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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


A holiday sample-pack

Albums to pick up for all your friends and family
I always give local music at the holidays.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 12, 2007


Colony collapse disorder

Covered in Bees Kill Louder Than Fire
If you get a chance, check out the trailer for the movie 2 on YouTube.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 05, 2007


How I became a Grasshole

Or how my music teacher tricked me into having fun
If it wasn’t for Buckdancer’s Choice, I wouldn’t be a Grasshole, and I’d be a hell of a lot poorer for it.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 28, 2007


Schools of rock

There’s a whole lot of moving, shaking, and band-building going on in the world of local music instruction
“You walk in here, and you feel as though you’re visiting your favorite aunt or uncle’s house ... it’s a place where you want to visit and you’re willing to take risks.”
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 28, 2007


Keep rotating

Satellite Lot return with Sleepwalk in a Burning Building
The album improves with every listen and is damn hard to get out of your player of choice.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 28, 2007


The long haul

Bullyclub’s application for Tenure
Plenty of musicians have been on the Portland music scene longer than Doug Cowan and Bullyclub.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 20, 2007


Let there be Dark

KGB and Moshe unleash a Project five years in the making
The last time DJ/producer/label head Moshe appeared in this column, it was posited he had “raised dark and gloomy to a hip-hop art form,” which I meant as a compliment.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 14, 2007


Let’s talk numbers

Cult Maze move well beyond Ice Arena with 35, 36
There’s some talk that Cult Maze are the best rock band in Portland right now.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 07, 2007


Daisies a day

Here’s the newest anchor to Portland’s folk-roots scene
I’m in the camp that says band names are important.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 31, 2007


Mind over mind

Jeff Beam’s solo debut passes Rock 101
Loyal readers of this column know that when it comes to the local music scene, college is the best of times and the worst of times.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 24, 2007


Sailing the Seas of Blood

By Blood Alone’s debut full-length is downright Ptolemaic
Two straight weeks reviewing discs with nautical themes in their packaging and not a sea shanty to be found.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 17, 2007


Gone like a Ghost

Gabrielle Raymond and Ian Riley release a haunting debut
The sources have it that Gabrielle Raymond, the singing and piano-playing half of Anna’s Ghost, has skipped town .
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 10, 2007


Kind of Blue

Three songs make an Addict
Blue Collar Product deserve credit if only for having a clock on their MySpace page that counts down to the final day of the second Bush presidency.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 10, 2007


Hello, Boombazi

“Dear Momma, can you say, ‘Revolution’”
Boombazi have performed one of the more difficult music magic tricks: They’ve managed to create a funk-heavy sound that isn’t at all dated and actually moves the genre forward.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 03, 2007


Steel your face

Sontiago returns with a 13-song indictment
Let it be known that Sontiago is not for the squeamish.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 26, 2007

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