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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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Brotherly love

The Malletts do country right
When it's right, "country" music has a way of bringing people together.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 07, 2010

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Remember when

Getting back to roots for the Fourth
A celebration of our nation's founding is as good a time as any to dig into some old-time country music, either from this country or another. Whether a reissue from 1976 (the Bicentennial!) or a release from just last week, Mainers give you plenty of backyard fodder for the long weekend.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 29, 2010

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Sound of Silver

Brenda's debut a raucous shade of pop
From Extendo-Ride to Cult Maze to their latest incarnation, Brenda, there has never been any doubt about the songwriting capabilities of Peet Chamberlain and Josh Loring.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 24, 2010



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Creature feature

Stay up late for Clara Berry
While much of Clara Berry’s new EP, Creature , is alluring and captivating, the first 45 seconds of her “Siren” might be the best 45 seconds recorded this year.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 24, 2010

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Decades and Days of the new

Gypsy Tailwind’s with Gervasi, and don’t skip a beat
After the bombast of Grace , Gypsy Tailwind’s sophomore record, full of strings and horns and big arrangements worthy of a Nashville studio, the opening to their brand-new Decades and Days seems decidedly intentional.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 16, 2010

One man’s picks for the BiMPys

Handicapping the Best Music Poll
Pffft. That Phoenix Best Music Poll is just a popularity contest!  
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 02, 2010

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That was yesterday

 Colepitz return to forever with No Tomorrow Tonight
More than 10 years since their debut, Colepitz have long since had their day in the sun. But sometimes it really is about the music.  
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 02, 2010

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Must be Marie

Marie Stella's debut EP full of pop and Trust
I’ve always loved Sydney Bourke’s contribution to Satellite Lot’s Second Summer album, and it’s great to see a band built around her excellent lead vocals with the indie-pop Marie Stella.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 01, 2010



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Run for Cover

Honey Clouds shake the trees and get noisy
If there was ever the idea that Honey Clouds were just Harpswell Sound with a new rhythm section, let their sophomore album, Cover the Forest , dispel it forever.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 26, 2010

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Daydream believer

Pete Miller debuts with Shake the Dawn
Long a young songwriter with buzz, Pete Miller has been woodshedding with Eric Bettencourt all winter working on a debut record that sees the light of day this weekend.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 19, 2010

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The radio on TV

Suddenly local music is all over the airwaves
There is nothing new about bands playing on television. But local bands and local channels? Lately there’s been something of an explosion.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 12, 2010

Voice of the County

Travis James Humphrey gets local in Nashville
How boys who grew up a few miles from each other in the County wound up making a record together in Nashville is one of those vagaries of the music business that will never make sense.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 12, 2010

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Multi-colored Greetings

Getting psychedelic with the Stereo Flys
You can’t accuse Jeff Beam of lacking ambition.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 12, 2010


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