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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


Can classical be underground?

Portsmouth's Navona Records releases an indie aesthetic for orchestra
At least one of the reasons many of us contemporary-music fans don't get into classical music is because it seems like no one wants us to listen to it.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 14, 2008


One day at a time

Covered in Bees' 24 Hour Album
Covered in Bees have never taken themselves too seriously, have a ton of talent and experience, play a style of music that's not known for its complexity, and are therefore well suited to taking a whack at this 24-hour album concept.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 05, 2008


Another Nail in the coffin

A driving new album for Halloween and Election Day
Big Coffin Hunters are no big fans of McCain/Palin, the Bushies, or neo-cons, either, and their new album, Drive Another Nail , manages toss in a little political commentary amongst fun macabre metal tunes.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 29, 2008


Four on the floor

Albums you may have missed as fall fell
It’s been a fine fall already: sunny, crisp weekends for apple picking; big-time albums from Ray LaMontagne, Pete Kilpatrick, and Twisted Roots; a deep Red Sox run in the playoffs.  
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 22, 2008


Pump up the Volume

A Twisted Roots retrospective (with five new songs)
Nowadays, it’s hard to remember that Twisted Roots ever broke up in the first place.  
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 16, 2008



Ray LaMontagne on his new Gossip in the Grain
On LaMontagne’s new Gossip in the Grain (RCA), he’s having a lot more fun.  
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 09, 2008


Hearts of gold

Pete Kilpatrick Band make like Obama and hope
Pete Kilpatrick’s burgeoning career is a microcosm of the near-chaos that is the current state of the music industry.  
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 02, 2008


The ageless Miss Fairchild

She Won’t Be Your Kept Woman , but she’ll be your man
In case you’ve been itching for some new Miss Fairchild lovin’, you’re in luck with the four-song digital-only EP Won’t Be Your Kept Woman , available September 30.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 25, 2008


Bright lights, big band

The Bay State Turn This City On
The Bay State, born and nurtured at UMaine-Machias, are right in my personal wheelhouse: smart lyrics, huge choruses, and they edge outside your standard instrumentation.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 25, 2008


What good can the blues do?

Pam Baker and the SGs help you drown your sorrows
You can’t ask too much of the blues. Like the raw emotion they’ve become synonymous with, the blues are not cerebral. They are not progressive or revelatory.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 17, 2008


Make like a leaf

Fall into local music (and other ironic urgings)
Fall appropriately takes the baton (sorry, Olympics still on the mind) from a stand-out summer of music in Portland.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 10, 2008


She’s all okay

Darien Brahms is better than ever on Number 4
Darien Brahms has been pegged as an alt-country diva or an anti-war activist, but on her solo records she’s mostly been an old-school rocker.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 03, 2008


All mixed up

Brzowski holds an experimental Blooddrive
Brzowski’s Blooddrive Vol. 2: The Wreckage Between, a mixtape released earlier this summer, is full of all kinds of ear candy.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 27, 2008


We had joy, we had fun

Dominic and the Lucid release Season of the Sun
It’s hardly rare for bands to borrow local talents to add flair here and there to a record, but Dominic and the Lucid have gone above and beyond the usual guest spots.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 20, 2008

Three in one (more)

New from Marie Moreshead, Adam Kurtz, and Hotel Arrival
Last week, we previewed the releases of three discs. This week, we offer three discs that came out this summer, but didn’t hit my desk till recently.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 13, 2008


Three in one(1)

Discs to get you through the late summer
As this most prolific summer of local album releases stretches into August, it’s getting hard to keep up.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 05, 2008


A chilling spray

Sailing the brooding waters of the Baltic Sea
Those of us desperate to escape the singles-saturation our MP3 existence has thrust upon the modern musical landscape and return to album rock now have a band we can get behind — the Baltic Sea.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 30, 2008


Dude, you got any green?

Winter woes
I feel like I’m back in college, trying to score some decent weed.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 23, 2008


Home, at last

Jerks of Grass deliver a disc 10 years in the making.
Other than two tracks on the Greetings from Area Code 207 series, there has been nothing to bring home and put on the stereo for fans of what has been at times Portland’s hardest-working band.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 23, 2008


Touch me, feel me

Subject Bias tell you When, Where, and How
After three increasingly good discs in 2004, 2005, and 2006, Subject Bias took 2007 off, but return with eight songs in 2008 that continue to show that Kevin Ouellette is one of the area’s best songwriters.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 21, 2008

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