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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


Being the boss

Another glimpse of the Phantom Buffalo
Talk about long-awaited: The new Phantom Buffalo record was recorded at Thundering Sky, down in South Berwick, over four days in August, 2005. That’s right, 2005 .
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 21, 2008


Can you see yourself?

Apothis offer Reflections and Symmetry
On Apothis's eight-song debut album, Reflections and Symmetry , they give you 40-plus minutes of unpredictability.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 09, 2008


A six-pack for the Fourth

Looking for the right buzz for your Independence party?
There’s no better holiday for throwing back a few cold ones and listening to tunes on the dock, boat, front lawn, or backyard, and there are plenty of discs I’ve been meaning to make people aware of.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 02, 2008


Like a Hurricane

Matt Newberg is Back from the Trail of Tears
Matt Newberg has a knack for naming bands, songs, and albums. It’s not to be underestimated.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 25, 2008


Okay, I’m Biased

Looking forward to a summer of Jerks, Phantoms, and Tules
Is our local music scene actually better because so little national and international talent comes here?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 18, 2008


The kids are alright

Faster! Faster! debut with
It’s not amateurish at all. It’s just rough around the edges — and enjoyable in its bravado.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 11, 2008


Drinking and driving

The Molenes release Songs of Sin and Redemption
Dave Hunter and his Molenes show they’re more than just a guitar band.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 04, 2008

In the pines

Arborea make it up as they go along
Though 2006’s Wayfaring Summer was certainly a pretty disc, it would have been a mistake to use it to peg Arborea as a folk outfit.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 04, 2008


“Why” and why not

Hearing Kate Schrock’s Invocation
There are songs here that speak of Jamaica and others that are more like the Portland-suburb Schrock you’re already down with.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 28, 2008


Something Lost, something gained

Dead Season ramp things up yet again
So delicate and so menacing.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 21, 2008

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