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The 10 best LPs and EPs of 2009
I can hear the snarky comments already: "What?!? Rustic Overtones put out an album this year and Pfeifle hasn't fallen all over himself naming it #1? The sky is green!" But this isn't 1999. It's 2009. And it isn't all that strange for a phenomenal album to hit Portland's city streets anymore.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 16, 2009


The Shapes of things

Pete Kilpatrick's new wintry Sounds
The first song on the Pete Kilpatrick Band's new Shapes and Sounds EP might be called "Dear July," but the five-song work is clearly an ode to winter, to its delicious melancholy and the joys of finding cozy corners in overheated bars or naked bodies under six or seven blankets.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 09, 2009


Seven up

The new sounds of Sly-Chi
Because Sly-Chi are so versatile, and can adopt any number of danceable skins, there can be a tendency to read their individual songs in great chunks, like sentences we've read a hundred times.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 09, 2009


Airman punk

Running a band and writing music in Afghanistan
Perhaps the clearest sign that Afghanistan is not your father's war comes in the person of Airman First Class Peter Bourgeois, who, while deployed at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, has been busy managing the career of his former band, Jodi Explodi.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 02, 2009


Soldier's joy

Aaron Lee Marshall's intriguing Now Maybe
For a deconstructionist, the new album from Aaron Lee Marshall presents any number of philosophical difficulties.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 02, 2009


Ghost stories

For all of the excitement that surrounded Wilco on the Maine State Pier or Sufjan Stevens at Port City Music Hall or the various sold-out Ray LaMontagne shows of the past year, there is no question that last Sunday's Phish show at the Cumberland County Civic Center was the biggest thing to hit our fair city in a very long time.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 07, 2009


Bay State update

A three-song EP for the holidays
Last we left the Bay State, they had turned out the excellent EP Let's Turn This City On , released just over a year ago. In the meantime, they've played the Warped Tour, picked up a booking agent, and worked hard on their live show. Their new three-song EP, released December 11, indicates they may have fallen in love with the live show while they were at it.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 24, 2009


Bare bones

The burgeoning Benjamin Burgess
His press materials tell me the young Benjamin Burgess is "uniquely compassionate."
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 24, 2009


We have Liftoff (again)

Back, Brightside , and they've got it nailed
If there is a constant that runs through Walt Craven's vocal and lyrical work from 6gig through Lost on Liftoff, it is his role as the impassioned voice of the underdog.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 18, 2009


Rear-view mirror

Albums you shouldn't let slip by
After a few days of Indian Summer to remind us of the summer we nearly didn't have, it's timely to shed some warm light on albums released recently that didn't get their proper due.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 11, 2009


Days of the New

The orchestral stylings of Rustic Overtones 2.0
When drummer Tony McNaboe delivered the burned copy of Rustic Overtones’ new full-length album, he tucked it inside the packaging of the re-released and re-mastered Long Division.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 05, 2009


Tomorrow never dies

 A new full-length from Dave Rowe (and Trio)
For a Halloween party with substantially less gore, check out the newest release from Dave Rowe (and sometimes his Trio), The Music Never Dies .
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 28, 2009

Haunted Shipyard

Jodi Explodi deliver ghosts of Halloween past
Guitar World recently gave credit to KISS for turning "party" into a verb.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 07, 2010


Life in Ruin

The crushing metal of Human Moral Deception
Recently, Bull Moose wondered "aloud" (via Facebook) about the future of metal.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 21, 2009


Full speed ahead

Riding high with the Sea Captains
The Sea Captains don't take themselves particularly seriously.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 14, 2009


Space cowboys

Sidecar Radio's fiery Dreadnaught Cosmonaut
Sidecar Radio's EP Wave Principal was released in April 2008 and I've pretty much been listening to "Easy Gets So Hard" ever since.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 07, 2009


Headstart at the beginning?

A is for attitude, antipathy, and fighting the good fight
Headstart have only been around for about five years, but especially with frontman Kevin Kennie's long history in the scene, begun with Shufflin' Tremble/Loud Neighbor, they are now decidedly mid-career artists.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 30, 2009

Well, cello there

Kieran McManus flies to the moon (and the Far East)
It can be a bad sign when your story threatens to be more interesting than your album, but Kieran McManus is probably safe.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 23, 2009


Young love

Marie Moreshead proves she's the permanent kind
For a girl with such a professed affinity for monogamy, Marie Moreshead is a bit of a tease.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 23, 2009


Ripple effect

The 10 most influential bands of our first 10 years
The Portland Phoenix launched in 1999, just as the Portland music scene was turning.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 16, 2009


Falling fast

Let's get things started right away
As almost always seems to be the case, I have to start the "fall preview" by detailing this upcoming weekend, which promises to be one of the most active of the year.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 16, 2009

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