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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Multi-colored Greetings

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


Confidence men (and women)

Spouse open up on their fifth full-length
For a slice of Portland and scattered folks throughout New England and beyond, Spouse are downright seminal indie rockers.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 05, 2010


Packets of Sugar

Bebe Buell returns to town throwing ‘Air Kisses’
It’s easy to paint Bebe Buell as some talentless pretty face who slept her way to whatever modicum of stardom she has right now.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 28, 2010


Chinnock of the North

The re-release of Dime Store Heroes , and a look back
How did I not know that Bill Chinnock was Dick Curless’s son in law?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 21, 2010


Something in the struggle

Ten years in, Loki have seen an Ebb and Flow
It would have taken some favorable odds for me to have put money on Loki celebrating a decade as a band back when they debuted in 2000. Jonathan Taylor’s Sully Erna-like metal-growl was all in vogue with the angry young man set, and there seemed to be dozens of similar-sounding metal-rock bands who were fans of Rage Against the Machine.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 14, 2010


At the Minimal

Mike Clouds has a beat-infused Message for you
Since 2007’s Blown Speaker Project an album full of MCs, Mike Clouds’s solo work has consisted exclusively of instrumentals, the latest being this month’s Minimal Message, a 10-track ranging from the new-agey to the electronica to more traditional boom-bip hip-hop.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 07, 2010


From Russia with love

Moshe’s Thinning the Herd finds its audience
The Internet has, of course, ruined the music industry. That’s the conventional wisdom. But for many musicians, the Internet has been a boon.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 07, 2010


Cindy Bullens to run for state senate

Rock and Poll
Is Cindy Bullens the first Grammy-nominated musician to run for Maine Senate?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 08, 2010


Tough enough

Stroll, hop, or Run to the Mill
It’s hard to do genuinely new things with roots music, but the Toughcats have proven with their second album what everybody suspected after hearing their first: They are one of the most creative and inventive bands going today.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 31, 2010


Two and fro

Kolosko and Dimow’s Border Crossings
It can be easy to get wrapped up in Portland’s pop and rock scene, the singalong stuff you hear in the clubs and on the radio.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 24, 2010


By the Grace of Ralph

A debut that is Lying Down Looking Up
As debut records go, it's rare to find one as textured and fully realized as what Marion Grace have put together in the 10-song Lying Down Looking Up , an arty, smart, folk-rock affair that shows songwriting creativity with some genuinely great ideas.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 17, 2010

Home and away

Zach Jones's diasporic Fading Flowers
For many songwriters, home is where the art is.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 17, 2010

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