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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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



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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

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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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Getting literary with There Is No Sin

Rooms made of notes
For those of you bemoaning the loss of the LP and its attendant album art, Troy Keiper feels your pain.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 19, 2011

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Michael Krapovicky’s solo debut

Kinda grumpy
It's likely you've seen him with the Grumps somewhere.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 19, 2011

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Sidecar Radio unleash Guillotine Mouth

Off with their heads
Sidecar Radio have become one of the most versatile and interesting bands in the area, playing just about any roadhouse bar or rock club with an audience that likes to get fired up and seemingly managing to increase their sonic wattage each and every year.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 12, 2011



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Grant Street Orchestra gang up on Passionately Late

All you party people
Live, band-driven hip hop is a lot of fun and it's no wonder Portland has embraced Grant Street Orchestra, who this week make the Big Easy party central for the release their debut full-length Passionately Late .
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 12, 2011

Tiny reviews: CDs by Sunrunner + Max Garcia Conover

Short and sweet
Sunrunner announce their entry into Portland's progressive scene with the full-length Eyes of the Master.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 12, 2011

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The Mallett Brothers Band sing it straight and true

On the Low Down
Not only was Doc Watson the best guitarist of his era, but he also expanded the horizons of so many players, in a way that belied his ultra-traditional Deep Gap, North Carolina, upbringing.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 05, 2011

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Sunset Hearts' bright laments

The bones of you
There's something we respond to in the juxtaposition, the pairing of sweet and sour, dark humor, vulnerable heroes. And, of course, opposites attract.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 28, 2011

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The Mutineers move forward

Drover and out
Where Mockingbirds Roam , the Mutineers' 2005 debut, was an all-covers affair.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 28, 2011



Introducing ANNA

Band Watch
It would appear Gypsy Tailwind's tumultuous ride has lost its backing breeze.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 28, 2011

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Pitter Patter goes Billy Libby's heart

Writing letters to yourself
Billy Libby's new EP, Pitter Patter , is such a step forward for him that I half expected he'd have slapped the name William Elizabeth on the packaging.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 21, 2011

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Fall sees the heavyweights with new material

This is gonna be big
This happens every year.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 14, 2011

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Lauren Rioux's hosses and regrets

Brighter days
In a town and state that really know their bluegrass and string-band music, Lauren Rioux has been doing a bit of hiding in plain sight.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 07, 2011

A Sorrow-ful Unknown Science

Ode to Joy
What's been a kick-ass bluegrass festival season — Ossipee Valley, Saddleback, and Thomas Point Beach were all stand-outs — has a wonderful coda this weekend with Henryfest.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 07, 2011


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