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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

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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

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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

Reopenings
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

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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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Kate Schrock picks up a backbeat

Rocket fuel
This happens in music all the time, of course: People with no obvious commonality come together because the music they make sounds good. Thus we have Kate and the Rocket.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 29, 2010



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The next great young singer you need to know: Amy Allen

Chasing Amy
Just after graduating from Waynflete and off to college this fall, Amy Allen joins an impressive cadre of young female singers (Clara Berry, Amanda Gervasi, Aly Spaltro, Marie Moreshead) doing great things locally.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 29, 2010

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Return 2 Pinkwood

The once and future Seekonk
Seekonk's Web site has been abandoned and is now a home for spam.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 22, 2010

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Fall Music Preview: The road ahead

Seekonk, Molenes, Spooner, Schrock & the Rocket lead fall line-up
As the local music scene continues to grow, it shouldn’t be surprising that this past summer was the most active we’ve ever seen in terms of album releases.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 15, 2010

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Goose Bumps 4.0 is an aural smorgasbord

Get the chills
Milled Pavement Records' Goose Bumps series of hip-hop/electronic music compilations comes to an end with a bang: The fourth and final installment has 66 tracks featuring 96 different artists over the course of four albums.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 08, 2010

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Moshe and Milled Pavement curate the downtrodden

Tending the flock
"I do not release happy music," Moshe says flatly. "That's the one thing I won't do."
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 08, 2010



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Another fine mess: 20 years of the Boneheads

(And Steve Jones)
It can be easy to put the Boneheads in the same category with Rick Charette.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 01, 2010

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Calling Clark Kent

Re-introducing the mild-mannered Will Gattis
It's definitely been too long since we've heard from Will Gattis, the piano-player and singer-songwriter who showed himself to be a young voice to be reckoned with on 2005's Dullard .
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 26, 2010

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Armorica the beautiful

The debut album from flutist Nicole Rabata
How deep is the Portland music scene? This week I'm reviewing the second world-class album of traditional Celtic music this summer. How does that happen?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 26, 2010

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Branching out

Taking flight with Phantom Buffalo
Did you forget how much you love Phantom Buffalo? I did. And I'm sorry.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 18, 2010

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Leader of the pack

Ray LaMontagne rounds up the Pariah Dogs for his fourth album
Ray LaMontagne's got a band now. But he doesn't have a producer.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 11, 2010



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SPACE out

A double-release weekend with Kurt Baker and Dead Man's Clothes
SPACE is the place next weekend, as two anticipated releases see the light of day for the first time on Friday and Saturday.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 04, 2010

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Arbor of song

Wesley Allen Hartley returns with Narrow Gauge Quad Trains
Why people didn't freak out more about Dead End Armory I'll never know, and why I'm coming to frontman Wesley Allen Hartley's new project, backed by new band the Traveling Trees, almost a month after its release I'm really not sure.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 28, 2010

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Kids are alright

Sprouting Horns to Give up the Ghost
Sometimes, it's good to set the bar low. Even the [dog] and [pony] label press materials note the debut Good Kids Sprouting Horns album, Give up the Ghost, is "unprofessional," and the album's liner notes proudly proclaim the album was "recorded in a small bedroom of a second floor apartment in Bangor, Maine."
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 28, 2010

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Ghost is born

Amanda Gervasi's solo debut
Not long after making her debut as the new co-lead with Gypsy Tailwind, Amanda Gervasi is back this week with a full-length solo album of her own, Merry the Ghost , produced by Eric Bettencourt and with a cast of various local musicians.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 20, 2010

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Grand statement

A different take on Hotel California cool
There are times when I just can't get Grand Hotel's new self-titled LP loud enough.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 14, 2010


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