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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Vudu Sister, “White Satin Evening Gown”
Vudu Sister has always been the somewhat versatile music project of Keith McCurdy. The band will either go this hauntingly gothic folk route or it’ll become a snarling garage punk animal that can’t be tamed. The Sister has gone back to their folk roots lately and their third album Mortis Nervosa had McCurdy joined by a cast of local artists such as Diane O’Connor on violin, Amato Zinno on standup bass, MorganEve Swain on viola, John Marlow on banjo, Kate Jones on backing vocals, and Michael Samos on mandolin and ukelele. “White Satin Evening Gown” is the lead single off the album and the chorus will invade the senses, there is no question. It’s conveys Vudu Sister’s trademark darkness while also getting a bit bluesy and medieval.