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Blue-collar blues

Cranston native and Strange Famous Records rhyme rep Prolyphic digs even deeper into his personal journals on his new album ' Working Man ,' the long-awaited follow-up to his 2008 SFR debut ' The Ugly Truth .'  
Prolyphic and Buddy Peace salute the 'Working Man'
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 17, 2013
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Poetry in motion: Rhody rap-tacular, part 2

We have plenty more locally sourced hip-hop updates here.
Products of the environment
By CHRIS CONTI  |  January 11, 2013
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Sage Francis hits up Juan Deuce and Falside

Juan Deuce and Falside continue to put in some serious work.
Rhody rap summit
By CHRIS CONTI  |  August 31, 2012
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Juan Deuce and Falside get down to work as The Mechanics

The stars have aligned and the Rap Gods must be smiling down at Juan Deuce and Falside.
Impossible to ignore
By CHRIS CONTI  |  February 03, 2012
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Toasting another year of high quality hip-hop

We're saluting another dynamic year of real deal Rhody-based rap music — the diverse community of razor-sharp eccentric wordsmiths and young-gun production phenoms worthy of your attention.
Savor the local flavor
By CHRIS CONTI  |  December 30, 2011
New Must-See #Occupy Visuals from Strange Famous Records and Current TV

New Must-See #Occupy Visuals from Strange Famous Records and Current TV


Two of my favorite sources for both information and entertainment have blessed us this week with multimedia assaults concerning the Occupy movement at large. One...
By Chris Faraone  |  December 13, 2011


Falling back

On THURSDAY (the 3rd), catch the expert blues 'n' more of 2011 Best Music Poll winner ERIC FRENCH & MR. HYDE opening for JONATHAN TYLER & NORTHERN LIGHTS at the Spot Underground (401.383.7133).
An extra hour with DirtyDurdie and more!
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  November 04, 2011
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Prayers for Atheists take it personally

Prayers for Atheists follow up their 2009 debut EP with a full-length punk scorcher, New Hymns for an Old War .
Rising against
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 06, 2011
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Sage Francis's office party; Ken Casey & friends' new Whiskey

Two big names in music are doing big things locally within the upcoming week: world-class lyricist and Strange Famous Records CEO Sage Francis will host another SFR office party, and later in the week Dropkick Murphys' frontman Ken Casey will officially
Party time!
By CHRIS CONTI  |  March 11, 2011
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All in the Fam

Halfway through my interview with the Allston-based alt-hop collective Fameless Fam about their upcoming showcase at Wonder Bar this Tuesday, Will from the posse's glitch-minded duo Time Crisis mentions that he went to high school in Pittsburgh with risi
The Fameless crew spice up the underground
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 02, 2010

Sage Francis at Port City


Promoting yet another acclaimed album - the brand-new Li(f)e, featuring collaborations with members of Califone and Death Cab For Cutie - Sage Francis brings his...
By webteam  |  May 12, 2010


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Beats, rhymes, and Li(f)e

Cult-status indie wordsmith Sage Francis digs deep and blows the black mold off the diary on Li(f)e (Anti-), while enlisting an impressive roster of indie-rock songwriters.
Sage Francis balances despair and hope on new album
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 07, 2010
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Li(f)e story

Should nothing change over the next couple of months, July will mark one year since Providence’s Sage Francis — who comes to the Middle East this Wednesday — has written or recorded a single verse.
Sage Francis gets by with a lot of help from his friends
By REYAN ALI  |  May 07, 2010
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25 Hip-Hop acts to see at SXSW 2010

As usual, I've got you covered.
The best boom-bap on tap in Austin
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 12, 2010
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Fresh bedrock

Dessa Darling could never be limited to one area of interest to devote her passions — an author, lyricist, singer, teacher, philosophy-degree holder and lover of linguistics who cuts off and donates her hair to children in need every time she releases so
Probing Dessa's multifaceted persona
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  March 05, 2010
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The Manhattan project

"Was I a coward to abandon the broken down mechanics that crowned Biggie Smalls as the king of Atlantis?" asks Providence-based wordsmith B. Dolan.
B. Dolan breaks north on Fallen House, Sunken City
By CHRIS CONTI  |  February 26, 2010


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B. Dolan | Fallen House, Sunken City

Although I've always found B. Dolan to be one of hip-hop's mightiest politically charged performers, his disc-length poetic pieces have confused (and even bored) the piss out of me.
Strange Famous (2010)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 26, 2010
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Beyond Dilla and Dipset

With a semi-sober face I'll claim that hip-hop in 2010 might deliver more than just posthumous Dilla discs, Dipset mixtapes, and a new ignoramus coke rapper whom critics pretend rhymes in triple-entendres.
Can hip-hop deliver in 2010?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 01, 2010

Mixing it up

B. DOLAN and SAGE FRANCIS provided memorable highlights at this year’s Rock the Bells in Mansfield; watch the Strange Famous reps slay Jerky’s Bar (401.621.2244) with special guest SLEEP on THURSDAY (the 12th).
B. + Sage + Roz + Chelsy + Stefan + more
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  November 13, 2009

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
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Community: served

Without Solillaquists of Sound and the holistic hip-hop hamlet that its members cultivate within Orlando, their city would be home to little more than methadone retreats and plastic rodent ears.
Solillaquists of Sound spread some Orlando magic
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 28, 2009


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Psalms For The Deaf

Sage Francis addressed the densely-populated crowd at Rock the Bells at Comcast Center last weekend: "This song helped get a friend of mine out of jail. Thank you to all who donated. This song is called 'Conspiracy to Riot.' Strange Famous fucking Recor
Jared Paul Unleashes Prayers For Atheists
By CHRIS CONTI  |  July 24, 2009

Photos: Rock the Bells 2009


More from Faraone on this weekend's Rock the Bells coming soon. In the meantime, enjoy these photos after the jump from Derek Green.    K'Naan   Psycho...
By Ryan Stewart  |  July 20, 2009

IndieArts mania!

Head down to the Greenwich Hotel THURSDAY (the 16th) and lounge with local acoustic troubadour DANIEL CHASE and Boston's SARAH BORRELLO (her piano-driven cover of "White Rabbit" is insane); never a cover and always 21+, call 401.884.4200 for more.
So much to do, all at once
By PROVIDENCE ARTS STAFF  |  July 17, 2009
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Review: Atmosphere at House of Blues

There are two things about Atmosphere MC Slug that provoke endless fury in linguistically thugged-out Internet rap snobs everywhere.
Game changer
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 22, 2009
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Unmasked(1)

South County screamo quartet Verbana Darvell recently finished their latest EP, Brought Out the Waiting , produced by studio whiz Mike Poorman at Strangeways Recording in Providence.
The return of Verbana Darvell
By CHRIS CONTI  |  January 13, 2009


Slaine vs. Sage Francis War Is Over


Pacifist observers of the ongoing beef between Providence indie rap hero Sage Francis and Southie r...
By Chris Faraone  |  September 25, 2008
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Quite contrary

When third-grade boys have crushes, they often irk and abuse the objects of their erections to mask their affection.
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By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 16, 2008
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Pushing his buttons

“My number one priority is getting more of my music out there.” 
Joe Beats heads back to the lab
By CHRIS CONTI  |  August 05, 2008
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The accidental gangsta

Elemental Zazen wears Sauconies on stage and has “World Peace” tattoo’d on his forearm.
Elemental Zazen has been through some shit
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 19, 2008