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Jacob Haller’s maddeningly catchy Circumstantial evidence

Spinning his yarns
No one spins a good tale like singer/songwriter Jacob Haller, who just released Circumstantial Evidence , the follow-up his '09 solo debut Mistaken Identity.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  November 30, 2011
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Deer Tick, Jeffrey Osborne, and the RISA gang serenade Provy

Divine party
Mayor Taveras sure knows how to party. The capital city's Department of Arts, Culture & Tourism has co-sponsored more than 200 events over the past six months commemorating the 375th anniversary of Roger Williams arriving here and setting up shop in Providence.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  November 15, 2011
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Boobstock III and Singing About Providence usher in October

Nice pair!
A pair of highly-recommended shows are on tap this Saturday (Rocktober the 1st!) in the capital city.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  September 30, 2011
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Steve Allain's introspective Thirteen

Lucky number
Veteran singer-songwriter Steve Allain has amassed an impressive resume over the years since his childhood days growing up in Marlborough, Massachusetts.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  June 09, 2011
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Music for the love of it

From the Schemers to the Men of Great Courage, Mark Cutler’s songs have always gotten to ‘that special kind of place’
Whether driving his Men of Great Courage on a tune about a spooky midnight stroll, or gently declaring a deep camaraderie with “We Shall Always Remain Friends,” Cutler’s concocting a soundtrack to the feelings in the room.
By JIM MACNIE  |  May 05, 2010
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From kidneys to kittens

Killdevils frontman Jacob Haller’s Mistaken Identity
The Killdevils have been kicking around the area to much acclaim over the past six years.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  November 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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Going with the flow

Gamblin’ Hands dives right in
Business is picking up for East Bay newcomers Gamblin’ Hands, who perform their first headlining show tonight (the 2nd) at the Living Room.  
By CHRIS CONTI  |  October 02, 2008
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Roaring back

The return of Rash of Stabbings
Rumors of a Rash of Stabbings reunion are not, in fact, greatly exaggerated.
By BOB GULLA  |  April 15, 2008
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The Huff post

Brad’s Very Hardly Barely is very really worthy
Listening to him now, it’s clear that Brad Huff’s career was just getting started with his former act, the Jim James Band.
By BOB GULLA  |  March 19, 2008
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A long shadow

On the anniversary of the Station fire    
The passing time is pulling us further and further away from the Station fire.
By BOB GULLA  |  February 20, 2008
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The DIY way

75 or Less builds a lean distribution machine
Local rocker Mark MacDougall has come up with his own way of circumventing the freefall of the recording industry.
By BOB GULLA  |  July 24, 2007
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Spanish Dancer fever

Anthony Ferreira gets in touch with his inner disco
After debuting two years ago, Honeyhander made an immediate impact on the Providence rock scene with its dizzy brew of psychedelia and indie shoegazer.
By BOB GULLA  |  March 21, 2007
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Making a connection

Phil Ayoub follows his Heart
He has a fan club and an MBA, which might not make all that much sense.
By BOB GULLA  |  March 07, 2007
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Two’s company

Dynamic duos: Lightening Bolt, the Body, and more
When Lightning Bolt debuted oh-so-many years ago, it’s pretty likely they had no idea what kind of zany spell they’d cast over the city’s music scene.
By BOB GULLA  |  February 27, 2007
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Finding the balance

Barn Burning are tight and disjointed, loud and soft on Truck
Barn Burning has been through a myriad of changes since releasing its debut, Weatheredbound , in 2003.
By BOB GULLA  |  January 23, 2007
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Strange magic

Black Forest/Black Sea’s bewitching vibe
The accolades and exotic extrapolations come in from all over the world, much like their sound, which combines worldly sources like Euro-folk music with eerie, electronic, and avant overtones.
By BOB GULLA  |  October 31, 2006
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Moore on the fringe

Sonic musings; plus, the Hope Anchor and a pair of fests  
Name-dropping has never been a favorite pastime on this page, but something came up in an interview I had with Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore last week that I wanted to pass along.
By BOB GULLA  |  July 18, 2006

Hearing it out

The Goners, Anomalous, and more
Here are some releases that I’ve been meaning to get to. There’s no time like now.
By BOB GULLA  |  May 10, 2006

Parsing the Poll

Behind the scenes at Best Music Central
Every year at this paper we produce something called the Best Music Poll ballot — you’ve seen it — and every year we encounter a new crop of challenges in putting it together.
By BOB GULLA  |  April 04, 2006
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Our kinda Blue

Diane’s masterful Here I Am ; Monty's goes national  
She may currently live outside of Boston, but Diane Blue is, in her heart and on record, an Ocean Stater.
By BOB GULLA  |  March 08, 2006

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