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Deep thoughts

A stunning Maine-based doc highlights third Camden International Film Festival
It’s an unassuming feature in a weak time slot set in Farmington that deserves to steal the show this year.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 26, 2007


Favorite new venue becomes favorite old venue

Sound off
Like too many good things in Portland these days, the Soundpost’s end comes thanks to a "for sale" sign.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 19, 2007


Easy, tiger

Reconsidering hipsterism, sensitivity, and Ryan Adams’s legacy
It’s been interesting to, however briefly, listen to songs I’ll likely still enjoy in twenty years.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 12, 2007


Killing the deity

Waterville author takes atheism one step further
In God is Dead ’s title story, God is searching — for unapparent reasons — for a boy named Thomas Mawien.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 05, 2007


Post-traumatic asceticism

Marissa Nadler’s icy, transporting gothic folk
If Songs III: Bird on the Water didn’t begin on a such a stirring note, it would be a lot easier to fault Marissa Nadler for icy detachment.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 05, 2007


Fill your belly

Without emptying your wallet
Portland is a great eating town.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  August 29, 2007


Music seen, two sentences on many bands
I had to make an early exit and think about how great it is that postmodernism has come a long way.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  August 29, 2007


Damaged goods

Dirty Projectors reimagine Black Flag, realize their potential
This isn’t the first concept album from Dirty Projectors and I’d be surprised if it were the last.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  August 15, 2007


Hard-knock lives

A New Hampshire native’s debut short-story collection
Rebecca Curtis’s work operates a step detached from the possibility of imagination.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  August 08, 2007

Admiring the scenery

Music seen at Geno's and the Soundpost, August 1 and 5, 2007
My fondness for such superlatives requires that I spread the gossip.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  August 08, 2007


They’ve got Advil, don’t they?

Rough album, great promise
Maybe they just haven’t yet found an album to contain them.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  August 01, 2007


St. Vincent

Marry Me | Beggars Banquet
Clark’s soaring soprano is capable of hitting a Billie Holiday swoon just as easily as a sinister incantation.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 30, 2007


Icky stunt

The White Stripes keep it transitional
For a band as image-conscious as the White Stripes, it’s notable how little they’ve given their fans in the way of ideology.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 18, 2007

Bucky done gone

Sage Francis’s erratic, brilliant opener
Let’s talk about Buck 65’s identity crisis.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 11, 2007


Better transformers

MIFF 10 honors cinema’s past and future
Maine film buffs have it tough.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 11, 2007


Major threats

Indie-rock weekend: a play in three acts
Ian MacKaye has set quite a model for how a punk rocker ought to grow up.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  June 20, 2007

Hiss and Chambers

Music seen at Space Gallery, June 15, 2007
The band are an unlikely but ultimately logical choice for local popularity.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  June 20, 2007


Out with the book tour?

Powell’s Books is trying out an alternative to the traditional author’s book-reading event to promote a new release.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  June 06, 2007


A pleasant Reminder

Feist comes into her own
Canadian singer Feist’s third solo album is a soundtrack for watching your lover walk out the door.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  June 04, 2007
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