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Allysen Callery's alluring Winter Island

From Bristol to Berlin with love
Folk singer/songwriter Allysen Callery received scores of positive press for her 2010 sophomore disc, Hobgoblin’s Hat (pick it up, along with her ’07 debut Hopey , at iTunes and  cdbaby.com ).
By CHRIS CONTI  |  June 01, 2011

Review: Le Central

Cherchez la lunch
Their slogan is "Where the East Bay meets the Left Bank," and Le Central, in the middle of Bristol, usually does a fine job fulfilling the claim with more than good french fries. Gone are the days when the town had to settle for a Café La France on the spot.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 15, 2011
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The 13th Annual Muzzle Awards

A look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England
A year and a half into the Age of Obama, we are learning a lesson we should have figured out long ago — that repression, once in place, is rarely rolled back all the way, and that liberals no less than conservatives are reluctant to give up power.
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 05, 2010

Review: El Parque

A Mexican oasis in Portsmouth’s Island Park
Recent talk of favorite eateries turned to places with "a good vibe." That certainly holds true for El Parque, a relative newcomer to Portsmouth’s Island Park neighborhood.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  June 22, 2010
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Endless inquiry

Ghostly shapes and images at 37-A Gallery
Mikael Kennedy’s portraits of his maunderings through the American landscape harness a transcendental concurrence of vastness and intimacy.
By ANNIE LARMON  |  June 09, 2010
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Pure Poetry

The Belle of Amherst is a moving experience
Between the deep-rooted American penchant for individualism and the suffragette and feminist movements, poet Emily Dickinson was bound to enter the literary canon.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 09, 2010
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Photos: Massive Attack at the House of Blues

Massive Attack, live at the House of Blues, May 13, 2010
Massive Attack, live at the House of Blues, on May 13, 2010
By ERIC BAUMANN  |  May 18, 2010

East Bay throwdown

Off the Couch
Six Star General at the Common Pub
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  May 13, 2010

Shows in town this week

As much of this as you can!
A packed weekend of great local talent is on hand.
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  April 08, 2010
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Donkeys kicking Timilty

Governor's Council
As if Democrats don't have enough problems with attacks from tea-bagging circus clowns, now one local pol is being targeted by fellow donkeys.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 17, 2010
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Quiet storm

Allysen Callery returns with Hobgoblin’s Hat
The only aspect of Allysen Callery's talents more impressive than her nimble, nylon-string finger-picking is her unmistakable voice.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  February 10, 2010

Candles + caring

Bob Marley’s b-day + downcity benefits
Former Best Music Poll nominee Mike Gendron and uncle Pete Gendron team up and unplug at the Greenwich Hotel on THURSDAY (the 4th), rocking the lounge free of charge til 12:30 am.
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  February 03, 2010
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It will not be a dull year!

The governor’s race, gambling, drama on Smith Hill, and more is on tap in 2010
The New Year is shaping up as potent dope for the political junkie.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 06, 2010
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Split atop the RI Tea Party

Tea Time
The Rhode Island Tea Party, a right-wing assemblage best known for its tax day rally against government spending on the State House steps, was until recently run by three women — Colleen Conley, Marina Peterson and, to a lesser degree, Nan Hayden. But no more.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 30, 2009

Work the weekend

Off the Couch
Potent triple dip at the Common Pub
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  November 23, 2009
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Take it to the limit

The minimal maximalism of Fuck Buttons
When asked to describe their own music, most bands get it horribly wrong. UK electro-noisesters Fuck Buttons, however, are not most bands.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 18, 2009
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Demdike Stare | Symbiosis

Modern Love (2009)
Do not adjust your speakers. There will be sounds emerging from them that would lead you to believe they’re malfunctioning, but fear not.
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  November 17, 2009

The Beehive Café

Keep an eye on the pie
When Three Rivers Café closed last year, fans of chef Eli Dunn eagerly awaited his reappearance.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 11, 2009
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Can the Rhode Island tea party brew a revolution?

 The movement strives to be a coherent force for change. But is it just blowing steam?
The Rhode Island Tea Party, local wing of the national uprising against all things Obama, has some reason for hope.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 21, 2009
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Review: An Education

Carey Mulligan graduates with honors
Let’s get this right out of the way: Carey Mulligan is the real thing.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 15, 2009

Common-ers

Off the Couch
Six Star and friends get raucous in Bristol
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 08, 2009
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Puracane | I've Been Here the Longest

Astraea (2009)
Released by San Francisco groove merchants Ubiquity almost a decade ago, Puracane's debut Things You Should Leave Alone was an interesting if oddly timed proposition.
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  June 09, 2009
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Drawn together

Comic Koffeeklatsch
Boston needs more superheroes. Not because our metropolis is gripped by an unprecedented crime spree, but, says Dave Kender, because our comics are perhaps not muscular enough for their own good.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 03, 2009
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Creedence-meets-Waylon

Jay Berndt resurrects the Revival Preachers
No, there will not be country-fried rockabilly renditions of Kilgore Smudge tunes at the Blackstone when ex-Kilgore frontman Jay Berndt resurrects the Revival Preachers (myspace.com/jayberndt) in what will be only their second show since 2005 (the boys reconvened for a wedding party in March).
By CHRIS CONTI  |  June 02, 2009

Can 'solar as service' work in Rhode Island?

A bright idea
As Alteris Renewables sees it, this is the game-changer.
By MARION DAVIS  |  April 29, 2009
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Rude awakening

The rousing sounds of Coma Coma
Coma Coma singer/bassist Eric Sampson brushes off the notion that Rhode Island's music community currently lacks quality acts.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  April 22, 2009
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'BRU's bracketology

The Rock Hunt semi-finals, part two
The 2009 WBRU Rock Hunt continues this week with six more bands on tap, following victories by the Viennagram and Baylock last weekend.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  March 18, 2009
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Stay positive

Grow keep it real on livin lovin learnin
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.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  January 06, 2009
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Interview: The Damned's Captain Sensible

The Damned carry on
"School teachers and lawyers come along to see the Damned. . .and they want to see really bad behavior."
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  March 03, 2009
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’Tis the season to buy local

 Tips for keeping your holiday gift-giving bucks in the ocean state  
Frog and Toad, an idiosyncratic gift store on Providence’s East Side, is your quintessential mom and pop shop.
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 12, 2008

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