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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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



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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

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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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