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Do the funky pot roast! The triumphant (three-night only) return of the Young Adults

The shorter gent was balding, hirsute, and on the plump side. While bellowing lyrics about Broderick Crawford's machismo and the joys of being a carnivore, he occasionally wore a "brain hat" and was dolled up in a form-fitting muumuu.
Still complex after all these years
By JIM MACNIE  |  May 27, 2011
Open Blues Jam at the Met

Open Blues Jam at the Met

A pal recently lit up Facebook with some video clips of the Open Blues Jam at the Met, 1005 Main Street, Providence. It looked like...
By webteam  |  December 21, 2010

Welcome back!

It's officially Deer Tick season
Off the Couch

Peter Wolf | Midnight Souvenirs

This Boston music legend’s metamorphosis from party animal to monster songwriter became complete with his previous solo album.
Verve/UME (2010)
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  April 02, 2010

Paging Queequeg

Like Captain Ahab with Moby-Dick, it appears Providence Bishop Tommy Tobin has his own obsession with Rep. Patrick Kennedy.
Patrick and the Bishop go another round. Plus, farewell to Mary and Art.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 27, 2009

Paging Dilbert

What’s black and white and re(a)d all over? Certainly not the Providence Urinal, whose circulation has been falling faster than a 1000-pound safe pushed out of a sky-scraper window.
Fonting around at the Urinal. Plus, celebrity karaoke, and more.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 06, 2009


Horn of plenty

The Tinge , Al Basile’s sixth album and the follow-up to his 2006 set Groovin’ In the Mood Room , proves once and for all that Basile is a bard of the blues.
Al Basile is still groovin’ on The Tinge
By BOB GULLA  |  March 12, 2008

The ‘x’ factor

The Mystix want you to know they’re not fortune tellers.
The roots pedigree of Boston’s Mystix
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  November 06, 2007

The five-year itch

Fall River is not what you’d think of as a natural home for a “music geek’s paradise.”
The Narrows celebrates a big anniversary; JP Jones helps
By BOB GULLA  |  November 28, 2006

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

Knives out

A few years back I raved about a band called Holiday.
The new sound of Neo Nouveau; plus Wetlands Preserved
By BOB GULLA  |  August 02, 2006


Plugged in

The Providence music scene is a pie chart of musical wedges.
Digging into the digital realm with Tim O’Keefe  
By BOB GULLA  |  March 14, 2006

Our kinda Blue

She may currently live outside of Boston, but Diane Blue is, in her heart and on record, an Ocean Stater.
Diane’s masterful Here I Am ; Monty's goes national  
By BOB GULLA  |  March 08, 2006

The contenders

The ’06 edition of the WBRU Rock Hunt is upon us.
Meet the WBRURock Hunt semifinalists
By BOB GULLA  |  February 09, 2006