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Catching up with Kid’s Gotta Do

Two-man show
There's no shortage of emo-influenced, WARPED Tour rock bands in these parts.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 16, 2012

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For Steve Jones, It's Different Every Day

Life on a barstool
For a guy whom just about every true Maine roots fan knows on sight (and by the first five notes or so of a guitar solo), Steve Jones sure is a chameleon.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 08, 2012

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Exploring the countryside with Max García Conover

Take to the trees
There are so many guys with guitars nowadays.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 01, 2012

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10 songs to get you, and the Pats, fired up

Super selections
While most Patriots fans this past weekend watched with glee as Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was denied a return trip to the Super Bowl, I couldn't help remember the time 11 years ago when I didn't completely detest the guy.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 25, 2012

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Roy Davis ditches electricity for the Coloradas

New kind of lightning
I was really digging the brand of alt-country Roy Davis was dishing on 2010's We Are a Lightning Bolt , all kinds of melancholy and down in the mouth and drenched in warm electric guitars.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 18, 2012

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Dreadnaught’s Justin Walton has a solo release

Some steak and sizzle
If you've followed Justin Walton's work in the likes of Dreadnaught and the old Actual Size, you'll probably be comfortable with the scope and variety of his sprawling debut solo release, It Takes a Toll .
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 11, 2012



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Hoboe are a multi-trick pony

Read all about it
If you've heard of Hoboe, it's probably because of the gimmick.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 11, 2012

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Say goodnight with To the Moon, to the Stars

A Bush effort worth supporting
As Bushes go, Babs and George the elder aren't the worst of the lot. It's certainly hard to argue with the work that goes on at the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital, and it's easy to get behind projects that send money that way.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 11, 2012

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Matt Shipman takes a Solitary Wander

Going it alone
Over Christmas, I found myself stuck in front of a PBS special that involved Celtic women and a whole lot of overblown syrupy nonsense.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 04, 2012

Old Soul are the new thing

People are talking
Enough people rave about a band, you start to think maybe you ought to check them out. Such is the case with Old Soul, a three-piece that put out a self-titled debut album this fall people can't seem to stop recommending.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 04, 2012

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This season starts retro and then fades to Black

A Modest mid-winter
After a summer and fall that saw local releases at a fever pitch, perhaps it was inevitable we'd see something of a retrenchment for the dark days of winter.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 28, 2011



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2011’s top 10 albums (and 5 EPs, too)

Haunted and Happy
This is the first year reviewing local music made me feel truly panicked.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 22, 2011

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Don Campbell gets Frosty once again

A very country Christmas
If you don't like Christmas songs, there might be something wrong with you (even if you celebrate another winter holiday).
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 14, 2011

New local Xmas tunes

And more!
Don Campbell isn't the only local who's in the spirit. Here's a selection of other newly released original Christmas tunes this season.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 14, 2011

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Steve Grover makes a Statement

On the road again
Everyone wants to be in Steve Grover's band.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 07, 2011

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Meet John Nels, Under City Lights

Shining on Portland
It's fairly amazing how many musicians from the county make their way down here to the Big City — last week it was Travis Cyr traveling this way for a CD release show.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 07, 2011



Clearing things up with the Fogcutters

Huge sounds
Walking into the old Hanover Street warehouse space in Portland to a full-blown rehearsal of the Fogcutters Big Band is a little like moving from a sauna to the frozen tundra.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 30, 2011

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José Ayerve makes melancholy upbeat

A Joy-ful sorrow
For a select few of us, the news of Spouse's hiatus was a little bit heartbreaking.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 30, 2011

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Kurt Baker is Rockin’ for a Living

Larger than life
There's so much more to Kurt Baker than his music.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 23, 2011

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Travis Cyr recounts All the Best Things in Life

Mountain, of a man
You don't think of acoustic music as angry music?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 23, 2011

An angry look back from Trails

Mad monks
As the local hip-hop scene begins to flex its muscles just a bit, the duo of Syn the Shaman and the Lin, a/k/a Trails, play the roles of angry young men.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 23, 2011


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