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Who needs guitars when Dean Ford is in Ctrl?

Strike up the dance beats
Dean Ford's new EP, Ctrl , is six songs, just under 20 minutes. Dean Ford's last EP, Deaf. Dumb. In Love. , was six songs, right around 20 minutes. That's pretty much where the similarities end.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 07, 2012


Jason Phelps and his 2663.5-mile plan

Take a hike, Jerk
If you pay attention to the local music scene at all, you probably know bluegrass band Jerks of Grass have been playing every Thursday night — first at the now-defunct Bramhall Pub, then at Gritty's, and now at Bayside Bowl — since sometime in 1998.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 01, 2012


Which witch? Crunk Witch.

Like two thieves in the night
Crunk Witch's new Faith in the Thief is the most truly unique album to come out locally since, well, Crunk Witch's debut full-length, Legends of Manicorn, released on Milled Pavement in 2010.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 29, 2012


Educated Advocates release their full-length debut

Back to the classics
This August will mark the 20th anniversary of the Brand New Heavies' Heavy Rhyme Experience, Vol. 1 (there was no volume 2).
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 22, 2012


Mosart212 declares himself PASSIVE/AGGRESSIVE

It's been hard to miss this whole EDM push lately.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 15, 2012


Catching up with Kid’s Gotta Do

Two-man show
There's no shortage of emo-influenced, WARPED Tour rock bands in these parts.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 16, 2012


For Steve Jones, It's Different Every Day

Life on a barstool
For a guy whom just about every true Maine roots fan knows on sight (and by the first five notes or so of a guitar solo), Steve Jones sure is a chameleon.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 08, 2012


Exploring the countryside with Max García Conover

Take to the trees
There are so many guys with guitars nowadays.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 01, 2012


10 songs to get you, and the Pats, fired up

Super selections
While most Patriots fans this past weekend watched with glee as Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was denied a return trip to the Super Bowl, I couldn't help remember the time 11 years ago when I didn't completely detest the guy.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 25, 2012


Roy Davis ditches electricity for the Coloradas

New kind of lightning
I was really digging the brand of alt-country Roy Davis was dishing on 2010's We Are a Lightning Bolt , all kinds of melancholy and down in the mouth and drenched in warm electric guitars.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 18, 2012


Dreadnaught’s Justin Walton has a solo release

Some steak and sizzle
If you've followed Justin Walton's work in the likes of Dreadnaught and the old Actual Size, you'll probably be comfortable with the scope and variety of his sprawling debut solo release, It Takes a Toll .
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 11, 2012


Hoboe are a multi-trick pony

Read all about it
If you've heard of Hoboe, it's probably because of the gimmick.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 11, 2012


Say goodnight with To the Moon, to the Stars

A Bush effort worth supporting
As Bushes go, Babs and George the elder aren't the worst of the lot. It's certainly hard to argue with the work that goes on at the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital, and it's easy to get behind projects that send money that way.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 11, 2012


Matt Shipman takes a Solitary Wander

Going it alone
Over Christmas, I found myself stuck in front of a PBS special that involved Celtic women and a whole lot of overblown syrupy nonsense.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 04, 2012

Old Soul are the new thing

People are talking
Enough people rave about a band, you start to think maybe you ought to check them out. Such is the case with Old Soul, a three-piece that put out a self-titled debut album this fall people can't seem to stop recommending.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 04, 2012


This season starts retro and then fades to Black

A Modest mid-winter
After a summer and fall that saw local releases at a fever pitch, perhaps it was inevitable we'd see something of a retrenchment for the dark days of winter.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 28, 2011


2011’s top 10 albums (and 5 EPs, too)

Haunted and Happy
This is the first year reviewing local music made me feel truly panicked.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 22, 2011


Don Campbell gets Frosty once again

A very country Christmas
If you don't like Christmas songs, there might be something wrong with you (even if you celebrate another winter holiday).
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 14, 2011

New local Xmas tunes

And more!
Don Campbell isn't the only local who's in the spirit. Here's a selection of other newly released original Christmas tunes this season.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 14, 2011


Steve Grover makes a Statement

On the road again
Everyone wants to be in Steve Grover's band.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 07, 2011


Meet John Nels, Under City Lights

Shining on Portland
It's fairly amazing how many musicians from the county make their way down here to the Big City — last week it was Travis Cyr traveling this way for a CD release show.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 07, 2011

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