Portland music news: January 9, 2009

By PORTLAND MUSIC STAFF  |  January 7, 2009

• Former WCLZ morning host PETE BOLDUC has a new band: GUNTHER BROWN (not to be confused with the Boston-based Sucka Brown). He calls it Americana/folk rock, and they'll be working with the right man for that job in JON NOLAN when they enter his studio to start recording a debut EP January 10. Look for it by March.

• Check out GREENHEAD's January 17 gig at Gritty's in Portland to see new sax player DAN NOGAR.

JACOB AUGUSTINE, the singer/songwriter who wowed a few of you opening the THIS WAY CD-release show last month, has a CD release of his own to talk about now. He'll drop Harmonia with a show at the Empire January 31. This guy's got a big voice and mixes up some cool folk and rock ideas, like a mash-up of Elbow and Dylan. He's a big new talent in town.

ALL THE REAL GIRLS, the newish rock group possibly named after a 2003 Zooey Deschanel film and featuring MATT COSBY when he's not playing bass for PETE KILPATRICK, have a record in the can and are looking to release it in early spring. The aforementioned JON NOLAN turned the dials and they've had it mastered by DOUG VAN SLOUN, who does all the work for SADDLE CREEK RECORDS out in Omaha. The four-piece, filled out by PETER DONOVAN, BENJAMIN HARMS, and WYATT KING, have a ramshackle pop rock sound, inviting and chaotic. And they've got a way with words. Working title for the debut disc? All My Friends Are Going to Be Strangers: A Love Story by All the Real Girls.

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