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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


Call the Truckers

Scott Link is Coming Around
It seems the big new thing on the local music scene is to include one super-cool cover from the ’80s on your new album.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 11, 2007


And it Stones me

Everybody get UltraViolent at the Deering Grange
Hey, someone’s got to keep the flame alive.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 02, 2007


Prepare for takeoff

Lost on Liftoff launch Mixtape Blackouts
By the end of Mixtape Blackouts , I’m hoarse, exhausted, and not a little emotionally drained.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 27, 2007


Burn, baby, burn

Jason Spooner’s smoldering Flame You Follow
Jason Spooner’s a real easy guy to like.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 27, 2007


In the Black

Twisted Roots return to prominence with their first full-length since 1999
Twisted Roots transformed their “reunion” into a forward-looking intent to bestride Portland once again and develop a new crop of fans who dig terrifying guitar solos and teeth-rattling vocals.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 20, 2007


Early and often

Summer heats up quick and stays hot
There’s plenty to get excited about looking forward into the scant three months that make up the only great time to be in Maine.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 13, 2007


Rustic reunion

Are there Overtones of something long-term?
Yes, Rustic Overtones are back.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 06, 2007


What the folk?

Okbari explore Armenia and Anatolia
Raise your hand if you know where Anatolia is.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 16, 2007
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