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Jon Nolan returns, and things have Changed

  Everything , and the girl
It’s possible that more than a few of you have forgotten that Nolan just happened to write and record one of the best solo records the Northeast has ever heard.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 11, 2013


Connor Garvey’s Meteors and Beating Hearts

 Momentary explosions of light
Connor Garvey is something of a throwback, building a life of simple pleasures and connections to the Earth and good friends.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 03, 2013


City of Elms sees Ghosts becoming more corporeal

 Rural, electric
The trend returns with the debut full-length by Rural Ghosts, City of Elms , which delivers new takes on two songs off the Rural Ghosts EP that introduced the band last year, along with seven new tracks.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 26, 2013


An Italian and a flautist walk into a studio . . .

 When in Portland
The Acadia Session has a good story going for itself.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 03, 2013


A serious note for the fall

 When summer didn’t last long enough
Much of the next few months is populated with serious business, indeed.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 13, 2013


Commutathon is a Nuclear trip

 Ain’t knockin’ Boots
Like plenty of other fun rock bands, Nuclear Boots don’t lend themselves to rigorous examination. Songs like “Beer Dick” are pretty self-explanatory.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 19, 2013


Bangor duo head south, get Ego

 Head to head collision
When Particles Collide, the duo probably most responsible for putting Bangor’s burgeoning music scene on the map, have headed south.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 06, 2013


The debut full-length from Shane Reis

  Shine on, you crazy rapper
Rappers increasingly create albums that document their interior monologue.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 30, 2013


Dominic Lavoie is feeling the love

 ShaShaSha lives on
Musicians clearly like playing for Dominic Lavoie.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 30, 2013


When a studio guy records live

 Jeff being Jeff
Jeff Beam is sorta starting over. Again.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 30, 2013


Anna Lombard teams with Adam Agati

All the Bells and whistles
Truly good singers don’t need to pop the veins from their foreheads to transmit emotion and talent. It comes easy, as though the song is just flowing out of them when they open their mouths.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 30, 2013


Setting fire to your friends (and other social gaffes)

 Nobody puts Tiger in a Box
 Nobody puts Tiger in a Box
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 08, 2013


Cam Groves rolls ’em up and mows ’em down

 Bitches’ Brews
Even at the close of his newly released third album, Backwoods & Bitches , Cam Groves still feels the need to introduce himself.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 01, 2013


Going 10 rounds with eyenine

 Disguised in plain sight
It’s hard to call a guy who’s won the Ruckus Cup MC battle at the Big Easy two of the last three years “low profile,” but eyenine is our local hip-hop scene’s version of the artist who’s more popular outside his hometown than in it (see also: Arborea, Falls of Rauros, Kurt Baker, et al.). Dude trounced Spose in the first round this year.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 01, 2013


Slaid Cleaves is still fighting the good fight

 It’s a war on war
With as good a claim as anyone else to the title of Best Songwriter Ever To Come Out Of Maine, Slaid Cleaves has produced with his fourth full-length yet another group of songs alternately powerful and smart — and often both
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 25, 2013


Spencer being Spencer

 The rise of the super-ego
Think of all the things Spencer Albee has been. But has he ever been Spencer?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 18, 2013


Dueling Swarm Theories from Class Machine

Two is enough
Two is enough
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 10, 2013


Stay Seventeen are big on Promises

Everything but the girl
Stay Seventeen's new album sure is huge in the headphones and full of big guitars and a punishing snare.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 10, 2013


A Raccoon worth talking about

Shifty in the shadows
If and It, who released Raccoon this month, as if celebrating the one-year anniversary of last year's double album release, Sparkly Gold and Bleeding Moon , are lyrical and charming even if they aren't always obviously embraceable.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 26, 2013


Eight songs from Jay Caron & Slop

Poetry in Slow Motion
Poetry in Slow Motion
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 20, 2013


A debut short from Lovers of Fiction

The Bear and the composer fair
The Bear and the composer fair
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 20, 2013

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