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Home, at last

Jerks of Grass deliver a disc 10 years in the making.
Other than two tracks on the Greetings from Area Code 207 series, there has been nothing to bring home and put on the stereo for fans of what has been at times Portland’s hardest-working band.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 23, 2008

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Touch me, feel me

Subject Bias tell you When, Where, and How
After three increasingly good discs in 2004, 2005, and 2006, Subject Bias took 2007 off, but return with eight songs in 2008 that continue to show that Kevin Ouellette is one of the area’s best songwriters.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 21, 2008

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Being the boss

Another glimpse of the Phantom Buffalo
Talk about long-awaited: The new Phantom Buffalo record was recorded at Thundering Sky, down in South Berwick, over four days in August, 2005. That’s right, 2005 .
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 21, 2008

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Can you see yourself?

Apothis offer Reflections and Symmetry
On Apothis's eight-song debut album, Reflections and Symmetry , they give you 40-plus minutes of unpredictability.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 09, 2008

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A six-pack for the Fourth

Looking for the right buzz for your Independence party?
There’s no better holiday for throwing back a few cold ones and listening to tunes on the dock, boat, front lawn, or backyard, and there are plenty of discs I’ve been meaning to make people aware of.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 02, 2008

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Like a Hurricane

Matt Newberg is Back from the Trail of Tears
Matt Newberg has a knack for naming bands, songs, and albums. It’s not to be underestimated.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 25, 2008



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Okay, I’m Biased

Looking forward to a summer of Jerks, Phantoms, and Tules
Is our local music scene actually better because so little national and international talent comes here?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 18, 2008

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The kids are alright

Faster! Faster! debut with music.sex.coffee
It’s not amateurish at all. It’s just rough around the edges — and enjoyable in its bravado.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 11, 2008

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Drinking and driving

The Molenes release Songs of Sin and Redemption
Dave Hunter and his Molenes show they’re more than just a guitar band.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 04, 2008

In the pines

Arborea make it up as they go along
Though 2006’s Wayfaring Summer was certainly a pretty disc, it would have been a mistake to use it to peg Arborea as a folk outfit.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 04, 2008

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“Why” and why not

Hearing Kate Schrock’s Invocation
There are songs here that speak of Jamaica and others that are more like the Portland-suburb Schrock you’re already down with.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 28, 2008



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Something Lost, something gained

Dead Season ramp things up yet again
So delicate and so menacing.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 21, 2008

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Two and one

Gypsy Tailwind debut a tremendous vocal pairing
There’s something thrilling about the right harmony of opposite-sex voices, the meaning and emotion they can convey, the balance of power and grace.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 21, 2008

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She will become like birds

Vanessa Torres touches fertile ground with Witness
On what’s already a very personal album, the finish makes the piece of art itself seem a living, breathing thing.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 19, 2008

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Good to great

Dead End Armory offer treasures by the ounce
Harrity attributes the reverb’s warmth to the location of the recording, but there is also a collective consciousness here.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 07, 2008

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Groove infatuation

Sly-Chi carve out Space on the dance floor
This band's cohesiveness consistently shines through on tunes that reference bands as diverse as the Commodores, the O’Jays, the Latin Jazz Orchestra, and the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 30, 2008



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Who's going to win?

2008 Portland Best Music Poll tote board
I give you the BMP Tote Board, handicapping the big categories — because who doesn’t like reducing real life to betting lines?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 30, 2008

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Worth the wait

The GFAC series returns to its roots with Volume 7
The wait is over.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 23, 2008

Hittin’ trees in the deep blue sea

Spend a Portland Afternoon with Bob McKillop
There are jokes to be made about playing for people who are a pint down, hooked to an IV, and woozy, but I’ll let you make them.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 16, 2008

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Hitting Bottom

Brown Bird return on the spring winds with an aching beauty
Lamb may insist he’s an everyman — “My heart is valve and ventricle and flesh” — but this Brown Bird truly soars.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 16, 2008

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Further + Further

Roy Davis pushes forward with the Dregs
Roy Davis has made a number of good choices since the release of his promising debut disc, Grey Town , in early 2007.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 09, 2008


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