Calendar

Mar
26
Tue
Open Life Drawing @ AS220 Main Stage
Mar 26 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

AS220 Life Drawing has been going strong since 1995. Our rotating roster of models are talented and diverse, many of them are artists themselves.  Artists of all skill levels are welcome to join our friendly and dedicated sessions.  Early arrivals can snag a table, but a chair is provided for all.  Non-toxic materials please.  Enjoy music, and a drink from the bar while you draw!

Absinthe Father (PA) / waveform* (CT) / DOG STUFF / Bicycle Inn @ AS220 Main Stage
Mar 26 @ 9:00 pm – Mar 27 @ 1:00 am

absinthe father (PA)
absinthefather.bandcamp.com
melancholy songs for melancholy people
“Anyone can make music,” they insist. “You don’t have to be rock god, finger tapping on a telecaster with a capo…you can do anything and somebody out there will enjoy it.” Article by Kaiya Gordon
(https://www.audiofemme.com/playing-columbus-absinthe-father-on-diy-and-making-safe-spaces-safer/)

Waveform* (CT)
waveformct.bandcamp.com
Soft n beautiful

DOG STUFF
dogstuffri.bandcamp.com
ya ya whateva rock or punk or somethin

 

BICYCL INN http://bicycleinn.bandcamp.com/album/opening-doors-for-strangers

@ AS220 / 9PM doors / $7-10

Mar
27
Wed
3rd Shift Showcase @ AS220 Main Stage
Mar 27 @ 9:00 pm – Mar 28 @ 1:00 am
Mar
28
Thu
Deche-Charge (Quebec) / Horrible Earth / Psycho / Limbs Bin @ AS220 Main Stage
Mar 28 @ 9:00 pm – Mar 29 @ 1:00 am

47318118_10217974522819478_7371123839486394368_nAnother Riotous Outburst Records banger coming at ya!

DECHE-CHARGE– Canadian noise-core
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcMLesZtB3g

HORRIBLE EARTH– Boston grindcore/hardcore
https://www.facebook.com/HorribleEarth/

PSYCHO– old school punk/grind/thrash heads since 1981
https://www.facebook.com/Psychoboston/

LIMBS BIN– Western MA noise-core
https://www.facebook.com/limbsbin/

$8, ALL AGES, DOORS 9 PM, BANDS 9:30

Mar
29
Fri
An “Adult” Party; A night of teen comedy @ AS220 Main Stage
Mar 29 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
FINE. / EDT / Gertrude Atherton @ AS220 Main Stage
Mar 29 @ 9:00 pm – Mar 30 @ 1:00 am

51939189_619574585195355_498743950442496000_oFINE. : https://wearefine.bandcamp.com/album/f-l-e-s-h-v-e-s-s-e-l
(FLESH // VESSEL – cd release)

EDT: https://edtmusic.bandcamp.com/

Gertrude Atherton : https://gertrudeatherton.bandcamp.com/

Friday, March 29th
AS220
9pm
Sliding Scale $6-12

Mar
30
Sat
T D O V 2 0 1 9 @ AS220 Main Stage
Mar 30 @ 3:00 pm – Mar 31 @ 2:00 am

T D O V 2 0 1 9
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TDOV (tee-dahv) is an all-day music festival featuring trans artists from far and wide based in Providence, RI.

L I N E U P

HEADLINER: JORDAAN MASON
https://jordaanmason.bandcamp.com/
Jordaan Mason was the first explicitly trans artist I ever listened to. When I was in high school, I craved cool new music, like everyone else. Well before I came out as a trans woman, I heard Jordaan’s iconic record “Divorce Lawyers I Shaved My Head” and couldn’t understand why I couldn’t shake it. Listening to these songs ten years later, and they are still some of the most haunting pictures of the hardships life and love as a trans person carry. Playing solo, without the ‘Horse Museum’, Jordaan has continued to make brilliant queer folk, pop, and experimental music that is as brave as any I’ve ever heard. I’m thrilled to announce that Jordaan Mason will be flying out from Toronto to headline our festival. High-school Noraa would be proud.

BustDown (Baltimore)
https://bustdownmd.bandcamp.com/
The band describes themself as “Kinda Mathy, Kinda Screamo, Pretty Gay, But still basically a Hardcore Punk Band.” So often, hardcore lyrics eschew nuance for nuisance, but BustDown alternates between righteous barbs like “unite the right, it’s full of fascists, get them in line / so we can use a single bullet to end their chain of thought” and confessional lines like “nothing let the never fester / builds until the breakdown’s inevitable / what you feel’s what you can’t hide”. I’m really excited to meet these punks so we can talk about right-wing demonic transgender conspiracy theories and the pratfalls of visibility.

caloric
https://soundcloud.com/caloric-643628887
Dailen is your favorite. If she isn’t your favorite, it’s time for a new favorite! My theory is that Dailen doesn’t perform, she runs an emulator of a DIY show on a Windows XP and we all become dancing NPCs. Caloric’s square waves and wonky rhythms sound almost too easy, but mask the fact that the melodies and harmonies are out of this world. Dailen obviously knows more about music and retro-technology than most people ever will, but the spaces she makes while performing always makes sure everyone’s having a good time and I respect the shit out of that.

CMOV
https://soundcloud.com/cmov
The first time I ever heard CMOV, it was on a tape I bought at the first RIPE expo. It was wrapped in a piece of precisely folded paper with a science-fiction story printed on it. Ever since then, when people ask me what kind of music CMOV makes I say “speculative”. Chameleonic in scope, Kit’s sounds could just as easily be enjoyed in a white wall gallery, on a sweaty gay dance floor, or at a audiophilic night of experimental music. This electronic project is one of the Providence music scene’s true jewels.

Jake Bellissimo (Berlin)
https://jakebellissimo.bandcamp.com/
“Baroque pop” artists usually don’t understand what makes pop music great, so they end up writing tired imitations of the Beach Boys, throwing some strings and a trumpet on top, and cutting mediocre records that capitalize on our own nostalgia. NOT SO for Jake Bellissimo, a trained composer, arranger, violist. None of that classical training gets in the way of making “music about feelings” that floats high above the dichotomies of gender and the art world.

June Violet Aino (Hartford)
https://junevioletaino.bandcamp.com/
June is one half of your favorite guitarless transgender noise band, SPACE CAMP, where she can be seen playing a massive 88-key keyboard and blowing into a bright red trombone. Not as many people recognize her as a brilliant and award-winning contemporary composer. Make no mistake: June’s compositions are not Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. These pieces are every bit as dissonant, intense, witty, and metal as fuck as any noise band.

Lady Queen Paradise
https://ladyqueenparadise.bandcamp.com/
Clara is one of the most powerful vocalists, songwriters, and performers I know. Their performances are always technically flawless and often feature the same ten or so songs, but no two performances have ever felt like they could exist on the same planet. Drawing on a solid folk archive, an encyclopedic knowledge of indie rock, and classical training as an opera singer, Lady Queen Paradise taps into something raw, harrowing, but also life-affirming. I have to remind myself to breathe while Clara plays.

Murayama (Philadelphia)
https://murayama.bandcamp.com/
I met Marina Murayama while on tour in Philadelphia, and I was blown away at the intricacy of their art. If these songs were just synthpop, the sound would already be full and rich, but Marina couldn’t stop there, instead orchestrating bold arrangements for cellos, flutes, violas. I remarked off hand that if I had to describe this music I’d call it “ancestral chamber folk”, and I’m proud to say Marina uses that phrase on their bandcamp. Murayama’s poetic lyrics like “mend our broken tongues / and let us chew familiar fruit” are just the tip of an iceberg that descends deep into questions of place, legacy, tradition, gender, kinship, colonialism, and selfhood.

PINK NAVEL (Boston)
https://pinknavel.bandcamp.com/
PINK NAVEL is a prolific rapper from Boston who simply can’t be stopped. Navel’s effortless flow, easy-going wordplay, and sublime beats (that they make themself) make this stuff look easy, like Shaggy using 3% of his power. But Devin Bee’s nerdy, witty wordsmithing is carefully practiced, and with each new release the lyrics get more compelling.

Rory Strong (Los Angeles)
https://holyshadow.bandcamp.com/
When I asked Rory to play the gig, I thought they were still living in Baltimore, which I thought was far at the time. Then they told me they’re in LA and still want to fly over to rainy ol’ New England this spring to play this gig. I’m so, so excited to play alongside this gentle soul again and listen to some top-shelf rock and/or roll. Whether Rory is making acoustic folk punk peans or shouting loud rock ditties into a megaphone, they bring an electric energy to the space that cannot soon be ignored.

Timothy-Anne (Boston)
https://timothy-anne.bandcamp.com/
I saw Cam, Timothy-Anne’s lead singer, perform some of these songs solo on an acoustic guitar at AS220 over this summer. They were opening for Kimya fucking Dawson! I remember thinking to myself how amazing music is, how lovely it is to share it with our communities. This très queer band from Boston is a treat for all of us to share.

visibilities
https://novisibilities.bandcamp.com/
This is my sad, gay project where I play a keyboard sadly and sing gaily.

I N T E N T I O N

Last year, I made the beautiful mistake of thinking I could book a music festival. I don’t book many shows, period, so I don’t know what made me want to curate a whole fest by myself. Three days before the gig, I was about to cancel. But after many stressful days and sleepless nights, the whole thing came together in a way that felt affirming and special. In my book, it was a huge success: hundreds of people turned out, and seven months later Rhode Islanders voted it best music festival of the year. So, I decided to make the same beautiful mistake again.

TDOV 2019 is gonna pick up where last year left off, except this time is gonna be BIGGER! We’re excited to announce that artists from as far away as Los Angeles and Berlin will be joining us, that additional programming (TBA) will make the whole weekend a queer celebration, and that we’re prioritizing fairer compensation of our performers.

The event is called TDOV, not Trans Day of Visibility, though it marks that observance. This festival is just as much a love-letter to trans vengeance, victory, virtue, vice, vindication, violence, values, vessels.

We aim to critique the idea of visibility, and question the liberal motives that demand ‘representation’ rather than ‘liberation.’ We believe that trans visibility is an inherently dangerous thing to aspire to, but nevertheless we are gathering here to be trans together. This event is intended to be an opportunity for trans people of all backgrounds to get to spend time together and have important conversations about resistance.

I N F O R M A T I O N

All ages welcome!

Door is at 2 PM, music starts at 3 PM, and we’ll be going until 12:50 AM.
There is a suggested donation of $10, but absolutely no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

The space is wheelchair-accessible and located on the ground floor of a building right off the street.

This show will not be sober, as AS220 has a bar. Drinking responsibly is crucial.

There is a restaurant on-site that serves many vegan and vegetarian meals.

Oppressive and predatory behavior will not be tolerated, period. If anyone is bothering you, speak to a team member.

Flyer by Arthur Katrina.

Lineup is tentative.

More information to come! If you are interested in donating money, sponsoring the event, or supporting in any way, please reach out to Noraa. Our chief priority is ensuring the artists get paid.

Apr
2
Tue
Open Life Drawing @ AS220 Main Stage
Apr 2 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

AS220 Life Drawing has been going strong since 1995. Our rotating roster of models are talented and diverse, many of them are artists themselves.  Artists of all skill levels are welcome to join our friendly and dedicated sessions.  Early arrivals can snag a table, but a chair is provided for all.  Non-toxic materials please.  Enjoy music, and a drink from the bar while you draw!

Petra, House Red, Nicole Carroll, and Verdant Vibes @ AS220 Main Stage
Apr 2 @ 9:00 pm – Apr 3 @ 1:00 am

181013-PVDLoopPetra improvises noisily with homemade and off-the-shelf electronics and voice. Her searching, unexpected multimedia work “drives malfunctioning machinery in chaotic directions” (Bristol 24/7) and shows that “even mundane sounds… can be beautiful” (Cville Weekly) through resonances of instrumentality and access. Petra’s first solo album, filament, comes out March 2019 on Gold Bolus Recordings (petracore.bandcamp.com/album/filament). Petra is based in Providence, Rhode Island.

Apr
3
Wed
The Daily Note @ AS220 Main Stage
Apr 3 @ 8:00 pm – Apr 4 @ 12:00 am
Apr
4
Thu
Free Speech Thursdays: Providence Poetry Slam @ AS220 Main Stage
Apr 4 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

10380005_2034433896511_5825485343033422930_oProvidence Poetry Slam. Welcome to all poets, writers, rappers, musicians, and fans. www.provslam.org / @providenceslam

7:30–doors open/ sign-up sheet is posted
8pm–open mic
9pm–slam

$5
$1 for age 19 and under
Free with Brown/RISD ID

Apr
5
Fri
Live Bait! Bullshit @ AS220 Main Stage
Apr 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Bullshit

As we all know, the second rule of Live Bait is that people tell TRUE stories. It’s right there in the name, “Live Bait: True Stories From Real People.” Now, some might think that with a theme like our April theme, one might bullshit a story. Not true. We are looking for true stories of bullshit. The bullshit laid on you, the bullshit you’ve laid on others, the bullshit you’ve endured (and you know you have – we all have).

So bring your stories of Bullshit to Live Bait on Friday, April 5th. Put your name in the fishbowl and, when called, come up and tell it. Remember, please: no notes, no rants, no aimless ramblings, no stand-up routines, and there is asix-minute time limit. Of course, you are more than welcome to simply sit back and listen.

Live Bait is hosted by Phil Goldman, with banter, musical accompaniment and monthly theme song by Jerry “The Professor” Gregoire. (By the way, the first rule of Live Bait is that you do talk about Live Bait). 

LIVE BAIT: TRUE STORIES FROM REAL PEOPLE

7:00pm Friday, April 5th 2019

Tickets $7.00 – no reservations taken

AS220 Main Stage,

115 Empire Street,

Providence, RI

(401) 489-2555 for more information

seatbelt, Mr. Airplane Man (Boston), and Byran Minto ft. Florence Wallace @ AS220 Main Stage
Apr 5 @ 9:00 pm – Apr 6 @ 1:00 am
Apr
6
Sat
THOU (quiet set) // EMMA RUTH RUNDLE (solo) // MJ GUIDER // GERTRUDE ATHERTON (acoustic) @ AS220 Main Stage
Apr 6 @ 9:00 pm – Apr 7 @ 1:00 am

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THOU

Thou promo

Thou is a metal band from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Though oftentimes misread as “post rock” or “hipster doom” or lumped in with the Southern sludge, Black Sabbath-worship of New Orleans and Metairie bands like Eyehategod, Crowbar, or Acid Bath–they share a more spiritual kinship with 90s proto grunge bands like Nirvana, Alice in Chains, or Soundgarden and the aesthetic and political impulses of obscure 90s diy Ebullition Vermiform hardcore punk. Since its inception in 2004, the band has released five full length albums, seven EPs (some bordering on full lengths), two collaboration records with The Body, and enough material spread out over splits to make up another four or five full lengths. Andy Gibbs, Matthew Thudium, Mitch Wells, KC Stafford, Tyler Coburn,

 

EMMA RUTH RUNDLE

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The cover to Emma Ruth Rundle’s fourth solo record, On Dark Horses, bears a blurry photo of the songwriter obscuring her face with a large toy horse with broken legs. The photo suggests something candid but also hidden, graceful but also fractured—a fitting portrait for an artist who has established a career by vacillating between shrouding herself in mystery and exposing her wounds to the world. Her first solo release, Electric Guitar: One, was a collection of Frippian guitar instrumentals written and recorded in the backseat of a tour van during her tenure in Red Sparowes. It’s a record devoid of context, revealing nothing of Rundle’s personal narrative. The first peek behind the curtain came with Some Heavy Ocean, where layers of distortion were excised in favor of acoustic guitar and Rundle’s beguiling vocals. There was a distinct difference by the time Rundle released Marked For Death, a stark and deeply personal meditation on mortality and self-destructive behavior. Her entire musical trajectory—from the cinematic instrumentals of Red Sparowes to the lush haze of Marriages and onward through her solo career—seems like a gradual disclosure of intimate secrets. With On Dark Horses, Rundle doesn’t shy away from uncomfortable realities or retreat into a private world, but it does capture an artist who has survived their personal nadir and come out stronger on the other side.

“In the wake of weak beginnings, we can still stand high,” Rundle sings over banks of electrified minor chords and ghostly guitar leads on “Darkhorse”. It’s a statement of purpose and a recurring motif throughout the album. “The record is about overcoming—understanding and embracing the crippling situation and then growing beyond it,” Rundle says. “Horses keep working their way into the lyrics and visual dimension of this record. They’re powerful and beautiful yet not free really. So the dark horse works for me in a visual way, as a representation of a contained force that will win the race or exceed the expectation of society and self.” The horse metaphor takes a darker turn on the reverb-soaked gothic Americana song “Races”, where Rundle draws a parallel between alcoholism and being a “touring vampire wastoid… creeping around in the night dragged along by the need.”

Taking the full arrangements of Marked For Death on the road demanded a backing band, which Rundle pieced together from tour companions—first Dylan Nadon from Wovenhand and Git Some and later Evan Patterson and Todd Cook from Jaye Jayle. Rundle’s budding romance with Patterson prompted a move to Louisville, Kentucky, which not only amplified the equestrian themes of the record but also yielded a new writing process. “This the first time I haven’t played all the guitars on my own record,” Rundle says of Patterson’s contributions to the writing process. “It was stressful letting go but it was also rewarding.” The collaboration worked both ways, with Rundle contributing to Jaye Jayle’s No Trails and Other Unholy Paths. That album’s “Marry Us” mirrors On Dark Horses’ “Light Song”, with the union of Rundle’s siren vocals and Patterson’s poised baritone conjuring a dizzying and feverish update on the duets of Johnny Cash and June Carter.

True to the empowering mission statement of On Dark Horses, album opener “Fever Dreams” speaks of “a life spent uneasy / in pieces, always in pieces / life rent completely” but still exudes an overall air of vitality and strength. It charges out of the gate with an intensity that continues in the duality of dream pop and distorted deluges on “Control” and onto the haunting guitars, galloping percussion, and majestic vocal delivery of album centerpiece “Darkhorse”. The eight tracks of On Dark Horses capture the evolution of Rundle as an artist, with vestigial traces of the savvy guitar work of Electric Guitar: One, the siren song beauty of Some Heavy Ocean, and the amplified urgency of Marked For Death all factoring into the album’s rich tapestry. Rundle arrives at the end of the album with an ode to a traumatized and heartbroken friend on the grand and triumphant “You Don’t Have To Cry”. After laboring over the majority of the material for the album, she wrote the finale in one sitting, describing its easy birth as a gift from the gods. It’s a fitting closer, a song announcing Rundle’s newfound hope and reminding us to take control during our darkest moments instead of succumbing to them.

On Dark Horses was written in the fleeting moments of downtime during Rundle’s relentless touring schedule in the latter half of 2017 and into the early months of 2018. It was engineered and produced by Kevin Ratterman at LA LA LAND in Louisville, Kentucky over the course of ten days in February and March. Sargent House is proud to release On Dark Horses to the world on September 14, 2018 on CD/LP and all digital formats.

MJ GUIDER

GERTRUDE ATHERTON

 

Apr
7
Sun
The Empire Revue presents The Accidental Show! @ AS220 Main Street
Apr 7 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Oops they did it again! Providence’s Funniest Sketch and Variety Show celebrates life’s happy accidents and facepalm-worthy failures.
Your hapless host, Keith Munslow, will be your guide as always, as the star-crossed Sparkling Beatniks take you through an evening of flubs and foibles. But make no mistake – the Empire Revue house band will still be rocking the whole night through!
Apr
9
Tue
Open Life Drawing @ AS220 Main Stage
Apr 9 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

AS220 Life Drawing has been going strong since 1995. Our rotating roster of models are talented and diverse, many of them are artists themselves.  Artists of all skill levels are welcome to join our friendly and dedicated sessions.  Early arrivals can snag a table, but a chair is provided for all.  Non-toxic materials please.  Enjoy music, and a drink from the bar while you draw!

Bluffs, Aloe Russell, a NEW SHORT PLAY from Knucklecrease and Lady Alone, and Palomina @ AS220 Main Stage
Apr 9 @ 9:00 pm – Apr 10 @ 1:00 am

Bluffs – bluffs.bandcamp.com/
Awesome bizarro-pop music from Harrisburg, PA.

Aloe Vera – (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7oOXAoXu6q1v3VXAKLm_jQ)
Composer, horn player, electronic extraordinaire.

a NEW SHORT PLAY from Knucklecrease and Lady Alone
https://ellenzahniser.bandcamp.com/

Palomina – palomina.bandcamp.com/
New, raw, dark-pop from Providence.

Apr
10
Wed
Songwriters in the Round @ AS220 Main Stage
Apr 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

RISA presents Songwriters in the Round at AS220

4 Songwriters ~ 4 Rounds ~ All Acoustic ~ All Original

 

Be a part of the audience, hear some great original music AND help select the theme for next month’s players….

AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI

$5 admission

7:00 p.m. ’til 8:30 p.m.

Lobotomizer/ Insect Politics / Will Mk / Robbie Rhodes / Targus Targus / F Howler @ AS220 Main Stage
Apr 10 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

51551226_10217346097501882_4643456819228835840_oNOISE/PUNK/POP/DANCE SHOW AT AS220 WEDNESDAY APRIL 10TH. DOORS 9PM $7

LOBOTOMIZER – HARSH BUBBLY NOISE RHODE ISLAND NOISE, PREPARE FOR THAT EARDRUM MASSAGE YOUVE BEEN WAITING FOR

INSECT POLITICS – FUCKED UP RIPPER RIFFS RIPPING THROUGH TAPE INTO YOUR BLOWN OUT SKULL. PROVIDENCE.

WILL MK – EXPERIMENTAL, COMPLEX NOISE RIGHT OUT OF PROVIDENCE. A LAB EXPERIMENT GONE WRONG. STAY CLEAR.

ROBBIE RHODES – OUT OF BOSTON, ROBBIE RHODES WILL HAVE YOU JIVING ALL THE WAY DOWN THE STREET. AMAZING BEATS. AMAZING POP. GOTH GIRL HAS BEEN STUCK IN MY HEAD FOR A YEAR.

TARGUS TARGUS – ANOTHER BOSTON ACT. TARGUS TARGUS MAKES TUNES THAT SOUND LIKE A RELIC OF THE PAST AT THE SAME TIME SOUNDING LIKE THE FUTURE. DANCE DANCE DANCE!

F. HOWLER – SONGWRITER AND MUSICIAN OUT OF PROVIDENCE RHODE ISLAND. F. HOWLER’S MUSIC WILL UNNERVE AND ENTHUSE YOU.

LINKS:

lobotomizer.net (Lobotomizer)
willmk.com (Will MK)
sponji.bandcamp.com (Insect Politics)
robbierhodes.bandcamp.com (Robbie Rhodes)
https://targustargus.bandcamp.com/ (Targus Targus)
https://hideousreplica.bandcamp.com/ (F. Howler)

Apr
11
Thu
Marblemouth, So Over It, Smoochyface, and Wolf’s Milk @ AS220 Main Stage
Apr 11 @ 9:00 pm – Apr 12 @ 1:00 am