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:

(members of DINOSAUR JR, WITCH etc playing Rock)

(Relapse Records/Amphetamine Reptile... Noise Rock/grind/metal)

(Neurot records Post-Metal/Doom rock...)

(Doom drone metal from Portland Maine...)

Saturday September 4th
All Ages / Drink w/ID

115 Empire St
Providence RI 02903

Sunday, August 22, 2010


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:


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!”

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!