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The Mallett Brothers Band sing it straight and true

On the Low Down
Not only was Doc Watson the best guitarist of his era, but he also expanded the horizons of so many players, in a way that belied his ultra-traditional Deep Gap, North Carolina, upbringing.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 05, 2011


Sunset Hearts' bright laments

The bones of you
There's something we respond to in the juxtaposition, the pairing of sweet and sour, dark humor, vulnerable heroes. And, of course, opposites attract.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 28, 2011


The Mutineers move forward

Drover and out
Where Mockingbirds Roam , the Mutineers' 2005 debut, was an all-covers affair.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 28, 2011

Introducing ANNA

Band Watch
It would appear Gypsy Tailwind's tumultuous ride has lost its backing breeze.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 28, 2011


Pitter Patter goes Billy Libby's heart

Writing letters to yourself
Billy Libby's new EP, Pitter Patter , is such a step forward for him that I half expected he'd have slapped the name William Elizabeth on the packaging.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 21, 2011


Fall sees the heavyweights with new material

This is gonna be big
This happens every year.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 14, 2011


Lauren Rioux's hosses and regrets

Brighter days
In a town and state that really know their bluegrass and string-band music, Lauren Rioux has been doing a bit of hiding in plain sight.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 07, 2011

A Sorrow-ful Unknown Science

Ode to Joy
What's been a kick-ass bluegrass festival season — Ossipee Valley, Saddleback, and Thomas Point Beach were all stand-outs — has a wonderful coda this weekend with Henryfest.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 07, 2011


I wanna Jamericana

Carry on, wayward sons (and daughter)
For some of us, the title of Dirigo's debut album makes perfect sense. But I can't tell you how many times I've been asked: "So, it's like Jamaican reggae, but played in America?"
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 31, 2011


A Rush and a push

Carrying the metal torch at
When a thousand people turned out at the Skowhegan Fair last weekend to watch Sinfist, Loki, Salvo, and Colon Blow battle it out for $1000 and a fair bit of bragging rights (Sinfist won), it was a sweet night to savor for Chris Rush.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 24, 2011


Arms Against a Sea deliver their swan song

Time to get III
Two weeks back, Arms Against a Sea called it quits, after four years of making a pretty damn good go of being a progressive metal/indie rock band.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 24, 2011


The fundamentals of Lady Essence

Right here, Right Now
It's my job to listen to contemporary music, but I'll admit that it's completely baffling to me that Nicki Minaj is now the "highest-grossing female hip-hop artist of all time." Is she even hip-hop? Is she human?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 17, 2011


Brad Hooper got this low, got back up

Miles to go
Miles to go
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 10, 2011

Say Hi to I Love Music

A burning Tiger
That photo with the high heels is so good you almost don't need to know anything else about Hi Tiger before taking the plunge with their music.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 09, 2011


The Baltic Sea craft a crisp dystopia

Minding every Period
It's been nearly three years since the Baltic Sea's phenomenal debut, Through Scenic Heights and Days Regrets , but when you're making music like this, I can see how it might take a while to build a second edifice.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 27, 2011


A local covers album that doesn't focus on the hits

Ambassador Beam
Hopefully, the awesomeness that was Beautiful Locals hasn't slipped from the Portland consciousness yet.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 20, 2011


Getting Celtic on the coast

Fiddle me this
Ask Randy Labbe what Celtic music sounds like and you're likely to get a fair amount of hemming and hawing.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 20, 2011


Enjoy getting pantsed by Tricky Britches

Fighting the good fight
Most often, I think, whatever "chemistry" is results from a band playing together like their lives depended on it.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 13, 2011


Erica Brown is more than a pretty girl with a fiddle

Bluegrass connections
Just hitting the backside of her mid-twenties and already coming up on two decades into her career as a fiddle/violin player and singer here in Maine and beyond, Erica Brown is one of the youngest true veterans on the circuit you're likely to find.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 06, 2011


Pinsky win by Losing Touch

Get up, kids
Pinsky don't seem to be in any kind of hurry. Roughly three years following their first EP, the intriguing Two for the Road (with a two-song release mixed in last year), the four-piece are ready with a debut full-length on Sinking Ship Records.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 29, 2011


Giving intelligence to simpletons, fools, and Idiots

Going Nuclear
There are a few reasons not to get overly excited about the debut release from Nuclear Boots.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 22, 2011

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