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Crossing state lines


DEAD TREND, an '80s hardcore punk throwback group, slap down their debut record False Positive this week, and make it official with a show at Mathew's on May 5.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  May 03, 2013

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Not like all the other folk

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The youth rock camps of MAMM get all the attention, but we're almost more charmed by their programs for adults.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  April 10, 2013

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Spring sounds a note

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By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  April 04, 2013

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Let the blues rush in


If you must use something so silly as social media, be interesting about it.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  March 27, 2013

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Go Bang

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One band that has seemed perpetually under-the-radar the last few years is Bangor's CAPTAIN HOLLOW. Listening now to their newly released debut, the long-delayed Greatest Hits , we're wondering why.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  March 20, 2013

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Whiskers in the dark

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How lovely it is to find LAMINATED CAT turn up at our doorstep!
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  March 13, 2013



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Rock of pure substance

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Is music a type of theology? Generally not, we'd say, but now and again, a group like the WALDOS come along and we start to wonder.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  March 07, 2013

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Whistle (or) you work

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There were many questions answered with the surprisingly substantial profile on THE WHISTLER in the Press Herald this past week.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  February 27, 2013

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Species of local rockfish

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Of all the bands honoring the working-class folk traditions of the Maine coastline, few come as hardy as the longstanding eclectic acoustic unit the HOLY MACKERELS.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  February 20, 2013

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Crowdsourcing tradition

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Maine folk musician DAVE ROWE hit and surpassed his $2000 Kickstarter goal last week, setting the stage for a new record of his classic, deeply regionally inflected folk tunes.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  February 13, 2013

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Fantasize Local

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Ask anyone in town and they'll tell you the same thing: the Portland Buy Local campaign has been a resounding success.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  February 06, 2013



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Freedom can be taxing

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As the landscape of listenable music gets bigger and bigger, the simple question — what to listen to? — becomes harder every day.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 30, 2013

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From the mouth of the poet

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There's a debate raging in the Wax Tablet offices about which is more colorful: the sunshine-and-lollipops imagery of inaugural poet Richard Blanco's "One Today," or the sparkling new video for JAW GEMS' "Star Visor."
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 28, 2013

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Plays the Lord

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It's twenty thirteen, and everyone we're talkin' to has got an idea for some new rock party.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 16, 2013

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In with a whinny

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If you haven't yet summoned your "Horsie Forces," mount up: SUNSET HEARTS' excellent Deco Tech EP is now available for free download on their bandcamp.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 09, 2013

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Jazz is all that


While we're still a little baffled by this sudden uptick in local stand-up comics, there's something interesting and a little beautiful about it.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 31, 2012



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Waxing nostalgic

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It was a good year for weird music — or was it a weird year for good music? — and here are some of the standouts.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 19, 2012

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We've got ventriloquists

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Uhhh, what are we supposed to make of GINLAB?
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 12, 2012

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Local boy leaps fence

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Just when we were thinking how difficult it is for bands to outgrow Americana, a new recording from BUTCHER BOY shows it's not only possible but a clear sign of maturity.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 05, 2012

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Downeast Transit Authority

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PUBLIC TRANSPORT , the one-man shoegaze show of Downeast musician Duncan Bailey, is one of our latest bandcamp finds.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  November 28, 2012

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Sontiago revs the engine

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The US got three very different pictures of Maine last week.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  November 21, 2012


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