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Dead of Winter + Fiery Furnaces

Music seen at SPACE Gallery, January 18-19
It was a weekend of big acts and big crowds at SPACE Gallery.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 23, 2008

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Antic Digression Disorder

The dizzying wormholes of the Fiery Furnaces
The Fiery Furnaces don’t make things easy on themselves.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 16, 2008

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Grimace and nod

SPACE Gallery highlights 2007’s overlooked documentaries
A four-film series at SPACE Gallery highlights just the sort of cinematic and stylistically ambitious documentaries the Oscars annually ignore.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 09, 2008

An Arts District renaissance

The big idea
If nothing else, 2007 was the year the Arts District found its footing in Portland nightlife.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 02, 2008

IM legend

Adapted screenplay
Adapted screenplay
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  December 26, 2007

Save the dates, and get your tickets

Music seen: 2008 in preview
Here’s a guide to some you might want to buy early for, a few of which have already been rescheduled due to recent snowstorms.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  December 26, 2007



Live shows, relived

Music seen: 2007 in review
Christmas parties + snowstorm = no shows this week.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  December 19, 2007

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They’ve got issues

The bookworm’s gift that keeps on giving
As newspapers and magazines slim and shift their focus to online content and revenue streams, it has become sadly commonplace to overlook the unique capabilities of periodically printed matter.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  December 12, 2007

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The live rap album

There are a few, and Mr. Lif has one of the best
December is the time of year when the new album well dries up and gives way to a deluge of novelty releases.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  December 05, 2007

Amanda Palmer + Jason Webley

Music seen at SPACE Gallery, November 24, 2007
She owned them, and she sold me. I’ve got a new old band to check out.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  November 28, 2007

White Light + Frank A.M.

Music seen at Strange Maine, November 10, 2007
Relaxation was the theme of the night’s Strange Maine performance, in concept if not in execution.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  November 20, 2007



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Surfing the tube on Turkey Day

Tryptophan hangover
Here’s a sign of the times for you: this year’s Thanksgiving television offerings are getting pretty, uh, not classic. And pretty tweeny...
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  November 20, 2007

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Green day

The local musician’s guide to touring with an eco-conscience
More than 85 percent of a concert’s damage to the environment comes from fans.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  November 07, 2007

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Left behind

Human Rights film festival takes on the world
SPACE Gallery’s annual Human Rights Watch Traveling Film Festival, now in its sixth year, is the rare local film event as essential to movie buffs as it is to concerned citizens.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  November 07, 2007

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Sending in the clowns

Deer Tick’s whiskey-guzzling theater
It sounds like John McCauley hasn’t had a sip of water in months.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 31, 2007

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Travel New England!

...with a gas can and Brock Clarke’s wily novel
Clarke’s satire leaves enough room for at least one resounding lesson: a good story shouldn’t always make you do bad things.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 31, 2007



Nat Baldwin

Music seen at Strange Maine, October 11, 2007
On record, Baldwin’s songs are lushly arranged and well-populated with guitar and effects.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 24, 2007

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Beirut’s French kiss

Escaping the Gulag, with romance and accordions
Beirut’s role in the Gypsy reappropriation wave is more whimsical than their more aggressive counterparts in Gogol Bordello, in both form and function.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 10, 2007

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Folk of ages

Fire on Fire snag a label, make it count
Young God Records is one of the country’s more prominent DIY record labels.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 03, 2007

Magnolia Electric Co. + The Watson Twins + An Evening With...

Music seen at Space Gallery, September 30, 2007
There was sort of a collective groan when the clueless among us (I plead vacation) found out that a third band would be playing at SPACE.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 03, 2007

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Deep thoughts

A stunning Maine-based doc highlights third Camden International Film Festival
It’s an unassuming feature in a weak time slot set in Farmington that deserves to steal the show this year.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 26, 2007


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