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Beatmaking has an interesting way of conveying emotions through sound. There might not be any lyrics involved, but the tone and structure can exude a certain vibe. Hard-hitting and intense beats can bring about feelings of angst and rage, funky and uptempo ones can resonate positivity and ch…

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Virtual events and live streams have become a main source of entertainment because of COVID-19 and they’ve become part of the “new normal” in our everyday lives. While we hope for things to genuinely return to normal next year so we can see live music in person once again, the streams keep o…

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There’s an ethereal vibe that comes from the way Allysen Callery writes songs. The lady who calls Bristol home isn’t your typical musician who practices their craft with an acoustic guitar. Whenever she starts to play, there’s another element present that can’t be physically seen but it can …

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When you listen to a band, sometimes you can hear different eras of their style engaging with each other. It’s a head on immersion that takes two time periods, fuses them into a musical explosion and Providence punks The Hammer Party accomplish this in a unique way. The pulsating rhythms fro…

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Providence has an extensive history of noise rock music. Ask any old scene head about the style’s effect in the musical ecosystem of the city and they’ll start talking about bands like Lightning Bolt, Arab On Radar and The White Mice along with underground art spaces like Fort Thunder. Carry…

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It’s no secret that a lot of things can change in 10 years. Hell, take a look at this crazy COVID-19 afflicted year and you’ll see that a lot can change in five months. For the Providence jam band The Cosmic Factory, they’ve gone from being a joining of three singer-songwriters of different …

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Sometimes songwriting partnerships can be greater than simply two musicians getting together to create new tunes. Sometimes a cast of collaborators gets involved and it’s only a matter of time until a community starts revolving around the original duo. Providence psychedelic act White Rabbit…

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Providence rock act Steadystate have a lot to offer with their music. There’s this clash of space rock and new wave with progressive structures bringing an abundance of substance. Each note gets more and more intriguing as an artistic protest to the milquetoast variety that comes with the ov…

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The power of punk rock is undeniable. When the listener can relate to the lyrics and get amped on the riffs and beats, there’s an emotional synthesis that takes place. This is usually acted out through moving around like a human tornado either in a closed room or at a music venue with other …

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The News Cafe on 43 Broad Street in Pawtucket is the coolest little dive in the city. They have cold beer and tasty cocktails for reasonable prices, you can indulge in a stuffie or some nachos and let's not forget their trademark $1 jello shots. The place also has become a key venue for Rhod…

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It’s been a bit since Harvey Garbage started out as the garage rock tinged singer-songwriter moniker of Pawtucket native Cody James during the latter half of the 2010s. Now it’s become a full-fledged band with Mikey Apples on drums and a rotating cast of bassists. The act has progressed in a…

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He goes by the name Swamp Dogg and has been making records since the mid-1950s. Born Jerry Williams in Portsmouth, Virginia, he made is first record at the age of 12 in a voice that sounded like that of a hard livin’, grizzled singer. By the 1960s he was recording first under the name “Littl…

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Bluegrass from Nashville leads the Ear Bliss charge this week as we take a look at one of the best bands in the business, the Grammy-winning act The Steeldrivers.

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Very few people in Rhode Island put as much love and dedication into running a bar as Pawtucket native Dave Podsnap does. He’s known in the local music scene as the rambunctious frontman and guitarist for Providence rock & rollers Sasquatch & The Sick-A-Billys but he also contributes…

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Video games and music can be fun by themselves, so it can only up the level of enjoyment when they’re combined in one art form. The tunes can provide a dose of nostalgia for the listener’s youth when life seemed a whole lot simpler and they also can unleash some epic riffs and rhythms.

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Usually this time of year would be breeding an abundance of excitement for live music fans. The spring would be thawing out the winter with summer setting in while entering the height of the festival season. Musicians and bands would be announced as being part of the lineups for numerous fes…

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There has never been any denying the socially conscious bent of many of the songs of the Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers. Whereas it was once more heavily focused on the “duality of the Southern thing” to coin a Patterson Hood line from a Truckers classic, more recently beginning with t…

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Since the beginning of the year, COVID-19 has been eroding away at the world’s nightlife. It has gotten to the point where countries like Italy, China and Spain are under a complete quarantine while many parts of the United States are considering similar measures. Locally, the state of Rhode…

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The two-piece band consisting of guitar and drums can be a polarizing combination. Whenever a band like this performs, there’s always some sort of purist who’ll go up to the band afterwards to explain why they need a bassist. Now they might be right, but a good way to make up for the lack of…