Buy Local Music – Ways to Support RI Musicians This Holiday Season

Looking for a unique gift this holiday season? Sick of the “same old same old?” Tired of being “malled?” We’ve got a solution – Buy Local Music!

Many musicians in and around RI have released new albums in recent months and What’sUpRI has the links to the music below. With declining CD sales, many independent artists rely on concerts, vinyl, digital and CD sales to help pay the bills, and in some cases, to just break even.

Below are some of our favorites – to be updated throughout the holiday season!

Local Record Labels

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The Ocean State is home to recording studios, producers, engineers, and record labels. A couple of top independent labels have listings for many talented local artists.

Rocktorium Records has releases from a diverse stable of local artists including The Copacetics and The Z Boys. CLICK HERE for their web site.

75 or Less Records is another fine local label with artists from pop to punk. Bands include Tall Teenagers, Bill Keough, Jets Can’t Land and The Low Cards. CLICK HERE for details. 

In addition to the links below, it’s always a good idea to check for discounts are your local record store. One RI mainstay “In Your Ear” Records in Warren has a special event scheduled for Small Business Saturday (11-24) with big discounts on vinyl and more plus live music throughout the day. Click here for details.

A holiday “Music Merch and Pop Up Sale” is happening December 1 in Providence with sets and merch from local artists including Jenn Lombardi, Jacob Haller, Kate Mick, Nate Cozzolino, Kris Hansen, Pete Vendettuoli, Tracie Potochnik and more. The event is at 12 Observatory Ave in PVD. Details here.

Also, many local venues from AS220 to PPAC have sales on tickets over the next few days. Check their web sites for more.

Daphne Martin

New London, CT based singer-songwriter Daphne Martin recently released a intensely heartfelt collection of new songs, Scared Fearless. Check it out here and catch her on the road soon! 

John Faraone

Providence singer-songwriter John Faraone just released Light Upon, a nice nice collection of folk/roots tunes – click here for details.

John Faraone is one of many local musicians with a new release this holiday season.

Arc Iris

One of RI’s most interesting bands, dream pop icons Arc Iris are currently out touring their acclaimed new album “Icons of Ego,” available here.

Foggy Lullaby is the latest release from Arc Iris

Celebrate Joni Mitchell’s 75th

RI jazz pianist, singer, songwriter, and arranger Debra Mann released Full Circle, a brilliant collection of jazzed up Joni Mitchell tunes earlier this year – buy it here. 

Meanwhile Arc Iris totally reimagined Joni’s classic “Blue” last year – still available here. 

Eric and the Nothing

We’re big fans of Eric and the Nothing’s new album, a compelling garage rock release influenced by pretty much everything from the 1950’s on. Buy it here and see the band out and about soon!

O.B. Howard

Indie duo O.B. Howard has a delightful new release, South of Our House, available on digital here.

Allysen Callery

Bristol based ghost folk singer-songwriter Allysen Callery is out with a new single, “November Man,” ahead of her upcoming 2019 album. Find it here. And find more Allysen Callery at her bandcamp site here.

Flannel Rooster

Check out some bandcamp tunes and chill to the indie-alternative vibe of Flannel Rooster here .

Tiny Diamond

Light Codes is the latest release from Tiny Diamond, an indie-pop group with a fresh harmonies over 80’s/90’s beats. Click here.

A couple of artists with RI connections are planning recordings – help them out by crowdfunding these projects …

Rhode Island native Phil Madeira, who is a member of the Emmylou Harris Band, has a new release on the horizon. CLICK HERE for details. 

Musician, educator and actor Sara Azriel is planning a new release soon – check out her Patreon page here.