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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


Hear and see Olas: The Film

Moving pictures
Usually, when you've "just gotta see that band live," it's because the recordings don't quite do justice to the energy or "vibe" with which the band performs or there's an improvisational quality to what they do that just doesn't translate to recordings.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 12, 2012


GinLab are Abandoned Home for the holidays

Bolstering our digitally influenced local cloister, with the likes of the Other Bones and Sunset Hearts, are GinLab, a five-piece mix of traditional bass-drums-guitar and synth-beats-Kaoss Box that is more sarcastic and ironic than danceable.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 12, 2012

Giving local music for the holidays

Will it fit?
I always give local music for Christmas.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 05, 2012


The Fogcutters add to our Christmas cheer

When done right, Thanksgiving through Christmas is a month-long party of friends, family, and whatever beverage-and-food combination turns you on.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 28, 2012


Harbor unleash troubled waters

Every port in a storm
Between the new musical ventures at Mathew's (it will always be Pops to me), whatever's going on with Dirigimus, and the new Studio 250, there's been a bit of a heavy-music resurgence lately, much of it raw and unpolished.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 20, 2012


The Father, the Son, and the Soucys

The album doesn’t fall far from the Tree by Leaf
Literary and intuitive, Tree by Leaf's Garrett Soucy is widely admired as one of the best songwriters Maine has ever produced.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 21, 2012


Everything must go

You may or may not be aware of Spose's current Kickstarter campaign.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 14, 2012

Lo-fi distorted jazz from El Malo

Bad attitude
Hearing that El Malo is the next project for Grupo Esperanza co-founder Rion Hergenhan, you might expect a salsa flavor.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 14, 2012


Doubting Gravity’s debut EP

Heavy things
Two years out from the debut solo record that marked her return to Portland's musical consciousness, Andi Fawcett's been a busy gal lately.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 08, 2012


Kurt Baker is brand new again

We got the Beat
Kurt Baker's admiration for, and knowledge of, pop rock (much of it incredibly obscure) is beyond reproach.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 08, 2012


Loki slim down, step up

And then there were three...
Well, it's not quite Genesis soldiering on following the departure of Peter Gabriel, but there was definitely some interest in whether Jonathan Taylor's departure from lead-vocal duties last year would spell the end of Loki, one of our local hard-rock roster's more enduring acts, with five studio releases to their name over 10-plus years.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 08, 2012

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