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Who's going to win?

2008 Portland Best Music Poll tote board
I give you the BMP Tote Board, handicapping the big categories — because who doesn’t like reducing real life to betting lines?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 30, 2008


Worth the wait

The GFAC series returns to its roots with Volume 7
The wait is over.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 23, 2008

Hittin’ trees in the deep blue sea

Spend a Portland Afternoon with Bob McKillop
There are jokes to be made about playing for people who are a pint down, hooked to an IV, and woozy, but I’ll let you make them.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 16, 2008


Hitting Bottom

Brown Bird return on the spring winds with an aching beauty
Lamb may insist he’s an everyman — “My heart is valve and ventricle and flesh” — but this Brown Bird truly soars.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 16, 2008


Further + Further

Roy Davis pushes forward with the Dregs
Roy Davis has made a number of good choices since the release of his promising debut disc, Grey Town , in early 2007.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 09, 2008


Turn up the Radio

Sidecar perform frequency modulation on Wave Principle
Three-piece rock bands are so much more interesting when the bass player and drummer aren’t just sidekicks for a big-time frontman/guitarist.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 02, 2008


Spring cleaning

A grab bag of discs buried by winter snow
Some find it remarkable, but it is nevertheless true that far more local CDs are released than there are weeks in a year.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 26, 2008


Rustic hit the road

Going national
Sure, you Portlanders are used to cool things like live in-store appearances from your favorite local bands, but those of us who get our pipeline of culture from the Windham Bull Moose are rarely as lucky.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 26, 2008


Ogre Ferreus

The proto-man comes home on Plague of the Planet
This is the album Ogre have been meaning to make all along.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 19, 2008


One Too Many is never enough

The Pubcrawlers give you a reason to celebrate, March 17
This time of year always brings about a bunch of talk about the Irish, but we’ve really been inundated of late, no?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 12, 2008


Seek and Destroy

As Fast As pull out their Plastique
It’s an unpredictable world we live in.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 05, 2008


Pour some Sugar on me

Samuel James returns with Songs Famed for Sorrow and Joy
“I want this company to add substantially to the blues repertoire,” he writes on the label’s site, “and not just come out with the ‘same old, same old.’”
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 27, 2008


Call and response

Satisfying a growing crowd with a Playtime Music Session
We’ve had the pleasure here in Portland of watching a number of great singer/songwriters develop their careers into something substantial recently.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 20, 2008


Can’t we be Civil?

Outside of Portland, a Battle Within rages
What’s that you say? Never heard of them?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 13, 2008

Push all the livid out

Cambiata side project Daro go more alt-country than alt-rock
Just when you thought it was safe to slag all those pesky young people with a reputation for laziness, here comes Sean Morin.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 06, 2008


Listener, Heal thyself

The Cambiata’s new EP is a cure for many ills
It's possible things are getting a touch too literary for your average music consumer.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 31, 2008

Some mid-winter jazz

Steve Grover heats up again, Between Now and After
In the cyclical, here-and-gone-again jazz world of Maine, it seems that maybe things are on-again.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 16, 2008


Piano man

Kevin Roper sets himself free
If you haven’t heard from Kevin Roper lately, maybe it’s because he was busy getting married.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 09, 2008


Hey, where’s our office?

A proposal for the state to make a commitment to Maine music
Everyone knows that it’s the innovators who survive.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 02, 2008


Let's stop fooling around

Wishes for a year in local music
What did this last year feel like to you?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 26, 2007


The top 20 local albums of 2007

Here’s to the cream of a very impressive crop
Whatever you may think of Portland’s live-music scene nowadays — I’d argue it’s improving.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 19, 2007

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