• The metalsmiths in DEAD SEASON have hit the HEATSEEKERS (NORTHEAST) BILLBOARD chart with their latest album, The Negative NUMBers. It's debuting this week at positive number 2.
• Yeah, yeah, we've seen you acoustic bands busting out your ironic versions of rock and pop songs. But how about taking folk songs and rocking them out? That's what DAVE ROWE TRIO bassist KEVIN O'REILLY is doing with his new project, the SHELLBACK BRIGADE. The first album is Pollywog's Lament, and features full rock treatments of tunes like "1491" and "Surf's Up for Drowsy Maggie." Find them on Facebook for details on getting yourself a copy.
• Looks like the TREBLE TREBLE series, compilations highlighting Portland's music scene, will continue with a volume three, to be released on ETERNAL OTTER RECORDS this fall. They've got a chunk of cash thanks to a SPACE-acquired grant from the MAINE ARTS COMMISSION, and Eternal will be raising the rest of the dosh with an Indiegogo campaign. Notably, this will be the first of the series to be released on vinyl. Look for tracks from BIG BLOOD, SAMUEL JAMES, WESLEY ALLEN HARTLEY AND THE TRAVELING TREES, and many others.
• More good news following PUTNAM SMITH's CD-release show last weekend: He's been selected for an Emerging Artist Showcase at the FALCON RIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL in July.
: New England Music News
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