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Jacob Haller’s maddeningly catchy Circumstantial evidence

No one spins a good tale like singer/songwriter Jacob Haller, who just released Circumstantial Evidence , the follow-up his '09 solo debut Mistaken Identity.
Spinning his yarns
By CHRIS CONTI  |  December 02, 2011

Deer Tick, Jeffrey Osborne, and the RISA gang serenade Provy

Mayor Taveras sure knows how to party. The capital city's Department of Arts, Culture & Tourism has co-sponsored more than 200 events over the past six months commemorating the 375th anniversary of Roger Williams arriving here and setting up shop in
Divine party
By CHRIS CONTI  |  November 18, 2011

Boobstock III and Singing About Providence usher in October

A pair of highly-recommended shows are on tap this Saturday (Rocktober the 1st!) in the capital city.
Nice pair!
By CHRIS CONTI  |  September 30, 2011

Steve Allain's introspective Thirteen

Veteran singer-songwriter Steve Allain has amassed an impressive resume over the years since his childhood days growing up in Marlborough, Massachusetts.
Lucky number
By CHRIS CONTI  |  June 10, 2011

Music for the love of it

Whether driving his Men of Great Courage on a tune about a spooky midnight stroll, or gently declaring a deep camaraderie with “We Shall Always Remain Friends,” Cutler’s concocting a soundtrack to the feelings in the room.
From the Schemers to the Men of Great Courage, Mark Cutler’s songs have always gotten to ‘that special kind of place’
By JIM MACNIE  |  May 07, 2010

From kidneys to kittens

The Killdevils have been kicking around the area to much acclaim over the past six years.
Killdevils frontman Jacob Haller’s Mistaken Identity
By CHRIS CONTI  |  November 20, 2009


Stay positive

Chatting with Grow songwriter Matt Odabashian and resident rapper Sneaktechniks about their livin lovin learnin debut and upcoming CD release party, it was clear that the band has taken an admirable and ballsy approach to their music.
Grow keep it real on livin lovin learnin
By CHRIS CONTI  |  January 06, 2009

Going with the flow

Business is picking up for East Bay newcomers Gamblin’ Hands, who perform their first headlining show tonight (the 2nd) at the Living Room.  
Gamblin’ Hands dives right in
By CHRIS CONTI  |  October 02, 2008

Roaring back

Rumors of a Rash of Stabbings reunion are not, in fact, greatly exaggerated.
The return of Rash of Stabbings
By BOB GULLA  |  April 15, 2008

The Huff post

Listening to him now, it’s clear that Brad Huff’s career was just getting started with his former act, the Jim James Band.
Brad’s Very Hardly Barely is very really worthy
By BOB GULLA  |  March 19, 2008

A long shadow

The passing time is pulling us further and further away from the Station fire.
On the anniversary of the Station fire    
By BOB GULLA  |  February 20, 2008


The DIY way

Local rocker Mark MacDougall has come up with his own way of circumventing the freefall of the recording industry.
75 or Less builds a lean distribution machine
By BOB GULLA  |  July 24, 2007

Spanish Dancer fever

After debuting two years ago, Honeyhander made an immediate impact on the Providence rock scene with its dizzy brew of psychedelia and indie shoegazer.
Anthony Ferreira gets in touch with his inner disco
By BOB GULLA  |  March 21, 2007

Making a connection

He has a fan club and an MBA, which might not make all that much sense.
Phil Ayoub follows his Heart
By BOB GULLA  |  March 07, 2007

Two’s company

When Lightning Bolt debuted oh-so-many years ago, it’s pretty likely they had no idea what kind of zany spell they’d cast over the city’s music scene.
Dynamic duos: Lightening Bolt, the Body, and more
By BOB GULLA  |  February 27, 2007

Finding the balance

Barn Burning has been through a myriad of changes since releasing its debut, Weatheredbound , in 2003.
Barn Burning are tight and disjointed, loud and soft on Truck
By BOB GULLA  |  January 23, 2007


Strange magic

The accolades and exotic extrapolations come in from all over the world, much like their sound, which combines worldly sources like Euro-folk music with eerie, electronic, and avant overtones.
Black Forest/Black Sea’s bewitching vibe
By BOB GULLA  |  October 31, 2006

Moore on the fringe

Name-dropping has never been a favorite pastime on this page, but something came up in an interview I had with Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore last week that I wanted to pass along.
Sonic musings; plus, the Hope Anchor and a pair of fests  
By BOB GULLA  |  July 18, 2006

Hearing it out

Here are some releases that I’ve been meaning to get to. There’s no time like now.
The Goners, Anomalous, and more
By BOB GULLA  |  May 10, 2006

Parsing the Poll

Every year at this paper we produce something called the Best Music Poll ballot — you’ve seen it — and every year we encounter a new crop of challenges in putting it together.
Behind the scenes at Best Music Central
By BOB GULLA  |  April 04, 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