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Kate Schrock picks up a backbeat

Rocket fuel
This happens in music all the time, of course: People with no obvious commonality come together because the music they make sounds good. Thus we have Kate and the Rocket.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 29, 2010

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The next great young singer you need to know: Amy Allen

Chasing Amy
Just after graduating from Waynflete and off to college this fall, Amy Allen joins an impressive cadre of young female singers (Clara Berry, Amanda Gervasi, Aly Spaltro, Marie Moreshead) doing great things locally.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 29, 2010

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Return 2 Pinkwood

The once and future Seekonk
Seekonk's Web site has been abandoned and is now a home for spam.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 22, 2010

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Fall Music Preview: The road ahead

Seekonk, Molenes, Spooner, Schrock & the Rocket lead fall line-up
As the local music scene continues to grow, it shouldn’t be surprising that this past summer was the most active we’ve ever seen in terms of album releases.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 15, 2010

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Goose Bumps 4.0 is an aural smorgasbord

Get the chills
Milled Pavement Records' Goose Bumps series of hip-hop/electronic music compilations comes to an end with a bang: The fourth and final installment has 66 tracks featuring 96 different artists over the course of four albums.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 08, 2010

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Moshe and Milled Pavement curate the downtrodden

Tending the flock
"I do not release happy music," Moshe says flatly. "That's the one thing I won't do."
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 08, 2010



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Another fine mess: 20 years of the Boneheads

(And Steve Jones)
It can be easy to put the Boneheads in the same category with Rick Charette.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 01, 2010

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Calling Clark Kent

Re-introducing the mild-mannered Will Gattis
It's definitely been too long since we've heard from Will Gattis, the piano-player and singer-songwriter who showed himself to be a young voice to be reckoned with on 2005's Dullard .
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 26, 2010

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Armorica the beautiful

The debut album from flutist Nicole Rabata
How deep is the Portland music scene? This week I'm reviewing the second world-class album of traditional Celtic music this summer. How does that happen?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 26, 2010

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Branching out

Taking flight with Phantom Buffalo
Did you forget how much you love Phantom Buffalo? I did. And I'm sorry.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 18, 2010

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Leader of the pack

Ray LaMontagne rounds up the Pariah Dogs for his fourth album
Ray LaMontagne's got a band now. But he doesn't have a producer.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 11, 2010



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SPACE out

A double-release weekend with Kurt Baker and Dead Man's Clothes
SPACE is the place next weekend, as two anticipated releases see the light of day for the first time on Friday and Saturday.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 04, 2010

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Arbor of song

Wesley Allen Hartley returns with Narrow Gauge Quad Trains
Why people didn't freak out more about Dead End Armory I'll never know, and why I'm coming to frontman Wesley Allen Hartley's new project, backed by new band the Traveling Trees, almost a month after its release I'm really not sure.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 28, 2010

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Kids are alright

Sprouting Horns to Give up the Ghost
Sometimes, it's good to set the bar low. Even the [dog] and [pony] label press materials note the debut Good Kids Sprouting Horns album, Give up the Ghost, is "unprofessional," and the album's liner notes proudly proclaim the album was "recorded in a small bedroom of a second floor apartment in Bangor, Maine."
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 28, 2010

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Ghost is born

Amanda Gervasi's solo debut
Not long after making her debut as the new co-lead with Gypsy Tailwind, Amanda Gervasi is back this week with a full-length solo album of her own, Merry the Ghost , produced by Eric Bettencourt and with a cast of various local musicians.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 20, 2010

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Grand statement

A different take on Hotel California cool
There are times when I just can't get Grand Hotel's new self-titled LP loud enough.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 14, 2010



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Brotherly love

The Malletts do country right
When it's right, "country" music has a way of bringing people together.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 07, 2010

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Remember when

Getting back to roots for the Fourth
A celebration of our nation's founding is as good a time as any to dig into some old-time country music, either from this country or another. Whether a reissue from 1976 (the Bicentennial!) or a release from just last week, Mainers give you plenty of backyard fodder for the long weekend.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 29, 2010

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Sound of Silver

Brenda's debut a raucous shade of pop
From Extendo-Ride to Cult Maze to their latest incarnation, Brenda, there has never been any doubt about the songwriting capabilities of Peet Chamberlain and Josh Loring.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 24, 2010

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Creature feature

Stay up late for Clara Berry
While much of Clara Berry’s new EP, Creature , is alluring and captivating, the first 45 seconds of her “Siren” might be the best 45 seconds recorded this year.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 24, 2010

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Decades and Days of the new

Gypsy Tailwind’s with Gervasi, and don’t skip a beat
After the bombast of Grace , Gypsy Tailwind’s sophomore record, full of strings and horns and big arrangements worthy of a Nashville studio, the opening to their brand-new Decades and Days seems decidedly intentional.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 16, 2010


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