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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


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


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


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


Steve Grover makes a Statement

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


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


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


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


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


The McCarthys ride back into town

It is what it should be
If you put the "Welcome to Maine" sign on the front of your disc, you better have some damn good songs on that thing.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 16, 2011


More twangy pop from the Lomax

Here we go again
The Lomax are a six-piece outfit who look and act more country than they sound.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 16, 2011


Eric Bettencourt simplifies, finds himself (and many others)

Keep it like a Secret
Eric Bettencourt came out of the gate hard-charging in early 2009, with the ambitious LP Fine Old World , followed before the year was out by a full-band full-length ( The Giraffe Attack Collection ) and another solo EP. Then he took a little time for self-examination.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 16, 2011


Labseven are re-Formulated

Empires of the Mind
With the little hip-hop renaissance we're having locally, it's only fitting that Labseven, who've been at it longer than most in the city that encourages everyone to rise again, should get back in the action.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 09, 2011


Daniel James debuts solo project Worried Well

Skin in the game
Ten years into playing ska and radio-pop-punk for the masses, Daniel James (né Lohmeyer) apparently found the practice unsatisfying.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 09, 2011


Jacob Augustine explores the Frontier between heaven and hell

Triple exegesis
Since not long after the January 2009 release of Harmonia , many of us have been waiting for Jacob Augustine's next move.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 02, 2011


Taking pride in Vanityites’ Once More to Lillith

Supping on contempt
He might be a crazy motherfucker (well, almost definitely), but Chris Moulton can sing and write songs like very few people, locally or anywhere.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 26, 2011


Joe Gallant purrs through My Own Divide

Smooth operator
Lately, there's been something of a rush of literary, high-minded singer songwriters, but Joe Gallant takes a more well-established track on his debut EP, My Own Divide , delivering smooth pop songs for fans of Howie Day, Jack Johnson, and Harry Connick Jr.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 26, 2011

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