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Hot summer nights

Before the solstice hits, four albums drop
If the coming week is indicative of anything, it's that this is going to be one busy summer. Discs have been flooding into the office and there's no end in sight. In an effort to keep up, here's a collection of four reviews for albums being released before summer even officially starts.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 10, 2009

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Come on home

Lyle Divinsky croons his way back into town
What's that about the apple and the tree? With college degree in hand, Lyle Divinsky returns to his Portland stomping grounds with a debut CD, Traveling Man , that not only features dad Phil Divinsky's drummer (Marty Joyce), bassist (Peter Masterson), and guitarist (Andy Argondizza) from the ToneKings, but plays in a Motown/R&B sandbox.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 03, 2009

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Up in the County

Hamilton's Brokedown Breakdown
Is it bluegrass if it doesn't have a banjo? Or a fiddle, for that matter? Hamilton County, a three-piece acoustic outfit who debut their first CD, Brokedown Breakdown , next week, sure do a good impersonation of a bluegrass band, even if purists might dismiss it on technicalities.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 03, 2009

What are the odds?

Best bets for this year's Best Music Poll
Ten years! When we organized our first Best Music Poll, way back in the day, we could only hope that it would one day wind up the institution it is today, with the annual Portland Music Awards ceremony drawing the best collection of musical talent Maine can produce.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 27, 2009

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Before the Goldrush

Putnam Smith can't quite find his way home
With a name right out of a Nathaniel Hawthorne novel and hand-pressed CD packaging graced with images of antique farming tools, Putnam Smith does nothing to dispel the notion that he wouldn't mind living in 1809 instead of 2009.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 27, 2009

Was not was

Vik44's shades of white
Portland continues to establish itself as a critical northern outpost of digital music with the release this month of Vik44's Was Never White . As the genre matures and evolves, it's some of the most interesting music to listen to because there are no rules.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 27, 2009



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Falling into you

Something old, something new from Honey Clouds
Between Ron Harrity's skills as recording engineer, label guru (Peapod Recordings), and guitarist/sideman, he's racking up an impressive resume (see the accompanying review of the Isobell record for more details), and the new Honey Clouds record just adds to the list.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 20, 2009

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Put your skirt on

Isobell are a girl with style, grace, and muscle
Portland's aggressive new frontgal can hit all the notes while she hits you in the face.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 20, 2009

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Please please me

The Leftovers are ready and eager
For pure output, not many local bands can top the Leftovers, who next week drop their fourth full-length album, Eager to Please , with Oglio/Crappy Records, since 2005's debut, Stop Drop Rock & Roll (and they had an EP before that). And we won't even take away points because "full-length," for them, doesn't quite reach 40 minutes.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 13, 2009

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No man is an island

Two rootsy discs, 20 rootsy players
Anybody who needs to be reminded of the musical talent that swirls around and intermingles throughout our fair city probably doesn't listen to a ton of local music.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 06, 2009

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Seeing Sparks

The Fearless release of Eyes to the Sun
Those hardcore fans among you already have much of Eyes to the Sun in your collection. Sparks the Rescue have been selling nine of these 12 songs on a disc they've brought to shows and mailed out from time to time.  
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 29, 2009



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Rattle your cage

Emilia Dahlin continues to push the envelope
You'll excuse Emilia Dahlin if her first release since the well-received God Machine in 2006 is a six-song EP.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 22, 2009

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Ship, ahoy!

Pigboat proves metal can Float
Pigboat are not nu metal, or speed metal, or death metal, or glam metal, or any of the other metals, really.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 15, 2009

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What can Brown do for you?

Take a walk along Eustis Ridge with Gunther
Our local alt-country renaissance continues this weekend with Gunther Brown's debut release, a five-song, 20-minute EP called Eustis Ridge.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 15, 2009

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Girls gone wild

Making Friends and cultivating Strangers
Maybe it was a good thing after all that Jeremiah Freed packed up and moved to Los Angeles. Sure, the band broke up, but in the process bassist Matt Cosby met Pete Donovan and managed to drag him back here to Maine.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 08, 2009

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The price is right

Alexander C. Irvine sees a Buyout in your future
For a guy sometimes compared to Philip K. Dick, Alex Irvine took his time in getting around to writing about the future.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 01, 2009



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Going down the road

John Paul brings Belmont Boulevard back to Maine
When John Paul comes to Slainte in a couple weeks, he'll be returning to the Portland scene where he got his start in the biz,
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 01, 2009

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Taste of Summer

Arborea remain singularly breathtaking
For pure, shimmering, lush beauty, Arborea are hard to beat.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 01, 2009

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This way out

Hudson Eakin's solo project reaches for the Bandages
This week, we study the Portland diaspora, and Hudson Eakin has gone to Worcester, of all places. Isn't that like all the worst parts of Maine and none of the best?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 25, 2009

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Spring cleaning

Three discs you should hear as the weather warms
Without beating around the bush, here are three EPs worth hearing that have been sitting around the office a bit.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 18, 2009

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The way things will be

The Goodnight Process offer a strong debut
The Goodnight Process have a little bit of the next-big-thing about them.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 11, 2009


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