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Nirvana | Live at Reading and Bleach

DGC/Sub Pop (2009)
Here in the Internet Age, we tend to think that we made possible the overnight transformation from blog-buzz baby to arena-rock idol.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  January 13, 2010

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Morrissey | Swords

UME Imports (2009)
Morrissey — begrudging patron saint of all that is emotionally desolate and otherwise comfortably bummed — is but a mere mortal, as his recent collapse on stage proves.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  November 06, 2009

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Matias Aguayo | Ay Ay Ay

Kompakt (2009)
You know the old saying: you can lead a horse to dance music, but you can’t make it sign up for a Beatport account.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  November 03, 2009

Keep moving!

 Off the Couch
Sharp sounds all over the state
By: PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  November 03, 2009

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Hip-hop from Hell

Horrorcore salutes Ice Cube and Alice Cooper
Depraved hip-hop is the biggest thing to hit trailer-trash America since sliced meds.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 29, 2009

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Running with the Devil

Making a connection with Brown Bird
The surge of locally-harvested folk/roots/Americana acts flourishing in Rhode Island continues.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  October 29, 2009



Ghoulish grooves

Off the Couch
Misfits and Sasquatch rock Day of the Dead
By: PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 27, 2009

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Florence and the Machine | Lungs

Island (2009)
If the current stable of UK hitmakers poised to conquer Mur’ca were a grade-school class, Florence Welch would be the girl belting the theme from Annie at the top of her lungs until she gets her damn gold star.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 28, 2009

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Pink Martini | Splendor in the Grass

Heinz (2009)
The members of Portland’s Pink Martini have covered plenty of well-known songs in their decade and a half together, like “Que Sera, Sera” on their 1997 debut, and the theme from I Dream of Jeannie in their early live shows.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  October 30, 2009

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Tegan and Sara | Sainthood

Sire (2009)
Tegan and Sara have always been background music for staring wistfully out a coffeeshop window, in a strange city, alone, hung over and/or going on no sleep, wondering what the fuck went wrong.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  October 28, 2009

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The Very Best | Warm Heart of Africa

Green Owl (2009)
This proper full-length debut of the Very Best — a star-crossed collaboration of Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya and London-based production duo Radioclit — should work better than it does.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  October 27, 2009



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David Bowie | Space Oddity: 40th Anniversary Edition

Virgin/EMI
David Bowie’s 1969 album Man of Music/Man of Words was retitled a few years after its debut, most likely because it was quickly becoming known as Space Oddity and Those Other Eight Songs We Could Care Less About .
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  October 30, 2009

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Henry Threadgill Zooid | This Brings Us To, Volume 1

Pi (2009)
Henry Threadgill has been reinventing his language — and by extension the jazz language — for at least 30 years, beginning with the trio Air in the 1970s.
By: JON GARELICK  |  October 28, 2009

Get Scarce

Off the Couch
Plus two benefits for Dan Tanner
By: PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 21, 2009

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Newport’s rock royalty

The diePods — straight outta the City by the Sea
If 75orLess Records CEO (and Six Star General bassist) Mark MacDougall decided to host an East Bay Desert Sessions, the diePods would be the 3 am headliner.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  October 21, 2009

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Flying Machines | Flying Machines

Meteor (2009)
It really is a bitch nowadays for young musicians not only to come up with their own voice but to do so in a way that will draw attention. One can go the petulant-brat route, banking on notoriety to lead to eventual absolution through some sort of awesome catharsis.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 21, 2009



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Erin McKeown | Hundreds of Lions

Righteous Babe (2009)
This local folkie has spent the past few years sifting through the ample riches of the Great American Songbook, first on 2006’s excellent Sing You Sinners , then on Lafayette , a spirited follow-up taped live at Joe’s Pub in New York.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  October 21, 2009

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Spiral Stairs | The Real Feel

Matador (2009)
As his former band prepare to stage their much-ballyhooed reunion next year, Scott Kannberg is breaking his five-year recording silence with what is arguably his least cryptic post-Pavement release.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  October 21, 2009

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White Denim | Fits

Downtown (2009)
Even more than on last year’s auspicious digital-only Exposion , Austin’s White Denim stomp down the fine line between fertile versatility and iffy uncertainty. More often than not on Fits , this works out awesome.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  October 21, 2009

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Baroness | Blue Record

Relapse (2009)
For a band of ultra-prosaic album titlers, Baroness are big thinkers when it comes to their music.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  October 14, 2009

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Paramore | Brand New Eyes

Fueled By Ramen (2009)
 If you haven’t spent time in a rock-and-roll band, you’ll probably never understand how every outfit, no matter how united in appearance, is made up of supremely self-conscious individuals continually teetering on the brink of a meltdown.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 14, 2009


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