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A little bit country

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The line-up for the Portland showcase at the CMJ Festival will be: SPOSE , BILLY LIBBY , THE MALLETT BROTHERS BAND , SUNSET HEARTS , THE MILKMAN'S UNION , THE TOUGHCATS , and KURT BAKER .
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 21, 2011

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Old friends return

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The sinewy post-punk group HUAK drop Yorba Linda , their first full-length, named for the birthplace of Richard Nixon.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 07, 2011

Revivals + recesses

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Those who recall the work of PETER DONOVAN — who fronted the punchy, sour-luck rock and roll of ALL THE REAL GIRLS until the band's hiatus in 2009 — would be keen to know this: Donovan himself has spent the summer acting in an independent film (titled LOST ON PURPOSE ) about some guys finding themselves on a dairy farm.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  August 31, 2011

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Network foundation

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Attention bands on the cusp: the PORTLAND MUSIC FOUNDATION is assembling seven local groups to play a Portland Music Showcase at this year's CMJ FESTIVAL in New York.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  August 24, 2011

Nothing Drab about it

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We found ourselves happily trampled last weekend by DRAB PONY , JEREMY ROBINSON 's on/off improv project, as they whipped up a froth of excessive noise tantrums in the darklit rodeo of the Apohadion in Bayside.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  August 17, 2011

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Out of this world...

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We were charmed to learn that THE KENYA HALL BAND , one of the finest and few of our local R&B groups, played a show at the Bitter End in Greenwich Village last weekend.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  August 10, 2011



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Lighting up again

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The HOUSE OF FIRE may have gone up in smoke, but JACOB AUGUSTINE has emerged unscathed.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  August 03, 2011

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Travelin’ Man

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Wows were issued to us all the way from the muddy banks of Dodds Farm, New York, where local bluegrass dude PUTNAM SMITH was the only Mainer to play in last weekend's 21st annual Falcon Ridge Festival.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  July 27, 2011

Musings and mutterings from the worlds of Maine music

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MICAH BLUE SMALDONE is taking his talents to Fort Kent.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  July 20, 2011

Marie Stella and Sophomore Beat call it quits; Dean Ford polishes a new EP

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Looks like MARIE STELLA are calling it quits.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  July 13, 2011

Cruel Hand carves out a following, Jon Nolan's new CD, and more

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The "Sibilance" staff will admit to never having heard CRUEL HAND 's music before last week, but we find it remarkable that the Portland-based hardcore band have carved out a following in New Zealand, where they recently played a string of shows.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  July 06, 2011



Arms Against A Sea parts ways, OK Go releases a live album, and more

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We were disappointed to hear the promising ARMS AGAINST A SEA have decided to call it quits.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  June 29, 2011

Reinventions and retrospectives

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Who said jazz in Portland is dead? The PORTLAND QUARTET would beg to differ.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  June 22, 2011

Topping the charts

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The metalsmiths in DEAD SEASON have hit the HEATSEEKERS (NORTHEAST) BILLBOARD chart with their latest album, The Negative NUMBers . It's debuting this week at positive number 2.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  June 15, 2011

Covers and collaborations

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Former Portlander, now New Yorker, RACHEL GRIFFIN is one of 25 artists on a new CD of BRUCE HORNSBY covers, available for free download at  salivatecd.com .
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  June 08, 2011

New band alert

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MATT SHARDLOW ( DIV KID , etc.) reports he's in the studio with JACK MURRAY turning the knobs for a group comprising drummer NIKKI GLASPIE ( BEYONCÉ ), NATE EDGAR of JOHN BROWN'S BODY on bass, and AARON BELLAMY of the SAM KININGER BAND and NEPHROK! ALL-STARS on guitar.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  June 01, 2011



Summer releases from Brzowski, Pinsky, and more

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BRZOWSKI , just back from a Euro tour with MOSHE , has some news to share upon his return.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  May 25, 2011

Pete Kilpatrick Band comes home; Dennis Bailey's Dylan tribute

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Congrats to the PETE KILPATRICK BAND . Their "Coming Home" won a national fan-voting-based contest from insurance provider USAA this past week.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  May 18, 2011

New releases from Planets Around the Sun and Adam Kurtz

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Psychedelia purveyors PLANETS AROUND THE SUN are ready to take off on a year-long tour of North America, having played a swan-song at the Oak and the Axe last week.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  May 12, 2011

MAMM SLAMM winners

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The MODEST PROPOSAL won the MAMM SLAM on Saturday afternoon, earning a bevy of cool prizes, $1000 cash, and the chance to open for SPARKS THE RESCUE 's CD-release show later that night.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  May 04, 2011

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THE MILKMAN'S UNION are building up a nice head of steam.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  April 27, 2011


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