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Action Jackson

Screaming down the Highway, over the limit
Locally, Loverless, This Way, and now Highway Jackson are forging a bit of a rock renaissance in Portland.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 04, 2009


Same story, different ending

Soundbender move forward by Surviving the Fall
Building from a solid base of support in the Old Orchard/Wells area of Southern Maine, Soundbender steadily created a statewide following over the past five years.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 26, 2009


Curiouser and curiouser

Sara Hallie Richardson says hello, to say goodbye
Sara Hallie Richardson, we hardly knew ye.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 19, 2009


On their way to Memphis

The Lomax mine the South, and the past, on their debut disc
Their name sort of gives them away.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 11, 2009


Dance, dance, evolution

The secret weekend start the party with Energy Broadcast System
They've been working together for a long time, since the late 1990s in Florida and the nascent Slowing Room, which came to Maine to become early innovators of the Portland electronic music scene.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 04, 2009

The same mistakes?

Joshua Madore returns with D4988
Joshua Madore and his gravelly whisper entered the local scene in 2007 with The Same Mistakes.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 04, 2009


Dry days are over for PCMH

Booze or bust
It's an all-too-common scene here in Portland: A local music venue is ready to rock, but liquor inspectors (or fire inspectors, or some kind of inspectors) haven't yet signed some important piece of paperwork.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 28, 2009


Throw your devil down

Jacob Augustine serves notice of a big new voice with Harmonia
The last time a voice hit me like this was the first time I heard Moses Atwood's "Seventh Sin," back in 2006.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 28, 2009


Strangeways, here we come

Everysmithever push all kinds of boundaries
Everysmithever, who put out a self-titled full-length this fall and then promptly stopped playing shows, is more than a Cambiata side project.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 21, 2009


Here we go loop-de-Loups

Six songs of Holding Hands with the Crooked Man
Justin Graves, Nathan Grieves, Micah Joe, and Nick Laskey have roots in the Maine metal scene — and you can tell.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 21, 2009


Higher ground

The Refugees are strangers in a strange land
Cindy Bullens, who has done a lot of things in the music business, recently wondered: "What? You have to get old to have success?"
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 14, 2009


The end of everything

The more the Cambiata change, the more they improve
The Cambiata are never satisfied.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 15, 2009


Winter to remember

2009 enters with a roar
Sometimes January in this town can be a bit slow. It's cold. There's a holiday hangover. Whatever.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 31, 2008


Scrutiny of the bounty

Was 2008 the best year ever for local music releases?
I'm an enthusiastic guy, and maybe prone to hyperbole from time to time, but it's hard to argue that 2008 wasn't an all-time banner year for music created here in the Portland area.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 23, 2008


Sun-ny day real estate

Loverless deliver an electrifying third album
People, show these guys some love. Or join them in worship.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 17, 2008


Wrap it up

Local music for the hard-to-please
I'm way ahead on my shopping this season (it's easier because the family has finally come to its senses and agreed to a strict one-gift-per-person rule).
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 10, 2008


Which way is up?

This Way may not Make History , but they certainly rock out
You’ve seen them in the Old Port, whether it’s just J Biddy, or as Crossfire Inferno, playing plenty of rock covers, slipping in originals more and more often recently .
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 03, 2008


Us and Them

Carolyn Currie speaks loudly on Waves of Silence
Written here in Maine (her fist album written here, actually), but recorded back in her old stomping grounds in the Northwest, Carolyn Currie's fourth full-length is a warm and smart disc, with fine arrangements of tunes that manage to explore a wide range of folk.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 03, 2008


The boy with no name

Travis Kline creates More Time
With a tidy five-song EP, More Time , Travis Kline is the newest entrant in Portland's burgeoning alt-country renaissance.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 26, 2008

Murky and bright

Tarpigh return: Where did they go?
It's notable that Tarpigh won't play their own CD-release show this Saturday. That would be the normal thing to do. And Tarpigh have never given Portland anything normal or predictable.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 26, 2008


We got everything

Frank Hopkins discovers the American Dream
Hopkins vented with Doomsday . Here he as produced something more measured, and, in the end, more long-lasting.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 19, 2008

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