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Stocking stuffers

A grab-bag of local music for every taste
So, this does, indeed, come a week after the whole "gifts" issue, but this is traditionally the week for local music suggestions.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 16, 2010


Jeff Beam navigates the Flying Trapeze

Without a net
Talk about a high-wire act. On his fourth full-length album in as many years, young songwriter/performer/engineer Jeff Beam has set out to make an important album that's listenable, a record that both challenges ideas about pop music and embraces them.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 08, 2010


Theodore Treehouse are Closest to the Sun

Burn, baby, burn
Bryan Bruchman and Dylan Martin and Ian Paige and everyone else who's been raving about Theodore Treehouse's live set over the past year were completely and totally right.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 09, 2010


Britta Pejic's inventive Backyards

She's not there
What a perfectly strange and delightful album is Britta Pejic's Backyards That Weren't There Before .
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 01, 2010


Div Kid span the rock spectrum

Tinted colors
Div Kid really should have garnered more attention for their self-titled full-length debut in the summer of 2009. It was a pretty good pop rock record.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 01, 2010


Clubber Lang will kick your ass

What do heavy rock quartet Clubber Lang have going for them?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 24, 2010


A-Frame and Mike Clouds re-stake their claim

Call it a comeback
Why do musicians make the music they make? It's not a question we're going to answer here, but it's one that's constantly to the fore when listening to the brand-new From the Floor Up , the first record released by hip-hop duo A-Frame and Mike Clouds in about five years.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 24, 2010


Sparks the Rescue record Fearlessly

In the studio
Why do bands still pursue label deals? Let's ask Sparks the Rescue, who just finished up seven weeks working with producer/engineer Jonathan Wyman out at his studio in Windham, all on the Fearless Records dime.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 24, 2010


Review: The many tentacles of Jason Spooner's Sea Monster

Get kraken
Jason Spooner is an amalgamation of John Prine and John Mayer — great songs and great hair, all in one package. Their aesthetics are similar, too. Sure, there are important and wounded songs in the bag, but these guys aren't afraid to have a good time, either.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 16, 2010


Review: GFAC returns with double the horsepower

Inverted V8
How spoiled are we in this town? A record like the new Greetings from Area Code 207 Vol. 8 can come out and it's like: Big Fuckin' Deal.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 10, 2010


Review: Put your hands together for Olas's debut album

Keeping time
It's hard to believe, surely, considering bands like Cerberus Shoal, Fire on Fire, and his solo work, but Chriss Sutherland may have outdone himself again with Olas.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 11, 2010


Andi Fawcett returns with her solo debut

Hello again
A former mainstay of the local scene has a re-coming-out party this weekend when Andi Fawcett gigs at the Big Easy to celebrate the debut of her first solo record, Say It Anyway .
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 03, 2010


The Cyborg Trio make it up as they go along

Half and half
Portland hasn't had a band like the Cyborg Trio in while. They're almost certainly the best/only live all-instrumental dance band since Slowing Room stopped playing out (and they actually had some vocals sometimes). Also, Slowing Room had, well, songs.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 03, 2010


The 12-Bar Blues Project releases three prisoner-produced CDs

Breaking up the band
Jim Svendsen runs Guitar Doors, a non-profit group that's going into Maine prisons to teach inmates to play music and, along the way, putting bands together.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 03, 2010


Aleric Nez needs no accompaniment

Ramblin' man
For any songwriter, the urge can be great to add in that string section, that trumpet piece, that bit of backing vocal that’s so easy to hear right at the edge of consciousness.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 27, 2010


Tiger Saw slow dance in the dark

We've got the night
For just over a decade, Dylan Metrano has been bringing together any number of musicians to form ever-evolving versions of his band Tiger Saw.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 27, 2010


Headstart! go where they wanna go

B real
There was a time when we wouldn't review EPs in this space (Sontiago is still bitter about it). Times have changed.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 20, 2010


More soul from Adam and the Waxmen

Soldiering on
Adam and the Waxmen deliver this weekend (shows Friday and Saturday at the Big Easy) their sophomore release, Universal Soldiers, a stronger disc than their debut, Just Play from 2008.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 20, 2010


The Molenes get dark and low-down

Good and evil
Roots music is a big tent. The Molenes have poked their noses into just about every corner of it over the course of their first two records, trying out everything from bluegrass to rockabilly and moving from ripping twanged-out guitar solos to more refined acoustic finger-picking.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 12, 2010

The State Theatre: This is actually going to work

There's no question that the reopening of the State Theatre has people in this town pretty damn excited. As photos of the reconstruction have leaked out, the fever has built, often almost completely irrespective of that bands that have so far been lined up to play its stage.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 13, 2010


A debut from In the Audience

At the end of the album, I had the Gaslight Anthem's "American Slang" in my head.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 06, 2010

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