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Home and away

Zach Jones's diasporic Fading Flowers
For many songwriters, home is where the art is.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 17, 2010


Holy rollers

Ten pounds of rock in a six-song Boo Box
This record grabs you by the throat from measure one.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 10, 2010


The most famous rapper from Wells signs with Universal

No, really: Actually awesome
A few weeks ago, we marveled at the reality of Portland's Top 40 radio station, WJBQ, playing a song by local rapper Spose called "I'm Awesome," an ironic, self-deprecating piece of pure hilarious ear candy.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 03, 2010


How Sophomoric

Camus and catharsis on Hi, Technology
Hi, Technology is one of the more self-loathing collections of songs I've heard in some time.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 04, 2010


In good Company

Dark Hollow Bottling debut a new old-time sound
Dark Hollow Bottling Company take a piece of their name from an old-school folk/bluegrass tune, "Dark Hollow," possibly made most famous by the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia's Old and in the Way , but also recorded as early as 1926, with popular versions from Bill Browning, Jimmy Skinner, and Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys, with Del McCoury singing.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 24, 2010


Turkish troubadours

Okbari get all lovey-dovey
I owe just about all my Turkish music knowledge to Okbari.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 24, 2010


Taking up Arms

Deliberating on The Martyr, the Culprit, the Price
As might be expected from a band who take their name from Hamlet's "To be, or not to be" soliloquy, Arms Against a Sea appear conflicted on their debut full-length, The Martyr, the Culprit, the Price .
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 17, 2010


Zombie overdrive

Pete Witham's Cozmik view of Americana
Pete Witham and the Cozmik Zombies are and are not exactly what you'd think. Sure, they're silly and ironic and probably wish it were 1954 all over again. But behind a bit of hokum lies a damn good band, more than a few smart turns of phrase, and an interesting contemporary turn on some long-standing forms of Americana: hopped-up rockabilly, syrupy country, swing, and Elvis-era rock and roll.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 10, 2010


Spose, radio star

Apparently, smoking it all can be beneficial
Who knew? The era of the radio hit isn't completely over. Maybe five times recently, someone's asked, "Dude, have you heard that Spose song?"
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 03, 2010


Woe be gone

Moshe and Brzowski revel in the sacred and profane
Moshe and Brzowski revel in the sacred and profane
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 27, 2010

Get MAD about local music

Attention Seekers
So, you know this woman MADgirl (real name: Meredith Alex)?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 20, 2010


Lightning strikes

Weather the storm with Roy Davis's third LP
When Hank Williams sang a song like "My Son Calls Another Man Daddy" he could sell it because he'd been down low: born with spina bifida, father with a paralyzed face thanks to a stroke, brother he never knew because he was already dead.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 20, 2010



All your base are belong to Confusatron
Maybe the thing that will keep your mind working the longest is pondering the question: "It took Confusatron seven years to make Ctrl+Alt+Dstry EXACTLY like this?"
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 20, 2010


Behind the Red Curtain

Performance Outlook
On Saturday, four singer/songwriters will perform "in the round" at the North Star. Nothing necessarily unusual about that.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 13, 2010


Getting to know Audrey Ryan

We know, we know 
Though she's primarily Boston-based at this point, Audrey Ryan grew up on Mount Desert Island and he's clearly retained some of that rough-and-tumble independence streak.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 13, 2010


The Devil's stomp

Lost Cause Desperados are quick on the draw
While the Lost Cause Desperados might be monickered like a bad alt-country band doing Eagles covers, they have managed to create on Desert of Broken Glass , the band's first full-length with bassist Stu Mahan and drummer Brian Higgins, as frenzied a high-plains drifter as you're ever likely to find.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 13, 2010


Let's get Russian

A live album for a dead rock singer from Kino Proby
The quick back-story on Kino Proby: Three Mainers take a liking to the Russian band Kino, and its legendary lead singer Viktor Tsoi, who died in a car wreck in 1990 after becoming maybe the single most famous Russian rock star.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 06, 2010


Hot, hot heat

New Year's Eve is just a warm-up
Is New Year's back? It seemed to have been taken away from us, by a general and hard-to-pin-down sentiment that it ought to be some kind of family holiday. Fuck that.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 30, 2009


Hit the Ground

Portland's (and 6gig's) song of the decade
How do you pick a song of the decade?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 22, 2009

Local luminaries’ picks

A sample of other best songs of the 2000s
I asked a bunch of people who really dig local music to help me make sure I wasn’t leaving any songs out when I was developing my list of the best 10 songs of the 2000s, but then I quickly realized that “best” is about as subjective as things come when you’re talking about songs.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 22, 2009


Short-form Portland

The 10 best LPs and EPs of 2009
I can hear the snarky comments already: "What?!? Rustic Overtones put out an album this year and Pfeifle hasn't fallen all over himself naming it #1? The sky is green!" But this isn't 1999. It's 2009. And it isn't all that strange for a phenomenal album to hit Portland's city streets anymore.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 16, 2009

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