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See you later, Dead Season, and Dean Ford's new disc

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• Listen for hip-hop/electronic artist VIK44 's new tunes accompanying the new web series to be released by the ENTERTAINMENT EXPERIMENT . Ragged Isle is a murder-mystery kind of thing, filmed all over Maine and set on a coastal island. The first 10 of 20 planned episodes have been shot and the first episode will "air" March 9, at www.raggedisle.com .
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  February 16, 2011

Local bluegrass and jazz at the Buzz

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One of the busiest local bluegrass/old-timey bands lately have been the TRICK BRITCHES . Makes sense.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  February 09, 2011

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper seeks her fortune

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LADY LAMB THE BEEKEEPER continues to turn heads now that she's exited the Pine Tree State.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  February 02, 2011

Kurt Baker goes solo, Rustic Overtones get a makeover

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KURT BAKER  wrapped up recording a couple new original tracks with JONATHAN WYMAN  last week, his first original work since the LEFTOVERS went on hiatus.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 19, 2011

String sections

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All-gal bluegrass/folk outfit RAMBLIN' RED will release their debut disc next week at Mayo Street Arts on January 15.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 12, 2011

New projects, debuts, and goodbyes

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Former CAMBIATA mates CHRIS MOULTON and STAN DZENGELEWSKI (hardest name in Portland music to spell?) have a new project they're calling VANITYITES , and they're getting help from all kinds of former bandmates and other talented folks.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 05, 2011



Power pop, radio rock, and more

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NOW IS NOW frontman MITCH ALDEN has plans for a solo release. The party's scheduled for January 21 at RiRa. Expect some seriously upbeat power pop.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 15, 2010

Guster makes good, Billy Libby's new EP, and more

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Take note that sometimes-Mainers GUSTER have a song prominently displayed in the hard-to-avoid Target holiday ad campaign. Good for them.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 01, 2010

New EPs, Arborea kickstarts for an album, and Spose's song-a-week

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The much-anticipated BALTIC SEA full-length has been put on hold until the new year by ERIK ROCK RECORDS , but not to worry: The band are releasing a short-run EP with two songs from the upcoming album, plus a couple of segues and a free download of a b-side from the last record.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  November 04, 2010

The State Theatre's success, plus new discs from Jason Spooner and Olas

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The first weekend at the STATE THEATRE is being lauded as an unmitigated success. Even a fire alarm going off during MOE. 's show Saturday night couldn't put a damper on anyone's experience.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 20, 2010

Sean Mencher rockabillys out

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Rockabilly vet SEAN MENCHER and his RHYTHM KINGS have started a new second-Saturday series at the Dogfish Bar & Grille on Free Street (the old Taverna). Starts at 8 pm, even. How civilized.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 13, 2010



Songwriters unite

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Following up on his run as president of the MAINE SONGWRITERS ALLIANCE , BOB MCKILLOP has now founded a Portland chapter of the NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL .
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 07, 2010

Huak + Metal Feathers at Bayside Bowl, September 24

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The DJ at Bayside Bowl can't stop playing the Pixies' Bossanova. Not that anyone's complaining.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 29, 2010

Aly Spaltro moves to NYC; Roy Ghim juggles projects

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ALY SPALTRO is moving to NYC. SPACE is hosting a see-you-later party with JACOB AUGUSTINE and PANDA BANDITS opening and closing around her set and one from her Brooklyn buddies PEARL AND THE BEARD .
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 29, 2010

North Star closes, but Jay Jasch's music series continues

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In last week's review, that Pfeifle guy flubbed a D. GROSS song name. It's "Family Man," not "Family." He's sorry.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 22, 2010

Christian Hayes' new band, Jack Doran's new son, and more

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SIDECAR RADIO ’s CHRISTIAN HAYES has been dipping his toe in the hip-hop world lately.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 16, 2010



Live Review: Big Blood + Human Adult Band + Jim Vreeland | Sep 5 at the Apohadion

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Without introduction or ceremony, a contained, violent dialogue erupted between one flanneled man and his guitar.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 16, 2010

Ray LaMontagne impresses People


You know, the "Sibilance" staff just happened to be glancing through a copy of PEOPLE magazine (not that we read it — our wives do!) when we came across a 3.5-out-of-4-star review of the new RAY LAMONTAGNE album. No wonder it sold 100,000 copies in the first two weeks!
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 08, 2010

Cornmeal Records' new releases

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Busy fall for CORNMEAL RECORDS . In addition to the STEVE JONES and BONEHEADS retrospectives, CHARLIE GAYLORD is also preparing the released of GREETINGS FROM AREA CODE 207, VOL. 8 , which should be released November 12.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 01, 2010

Madgirl's Mad House, Goodnight Process says goodnight, and more

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Remember how MADGIRL was selling local discs through her MAD HOUSE store on Commercial Street? Well, she has 45 local artists in the store right now, and is willing to add more, but is no longer paying for the discs up front — just selling the discs and passing the money back along, without taking a commission.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  August 26, 2010

Bubblegum pop, legendary sax, and a taste of Trails

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Though they didn't win the ROCK-OFF this year, pop band FYVE did turn more than a few heads, with a bubblegum pop sound bolstered by twin-sister harmonies.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  August 18, 2010


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