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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


Oooh, la, la: ShaShaSha

A psyched-out solo effort from Dominic Lavoie
He may not have planned it this way, but Dominic Lavoie is definitely striking while the Internet is hot.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 31, 2012


A debut with Leave It to Believers

Cremains of the day
Not every piece of music has to aspire to intellectual heights. Sometimes, an easy bit of pop is all you need.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 24, 2012

Is there a difference between what you like and what is good?

Talking about ‘taste’
Charlie Gaylord is one of Maine's proprietors of what is good.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 17, 2012


Going down a Road feeling bad with Samuel James

Dark as a dungeon
Turns out those rumors about Big Black Ben were true: Not only has he "been with white women," but he's even fathered a child by the wife of the local police chief, who's now the prison warden intent on hanging Ben high now that he has him in his clutches after all this time.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 17, 2012


Just a bunch of Rogues, Outlaws & Drunks

Another round for the house
It takes true commitment to translate to the studio the kind of pub shout-along anthems in which the Pubcrawlers specialize.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 10, 2012


Nick ‘Danger’ Curran, 35

There was a little pocket of time in the late '90s and early 2000s when the Free Street Taverna was a place where the Piners and King Memphis and the Coming Grass and Diesel Doug and the Long Haul Truckers could play in the window and it all felt just a little bit like Nashville every once in a while. Better than that, actually.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 10, 2012


A conversation with Chris Pandolfi

Where is bluegrass going?
Because its musicians play with fiddles and banjos and stand-up basses, there is an idea out there that bluegrass is as old as dirt.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 10, 2012

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