Thursday, December 02, 2010

Loon Show, Loon Record

Loon returns from their mini-tour this weekend and brings home this 180 gram black and green vinyl, 3 color silk screened cover record. In the sleeve is a digital download code and will be available at the show...

Friday, November 05, 2010

No Wave Lives! Monday at AS220

This Monday at As220!

UT: Once in a lifetime no-wave

Neptune
: Hand-forged noise metal, back like the reaper

Whore Paint
: Fallen women slashing your face

Alright, kids. This is your chance to get aurally disemboweled courtesy of a horrifying assault of deconstructed riffs, real live punk (not post), scrap metal shivs, and the misdirected anger of a bunch of anti-patriarchists. This one's gonna start early- real live 9, over at midnight. Get there or get suckered.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

I'LL SHOW YOU HALLOWEEN


The time is nigh, people. We're at T minus a disgusting horror-show of Providence's most eligible disasters ripping your face off in a frenzy of crucial jams, high fives, and gore make-up. Meet me in the bucket.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Upcoming Week at AS220 Friday 10/22-Friday 10/29

All Events at 115 Empire Street unless otherwise noted
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Friday, October 22, 2010 / 9pm / $6
JTO, Meccalily, Full Void, and Cosmic Sneeze

Saturday, October 23, 2010 / 4-7pm / Free
Irish Traditional Music

Saturday, October 23, 2010 / 9pm / $6
The Hot Minutes, The Silks, Denver Boot, and Any Port In The Storm

Sunday, October 24, 2010 / 9pm / $8
Supply & Demand Presents: Dark Dark Dark, Brown Bird, Spirits of the Red City, and Liz Isenberg

Tuesday, October 26, 2010 / 6-8:30pm / $6
Life Drawing

Tuesday, October 26, 2010 / 9:30 pm / $6
Jacob Haller, Christina Holmes, and Chrisy Gavin

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 / 5:30-7pm, Seating at 5pm / Free
Action Speaks: What's Eating Us? : 1987 The Roaming Mobro Garbage Barge With Special Guests Juliet Schor & Robin Nagle

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 / 9pm / $6
Future Islands, Amil Byleckie Band, and Young Male

Thursday, October 28, 2010 / 7pm / Free / 115 Empire Street, 2nd Floor Classroom Space
Providence Poetry Slam presents: Writer's Workshop

Thursday, October 28, 2010 / 9pm / $6
Skull Kingdoms, /\, Global Crash, and Sky Jelly

Friday, October 29, 2010 / 9pm / $6
Dangerchunks, Radio Guru, Miss Geo & The Metrics, and Homewreckers

Friday, October 22, 2010

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

LOVE THY NEIGHBOR

Oh, did someone say free pizza from Nice Slice, a horizonless vista of metal insanity, and a floor to ceiling kaleidoscopic melange of my favorite six thousand tattoo artists? Not bad... not bad at all. This show is viewable for one day only, people. Come mingle amongst Providence's saltiest bears drinking high-end gallery wine. I know- psychedelic.

LOVE THY NEIGHBOR TATTOO ART SHOW
Machines With Magnets
Friday, October 15
6:00pm Art Party
8:30 Rock O'clock
$7

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Triumphant Return of THRONES

I know what you're saying. "Really? Thrones? After their epic set last time, I've probably had my fill." Well, just in case... This Tuesday at MWM. Paws off the fire alarm.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Sunday Afternoon Opening at AS220: Night For Day


NIGHT FOR DAY
A collaborative instillation by Mickey Zachilli and Natalja Kent
Opening Sunday, October 3, 4-7 pm

This show is based on Tuesday Terrs, a zine project started by Natalja that the artists have been collaborating on for the last year. You'll recognize Mickey's style from her immaculately printed, oft sexually themed, and quasi-illegible posters from around town, and Natalja from Querent, Hotbox, and every other great band the world has ever known. Their pairing has resulted in, in Zachilli's own words, "a big fucking sick ass mess," as well as the band Bloodhuff. They're promising snacks, booze, and high-fives in AS220's project space (the one next to Local 121) this Sunday from 4-7pm. Pick up all 14 of their terrs, then head on down to the Rock n Roll yard sale.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Wednesday at MWM



MALAIKAT DAN SINGA
Indonesian pop jam of Old Time Relijun's Arrington de Dionyso

OLNEYVILE SOUND SYSTEM
Disgusting Providence assault courtesy of Load Records

ALEC K REDFERN & ORION DOMMISSE
Keeping it real

JEALOUS FUCK
Shredmaster Panzarella gets nasty on banjo

With musical interludes by DJ MOSAED
Exotic world dance jams curated by one Seth Manchester.

Can you even put a price on a show like this?! Ok, ok. $8.
Rock o'clock in Pawtucket at Machines with Magnets.
Wednesday September 29
Git it!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Rocktucket and Print Show happened



I had to split my time between both of these things, seeing only Ming Toro and OSS in the Bucket and then running to the AS220 Print Lottery. Both were really fun. The sound at Rocktucket was really good, as was the food (Taco truck...Cupcake truck...Vegan ice cream truck).

At AS220, my lottery ticket produced a dragon silkscreen print which was quickly scooped up in a trade where I wound up walking away with a Black Pus/Greenlee poster. Go Figure :)

Here is a clip of OSS...watch in HD if you dare.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Friday Sept 24th: Dropdead, The Body & more @ AS220!!



Armageddon Shop Presents:

DROPDEAD
(old guys being loud and yelling at the shit system)
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dropdead/42169923260
www.myspace.com/dropdead

THE BODY
(two awesome dudes steamroller homecoming show...)
www.myspace.com/thevisionshallcometopass

SOUL CONTROL
(awesome local HC fueled by Nice Slice)
www.myspace.com/soulcontrolhc
www.facebook.com/soulcontrolmusic

WORK/DEATH
(one man in depth noise. damaged better than black flag)
http://www.corleonerecords.com/banddetail.asp?bandid=35
http://www.discogs.com/artist/Work%2FDeath


and ADDED TO THE SHOW, good touring folks...

BURNING LOVE (Canada - Ex members of CURSED, THE SWARM, ACRID)
http://www.myspace.com/burninglovers

Friday September 24th
9pm
$7
All Ages / Drink w/ID
@ AS220
115 Empire St
Providence, RI 02903
www.as220.org

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

GIANT PRINT SHOW




Main Gallery at AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI 02903

On exhibit at AS220's Main Gallery at 115 Empire Street throughout September, 200 prints and works on paper hang in a massive, exuberant, salon-style showcase of work from a exceptionally diverse spectrum of artists. 200 tickets are available for the chance to draw a number at random and take home the correlating piece from 200 works on display.This is the second of the Shop's biennial fundraiser; the first Print Lottery in 2008 was highly successful, attracting donations from artists and printmakers from all over the country and drawing over three hundred people to Empire Street for the culminating lottery event.


A $100 donation to AS220's Printshop is rewarded with a lottery ticket putting supporters in the running for a number of valuable works of original art, including pieces by Providence print pioneers Brian Chippendale, Xander Marro, Dan Wood, Meredith Stern, Jung Il Hong and Pippi Zornoza or one of the two sold out limited edition Shepard Fairey Providence Industrial prints that were commissioned to commemorate AS220's 25th anniversary and launch of the Free Culture Award. The fundraising exhibition also includes a print published by Rhode Island School of Designs printmaking department by artist Michael Krueger, Professor of Art at the University of Kansas, a piece from Philadelphia artist, printmaker and 2010 Guggenheim Fellow, Daniel Heyman and work by Rhode Island School of Design printmaking faculty Brain Shure and Cornelia McSheehy. As you might expect from this always unjuried organization, creations from well-known artists hang side by side with contributions from local students and members of AS220's own Youth Studio. In the same egalitarian spirit, all of the 200 artworks are sold by way of a lottery drawing.


The culminating event on Saturday, September 25th at AS220's Gallery & Performance Space is part of a month long celebration of Printmaking organized by the Community Printshop, which included lectures by prominent artists and free public printmaking workshops. 2010 program guests included Curator Lauren Hinkson from the Guggenhiem and local creators Dan Wood, Alec Thibodeau, Pippi Zornoza and the founders of Tiny Showcase as well as special events including a formal open house for the Shop and a free workshop on printmaking basics.
Three years ago, a dedicated core of about 20 members began the AS220 Community Print Shop as an effort to develop a shared, accessible resource for printmaking in Providence. The shop built worktables, installed sinks, crafted light safe cabinets, stacked type cases and welcomed presses that may have otherwise been left to rust or gather dust to AS220's historic Dreyfus building. Since September 2007, the Printshop functioned as an incredible incubator as systems for offering affordable classes, reserving press time, training monitors, publishing print editions and hosting artists in residence quickly began to take shape. AS220's Printshop has introduced over 800 people to printmaking through a strong roster of small monthly workshops; the facilities have seen more than 9,000 active hours by over 200 Shop members. In Autumn 2010 the Community Printshop will relocate to the newly renovated Mercantile block where it will quadruple its size and unveil its new centerpiece: a massive, never-before-used Takach intaglio etching press with a 4.5’ x 12’ press bed donated to the organization by the Rhode Island School of Design. In the expanded space, the Printshop will provide access to traditional stone lithography and expand screen-printing, letterpress, and offset printing facilities.
People directly support the Printshop's continued success by purchasing a Lottery Ticket for $100; proceeds help to maintain and purchase equipment, support a full-time manager, replenish shop supplies and facilitate free and inexpensive programming during this year and the next.

For more details visit the Print Lottery web site: http://as220.org/printlottery/
Print Lottery tickets are still available for purchase at: http://www.as220.org/printlottery/ticket.html

For More Information Contact:
Morgan Calderini
AS220 Community Printshop Manager
morgan@as220.org / 401-831-9327 x112

Or

Cheryl Kaminsky
AS220 Communications Director
cheryl@as220.org / 401-831-9327 x116

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Armageddon Shop Presents: Today Is The Day, Sweet Apple, Ocean, A Storm Of Light @ AS220 Sat Sept 4th



Armageddon Shop Presents:

SWEET APPLE
www.myspace.com/sweetapplesongs
(members of DINOSAUR JR, WITCH etc playing Rock)

TODAY IS THE DAY
www.relapse.com/artist/artist.aspx?ArtistID=10097
(Relapse Records/Amphetamine Reptile... Noise Rock/grind/metal)

A STORM OF LIGHT
www.myspace.com/astormoflight
(Neurot records Post-Metal/Doom rock...)

OCEAN
www.myspace.com/ocean
(Doom drone metal from Portland Maine...)

Saturday September 4th
9pm
$8
All Ages / Drink w/ID

AS220
115 Empire St
Providence RI 02903
www.as220.org

Sunday, August 22, 2010

COMEX OR BECAMUS

Art/Text/Book/Show/Opening this Saturday at MWM. The press release:

Please join us SATURDAY August 28th between 7pm and 12am at Machines With Magnets 400 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI, 02860 to celebrate the opening and book release of:

COMEX OR BECAMUS by:
ALEXANDER BARTON & ADAM ANAGNOSTIS


Alexander Barton and Adam Anagnostis join forces in a genre-bending artistic collaboration.

COMEX OR BECAMUS will be debuting at Machines With Magnets on Saturday, August 28th 2010. Barton, a RISD graduate, and Anagnostis, a URI graduate, have spent the last year and a half constructing COMEX OR BECAMUS, a large-scale multimedia art installation and literary publication. This collaboration represents the Providence artists’ ambition, criticism, and overwhelming search for truth.

Barton’s meticulously constructed installation consisting of eleven oil paintings and fundamental geometric elements melds with Anagnostis’ aphoristic written landscapes in a 13-square-foot, 40-page arc of hypnotic aggression, conflict, and beauty. Coupling the visual with the written, the artists offer a complementary dialogue that intends to challenge and antagonize the audience. Having lived and studied together in Providence as undergraduates, Barton and Anagnostis elaborated upon their shared musical, philosophical, and cultural constellations in this collaborative effort.

Presenting the work at Machines With Magnets in Pawtucket (Rhode Island’s City of the Future), and with the book being published locally, Barton and Anagnostis have proudly produced a cultural artifact representative of these places. Through the use of icons and wit, COMEX OR BECAMUS pays homage to a culture that has been integral to the artists’ experience and the projects’ formation. The artists seek to posit COMEX OR BECAMUS as a refreshingly destructive force, inspiring a chagrined attraction.

The opening reception will be further complemented by the uniquely inspired sounds of Geoff Mullen and Steven Vallot and others, along with stimulating beverages.

“Good Souls Ride Together!”

www.alexanderbarton.com
www.adamanagnostis.com
www.machineswithmagnets.com

Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Happs at As220




Rise and shine, gang! The weekend is upon us, and you know what that means: tamales! I mean, beaches! I mean, good times! I don't know if anybody else is still riding the ESG/Dropdead/Megasus/nachos from Julian's high from last weekend, but if I don't find a way to keep chasing that dragon, there's going to be hell to pay, stat. Where to begin:

Saturday=surprise lineup. I can't 100% promise anyone jumping out of a cake, but I can promise Zulu Lulu, Infinite Children, Octopus Triangle, and AcoustiYah. Acoustic Middle Eastern Indie Rock! Prog Trios! Git it! Sunday hosts my all time favorite genre: technically proficient avante-electro ambient spin-off jazz house. Yes! Put your hands together for Mongo, Egg Brains, The Bygones, and Dan Liparini. Hey, did you guys know that there's life drawing every Tuesday? True story. 6-8:30. Bring your own supplies and six little dollars, and stick around afterward this week for Glowkid, S.O.S, and Callus Black. This Thursday Providence Poetry Slam is also hosting a writers workshop upstairs at 7, and, ok get this, later that night, a show close to my heart: Like a terrifying bird of prey hardwired to kill then inexplicably adopted as the symbol of a theoretically benevolent nation, Purple Rhinestone Eagle swoops in, talons resplendent in the myriad rays of a mirror ball, like so many feather embellished, jewel encrusted classic rock revivals. Party! Hot on their tails are Bellows, Whore Paint, and Providence's newest redefinition of lo-fi with style, Cave Girls. Count me in.

There it is, readers. For a full list of the happs, get thee to our calendar! Until the rock show, away!

Friday, August 13, 2010

AS220: Let's Foo This Thing.




READERS! THE TIME IS UPON US! Cast aside your grief and woes. Turn your back on the seductive ties of apathy and isolation. Rise above the consuming vice of sloth and indifference. Party time starts now, team, and time's a-wastin'. Saddle up:

This very night, as I'm sure I don't need to remind, we've got Shepard Fairey and Lawrence Lessig in the house, alongside our very own Brandon Edens and Umberto Crenca. Join us for a Very Special Action Speaks to get their take on what Free Culture is all about. Stick around after for Vio/Mire, Andrew Graham & Swarming Branch, MV EE, and The Devil My Pocket, then slide effortlessly into the absolute all time most fantastical of your favorite annual block long spiral into madness, Foo Fest. Thats right gang, the time is nigh. Where to begin? Old Timey photo booth? Sound activated light instillation? Dropdead? Megasus? Kintaan? Arcing? Javelin? ESG?!?!?! You get the picture. 1 p.m. to 1 a.m., people. $5 little dollars to make your Rock n Roll dreams come true. Don't forget, we've got fun for the proto-rockers early on, with Bill Harley and Joe's Backyard Band. Plus, MC Keith has promised not to start swearing till sundown. I've got money on 5 o'clock, Munslow! In order to allow maximum quality time with our newly autographed ESG records, we're closing down for siesta for a few days after Foo. Be sure to mosey on back next Thursday to catch Adam Reich reading from "Hidden Truth: Young Men Navigating Lives In and Out of Juvenile Prison." 6 p.m, totally free. What's holding you back?!

Alright readers. I'm off to stake out a killer seat for Action Speaks. BRANDON I LOVE YOUUUUUU!!!!! For a full rundown of schedules, etc, get thee to our calendar. Until the rock show, away!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Body in the NY Times online:

The Body, a two-man band from Providence, R.I., has released a new record.

The Body

The Body is a two-man, highly conceptual, sort of extreme metal, sort of noise band from Providence, R.I. It has made one of the best introductions for an album I’ve heard in years. The album is “All the Waters of the Earth Turn to Blood,” recently released on the label At a Loss. The first track, “A Body,” begins with seven minutes of choral music, sung by the Assembly of Light Women’s Choir. Then a short, disturbing whistling noise signals a change, and whump: a grind of jaw-rattling guitar and drums throw in for the last two minutes. As the record continues, the beating just doesn’t stop. The choral voices, returning here and there, are the only ray of hope: the Body’s own singing amounts to weedy, apocalyptic howls, barely clearing the din of their processional stomps. It’s an experience, this record, written in big riffs and celestial choirs and digital static. It puts you in a very strange space, spiritual and dirty and wary.

Friday, August 06, 2010

What Could Possibly Go Wrong? This Week at AS220



Oh dear lord. Its T-minus Foo O'clock, readers, and you know what that means: pinatas in the office, party-metal on the mega-mix, hand-stand contests by the water cooler, and girl-talk style "which member of ESG am I" fortune cookie origami games preceding every show. My life is a Cathy meets Dilbert meets Metalocalypse cartoon. Thank god this is going to culminate into its apex soon- the madness has to end sometime. OR DOES IT?!

Saddle up tonight for an ever-festive B Sharp situation: MOGA will be celebrating their cd release, and we're rolling out the red carpet. Sunday night gets metalcore, but ain't too cool to dance, with Divets, No One and The Somebodies, Turbosleaze, and Private Public. What does that even mean?!?! Daniel Chase is going to cool things out mellow groove style on Tuesday alongside The Tower & The Fool and The Rachels. I'll be real, readers. If the tsunami-like spiral out of madness has already begun, Wednesday night is giving me cause for concern: Ceremony is coming though town, and I heard a rumor about mesh tops being involved. Is that punk? Soul Control, Vaccine, and a little outfit called Wet Friend have personally assured me that this will be one of the most disgusting nights of my life. (You've obviously forgotten Freedom Winter 99!) Ok, and here's where it really gets wild: Friday evening we are basking in the warm glow of Shepard Fairey, who will be here at 5 screening his short-but-not-too-short Andre The Giant Has A Posse, as well as sitting on a panel for a very special Action Speaks alongside Bert Crenca, pioneer of free culture activism and scholarship Lawrence Lessig, and our very own resident super genius/wizard of computer engineering/conceiver and fabricator of magic/all around cool guy Brandon Edens. It's free of charge, and might actually change your life. Who loves open source software? This guy!

Okok. Enough about me. I'm off to get my rain slicker dry cleaned for the 11th. For a full rundown of our happs, get thee to our calendar. Until the rock show, away!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Godzilla vs AS220


Top of the morning, readers, and welcome to another 7 days of untold wonders at AS220. The weather has turned from oppressive to balmy. The birds are singing in the trees. I caught a Godzilla marathon on cable last night. What more could we ask for?

Tonight brings the noise with Academia, The Royalty, Tens of Thousands, and The Universe. It's indie! It's glam! It's garage! Saturday's show has been moved to the stratosphere: The Concord Ballet Orchestra Players, Goliath, Something like Banter & the Cybernetic Inevitable All-Stars, and The Invisible Hours promise to live up to their reputation as Theremin wielding, fuzz echoing, fire-starting ambient psychedelia. This Sunday is the first of the month. If you thought payday was good, wait till you catch the Empire Review. Wednesday at 5:30, for absolutely zero dollars, hackers unite at DC401. Stick around into the night for Sideshow, (R)octopus, This Is A Movement, and the Enthusiastics. Now listen close, readers: Thursday at high noon The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities will be hosting a grants information workshop. Bring a lunch or grab some in our restaurant, and get the down low on what grants are available, as well as secrets for *wowing* grant-makers. Did you know they're going to be our new office buddies in the Mercantile building? True story. Meet me for high-fiving by the water cooler in 15! Speaking of the Mercantile: we're hosting open houses of our fabulous new live/work studio situations every Tuesday evening from 5:30-7 through September. Cruise by to see their magnanimousness with your very own eyes!

That's all for the mo, readers. I'm off to catch the tail end of Godzilla v Mechagodzilla. For a fill rundown of the happs, get thee to our calendar. Until the rock show, away!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Armageddon Shop Presents: Thursday July 29th @ AS220



Armageddon Shop Presents:

Black Cobra
www.myspace.com/blackcobra

Howl
www.myspace.com/howlheavymetal

Struck By Lightning
www.myspace.com/struckbyfuckinglightning

Villainer
www.myspace.com/villainer

Thursday July 29th
9pm sharp $8
All Ages Drink w/ID

AS220
115 Empire St
Providence RI 02903
www.as220.org

Friday, July 23, 2010

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Is It Getting Hot In Here?



FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!

Apologies, readers. Far be it from me to sound a false alarm, but it's getting so hot down here at AS220 I was starting to get concerned. Lord knows, if the fiery sensuality of this week's events so much as singed any of our beloved patrons, I would never be able to forgive myself. Entrusted with the knowledge of our upcoming happenings, it would be flippant and careless of me to bear this load alone, all the while knowing I could have done something to prevent a mishap. It's the cross I bear, readers: being weighted down with this veritable furnace of information. I can't take it anymore. Put on your fire-retardant jumpsuit; we're going in.

It's only a couple of hours until the madness begins to unfold. Tailor your pants, lovers: Makeupbreakup, The Press, The Brother Kite, and Cellar Doves take the stage in t-minus. Shake it! Saturday night is riddled with your Auntie Reba's all time favorite genre: Canadian! Suuns and Parlovr trek down south to grace us with their presence. Don't you mock me with your bacon! Minky Starshine will jack us up with some jams that I understand to be somewhere between ELO and the Kinks, and it looks like I'll finally get to see Ming Toro. If it's cool by Pelletier, it's cool by me. Sunday night is going to get disgusting, as Rampant Decay, Brain Shivers, Suzi Trash, and Immaculate: Grotesque show us what their band names are all about. I can't resist an Arkansan. Tuesday marks an always torrid extravaganza courtesy of Tor Johnson starring White Problems from Milwaukee, but the fun doesn't end there! Wednesday night is gonna get wild, team. Real wild... Grass Widow is coming in all the way from San Frisco, and I couldn't be more psyched. Remember what happened last time they were in town? Ok, its a little fuzzy, but this time we're hell-bent on making some memories. "My new favorites" and AS2000 all-stars Blood Huff are starting the night, and have committed to ensuring that something horrifying and uncomfortable happens before 9:45. I've got my eye on you, Zacchhiillii! It all culminates in me getting canned for having some sort of inappropriate celebrity meltdown, cause this night is headed up by The Avengers. "Not the unwed teen mothers of punk rock!?" you may be screaming aloud in your own mind. Yes, the very same. Sorry guys. If your favorite events emails come to an abrupt halt after this show, you know why. After that is the sickest Armageddon show yet to date, but you'll have to wait until next week for details. Ha! Or, check the calendar. I never was good at secrets.

There's the happs, readers. Now remember what we talked about re: sunscreen and oven mitts. You know the drill. For a full rundown of the sitch, get thee to our calendar. Until the rock show, away!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Armageddon Shop Presents: Ladies Rockin' TONIGHT! Thurs July 17th @ AS220




Soul Control
www.myspace.com/soulcontrolhc
www.soulcontrolhc.com
Providence's nicest dudes layin down some HCjams.

Voetsek
www.myspace.com/voetsekthrashers
Two ladies and two dudes tearing you a new earhole. Ripping thrash. Girls rock indeed.

Lifers
www.myspace.com/ineverfinishanything
Stoked to be seeing these guys tonight!

Dios Mio
www.myspace.com/diosmio715
Wisconsin rippers... Hardcore attack!


Thursday July 15th
9pm sharp $6
All Ages Drink w/ID

AS220
115 Empire St
Providence RI 02903
www.as220.org

Champagne Wishes and Rock n Roll Dreams: Your Week at AS220

Break it on down, readers! I hope everyone's week is as filled with Rock and Roll as mine has been. More on that in a moment, but first, a Cosmo-esque quiz to test your status in relation to the Devil's Music. Shall we begin?

1) CRASS is probably the greatest band of all time. Circle one: A. True B. False C. What now?
2) My personal hero is: A. Lita Ford B. Freddy Mercury C. Ted Nugent
3) If I were stranded on a desert island with one mix tape, it would include: A. Klaus Nomi, Megadeath, The Pretenders B. Judas Priest, David Bowie, Etta James C. Cher, Flying Luttenbachers, Coachwips.

If you answered mostly A, you should seriously consider making an appearance at the dazzling array of shows at AS220 this week. Mostly B, and you are veritably obligated to do so. C... for the love of all things holy, get down here. Ted Nugent? Really? You should be ashamed of yourself. Though big ups on the Coachwhips. I'll give you points for that one.

Armageddon is nigh, for later this very night Soul Control, Voetsek, Lifers, and Dios Mio will take the stage. Dark! Friday night may well be the moment you've all been waiting for, in more ways than one. From 7-8pm, we'll bask in the kaleidoscopic magic that is the Girls Rock Camp Showcase. 30 gals age 11-18 have spent the week picking up instruments (many for the first time ever), forming bands, writing songs, designing and screenprinting t-shirts, making zines, and generally living the Rock and Roll lifestyle. They'll unveil their songs right here on the AS220 stage; come on down to see what they've been up to, and to support what Girls Rock is all about: making sure that everyone has access to community, self-assurity, high-fives, and killer jams. Even ladies! Who can't get on board with that?! Nobody, thats who. The good times don't end there: Saturday night, we've got The Down and Outs, Jesuscentric, and The New Warden lined up alongside The Jesse Minute. It's their CD release gala, and we're sparing no expense. Highlights later in the week include Tuesday's bill featuring Bellows, Matta Gawa, and Meteor Foot. Just when I thought that nothing could fill the Necronomitron shaped hole in my heart... I'm coming back Thursday to shake it loose with Makeupbreakup, The Press, The Brother Kite, and Cellar Doves. Is it getting hot in here, or is it just me?

Relatedly, has everyone in town remembered to upload their jams to the AS220 jukebox? Does anyone here want to volunteer for a few hours at Foo Fest (read: get in for free and do us a solid?) Hit a sister back! For a full rundown of this week's happs, get thee to our calendar. Until the rock show, away!

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Meet Me Up Top: Your Week @ AS220


Bonjourno, readers! Is it getting hot in here, or is it just me? Lazily we recline, veritably engorged with patriotism, still reeling from the three days of acid reflux we inadvertently thrust upon ourselves via pork rinds, light beer, and good times. A fickle mistress, they proved, and call to me still from beyond the grave. Nationalism is the heartburn, and disgusting Rock n Roll is the antacid. Walk with me, won't you?

Saturday holds, as per the usual, a riveting Irish Music Session in the afternoon (Tepid Guinness! I'll take two!) followed by an indie-math Pitchfork-darling studded extravaganza starring People of Color, Yellow Fever, Whitey, and 14foot1. Wednesday the 14th, Providence Geeks carry on the monthly tradition of Geek Dinner. Join us at 5:30 to, in their own words, help Rhode Island's digital innovators connect, collaborate, and ultimately make the City-State and its geeks info-technology leaders. Or just pick up programmers. Zing! Put a ring on it. Stick around for Royal Jelly, Grids, So Cow, and Panther Moderns. So Cow hails all the way from picturesque "land of the green" Ireland, and has been described on the internet as something meets something meets ABBA. SOLD!!!! You had me "It's so different from the world I'm living in; tired of TV." Thursday takes a hard left onto Hardcore Ave with Soul Control, Voetsek, Coss Examination, and Dios Mio. Thanks, Armageddon! Has anybody seen my backpatch? Friday evening, team... are you ready for this? Friday evening we are both psyched honored to be hosting the Girls Rock Rhode Island camp showcase. Gals age 11-18 will have spent the week learning to play instruments, forming bands, silkscreening shwag, writing songs, and all around being awesome. If anybody out there believes that arts education is a must have, that music carries with a transformative power, that feminism probably shouldn't be dead, or that Rock n Roll does in fact soothe the soul, get your grass down here from 7-8pm to cheer these bands on at their first show ever, though probably not their last. Feel free to shower them with record deals and positive reinforcement.

That's the good word, readers. I put this knowledge in your hands. Do with it what you will. For a full rundown of our happs, get thee to our calendar. Now I'm off for a Sea Breeze. Until the rock show, away!

Thursday, July 01, 2010

AmuricaS220




What's the good word, readers? It's been too long, hasn't it? I mean, I know we've seen each other around, but we haven't really talked. It leads me to think that we need some means of staying in touch... up to date with what's been happening in our lives, and with Rock and Roll. Something along the lines of... a Society Column!!! Shall we? Lets do this thing, Rhode Island:
Big ups to penultimate rockers Hilary and Brian, who took it to the "next level" via marital bliss. Finally, someone is listening to Beyonce! I'm not gonna say I didn't call it. New England's leading Christian Metal band The Body is gearing up to go on tour, and their subs have never sounded better. For the love of all things holy, someone bake those guys some non-perishables. Favorite art guy around town Jacob BroRendez has been seen spreading gossip like a madman, but somehow still seems to have more friends than anyone I know. Is it his looks? His charm? His raw talent? I want lessons, J-Bro!

Now that we're all on the same page: Friday night features an excellent as ever curation by great dudes and gear-fixing-wizards B Sharp: The Benedictions, The Silks, and OK FY Radio are on the horn to start your weekend right. You're gonna need it, readers. Do I even need to mention? Risen from the dead like so many post-apocalyptic no-wave noise rock zombies, Providence royalty of yesteryear and tomorrow Arab on Radar return this Saturday to remind you of how you lost your hearing in the 90s, and why it was all worth it. Kissing their feet and tittering like schoolgirls in the warm glow of their presence will be Tinsel Teeth and Whore Paint. Asthma inhalers and waterproof mascara not included. Sunday is America-O'clock, and what better way to celebrate than with the Empire Review? I've got a sneaking suspicion that Betty Sue will be wearing something particularly festive, and Vice-President Munslow has promised a monologue "more dazzling than an horizonless fireworks display on a moonless night, and more poignant than an interpretive re-dancing of the Declaration of Independence meets Ballet Russe." I'm sold. Speaking of, we've got new stuff in the gallery, including Favorite Picks of the Dirt Palace Library in the Project Space. Do stop by for a savory crumpet and a casual reading from Dworkin's classic feel-good novella, Intercourse. The main attraction, though, is Jen Raimondi's hyper-natural, excessively beautiful, and deeply disturbing instillation. Think human bones, gilded frames, missing teeth, hair of questionable origin, and assorted fungi. Yikes! This is buyin' art, people, and Jen is donating 10% of the take to Gulf Restoration Network. Git R Dun, Jen! Wednesday night's DC401 talk is totally free in the performance space, and will relate to the title The Economics of Personal Privacy and the Scam of Web2.0. Resident technology puppet-master Brandon Edens describes this talk as a possibly "enjoyable presentation for all of those in the 'I deleted my facebook profile' camp." Is there an open bar? In other news, we're collecting volunteers for Foo Fest. Warm Fuzzies! Anarchy! Free Passes! Rock and Roll! Indie Cred! Hit a sister back.

While the Soma-like calm of the blogosphere lulls me ever deeper within it, the pull of an after-work martini is winning out. Its been real as ever, readers. For a full rundown of the happs, get thee to our calendar. Until the rock show, away!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Armageddon Shop Presents: Tuesday June 29th BASTARD NOISE @ AS220



Armageddon Shop Presents:

Bastard Noise (CA)
www.bastardnoise.com

The Body (RI)
www.myspace.com/thevisionshallcometopass

Denimvenom (RI)
www.myspace.com/dnmvnm

The Vomit Arsonist
www.myspace.com/thevomitarsonist

9pm sharp

Tuesday June 29th

all ages/drink w/ID
@ AS220
115 Empire St
Providence, RI 02903
www.as220.org

AN­DREW W.K./Peter Glantz/Gunsho

New video directed, drawn and animated by Providence folk:


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Dog Days of Summer with AS220




Well team, you asked for it. The dog days of summer are early and upon us, and don't show any sign of letting up. While all winter long in huddled masses we pined for these damp and scorching environs, we find ourselves now wilting across our beloved downcity, planning our days around bubble tea and air conditioning. Oh man, but Boba House closes at 10! Where could I possibly find air conditioning after.... Whats that? Ohhhhh.....

This very night we've but one spot left in our "very special" darkroom class featuring Denny Moers, and Blossom. Denny's unique practices lend themselves to surreal and somewhat unpredictable results. To snag the last remaining spot, run on over to as220.org/darkroom. Now git! Friday night features an acoustic spectacular via the musical memoir of Andy Shernoff. Yes, of the Dictators and the Ramones. Too bizarre to be true, you say? Try and prove me wrong! Saturday brings a jam-tacular lineup of hip-hop all stars including Big Rush, Dread Mighty, Manni Headphonez, and Hidden Agenda. What did ESG tell us to do? No, not "flush you like a toilet." Dance! This Sunday will be your last chance to check out the literary phenomenon thats been sweeping the city: Bar Plays will take over our humble pub at starting at 7pm. (You might even get to throw the word "thespian" into a conversation. Who else can offer you that?) They'll get the boot at 9 when Stalemate, Roz Raskin & The Ricecakes, and Tonic Thief take the stage. I'm gonna spend the next couple of days sleeping it off, and you should too, readers. Tuesday night marks the kind of epic descent into madness I know you've all been waiting for. It pains me even to trivialize this bill by typing it; the internet could never do it justice. Bastard Noise, The Body, and Denimvenom are here to ensure that you lose your hearing completely, get canned from your job as a waitress for no longer being able to decipher orders, drop off of society completely, and rejoin the cycle of life I like to think of as Rock n Roll. Hey guys, are we a band yet? After that there's something about a cyborg army, an awesome-as-ever curation by B Sharp, and a long overdue visit from your creepy uncles you never thought you'd see again. More on that later.

Alright readers. I've got alot of doom in my future, and that doesn't come without work. I'm off to make it happen. For a full rundown of our happs, get thee to our online calendar. Until the rock show, away!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Gunsho Show


Happening NOW! Grant Building, downtown Pawtucket.

GO


Thursday, June 17, 2010

AS220: Do It For Dad




Hello hello, readers! Welcome to a very special Father's Day edition of Your Weekly Events Email. In this issue we will be discussing Great Gifts for Dad, as well as featuring two short editorials, Guess What About Technology and I Cannot Believe My Father Still Asks Me This. I know that some of these topics have been weighing on your mind, readers, and I'm here to offer some relief. Without further ado: Fathers day is June 20, or so the internet tells me, and many of us still have yet to wrastle up an appropriate gift for the paterfamilias. Try these on for size: Get dad out of the house for a fun outing to Beyond The Lighted Stage, the new documentary about Ontario's most legendary progressive rock sensation. Everybody loves Rush, even if they don't know it yet. If material luxuries are your dad's bag, consider a pair of custom designed cowboy boots. Rugged! Utilitarian! Man Town! If all else fails, go with my old standby, pickled herring. Moving on: Hey guys, guess what about technology? Did you know that BMI owns the technology called Shazam? The one where you hold your cell phone up to some musics, and it tells you what song it is? What on earth could they have wanted that capability for? Oooooh, do you think that when you Shazam something, BMI knows? I'm only leaving the house wrapped in aluminum foil from now on. In other news, I went to visit the fam last week, and I Cannot Believe My Father Still Asks Me if I've considered paying for health insurance, or if I'm planning on getting married any time soon. Ok ok, to be fair, that last one was my mother, but still. Get it together, Mitchells. Its the 90's.

Friday night promises a host of hackers and noisemakers so esoteric you'll find yourself in some kind of kaleidoscopic underwater transcendental hypnotic state. Area C provides loops and drones, Myo hacks into contact mics, Jeff Carey real-time multi-channels electro instrumental tunes, and Blevin Blectum casts some sort of Siren/muse/immersive trance curse. Dreamy! Saturday proves to be equally avante, with Screwed Anthologies, Aster, (R)octopus, and ^. Think spandex, improv, audio-visuals, and performance art. Where have you been all my life?! Sunday we'll be drinking as per the usual, but this time to the soothing literary stylings of Bar Plays: Plays Set In Bars Done In Bars. If you haven't seen these yet, you're probably not a raging alcoholic. Keep up the good work! Part deux will happen Monday night, right before my favorite event of the year, Not About the Buildings 4th Annual Spelling Bee. Free to watch! Cheap to compete! Glory can still be yours! Time's a wasting. Start scrabbling right now to be in top form for the smack-down. I'll be heckling. After that, we've got a whole slew of hacker/wizard/noise classes, a free tour with Bert, and a musical memoir with Andy Shernoff of the Dictators and the Ramones. True story! He'll be here next Friday, acoustic style. Oy!

There's the D, team. I'll leave off there. Probably you're tied up buying neckties and cologne. For a full rundown, get thee to our calendar. Until the rock show, away!

Help kickstart the Providence Juice Truck!

The embedded link here will take you to Josie and Jay's kickstarter.com page, where you can donate money to the funding of their proposed organic juice truck project. Basically, kickstarter lets funders promise money, but it is pulled from the funder ONLY the entire project gets funded. If they come up short, you keep your cash. Hopefully these guys do get totally funded though. PVD could use more food trucks... do it.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Ming Toro CD out

Another local release: Ming Toro has a new CD out (or available on Itunes). The self-titled, 7-song EP is out on their own label, Bucket Republic Records. The EP was recorded in January 2010 with Rick Pelletier from Six Finger Satellite.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Tonight Friday June 11th @ AS220




Armageddon Shop Presents:
Friday, June 11th

Slang(Japan)
http://www.slang1988.com/
World Burns To Death (TX)
http://www.myspace.com/worldburnstodeathofficial
Elder(MA)
http://www.myspace.com/beholdtheelder
Cough(VA)
http://www.myspace.com/cough666
Neon Bitches(PVD)
http://www.myspace.com/neonbitcheshc

9pm sharp
$8
all ages/drink w/ID
@ AS220
115 Empire St
Providence, RI 02903
www.as220.org

AS220 Happs and Memorial




Dark days, team. First Ronnie James Dio, then Gary Coleman, and now, of all your Auntie Reba's mentors and heroes, Rue McClanahan. Lets take a moment for a "Very Special Segment" I like to call True About Rue:
1) Eddi-Rue MacClanahan was born in Oklahoma, the very home of your favorite events informer.
2) Rue was God Dang Vegan, if you can believe it, because she was gentle and loving to all things, unlike her morally-swayable-in-the-face-of-lust character on the Golden Girls.
3) Rue was married 6 times, which lent itself to, as far as I'm concerned, the best named memoir of all time, "My First Five Husbands, and The One That Got Away," in this case, referring to a separation rather than divorce, or some other unforeseeable and disastrous fate.
I've found a reason to be good, readers. If the good Lord's got her and Tammy Faye together up in the Penthouse for Jesus, then I'm leaving selfishness and sin behind. But first... perhaps some kind of last hurrah? What kind of fleeting debauchery could our Savior forgive? I've got a couple of ideas:

Friday night marks the moment we've all been waiting for: Armageddon Night! Not an eternal hereafter full of flames, people, but an expertly curated shred fest: Cough (VA), Neon Bitches, Elder, and Worlds Burn To Death (TX) set the stage for Slang, in all the way from Japan. Give 'em a warm welcome. The following eve promises a black metal/thrash/crust hybrid so disgusting its sure to condemn, with Grave Reviews, Black Vendetta, P.S.S., and Reign of Abaddon sharing the stage. Now, Mondays we usually take the night off and go to the bingo hall, but just this week we're opening our doors and our whiskey bottles for Bar Plays, plays set in bars done in bars. You know you were wishing for a drink the whole time anyway, sooo..... Wednesday ain't the Lord's day yet, so I'm coming down for Methuselah, ORCumentary, and Lobotomizer. Its stoner! Its doom! Its everything you ever wanted. I'm cleaning up my act, and this show is my bachelor party. I can't be held accountable for what happens; by Saturday morning I'll have washed it all away.

Thats all she wrote, readers. I'm going back to the heartland, where every beauty parlor and BBQ joint is adorned with the signed portrait of a Golden Girl. For the total happs, peep our calendar. Until the rock show, Pussycats, away!

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Two Awesome Armageddon Shop Shows this Week! Thurs & Fri!!!



Armageddon Shop Presents
Thursday June 10th

DEAD MEADOW (CA)
http://www.myspace.com/deadmeadow
MEGASUS (RI)
http://www.flightofthemegasus.com

VILLAINER (formerly HOLLOWS)(RI)
http://www.myspace.com/villainer

9pm Sharp
$8
21+ (sorry!)

@ The 201
201 Westminster St
Providence RI 02903
http://www.the201providence.com






Armageddon Shop Presents:
Friday, June 11th

Slang(Japan)
http://www.slang1988.com/
World Burns To Death (TX)
http://www.myspace.com/worldburnstodeathofficial
Elder(MA)
http://www.myspace.com/beholdtheelder
Cough(VA)
http://www.myspace.com/cough666
Neon Bitches(PVD)
http://www.myspace.com/neonbitcheshc

9pm sharp
$8
all ages/drink w/ID
@ AS220
115 Empire St
Providence, RI 02903
www.as220.org

Friday, June 04, 2010

The Good Word @ AS220


Rise n shine it, readers. The sun is out, the times are good, and the game is on. How could I find an ounce of dissatisfaction amongst a group of subscribers so palpably filled with vim and vigor? For what more could so high a concentration of ever-contented individuals possibly ask? I haven't heard any complaints yet. If I did, I'd just shush them up with a little mud and a few hairballs, the old fashioned way. Tried and true, works every time. If it ain't broke... you know what they say. Now where were we?

This Friday night promises one of our favorite noisy neighbors, B Sharp Music, presenting for your auditory enjoyment both You Scream I Scream and Eolune. Saturday, as per the staggeringly awesome yet usual, kicks off with an Irish Music Session in the bar. Later that night, Vudu Bevy, The Denver Boot, and November Calling provide the banjo-noodling soundtrack to your otherwise Rock n Roll lifestyle. Spice of Life! Count me in. Sundays got me quaking in my boots, people. I don't know that I can handle this much excitement; I've never tried. The day kicks off at 1 pm with an absolutely free of charge open house of our brand new Mercantile Block. Now, not all is up and running just yet, but the fabulous residential studios, soon-to-be Printshop and Labs, and plush practice spaces are starting to take shape. Plus, The Stable is open downstairs. Try and resist! I dare you! Starting at 4, our June gallery exhibitions will be unveiled. I'm no connoisseur, but one Serena JVE has spent the past three days logging in the Project Space, threatening something about a "room within a room," and throwing up hyper-insulated electric orange tarps. If this doesn't result in art, I don't know what will. Don't leave downtown just yet, art-goers. Its the first of the month, and you know what that means. The Empire Review, at sharply 8pm, will remind us what it was like to accidentally stumble across some steamy scene on cable TV while lounging in the den with your parents, age 8. Uncomfortable, yet somehow foreshadowing of the quasi-appropriate humorist your inner self will someday admit that you are. I'm going for the articles.

I'll not bore you with the details, readers. You can see for yourself the melange of happenings this week at your favorite non for profit arts establishment. I'll leave you to it. Until the rock show, away!

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Local stuff that you can git.



While sitting on the train today, listening to Journey Escape and looking through my Google Reader's Armageddon Shop mailer...I was struck by how much really sick local stuff you can get right now. I was inclined to post it here. There is a lot of really great stuff here including one of my favorite local albums ever...Astoveboat's New Bedford. You can pretty much go to Armageddon and buy anything on this list and be psyched.

LOCAL CD ASTOVEBOAT New Bedford Load 9.99 new 2
LOCAL CD DAUGHTERS s/t Hydrahead 14.99 new 3
LOCAL CD HARRY PUSSY You'll Never Play This Town Again Load 9.99 new 3
LOCAL CD KITES Superior Moon Mountain 6.99 new 3inch CD 1
LOCAL CD LANDED How Little Will It Take Load 9.99 new 2CD 3
LOCAL CD MING TORO s/t Bucket Republic 6.99 new Providence Indie debut release 5
LOCAL CD NOXAGT s/t Load 9.99 new 1
LOCAL CD NOXAGT Turning It Down Since 2001 Load 9.99 new 1
LOCAL CD SIGHTINGS Absolutes Load 9.99 new 2
LOCAL CD SIX FINGER SATELLITE Half Control Load 9.99 new 5
LOCAL CD YELLOW SWANS At Both Ends Load 9.99 new 2
LOCAL DVD LIGHTNING BOLT Power Of Salad Load 13.99 new 2
LOCAL DVD PAPER RAD Trash Talking Load 13.99 new 2
LOCAL DVD PICK A WINNER Various Artists Load 13.99 new 2
LOCAL LP BODY, THE All The Waters Of the Earth Turn To Blood Aum War 16.99 new 2lp 5
LOCAL LP DAUGHTERS Hell Songs Hydrahead 16.99 new plum wax 1
LOCAL LP HOSPITALS, THE Land Of Jocks And Jazz Load 9.99 new 2
LOCAL LP HOWL Full Of Hell Relapse 17.99 new 180gram gatefold w/download 4
LOCAL LP KHANATE No Joy Load 9.99 new 2
LOCAL LP KITES Hallucination Guillotine / Final Worship Load 9.99 new 2
LOCAL LP MENS RECOVERY PROJECT The Very best Of Load 12.99 new 2LP 2
LOCAL LP NOXAGT S/T Load 9.99 new 1
LOCAL LP OLNEYVILLE SOUND SYSTEM What Is True What Is False Load 9.99 new screenprinted cover, orange wax 2
LOCAL LP PRURIENT Black Vase Load 12.99 new 2LP 2
LOCAL LP PRURIENT / KITES Split Load 9.99 new 2
LOCAL LP REPOPULATION PROGRAM Various Artists Load 12.99 new 2LP, Arab On Radar, Lightning Bolt, Dropdead, Les Savy Fav, Forcefield plus much more 3
LOCAL LP RUSTED SHUT Dead Load 9.99 new 2
LOCAL LP SIGHTINGS S/T Load 9.99 new 2
LOCAL LP SWORD HEAVEN Entrance Load 9.99 new 1
LOCAL LP TINSEL TEETH Trash As The Trophy Load 9.99 new 5
LOCAL LP WHAT CHEER? BRIGADE We Blow You Suck Anchor Brain 11.99 new on VINYL finally with screenprinted cover & download 10
LOCAL LP WHITE MICE, THE Assphixxxeatateshun Load 9.99 new 1
LOCAL LP WHITE MICE, THE Blassstphlegmeice Load 9.99 new 1
LOCAL SHIRT BODY, THE I Believe In Jim Jones / Violence Solves Everything Devil's Rainbow 11 new Small, gray on black shirt 2 sided 2
LOCAL SHIRT BODY, THE I Believe In Jim Jones / Violence Solves Everything Devil's Rainbow 11 new Medium, gray on black shirt 2 sided 2
LOCAL SHIRT BODY, THE I Believe In Jim Jones / Violence Solves Everything Devil's Rainbow 11 new Large, gray on black shirt 2 sided 1
LOCAL SHIRT BODY, THE I Believe In Jim Jones / Violence Solves Everything Devil's Rainbow 11 new X Large, gray on black shirt 2 sided 1
LOCAL SHIRT BODY, THE Jesus Head Devil's Rainbow 11 new Small, black on dark gray shirt 1
LOCAL SHIRT BODY, THE Jesus Head Devil's Rainbow 11 new Medium, black on light gray shirt 2
LOCAL SHIRT BODY, THE Jesus Head Devil's Rainbow 11 new Large, black on light gray shirt 1
LOCAL SHIRT BODY, THE Jesus Head Devil's Rainbow 11 new X Large, black on light gray shirt 1

Thursday, May 27, 2010

AS220 Presents: Cyborg Kittens, Dustbowl, etc.




Well, here it is, readers: the moment has come that will test our staid commitment to events, event-going, and communicating exclusively and succinctly about events. These are trying times, people. Up in the news, its all softball scandals and oil slicks. Avert your eyes from these tawdry distractions! Resist the seductive temptations of the blogosphere and television set! Newscasts, be damned! This is all you need to know:

Friday night will offer to us a prismatic showcase of pop/rock and hunkitude. Erin Boucher, get r done! Shryne, Brian Severn & Those Victorious, and Heather Rose share the stage. Saturday promises a a glam-prog extravaganza: A Troop of Echoes celebrates their CD release with Herra Terra, Volcano Kings, and (thank the lord!) Mahi Mahi. And I swore I'd never wear spandex again! We're not just weekend warriors, team: Tuesday the 1st we'll welcome our June Artist /Hacker in Residence, Jimmy Rodgers. (I know, I know! Not the guy that wrote "In The Jailhouse Now." Thats where my mind went, too.) Get ready to bend circuits, build robots, and bust out the solder. Jimmie is here to show us how to hack in style. Make your early-mid nineties fantasies come true! Stop by the labs to see what we're building/destroying/turning into a cyborg (kittens!); stay to build an Atari Punk Console or turn your old toys into blinking musical instruments. 7-10pm every weeknight in June. For rizzle. Wednesday night we're thrilled to host Providence's Pecha Kucha. Did anyone see Lost In Translation? Like that. AND, the following Friday B Sharp is driving the bus. We aim to please.

There it is, readers. I'd love to stay and dish, but I have to break it to the Cute Overload pin-ups that soon they'll be half machine. I'll leave you to it. For a full rundown of the happs, get thee to our calendar. Until the rock show, away!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

AS220: Gettin R Done

Bonjour, readers! How goes life in the blogosphere? So far so awesome on this end, thanks for asking. Before we begin in earnest, lets take a moment to debut a new segment I like to call Your Week In Baffling Internet Gossip. Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill sings on a new Christina Aguilera song called I Hate Boys. Seriously? The state of Texas is removing the word "slavery" from all of their textbooks, favoring instead "Atlantic Triangular Trade." Makes sense to me. Photocopiers have a hard drive, which stores scans of everything you ever xerox. When you dispose of/return from leasing/leave unattended your beloved Toshiba, anyone with a philips-head and a USB cable has a window into your passport info, social security number, and tuckus. True story. Ask the interwebs.

This Friday, the careening snowball of Rock n Roll and high fives picks up momentum as What Cheer? Brigade celebrates their fifth birthday. Cakes, greeting cards, and unpitched percussion encouraged. Rounding out the festivities are neat guy Jacob the Terrible, my-very-favorite-rock-band Arcing, and Veveritse. Saturday, in keeping with our apparently newfound tradition, encompasses a host of events so densely packed with intrigue and awesomeness that one questions their heretofore conception of mass. You know how you can fill a jar to the brim with marbles, but there's still room for a cup of sand? Then you think its really packed, but can still add 16 ounces of water? Starting at noon, an all afternoon youth-run collaborative extravaganza, Roots and Rituals, will present workshops about improv, laser cutting, and dance, as well as a Youth Arts Panel discussion at 2 and a slew of performative showcases. Simultaneously in the bar area, our weekly Irish Jam Sesh will provide the soundtrack to "The Best Day of Your Life." Ice cold cocktails! Outdoor seating! Not rain! Who knew? Between 1 and 3, we'll be hosting an open house of our brand-spanking-new Mercantile Building. Picturesque live/work studios! Practice spaces with real locks, and bathrooms you aren't terrified of! Sunday promises a mellow yet riveting chill-fest with haunting acoustic squad Allysen Callery & The Land of Nod, Paul Metzger, Amen Dunes, and Anikki Dawn & The Demons. Shhhhh. AND now, as Monty Python would offer, for Something Completely Different, Monday evening in the darkroom resident photo wizard Denny Moers will unlock the secrets of his signature and quasi-accidental developing processes. Check it out upstairs, and stay for Arrington De Dionyso's Malaikat Dan Singa, Alec K Redfearn & the Eyesores, and Hector 3.

SHWEW! I'm breathless, readers, and am feeling flushed. I'm off to get ramped up on Red Bull and practice my Arcing lyrics. What? For a full rundown of the happs, get thee to our calendar. Until the rock show, Away!

Monday, May 17, 2010

HOWL and The BODY record releases

Two sweet ass records came out this weekend, accompanied by really good shows.


I was too far away to see The Body (or hear the Assembly of light) most of the time so no pics for that. I did however manage to get close enough to HOWL to snap some pics. See them on the forums or flickr.

Friday, May 14, 2010

As220: Doing Queen Proud Since 1985



Breathe it in, readers. The crisp New England air has given way to some balmy unreality tentatively monickered by its conjectural constituents, "Summer???" Though your glands be enshrined in allergens' mementos, your outward physicality tingles with each warming light; shudders with each passing breeze. I sense it, readers- you've never felt more alive! But in what direction might this newfound vigor be channeled? Toward what momentous endeavor could your energies be most well spun? Try this on for size:

Friday = Progfest, with Sideshow, Doublethink, Infinite Children, and Resistor pop-quizzing your basic math skills from high school. Damn that basic equivalency test! Saturday afternoon is poised, like so many starved and rabid jackals, to erupt into a horizonless infinity of good times and hilarity. Bike swap at high noon, going till 4! Free book-making workshop for kids at 2! Complimentary Irish Jam Sesh from 4-7! PUNK ROCK ALL NIGHT! Read on while I hyperventilate into a paper bag, rockers: Ruiner, Soul Control, Tabernackle, Weak Teeth, and Convulsions grace our humble stage, courtesy of Tor Johnson. Truly, my core has never been so hard. Protective gear encouraged, not just for your ears. Sunday evening, self-identified crazies are invited to take part in the Icarus Project, a rad mental health crew exploring self-care and shirking the traditional mental-health system. Count me in! Falling solidly into the "but not least" category, Wednesday at 5:30 for no charge at all Just Seeds artists and May AS220 Drawer/Inventor in Residence Colin Matthes will present his work of the past month. He'll be giving a slide talk of recent projects that include survival objects realized with scrappy materials, a carnival of War Fair, small "i" inventions (like the kind you might see on an infomercial), contemporary Potemkin villages, and surveillance camera birdhouses. Whut?!

I could tell you that's all, readers, but I couldn't live with the guilt. Though many events fall further and in between, I'm getting antsy, and my bicycle awaits. For the total happs, get thee to our calendar. Until the punk/swap, away!

Monday, May 10, 2010

The Last Armageddon DJ Night: Tues May 11th 9pm




This is going to be the last Armageddon DJ night for a while. We both have some projects happening and need to spend the time elsewhere for a bit. We'll probably do a night here and there every few months. Much love to everyone who has supported the night & the staff at The E&O Tap for hosting us and letting up play the rock.

Armageddon Shop DJ's: The Final Night
Tuesday, May 11th
9pm-Midnight
@ The E&O Tap
289 Knight St Providence RI 02909
(West Side, Prov)
http://www.myspace.com/moonions

Music, Beer, Dudes, Ladies, Pinball, Pool, More Beer.
Garage, Punk, HC, Metal, Indie, Local, Rock, and whatever else.
It's all Rock N Roll.