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Sun Araw | Ancient Romans

The hypnotic fifth LP by Sun Araw — the five-year-old solo project of Angelino Cameron Stallones — is a double-vinyl spiral through deep zones of neo-primitive psych-drone noise.
Sun Ark/Drag City (2011)
By LIZ PELLY  |  August 19, 2011

Days of future past

Science-fiction films have been with us since Edison’s 1910 version of Frankenstein , but they bloomed in the ’Nam era, nourished by a volatile cocktail of cultural ingredients.
'SF-1970' at the Harvard Film Archive
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  June 18, 2010

Election attracting urine stains

For those who have felt that the entertainment value of Our Little Towne’s mayoral elections has been in serious decline since the Bud-I’s extended stay in New Jersey, look no further than the RIFuture blog.
Drama queens and vampire squids
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 23, 2010

Joe Cuba | El Alcalde Del Barrio

Fania kicks off 2010 with what is sure to end up being one of the year's most important archival releases of Latin music.
Fania (2010)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  March 12, 2010

The Souljazz Orchestra | Rising Sun

We're living in the middle of a veritable renaissance of "Spiritual Jazz."
Strut (2010)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  February 26, 2010

Bob Blank | The Blank Generation: Blank Tapes NYC 1975 - 1985

These days, Bob Blank spends his time in his Connecticut studio, producing profitable music for ads and ringtones for the likes of Susan Boyle.
Strut (2010)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  January 15, 2010


Mystic muso

“America’s Pre-eminent Music Writer Dead at 52” was the headline on Robert Palmer’s obituary in Rolling Stone after his liver failed in 1997.
The erudition of Robert Palmer
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  November 06, 2009

Jeremy Udden | Plainville

Saxophonist and composer Udden (formerly of NEC and the Either/Orchestra) here dives deeper into the jazz-pop connections he began to explore in his 2006 debut as a leader, Torchsongs .
Fresh Sound New Talent (2009)
By JON GARELICK  |  July 31, 2009

Various artists | Spiritual Jazz: Esoteric, Modal, and Deep Jazz from the Underground, 1968-1977

Apple-pie Mormon missionaries the Millers travel through Iran to spread the gospel of Joseph Smith among Muslims and Zoroastrians, and their kid discovers the glorious sound of the santur.
Jazzman (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  April 24, 2009

Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber | Making Love to the Dark Ages

Listening to Burnt Sugar audio isn't unlike watching TV minus the picture — you get most of what's going on, but you know something's missing.
LiveWired (2009)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  March 17, 2009


By the time guitarist Garrison Fewell made his first record as a leader, in the early '90s, he was nearly 40 years old, and the sound he displayed on his debut, A Blue Deeper Than Blue , was ripe.
Garrison's Fewell's journey out
By JON GARELICK  |  February 03, 2009


Remembering a Rhode Island icon

There was never anyone remotely like Jeff Thomas.
Jefferson Thomas was in the vanguard of the Providence underground
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 30, 2008

Boston music news: October 19, 2007

Club D'Elf, the local electronic-music collective helmed by bassist Mike Rivard, have two new albums in the works.
Notes on Club D'Elf, Bang Camaro, Gang Green, and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  October 15, 2007

Bad match

A longtime friend of mine married a man who is mentally ill, violent, and dangerous.
Dr. Lovemonkey
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  July 18, 2007

Sustainable sounds

For every high-gloss record label driven primarily by commercial concerns, there are any number of smaller-scale labels putting beautiful sounds out into the ether.
Providence label Secret Eye thinks globally, acts locally
By ANDREA FELDMAN  |  July 10, 2007