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Hot air index; Mr. Alexander goes to Africa; old and in the way?

While the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, the world's big "environmental summit," produced enough hot air to accelerate global warming tenfold, there was at least one noteworthy moment.
The interpreter
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 29, 2012
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Max Creek celebrate 40 years of creativity

Imagine if the guys who started Max Creek never went to the famous Watkins Glen Summer Jam in 1973.
Still jamming after all these years
By JIM MACNIE  |  April 29, 2011
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The return of Complex World

Stanley Matis had no acting experience when, in 1987, Jim Wolpaw asked him to star in his movie. Matis had been opening up for bands at Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel for years, and Wolpaw was a fan.
Film Dept.
By MARION DAVIS  |  October 30, 2010
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'People wanted something honest'

In a world that's changing at the speed of light, the Gaslight Anthem reaches into the past to forge classic elements into a timeless rock and roll sound.
The Gaslight Anthem are pouring it all out
By MICHAEL ATCHISON  |  July 30, 2010
The Flaming Lips + Matt & Kim at Lupo's

The Flaming Lips + Matt & Kim at Lupo's


Sometimes the Flaming Lips wax concise, sometimes they let it all hang out. On last year's Embryonic (Warner Bros.), Wayne Coyne and the boys got...
By webteam  |  June 29, 2010
Dweezil Zappa at Lupo's

Dweezil Zappa at Lupo's


It's really all we ever wanted him to do, right? Dweezil Zappa's last name is more important than his first name, so it's smart that...
By webteam  |  June 22, 2010


The Rhode Island Music Awards Show at Lupo's

The Rhode Island Music Awards Show at Lupo's


You guys go out, hit the dance floors, blues joints, rock clubs, and folk rooms. Then you deliver your opinions on the crème de la...
By webteam  |  June 01, 2010
Dark Star Orchestra return to Lupo's

Dark Star Orchestra return to Lupo's


One of the most authentic non-Dead Dead experiences you'll ever have is watching the Dark Star Orchestra do its job. The band grabs one of...
By webteam  |  May 19, 2010
Peter Wolf at Lupo's

Peter Wolf at Lupo's


Remember how Delbert McClinton's last few LPs got it right? They were a mix of inspired material, feisty production, and sizable charisma, and their blend...
By webteam  |  May 19, 2010
Flobots at Lupo's

Flobots at Lupo's


Flobots impressed a lot of people with "Handlebars" a few years ago. The rap/rock punch seemed to have played itself out, but the band's Fight...
By webteam  |  May 19, 2010
Steel Pulse at Lupo's

Steel Pulse at Lupo's


Can't say Steel Pulse didn't warn us. Twenty-five years ago, David Hinds and cohorts were shaking their fingers over a killer Jamaican groove, letting us...
By webteam  |  May 12, 2010


Public Image Limited at Lupo's

Public Image Limited at Lupo's


The last time Public Image Limited was in town, they played behind a curtain, taunting their fans with purposeful obnoxiousness. The Lupo's audience wasn't buying...
By webteam  |  May 05, 2010
Rodrigo y Gabriella at Lupo's

Rodrigo y Gabriella at Lupo's


Don't be surprised if you hear an echo of Bloodrock or Budgie in the pan-flamenco instrumentals of Rodrigo y Gabriella. The two guitar-ists, who have...
By webteam  |  May 05, 2010
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Band of brothers

Acclaimed local director David Bettencourt immortalizes Providence-via-Attleboro punk pioneers Neutral Nation in his latest documentary, It’s a Bash! .
It’s a Bash! tells the Neutral Nation story
By CHRIS CONTI  |  April 30, 2010
Neutral Nation at Lupo's

Neutral Nation at Lupo's


Back in the '80s, Neutral Nation was one of the local bands you could count on if you needed to be mowed down. Grabbing the...
By webteam  |  April 28, 2010

Election attracting urine stains

For those who have felt that the entertainment value of Our Little Towne’s mayoral elections has been in serious decline since the Bud-I’s extended stay in New Jersey, look no further than the RIFuture blog.
Drama queens and vampire squids
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 23, 2010


The Aquabats at Lupo's

The Aquabats at Lupo's


Maybe the fact that the Aquabats are super silly helps the fact that Aquabats are a ska-rock outfit. Somewhere on Return of the Aquabats (Fearless)...
By webteam  |  April 21, 2010
The Low Anthem + The 'Mericans at Lupo's

The Low Anthem + The 'Mericans at Lupo's


There's an ache that simmers in The Low Anthem's music. "Every new love is just a shadow," sings Ben Knox Miller on "To Ohio." It's...
By webteam  |  April 14, 2010
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Smith Hill weighs a ban on the under-21 crowd

Seasoned partiers will recall that about a decade ago our august legislature considered barring anyone under age 21 from Rhode Island night clubs in a bid to curb underage drinking.
The Fun Police
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 02, 2010
Julian Casablancas at Lupo's

Julian Casablancas at Lupo's


Given that the Strokes were one of the catchiest little guitar bands to ever bounce around New York, it's more than a bit odd to...
By webteam  |  March 17, 2010
Dashboard Confessional at Lupo's

Dashboard Confessional at Lupo's


I usually OD on Dashboard Confessional fairly quickly. In a way, Chris Carrabba's hard-hitting emo is a foregone conclusion - you know that the uber-angst...
By webteam  |  March 17, 2010


Mat Kearney at Lupo's

Mat Kearney at Lupo's


Mat Kearney is one of those artists perfectly suited to VH1: Mildly passionate, deeply tuneful, able to drift between the background and foreground on the...
By webteam  |  March 10, 2010
Alkaline Trio + Cursive at Lupo's

Alkaline Trio + Cursive at Lupo's


The savage emo of the Alkaline Trio often lines its pummel with poignancy. As the band inched along career-wise, it made peace with the fact...
By webteam  |  March 10, 2010
Citizen Cope at Lupo's

Citizen Cope at Lupo's


The cadences saunter along, the vocals are awash in melancholy - there's something doggedly forlorn about Citizen Cope's new The Rainwater LP (Rainwater). It's been...
By webteam  |  February 17, 2010
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Lights, camera, action rock!

Keep the Cristal on ice until further notice from Steve Aiello, lead singer/guitarist for Monty Are I, who just released their "official" major label debut, Break Through the Silence on Island/Def Jam.
Monty Are I — from Cranston to Island/Def Jam
By CHRIS CONTI  |  October 09, 2009

The Time of Your Life


Singers associated with American Idol sure like those power ballads, right? David Cook proved he could wail when he nudge “Light On” up the charts...
By webteam  |  October 07, 2009


Providence Fall Preview Listings 2009

A page of listings for local music, theater, art, festivals and more this fall.
Music, theater, art, festivals and more in the coming months
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 18, 2009
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Wu-Tang Clan's essential flavor

Fortune magazine once estimated that Michael Jordan has fueled our economy to the tune of $10 billion. Wu-Tang Clan are responsible for the careers of about that many MCs.
Lupo's, January 2, 2009
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 06, 2009
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30 lists

30 things mentioned in the first issue of the Newpaper, 30 things that we miss, 30 things that weren't around 30 years ago, and more.  
Looking forward and looking back, list-style
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX EDITORIAL STAFF  |  October 22, 2008
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Got live if you want it

Now that the idea that summer has come to a close has set in, it’s time to start thinking about what there is to look forward to this fall.
Vets and newbs vie for your ears
By BOB GULLA  |  September 10, 2008