This year marked one of immense growth for the Providence music scene. New faces made their presence felt and even a new venue in Alchemy opened up to become a huge part of an already burgeoning community. Veterans staked their claim and the newbies became established while a bunch of others are well on their way to making a name for themselves. For any community to thrive, there has to be a steady influx of young people getting involved. Thankfully that is happening in Providence when it comes to local music and people are welcoming it with open arms. There's a sense of artistic excitement in the Creative Capital these days; individuals who have been involved in the music community for years are getting more and more great people involved. Shows consisting of all local bands are packing venues in every neighborhood. It's inspiring to witness and there's a lot to be positive about when it comes to the bands that call this place home. With all of this being said, here are 16 of our favorite songs to come out of Providence this year.
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The Silks, “Let It Ride”
One of the most anticipated album releases in all of New England was the Silks’ July record Turn Me On, the follow up to 2013 debut Last American Band. It was interesting to see how they were going to top something that was affiliated with Paul Westerberg but they put forth quite an effort. “Let It Ride” is an excellent example of the trio’s ’70s rock influenced sound. Tyler-James Kelly once again shows why he’s one of the best guitarists in Providence while bassist Jonas Parmalee and drummer Sam Jodrey combine to create a pristine rhythm section. It’s a party starter that has a knack for energizing and electrifying. Featured Silks photo up top by Joan Hathaway.