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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

Grown man rap

Del the Funky Homosapien and Tame One. Canibus and Keith Murray. AG and OC. Buckshot and KRS. Masta Ace and Edo G. These aren’t comments on a Facebook thread asking for hip-hop dream duos. They’re real pairs of united legends who are giving disenchanted
Masta Ace and Edo G pair up to tear down
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 16, 2009
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Working on your heart

With the talent we have in this town, just about anybody can put together a decent-sounding album.
Carll Wilkinson starts the whole damn thing all over
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 03, 2009

Keelay & Zaire | Ridin' High

Keelay and Zaire's tracks bounce lovelier than Joe Budden's girlfriend on that trampoline.
MM (2009)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 10, 2009

A history of violins

To paraphrase (very loosely) Ben Franklin, wherever you go in this world of ours — and that includes Sweden, native land of Dungen mastermind Gustav Ejstes — nothing is certain but death, taxes, and being picked on mercilessly if you’re a kid who plays
The bigger, better sound of Dungen
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  October 21, 2008

Termanology | Politics As Usual

This one should be considered a “How To” manual for regional rap stars who are poised to detonate worldwide.  
 Nature Sounds (2008)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 01, 2008


Starting over

The news that one of our homegrown talents, guitar hero Johnny Maguire, is jumping back into the music business should warm the hearts of many on the local scene.
Johnny Maguire is back on track
By BOB GULLA  |  May 20, 2008

Pete Rock

On the 15 tracks of his fourth solo outing in 10 years, Rock peddles familiar fare, a more precise mix of the same bleached-out horns and terse hooks he’s honed for years.
NY's Finest | Nature Sounds
By DANIEL DENORCH  |  May 12, 2008

Star teamz

Mark it, dude: another banner year for the Boston music scene.
Ten from Boston’s 2007 pop underground
By WILL SPITZ  |  December 18, 2007

Bring on the blues

There’s lots of music in store just around the proverbial corner for local music aficionados.
New discs on tap by Roomful, Al Basile, and Ronnie Earl
By BOB GULLA  |  December 04, 2007

Singles scene

It’s old news: this series of tubes they call the Internet has revolutionized the way music is distributed.
Local bands dig in with digital
By WILL SPITZ  |  September 12, 2007


Working girls

Northern State’s YouTube video for “Better Already” is a thing of low-budget beauty.
Northern State keep their raps real
By IAN SANDS  |  August 14, 2007

Come together

Anyone who’s ever truly needed peace and quiet, understand the incredible sanctity of a public library.
A PPL benefit compilation, and Rhode Island Rejects
By BOB GULLA  |  June 05, 2007

Swede stuff

To most rock fans, psychedelic means Jimi Hendrix and Arthur’s Lee’s Love, or Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” and Frigid Pink’s “House of the Rising Sun.”
Dungen deliver another potent dose of psych-rock
By KEN MICALLEF  |  June 04, 2007

Staff of life

Wheat’s debut, Medeiros, feels as fresh as yesterday, which is very fresh.
Wheat make extraordinary  Everyday music
By BOB GULLA  |  May 22, 2007

Souls of the departed

Last week was an especially dark one for Rhode Islanders and the local music community.
Reflections on a dark week
By BOB GULLA  |  October 03, 2006


Classic meets modern

The Audiocentrix just celebrated the release of their second disc last weekend.
The Audiocentrix’s ambitious and inspired Suicide Lust  
By BOB GULLA  |  May 23, 2006

Big business

Now that the music biz has licked its wounds from a nasty 2005, things are finally starting to heat up, and an indie-heavy winter is giving way to a more major spring.
The majors gear up for a promising spring
By MATT ASHARE  |  March 10, 2006