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Enter the Working Man

North of Nashville's outlaw country
There is unquestionably no paucity of opportunities to see these two honkytonkers do their twangy thing.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 10, 2014


Meeting Micromasse

A welcome addition to Portland’s jazz scene
So maybe there’s room for Micromasse, featuring guitarist Max Cantlin and playing old-time jazz, though this time in trio format, and all originals, without any singing.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 30, 2014


Life lessons

One man’s daydreams are another’s nightmare
With Gunther Brown’s debut full-length, frontman Pete Dubuc and crew have created the most sorrowful local record since Ray Lamontagne’s Till the Sun Turned Black .
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 23, 2014


Last train outta Euston

The first installment from An Overnight Low
Chad Walls is a guy who’s still dedicated to the album format.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 16, 2014



The mixed and remixed Oh My Goodness
Emerging from traditions of hip hop, horn-flavored soul, pop, and the purely digital traditions, these six songs — and the nine guest remixes of those six songs released last month — are architectural wonders.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 10, 2014


Taking the Pulse of Wry Climate

 Languid palpation
A-to-B songwriting like that done by Wry Climate’s Dan Nelson sometimes offers more food for thought.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 03, 2014


Hunkering down to see what happens

Local Music: The winter of our discontent
Winter in Portland has always been a sleepy time for local musicians. Make sure you make the most of the end of December. 
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 26, 2013


Top 10 albums of 2013

 And a couple other lists while we’re at it
I love albums. It remains predominantly the way I listen to music.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 19, 2013


Just between friends

Local Music
Zach Jones shows breaking up is hard to do with The Days.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 12, 2013


Chicky Stoltz walks the line between camp and cool

 Return of the Roebuck
You remember Chicky Stoltz? There was a time when you couldn’t miss the guy in this town.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 04, 2013


The Cult of Rustic Overtones continues

 The show must go on
Watching the seven-piece band, augmented by a four-piece string section, there were certainly signs of maturity.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 27, 2013


The winter of Essence’s Unseasonable Spring

 A certain je ne sais quoi
There’s a solid local contingent that will tell you Essence is the best MC in Maine.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 20, 2013


Greetings from a great, and meh, music scene

 Going local
It's back. After three years of hiatus, Charlie Gaylord has brought the Greetings from Area Code 207 franchise back to its string of album releases with Volume 9.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 14, 2013


The next great project featuring Chris Moulton

Introducing Policewomanwithfangs.
Portland hasn’t heard something this goth and relatively rock in a while.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 07, 2013


Spose writes an album for Outkasts everywhere

 Welcome to Dankonia
With the release of Dankonia , Wells, Maine’s most famous rapper lays it down on top of production originally used by Outkast, though not only Stankonia.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 31, 2013

Doctor Gasp’s Vampire Fish for Two

 Halloween treat
How is it possible that Doctor Gasp, Dan Blakeslee’s Halloween-loving alter ego, hasn’t put out an album in 10 years?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 31, 2013

Big Easy shuts down

Venue Watch
The story behind the closing of one of Portland's great local-music clubs.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 30, 2013


Rocky Mountain lows with the Coloradas

 Arm in arm with that Big Empty
 Arm in arm with that Big Empty
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 24, 2013


Dustin Saucier and all his Sad friends

 Fox, Paper , Bastards
Dustin Saucier and the Sad Bastards are pretty attractive in these days of government shutdowns and radioactive fish and genetically modified everything.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 17, 2013


Barbara ‘Barb’ Moran (1957-2013)

News of Barb Moran’s death this week at 56 came as a shock. Not only because she was far too young, but also because she always seemed like such a kid.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 17, 2013


Jon Nolan returns, and things have Changed

  Everything , and the girl
It’s possible that more than a few of you have forgotten that Nolan just happened to write and record one of the best solo records the Northeast has ever heard.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 11, 2013

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