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Lo-fi distorted jazz from El Malo

Bad attitude
Hearing that El Malo is the next project for Grupo Esperanza co-founder Rion Hergenhan, you might expect a salsa flavor.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 14, 2012

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Doubting Gravity’s debut EP

Heavy things
Two years out from the debut solo record that marked her return to Portland's musical consciousness, Andi Fawcett's been a busy gal lately.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 08, 2012

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Kurt Baker is brand new again

We got the Beat
Kurt Baker's admiration for, and knowledge of, pop rock (much of it incredibly obscure) is beyond reproach.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 08, 2012

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Loki slim down, step up

And then there were three...
Well, it's not quite Genesis soldiering on following the departure of Peter Gabriel, but there was definitely some interest in whether Jonathan Taylor's departure from lead-vocal duties last year would spell the end of Loki, one of our local hard-rock roster's more enduring acts, with five studio releases to their name over 10-plus years.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 08, 2012

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Oooh, la, la: ShaShaSha

A psyched-out solo effort from Dominic Lavoie
He may not have planned it this way, but Dominic Lavoie is definitely striking while the Internet is hot.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 31, 2012

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A debut with Leave It to Believers

Cremains of the day
Not every piece of music has to aspire to intellectual heights. Sometimes, an easy bit of pop is all you need.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 24, 2012



Is there a difference between what you like and what is good?

Talking about ‘taste’
Charlie Gaylord is one of Maine's proprietors of what is good.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 17, 2012

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Going down a Road feeling bad with Samuel James

Dark as a dungeon
Turns out those rumors about Big Black Ben were true: Not only has he "been with white women," but he's even fathered a child by the wife of the local police chief, who's now the prison warden intent on hanging Ben high now that he has him in his clutches after all this time.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 17, 2012

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Just a bunch of Rogues, Outlaws & Drunks

Another round for the house
It takes true commitment to translate to the studio the kind of pub shout-along anthems in which the Pubcrawlers specialize.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 10, 2012

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Nick ‘Danger’ Curran, 35

Obituary
There was a little pocket of time in the late '90s and early 2000s when the Free Street Taverna was a place where the Piners and King Memphis and the Coming Grass and Diesel Doug and the Long Haul Truckers could play in the window and it all felt just a little bit like Nashville every once in a while. Better than that, actually.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 10, 2012

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A conversation with Chris Pandolfi

Where is bluegrass going?
Because its musicians play with fiddles and banjos and stand-up basses, there is an idea out there that bluegrass is as old as dirt.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 10, 2012



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Rebel without a band on Sunshine on Daemon Land

Here comes the Son
You can do a lot with Garage Band nowadays.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 03, 2012

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Make a clean break with Borderlines

Leftover Magic
Should you have been wondering what became of the non-Kurt Baker Leftovers, wonder no longer: guitarists Andrew Rice and Matt Anderson, along with drummer Adam Woronoff, teamed with the Jetty Boys' Eric Mahnke on bass to create a back-to-basics project called Borderlines.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 03, 2012

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This Way push their narrative forward

Every album tells a Story
It's clear This Way are a vastly improved band from their debut We Could All Make History in 2008.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 26, 2012

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Have you heard Lenny?

The Maine-born guitarist some think was the best ever gets another day in the sun
As local legends go, Lenny Breau is among the most mythical.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 20, 2012

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The debut solo effort from Dustin Saucier

To the Letter
People may not give the Postal Service record enough credit for being self-aware.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 19, 2012



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Sidecar Radio to pull the plug

Legacy Place
It seemed like maybe they were rejuvenated by the addition of Walt Craven, but just a couple of shows into playing as a four-piece, one of Portland's longer-running rock acts announced this week they were calling it quits.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 19, 2012

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Toughcats’ electrified third release

Some old days, some new
Damn if it isn't fun to watch a band evolve.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 12, 2012

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Sparks the Rescue get back to basics

Do they cut and run? Nah.
You know you're doing something right when you launch a Kickstarter campaign for $6K and wind up with $12,570 with which to make your first post-label recording project.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 05, 2012

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Get Grovenistic

The rapper with a knack for laughter
In crafting his sophomore release, the 11-track Grovenistic, rapper Cam Groves clearly focused on establishing his own singular sound.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 29, 2012

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The Wrecking say: So Much for Love

God, or a girl
Rock and roll isn't known for its subtlety. Christian rock, even less so.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 30, 2012


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