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Jake Bissaro
Jake Bissaro

Lovable: Nova One’s ambitious new release is equal parts challenging and comforting

With clubs and concert halls shuttered, it’s a difficult time for the music community, and especially for all the performers and employees left without an income. If you’re looking to lend some support, perhaps the easiest thing you can do is buy some of your favorite music.  We’ve all accepted that music is essentially free […]

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Spring Growth: New albums and local shows kick the season off right

The Z-Boys – Elwood Here’s (I’m assuming) a Motif exclusive: Elwood, the sophomore album from Newport’s The Z-Boys, hits the streets March 6. They’re a band known for their high-energy performances. With tempos and influences all over the place, it’s like a dump truck careening along the edge of a canyon road. Fans will be […]

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Sometimes an Ear Is Just an Ear: Baylies Band releases Freudian Ears

Baylies Band – Freudian Ears Baylies Band is back with Freudian Ears, a new LP released late last year. A long-running local favorite, the group is a unique combination of zany spoken word, art rock, psychedelic noodling and guitar noise. The maestro is Eric Baylies on vocals and keys, a man whose flair for experimentation […]

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Anthony Savino Does a Good Job: The artist discusses his evolution and facing the abyss

What better way to kick off the new year than discussing Anthony Savino’s thoughtful, ambitious release Good Job, which tackles weighty topics like wealth, work and love — ideas that might have made an appearance in your resolutions for 2020. For a decade, Savino fronted the New Bedford-based punk band Half Hearted Hero, which now […]

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Keep on Moving: The Technique Is No Technique: An interview with Daughters guitarist

You may not know that one of the era’s premier industrial noise rock bands has its origins right here in PVD. Daughters formed in 2002 in the wake of grindcore band As the Sun Sets, becoming known for their unhinged live performances and aggressive touring schedule. After some band infighting, their well-received album Daughters was released […]

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Keep on Moving: Howling: New albums and spooky shows

Christians & Lions — Young Familiar Christians & Lions, a self-described “New England DIY dreamfolk collective,” is out with the album Young Familiar, the group’s first release after a 10-year gap, and the album is nothing short of spectacular. Frontman Ben Potrykus led indie rock outfit Bent Shapes in the ‘10s, and founded screamo band […]

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Keep on Movin’: A Sonic Synopsis: Music in mansions? Music in parking lots? Check and check.

For this edition of Keep on Movin’, a rundown on some notable fall happenings. The cooler weather brings a lot of great things to do, and an excuse to get inside and avoid the dreaded EEE menace. Thu, Sep 19 | Ken Stringfellow @ Brown University’s Music Mansion Ken Stringfellow brings his solo tour to an […]

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Keep on Movin’: Pilgrims Progress: The Low Cards’ latest is a huge accomplishment

The Low Cards’ High Brow Blues Providence’s The Low Cards are back with their second album, The Pilgrim’s Wake, an expertly crafted odyssey down their own spiral staircase of melancholy. Thematically ambitious and rewarding of multiple listens, it goes above and beyond what they accomplished with their self-titled debut. Grasping for categorization, the blues comes to […]

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Keep On Movin’: Shoegazing: Lazy Magnet’s strong attraction

Lazy Magnet’s Tide Lazy Magnet is the longtime recording project helmed by PVD musician Jeremy Harris, who began recording music 25 years ago in Swampscott, Mass. The music from his original run ranges from improvisations on the works of John Cage to screamo to a collection of techno songs mostly titled “Pure Psychic Zero” 1-5. […]

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Keep on Moving: What Lies Between: Courtney Swain’s latest heads for high seas

Courtney Swain – Between Blood and Ocean Courtney Swain, the singer and keyboardist for Boston’s experimental rock group Bent Knee, has taken the next step in an impressive solo career with her latest full-length, Between Blood and Ocean. For the type of genre pigeonholing journalists love, Between Blood and Ocean is a formidable task. Citing […]

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