On Friday June 19, Roz and the Rice Cakes are going to the library. In one of the final shows of the Providence Public Library’s Don’t Stop the Music series, the Providence-based indie-prog trio blast into outer space for the release of their latest 7 “ single, Close Encounters. The single will feature two tracks, the titular “Close Encounters” and “The Conversation.” Not only are these two cuts named after two of my favorite films of the 1970s (why more people doesn’t talk about The Conversation the way the they talk about the rest Coppola’s output in the ‘70s is a crime) they’re also another victory for the band, building off of the foundation laid down on 2014’s Need to Feed and upping the oddball ante, signaling more great things to come from Roz, Justin and Casey.
Close Encounters is being released by Team Love Records on a limited run of hand-lathed 7” records and cassette tapes, though I’m personally keeping my fingers crossed for a surprise MiniDisc revival. Roz and the Rice Cakes will be joined by Providence’s own Omnivore, Providence Classical’s High School Jazz and Rock Band (directed by Roz’s dad) and Megafauna, who the library has on loan from Austin, TX.
Friday, June 19, 6-11pm
Providence Public Library Auditorium
150 Empire St