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Elvis Perkins by Brian Blauser

Elvis Perkins: Persistence of Memory

Elvis Perkins returns to his old Providence stomping grounds on December 16 for a show at the West Side’s Columbus Theatre.

This year, he released I Aubade, his first record since 2009. He also created his first film score — for February, an atmospheric horror feature directed by his brother Osgood (his sometime drummer) + due out in early 2016.

I interviewed the wry + utterly charming Mr. Perkins shortly after the release of his debut, Ash Wednesday, for the much-missed Providence Phoenix. Here’s the interview in full.

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Al Forno owners George Germon & Johanne Killeen

In Memoriam: George Germon, 1945-2015

“Providence has a great history, and the deeper you get into it, the more you love it.” –George Germon

Back in 2008, I was lucky enough to work near the future location of Tini’s, which was the much-buzzed about sequel of sorts to Al Forno, the restaurant that (almost single-handedly) put Providence on the culinary map.

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Lightning Bolt at the Roundhouse, London, Spring 2015.

Taking On Providence’s Wunderground

The October issue of Take Magazine fixes its lens on the weird, many-headed hydra that is the Providence noise scene.

Writer Phil Eil (formerly news editor of the much-missed Providence Phoenix, where I also cut my teeth) admits straight away that the multivalent topic “could be a book,” and that the “scene is complex and unclassifiable — but important to acknowledge.” [The piece is print-only, but Eil has written a colorful intro here.]

With only 2,400 words to pin down a multidisciplinary, slippery beast, he makes the canny decision to present discrete moments in time — snapshots in Technicolor.

I talked to Phil for the piece, and did my best to paint a picture of how the scene “was just a balance of chaos and community,” as AS220’s Dave Dvorchak puts it.

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