Mum's the word

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Jimmy Dority
• While we at Wax Tabs like to zoom in on the fringes of the music scene here in Portland, there's no glossing over the epic GENTLEMEN OF THE ROAD STOPOVER festival that went down last weekend, which basically turned the Eastern Promenade into its own island carnival. Whether you attended, worked, or got the hell out of town, you'll have to acknowledge the ambitious, masterful work by Lauren Wayne and the STATE THEATRE. Of course it's perfectly acceptable not to be thrilled by the practice of tons of people storming your city for a sweltering weekend in August, but in an economy dependent on a tourism that seldom involves the arts scene, the Mumford and Sons show represented a strong step in a direction that will ultimately help the local arts. It's also encouraging to see several Mainers initiating a postmortem discussion to help clear up the inevitable difficulties of putting 15,000 people on one rolling hillside in 85-degree weather for eight hours, so that if we do it again, it can go even better.

• The tireless local musician Jimmy Dority is pulling out all the stops for his ambitious and spectacular pop orchestra project this summer, and we're pulling for its success. Titled JIMMY DO RIGHT AND THE POP GO BOOM, Dority has written, composed, and arranged a 12-song album of pop orchestral fare, which he intends to perform and record live over two sessions at the acoustically delicious venue Mayo Street Arts the evenings of September 28 and 29. While Dority has a couple records under his own name, you're probably familiar with his work in the bands Foam Castles, Over a Cardboard Sea, and Lovers of Fiction, or from the Tin Pan Alley revival musical direction in last summer's production of The Threepenny Opera by Lorem Ipsum (of which this writer is a member). What we like about this latest project is its holistic production values: it draws from a wealth of local musical talent, an underused concert venue, and Dority's own remarkable skills as a collaborator, composer, and musicologist. Learn more about the Pop Go Boom and consider donating to his campaign at

• It's hard to describe our delight at the discovery of BASEBALL, the raw, primitive punk duo from Brunswick. Their five-song demo #0 is a blast of dissonant meditations and, that's right, dysphoric baseball metaphors. Way worth a listen at; consider seeing them August 19 at the recently relocated Bombshelter, Brunswick's avant-garde arts venue (

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