June 10, 2008
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Reelin’ ’n’ rockin’

Deer Tick singer John McCauley’s lived-in anthems harken back to the old-school traditions of Nashville, a boozy world of dim lights, thick smoke, and loud, loud music.
Deer Tick runs the gamut
By ANDREA FELDMAN  |  February 06, 2008
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Sending in the clowns

It sounds like John McCauley hasn’t had a sip of water in months.
Deer Tick’s whiskey-guzzling theater
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 31, 2007
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Sound samples

Spinning the local music CD lazy susan has turned up some pretty cool surprises.
Baylies Band, Lucky 57, Fred Kendall Abong, and more
By BOB GULLA  |  March 27, 2007
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Good music, good causes

A few fund-raisers stand out on this week’s docket.
The Scuba Steve and PARL benefits; plus, the Jesse Minute
By BOB GULLA  |  October 10, 2006