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Amos Libby's five weeks in the heart of the conflict

Play oud in the West Bank
"(Israeli) immigration asked me at the airport why I didn’t leave when I could have and I said it was because I felt safe. They told me I was nuts.”
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 23, 2014


What you say, Ryan?

Ghost returns with Proper Placement
Ryan’s calling card is his sincerity. While the production and presentation are of a genre, you won’t find him talking about puffing the chron or dissing women or dropping a million f-bombs or using a bunch of contemporary rap jargon. He’s got a plan and he executes it, with more variety and modes of attack than he’s had on display to this point.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 16, 2014


Betty Cody, 1921-2014

The Maine music community lost a hidden giant last week with the death of Betty Cody, at 92.
The Maine music community lost a hidden giant last week with the death of Betty Cody, at 92.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 11, 2014


Adventures in lo-fi

Pigboat treat us as equals
One obvious reason for heavy music is catharsis, a healthy release for all the built-up bullshit modern life entails. Like kickboxing class for suburban women, but with lots of black clothing and long hair.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 11, 2014


Full horns ahead

 Mama's Boomshack explore the Speed of Soul
An arrangement of alto and baritone sax, trombone, and trumpet combining to front a band like Mama’s Boomshack grabs your attention so completely. There just aren’t many bands doing that.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 03, 2014


Tough and Tumble

A new album of rough ones from the Toughcats
A new album of rough ones from the Toughcats
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 25, 2014


Everything old is new again

Portland dons a cape and soars this summer
Perhaps you missed Old Port Fest. As much as that event might be a shit-show of faux-Bourbon Street nonsense, the way Portland effortlessly throws up bands that any tourist would think are riding hits on the radio is impressive as hell.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 20, 2014


Double displacement

When Particles Collide release the explosive Photoelectric
When Particles Collide's first proper full-length, Photoelectric , fulfills all the promise of last year’s excellent EP, Ego .
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 11, 2014


An artist in Transit

Joe Gallant goes country
Dude’s gone from Jack Johnson to Jimmie Johnson, trading in hushed singer-songwriter fare for big country tunes suitable for the infield at Daytona.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 06, 2014


Interesting Delays

Nice Places help you make it out alive
The entire package might remind you most, locally, of the Satellite Lot records, especially in the production sound and the vocal treatment.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 06, 2014


Underwater and on fire

Sea Level are never gonna do what you say
Capaldi always seems like he’s executing a plan he’s had in place for quite some time.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 06, 2014


Get in and thrash around

Purse snatch and grab for attention on Indiana
As far as I can figure, this new four-song EP is the first release they’ve had, the first digitized capture of their raw take on stripped-down metal and punk.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 29, 2014


What did you expect?

On Supernova, LaMontagne mixes it up — per usual
As with the best of LaMontagne’s work, his delivery is infused with passion and heartache and nostalgia, the kind of emotion that makes you feel like he can peek right into your very soul.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 21, 2014


Into the wild

Yeti take you off the trails
The Yeti, who recently released the full-length Abominable, take the album-of-the-year talent of Trails, with producer The Lin and vocalist Syn the Shaman, and tack on Dray Sr., lending a deep-throated and full-bodied delivery in counterpoint to Shaman’s growling angry.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 15, 2014


What Gems, Plural

A four-piece Keirkegaard could love
A four-piece Keirkegaard could love
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 09, 2014


A King puts his crown back on

The newest Labseven spin-off
King does his best to bring the party with him, with plenty of guest turns from the likes of Spose, Kenya Hall, Ill by Instinct, Labseven mate Luke Mallett, and, eventually, the full Labseven crew.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 01, 2014


Fighting tooth and nail

Eric Bettencourt returns with Underwater Dream
He returns to town next week with Underwater Dream in tow, a new album of eight songs that sound like they’ve been chiseled from marble, wood-shedded, and revised until they’re right where Bettencourt wants them.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 28, 2014


Me and my grandma

Standard Issue know how to party
There’s no question that Rob Schreiber’s Standard Issue play the hits.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 17, 2014

So long, Slainte

Venue Watch
Why would so many lament a little venue with sightlines that make Fenway Park look wide open?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 16, 2014


The invincible Olas

A surprisingly pop Cada Nueva Ola
The band have newly created Cada Nueva Ola , as rollicking as any family dinner table.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 09, 2014


Digging up the past

Tumbling Bones sing sweetly on Loving a Fool
Now Tumbling Bones have followed Ghost’s release earlier this year with a full-length debut of their own, equally impressive in its construction and execution.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 04, 2014

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