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Poetry in motion: Rhody rap-tacular, part 1

Swagger-free, highly skilled hip-hop artists made some serious noise around these parts in 2012 and, judging by the updates we've culled here, 2013 should be another banner year for Ocean State hip-hop.
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By CHRIS CONTI  |  January 04, 2013

Demigodz + Meta P + Milez Grimez!!

Tryptophan and shopping stampedes be damned, it's Black FRIDAY (the 23rd)! Unwind with SOURPUNCH , THE PROZACS , and THE DOWN AND OUTS at the News Café in Le Bucket (401.728.6475).
Rap-tastic
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  November 23, 2012
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Meta P copes with the loss of his twin sister on ‘Dragonfly’

Sean Sbardella, aka lyricist Metaphysics (Meta P), was at DJ Sterbyrock's apartment getting a haircut when his father called and left a dire message.
Straight from the heart
By CHRIS CONTI  |  October 12, 2012

Head to The ’Gansett Block Party

On FRIDAY (the 14th) enjoy a fistful of rock and roll at Nick-a-Nee's with the TEN FOOT POLECATS , FILTHY STILL , KING SICKABILLY & HIS FULL MOON BOYS , MOLLY GENE ONE WHOAMAN BAND , and THE CANNIBAL RAMBLERS ; 21+, call 401.861.7290 for details
Hi, neighbor!
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 14, 2012

Off the Couch: Twist and crawl

Last call for drinking up the drunken punk at KC's Tap on THURSDAY (the 29th) with THE THROTTLES , THE EVIL STREAKS , DENVER BOOT , and DOG DAY AFTERNOON ; 21+ and $5 at the door (401.722.0150).
Tallahassee, Scarce, and more!
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  March 30, 2012
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Off the Couch: From Shaolin with love

On THURSDAY (the 22nd) head to Mardi Gras in Cranston and welcome back hard-rock quartet KANERKO ; Al, Kev, Nick, and Anthony just returned from a goodwill trip to Kosovo where they rocked out for our troops — nice work, guys.
Wu-Tang wordsmith GZA hits Firehouse 13
By CHRIS CONTI  |  March 23, 2012


A wild week

On THURSDAY (the 12th), last call for ol-skool rap heads to reconvene at the Apartment for Throwback Thursdays starring DJ STERBYROCK and party host/lyricist META P ; 21+ and no cover, call 401.228.7222 for details.
Eight days of fun (and another holiday)
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 13, 2012
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ESH & Dox and Meta P get busy

Don't sleep — the Rhode Island hip-hop scene is flourishing, arguably more than ever.
Rhody rhyme time
By CHRIS CONTI  |  November 04, 2011
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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

More fireworks

The live circuit remains abuzz during this post-holiday stretch, leading off with a red-hot DEER TICK playing a freebie at Waterplace Park on FRIDAY (the 8th), courtesy of 'BRU's Summer Concert Series (show starts around 7 pm).
Deer Tick, Chachi, and Barn Burning
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  July 08, 2011
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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


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