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Endless Interstate gas up and get going

Reading the Roadsigns
You might expect '50s-style sock-hop fare, or maybe Highway 61 folk tunes for the American dream, but the band's sound is actually more in the '80s/'90s pocket.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 20, 2013


As spring arrives, so do the Sun Gods

Returning from Exile
There's something in rock and roll that's tied up with those hetero-stereo male traits of bravado, carnal sexuality, and toughness, from Elvis's hips to Jimmy Page's tight pants to Lemmy Kilmister's grizzled face.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 13, 2013


This is why we can have Nice Places

Caught in their traps
Nice Places would have been the perfect local opener for the Minus the Bear/Circa Survive show at the State Theatre coming up on March 16.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 06, 2013


Want to get into 3D printing?

Here’s what you need:
Don't try this on your Windows 97 machine.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 27, 2013


Sam Shain and the Scolded Dogs won’t mind

You can dance if you want to
No, seriously, have you been up to Hallowell?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 27, 2013


A first sampler from the new Lorem Ipsum label

Call it a placeholder
It's been a while since Portland had itself a bona fide new label, something more than just a vanity title for a band's self-released album. It makes sense, considering the fracturing nature of the music industry in general and the ease with which independent artists can record and release music nowadays.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 27, 2013


A Beaux across the pond

Intercontinental Collaborations
While many of us simply watched the Grammy Awards broadcast on Sunday night (marveling over the Bruno/Sting/Rihanna/Marley performance, or Carrie Underwood's dress-as-video-screen), for others the Awards show is actually the culmination of something of a Grammy festival, with industry parties and get-togethers sprawling through the week and all over LA.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 13, 2013


The Pecan Sandies choose their Therapy

There's a fairly continuous line of ska-influenced local horn bands.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 13, 2013


Hutch Heelan’s stuck in the middle with you

For a guy who seems pretty reserved in interpersonal interactions, Hutch Heelan can be a high-profile guy.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 13, 2013


Phantom Buffalo’s farthest flight of fantasy

Raise a Tullamore Dew to Tadaloora
Sometimes all the cutesy artwork and twee vocals (which I quite like) can obscure the fact that Phantom Buffalo are a kick-ass guitar band, like Built to Spill's little brothers.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 06, 2013


Eating up A Severe Joy

A loner’s solo feast
For a record collecting five singles released over the past year, A Severe Joy's second full-length, Cinematesque, Pt. 1, sure does feel like an "album."
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 30, 2013


Pig out on new 6gig

A four-song EP, and some B-sides, come out of nowhere
On stage a couple Fridays back, opening for Paranoid Social Club (who also have new work on the way shortly), 6gig frontman Walt Craven was as relaxed as I've ever seen him.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 30, 2013


A lioness of a Lady Lamb

The powerful debut: Ripely Pine
The delivery is primal, shouted: "I'm as blue as blood before the blood goes red."
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 23, 2013


Raise your hands for the Reverie

And they all shall be ‘Joyful Captives’
The chorus rules all. The songs that capture the public imagination repeat with vengeance, feeding the human mind's taste for predictability.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 16, 2013


Boozy two-piece blues from Arcane Lore

Mind erasers
Done right, the two-piece rock band can be pretty attractive. Just ask the Black Keys (who get help all over the place when performing, but that's another matter) and the White Stripes.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 09, 2013


Back to the roots: The JT Lockwood Band’s self-titled debut

The Hallowell music scene is no joke. For a little burg mostly known for being an Augusta bedroom community, the live music per capita is off the charts.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 09, 2013


Cam Jones takes a stroll through Portland

That Kin-do spirit
Portland's been a good music town long enough now that it's deserving of an ode like Yes We Kin's That We Will , a four-song EP that breathes our city's air and walks its streets.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 31, 2012


Steve Jones proves he’s still Listening

The existence period
If Steve Jones is just going to put out another record every year from now on, I'd be okay with that.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 31, 2012


A flurry of releases in the new year

Like predicting the impact of climate change, looking forward to the season's album releases reveals an increasing number of significant events, but you can't quite pin down exactly when they'll all happen.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 26, 2012


The top 10 albums of 2012

Were things better?
Every year, it becomes easier to indulge in nostalgia.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 19, 2012

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