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Spose, the major labels, and the new music biz

Did he make it?
Nine months ago, this town was celebrating the success of rapper-from-Wells Spose: huge hit single, top of the iTunes charts, major-label deal in his pocket, big-time national debut album on the way.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 12, 2011


The two sides of Marie Moreshead

Thought I knew you
To this point, Marie Moreshead has made her bones as a sweet-voiced singer/songwriter with a lot of promise based on 2008's The Distraction EP and 2009's Birdwatchers EP.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 05, 2011


Upcoming albums: The winter of our deep content

The winter of our deep content
There was a time when winter in Portland was pretty sleepy, with bands holing up to practice and write while the snowflakes flew. No longer. The album-release schedule is now equally robust year-round, and there are big shows just about every weekend through to spring.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 29, 2010


Jonathan Edwards records first album in 16 years at the Studio

Sunshine on Casco
Why has Jonathan Edwards decided to record his first studio album in 16 years down on Casco Street at the Studio? Well, for one thing, he lives here, and it's close by. But, mostly, "it's been a really lucky find," says the folk legend, who was laying down a bass track on his Fender, right in the control room with engineer Jim Begley, when I walked in.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 22, 2010


The year's top 10 local albums, and five EPs to boot

With Confidence
I'm not sure when local music has been better. If there is any problem with our little scene here in Portland, it's that there's more talent than there are fans to support it.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 22, 2010


Stocking stuffers

A grab-bag of local music for every taste
So, this does, indeed, come a week after the whole "gifts" issue, but this is traditionally the week for local music suggestions.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 16, 2010


Jeff Beam navigates the Flying Trapeze

Without a net
Talk about a high-wire act. On his fourth full-length album in as many years, young songwriter/performer/engineer Jeff Beam has set out to make an important album that's listenable, a record that both challenges ideas about pop music and embraces them.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 08, 2010


Theodore Treehouse are Closest to the Sun

Burn, baby, burn
Bryan Bruchman and Dylan Martin and Ian Paige and everyone else who's been raving about Theodore Treehouse's live set over the past year were completely and totally right.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 09, 2010


Britta Pejic's inventive Backyards

She's not there
What a perfectly strange and delightful album is Britta Pejic's Backyards That Weren't There Before .
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 01, 2010


Div Kid span the rock spectrum

Tinted colors
Div Kid really should have garnered more attention for their self-titled full-length debut in the summer of 2009. It was a pretty good pop rock record.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 01, 2010


Clubber Lang will kick your ass

What do heavy rock quartet Clubber Lang have going for them?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 24, 2010


A-Frame and Mike Clouds re-stake their claim

Call it a comeback
Why do musicians make the music they make? It's not a question we're going to answer here, but it's one that's constantly to the fore when listening to the brand-new From the Floor Up , the first record released by hip-hop duo A-Frame and Mike Clouds in about five years.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 24, 2010


Sparks the Rescue record Fearlessly

In the studio
Why do bands still pursue label deals? Let's ask Sparks the Rescue, who just finished up seven weeks working with producer/engineer Jonathan Wyman out at his studio in Windham, all on the Fearless Records dime.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 24, 2010


Review: The many tentacles of Jason Spooner's Sea Monster

Get kraken
Jason Spooner is an amalgamation of John Prine and John Mayer — great songs and great hair, all in one package. Their aesthetics are similar, too. Sure, there are important and wounded songs in the bag, but these guys aren't afraid to have a good time, either.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 16, 2010


Review: GFAC returns with double the horsepower

Inverted V8
How spoiled are we in this town? A record like the new Greetings from Area Code 207 Vol. 8 can come out and it's like: Big Fuckin' Deal.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 10, 2010


Review: Put your hands together for Olas's debut album

Keeping time
It's hard to believe, surely, considering bands like Cerberus Shoal, Fire on Fire, and his solo work, but Chriss Sutherland may have outdone himself again with Olas.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 11, 2010


Andi Fawcett returns with her solo debut

Hello again
A former mainstay of the local scene has a re-coming-out party this weekend when Andi Fawcett gigs at the Big Easy to celebrate the debut of her first solo record, Say It Anyway .
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 03, 2010


The Cyborg Trio make it up as they go along

Half and half
Portland hasn't had a band like the Cyborg Trio in while. They're almost certainly the best/only live all-instrumental dance band since Slowing Room stopped playing out (and they actually had some vocals sometimes). Also, Slowing Room had, well, songs.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 03, 2010


The 12-Bar Blues Project releases three prisoner-produced CDs

Breaking up the band
Jim Svendsen runs Guitar Doors, a non-profit group that's going into Maine prisons to teach inmates to play music and, along the way, putting bands together.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 03, 2010


Aleric Nez needs no accompaniment

Ramblin' man
For any songwriter, the urge can be great to add in that string section, that trumpet piece, that bit of backing vocal that’s so easy to hear right at the edge of consciousness.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 27, 2010


Tiger Saw slow dance in the dark

We've got the night
For just over a decade, Dylan Metrano has been bringing together any number of musicians to form ever-evolving versions of his band Tiger Saw.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 27, 2010

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