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Night strife; bye-bye, Big East; sexual politics; Fruit of the boom

On weekends busloads of thugs from Massachusetts are making their way to the war zone of Richmond Street and the surrounding neighborhood we used to lovingly call "ProHo."
Economic development?
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 11, 2012

Chanteuse + the Schemers + more!

Last call for HEMLOK and OCTOPUS TRIANGLE down at Dusk (401.714.0444) on THURSDAY (the 10th), leading us into a great weekend on the live circuit.

PHOTOS: Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame: Inaugural ceremony and concert

The Met hosts the inaugural ceremony and concert for the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame on February 26, 2012 at the Met.
The Met | Sunday, February 26, 2012
By RICHARD MCCAFFREY  |  March 02, 2012

Sound advice

Last call for a really good one featuring locals BROWN BIRD , TIG & BEAN , and CACTUS ATTAC k opening for Brooklyn's O'Death at the Met on THURSDAY (the 26th); call 401.729.1005 for details.
From Tig & Bean to Zumo Kollie

Party like it’s 2012!!

Last call for TONY JONES & THE CRETIN 3 along with FALL & BOUNCE on THURSDAY (the 29th) at JR's Bourbon Street Rock House in Cranston (forever Mustang Sally's to some of us), call 401.463.3080.
Wild weekend

Two great freebies

Last call to catch local country-punk heroes GIRL HAGGARD in action at the Met on THURSDAY (the 17th), where Mandy Allan (voted best female vocalist in our 2011 music poll) and the boys open for Nashville Pussy and Supersuckers (wow).
Plus, last chance for What Cheer? in ’11
By CHRIS CONTI  |  November 18, 2011


Kanerko roars back with Delusions of Grandeur

2011 will go down as a decisive comeback for hard-rock quartet Kanerko, who are set to release their new EP Delusions of Grandeur at the Met on Friday.
Beast mode
By CHRIS CONTI  |  November 11, 2011

Deer Tick celebrate the release of their rollicking new disc

John McCauley got a lust for life — and a dangerous mind. But we already knew that.
Divine inspiration
By CHRIS CONTI  |  October 21, 2011

Blowing off steam

You can come out now, it's okay. Put Irene in your rearview mirror and prepare for action all weekend and beyond.
Sasquatch, Sleep City, and more!

Zumo Kollie expands his reach on The Last Showing

Providence-based wordsmith Zumo Kollie made his mark on the Rhody rap community with his 2009 debut, The Idiot Savant .
Renaissance man on the move
By CHRIS CONTI  |  August 26, 2011

Tips for young artists

This region of the country is, and always has been, a magnet for artists. If I spent some time thinking about why this is the case, I could probably conjure up a few convincing theories. But that's not my purpose today.
Express your self; bus fumes; bands behind bars
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  July 15, 2011


The Low Anthem's Jocie Adams shares her gems

I still remember the first time I met Jocelyn Adams in early 2010 during the Low Anthem's final day of recording Smart Flesh .
Absorbing swirling notions
By CHRIS CONTI  |  July 15, 2011

Photos: Best Music Poll 2011 Awards Party at the Met

Providence Phoenix staffers present  Best Music Poll awards  to local bands at the Met on June 14, 2011.
The Met Cafe | June 14, 2011
By RICHARD MCCAFFREY  |  June 17, 2011

Notes from the New York Underground

When I last saw Ms. Phoebe Legere, she was smiling and waving goodbye from the backstage area of the Met, where she'd opened for my band the Young Adults.
All Phoebe, all the time; "An Orgy of Corporate Gluttony" at the ProJo
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  June 10, 2011

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

The Great Tattoo Protest of 2011

Last Saturday was just another typical day in the Cool, Cool World. Joe Kernan, the features editor and author of the best police log reports in the Biggest Little for the Beacon Communications string of newspapers, was coming to my place.
An inky situation; Weekly World News; Farewell to Cornell
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  May 20, 2011

Get rhythm

Last call for the KIM LAMOTHE TREE-OH at Sidebar Bistro on THURSDAY (the 12th) — Lamothe's recent Mystery of Viburnum is a beauty, call 401.421.7200 for show details.
Books through bars, face melting, more!

Fungus Amungus kicks out the (structured) jams

It's hard to believe Fungus Amungus have released only one album since sax player Jarrod Valenti founded the band nearly a decade ago.
Re-growth of the cool
By CHRIS CONTI  |  April 29, 2011

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

Photos: The Providence Phoenix Annual Best in RI Awards Show

The Providence Phoenix honors the Best in RI at the Met on April 20, 2011. Check out the winners  here .
The Best of Rhode Island Awards | The Met | April 20, 2011
By RICHARD MCCAFFREY  |  April 22, 2011

Firehouse 13 gets a facelift

The walls of the Firehouse 13 cultural center are a deep red now, split by a long, white stripe on the northeast wall, with a bit of black below.
Rock Dept.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 22, 2011


Photos: WBRU Rock Hunt with VulGarrity + Herra Terra + Last One Out + The Death of Paris

VulGarrity, Herra Terra, Last One Out, and The Death of Paris compete at the WBRU Rock Hunt Finals at the Met on April 8, 2011.
WBRU Rock Hunt Finals | The Met | April 8, 2011
By RICHARD MCCAFFREY  |  April 15, 2011

Take it personal: Chachi Carvalho's In Dust Real Evolution

Beloved Pawtucket lyricist Chachi Carvalho lost his dad to pancreatic cancer just over a year ago, an unexpected and devastating event for his family.
Higher calling
By CHRIS CONTI  |  April 08, 2011

The 2011 WBRU Rock Hunt semi-finalists, pt. 2

Round One of the 2011 WBRU Rock Hunt semi-finals is in the books, following a runaway victory in Newport and a narrow escape at the Spot Underground last weekend. Six more locally-culled artists will have at it this weekend, vying for the final two spot
Musical bracketology
By CHRIS CONTI  |  March 25, 2011

Kodiak Attack scratch and claw their way back

Kodiak Attack are comprised of two former members of Atlantic Records act the Invite and three members from Penrose, which built a strong fanbase around these parts a few years back.
The soundtrack of their lives
By CHRIS CONTI  |  February 25, 2011

Photos: B. Dolan at the Western Front

B. Dolan perform live at the Western Front on February 11, 2011.
B. Dolan | Western Front | February 11, 2011
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  February 18, 2011


The Tower and the Fool's bittersweet symphonies

It shouldn't come as too much surprise to hear the six guys comprising the Tower & the Fool have made a conscious decision to simply go with the flow following a promising, self-titled debut EP released late last year (available at iTunes and  thet
Turn on the bright lights
By CHRIS CONTI  |  February 04, 2011

Meta P. has a simpler plan

Don't let Sean Sbardella's moniker of choice — Metaphysics ("Meta P") — dissuade fellow ol-skool enthusiasts who prefer original-recipe rap to the bombastic, rapid-fire verbiage of latter-day indie backpackers.
Original recipe
By CHRIS CONTI  |  January 28, 2011

37 things to do before finals

You're back from the holiday break and are ready to fill in the social calendar that stretches from here to the end of the semester. Check out these entries and get ready to get busy .
Where the fun is
By CHRIS CONTI  |  January 28, 2011

A guide to the real Rhode Island

Why don't you do yourself a favor and make a belated New Year's resolution to actually enjoy the quirky city you'll call home for the next four, five, six years? To help, we've put together an A-Z survival guide complete with everything you need to know
From A to Z
By DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  January 28, 2011