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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


A Bridge to the past

Citadelle build a tower that spans the decades
Anybody out there old enough to remember Burt Sugarman’s Midnight Special ?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 19, 2007


Fall out boys and girls

Somehow, things heat up as summer closes
Everything about that sounds worldly and intellectually satisfying, something you could say for much of what’s happening this fall on the local music front.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 12, 2007


A Peapod press

Ron Harrity launches a new label with discs from Blakeslee and Hughes
Really, you’d have to be crazy to launch a record label in these troubled musical times.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 05, 2007


“Savannah” would be better

Joe Farren would just get in trouble in Atlanta
Why does the six-minute-plus final track, “Go On,” full of nothing but guitar, vocals, and a little harmonica, seem like our first introduction to the real Joe Farren?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 29, 2007


WCLZ bought by Saga Communications

WCLZ is the first of those stations to be re-sold, though all of them will eventually be sold off.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 29, 2007


Ooh La La

Miss Fairchild sexes up New England a second time
You know that scene in The Blues Brothers where Jake and Elwood are buying instruments for the band and find themselves organ shopping with Ray Charles?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 22, 2007


Sweet and Lowe down

Jews in Hell chronicles Portland’s ultimate outsider(s)
Quoting Lowe, Jews represent “a cult without a leader, freelance wise-asses without portfolio.” Who am I to argue?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 15, 2007


Catch and ‘Release’

Soundbender’s Victory Mile trolls for meaning
Soundbender’s debut full-length, Victory Mile , is not a summery affair.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 08, 2007


Wild honey

 The Leftovers continue to be On the Move
Nothing could be more appropriate for a place like Geno’s.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 01, 2007


There is a Light

Is it at the end, or just the beginning?
What began as a pair of Rustic Overtones reunion shows at the Asylum has turned into what you might call a tour.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 25, 2007

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