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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

Seceding from the union

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The esteemed folk-rock songwriter ERIC BETTENCOURT is leaving us for Austin, Texas, for the winter and spring, possibly longer.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  November 14, 2012

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A Tiger on the loose

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New action on the horizon by art-rock band the BOX TIGER.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  November 08, 2012

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She’s a special lady

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As BRENDA, the excellent Portland/NYC rock trio who released the gorgeous Silver Tower in 2010, preps a proper follow-up, a two-song sampler of new work is available to download.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 31, 2012



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Dim light in the distance

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We're gonna have to resist parroting the reflexively positive blurbs about NYC-via-Maine alt-pop band TWO LIGHTS .
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 24, 2012

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Working out the kinks


As Mainers find the unfolding story about the Kennebunk prostitution ring to be socially complex and all kinds of unfortunate, CAM GROVES sees the whole thing pretty simply.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 18, 2012

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Ten years haunting


For many, Halloween's a chance to dress as a slasher or a zombie or a slutty Harry Potter or something. And no shame in that!
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 10, 2012

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Down by the bay

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After a late summer renovation, BAYSIDE BOWL undertakes a seasonal reinvention this month.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 03, 2012

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Great days ahead

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We here at the Tablet can find the nostalgia industry a bit overwhelming sometimes, but now and again an idea comes along that gets it right.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 26, 2012


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