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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


Packing iron with Yellow Roman Candles

Slow burn
For a band with such a fiery name, Yellow Roman Candles don't exactly blast from the speakers; nor are they likely to be your Fourth of July party-down accompaniment.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 22, 2011


Brzowski will Sleep when he's dead

Too old to die young
What you need to know about Brzowski in a nutshell: Not only does he understand that "myriad" is an adjective, and not a noun requiring a preposition, but he mines the Upanishads for samples.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 15, 2011


The good Doctor is in (and out, and in ...)

Space invader
Let's just allow that Doctor Astronaut is a digital maestro, an enjoyable and entertaining wordsmith, a progressive barrier crasher.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 08, 2011


Richard Nelson's big deal

In cool Pursuit
While it's seemingly becoming commonplace for one musician to play 13 different parts or instruments on a studio album, it's getting pretty rare to hear an album featuring 13 musicians all playing at the same time.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 08, 2011


Dead Season give in on The Negative NUMBers

Killing me softly
What's that Neil Young said about castles burning? "Don't let it bring you down?" Someone ought to tell Dead Season. The band previously known for keeping a stiff upper lip through trying times have, on their new EP, given in to a little wallowing.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 01, 2011

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