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KGFREEZE returns with plenty of hand-raisers
On the brand-new Volunteer Kyle Gervais has enlisted a Brady Bunch of collaborators, who share songwriting credits and contribute vocals, musicianship, and production.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 20, 2014

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Spell it out for me

Anti-Lilly and Phoniks tell classic Stories
Are you being reductive? Hearkening back to the Golden Age? Or do you put out what hip hop is?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 14, 2014

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Don't call it a throwback

Ogre re-emerges with The Last Neanderthal
With eight songs in total — well, seven plus a 45-second instrumental introduction — it is aptly named, tapping into our gnawing fear that guttural, physical rock ‘n’ roll is going the way of the dinosaur.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 05, 2014

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Short and sweet

Steve Grover brings back his Quartet for Haiku
The list of hyperbolic things I’ve written about Steve Grover is already embarrassing, but he deserves all of the accolades.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 27, 2014

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Short and sweet

Steve Grover brings back his Quartet for Haiku
The list of hyperbolic things I’ve written about Steve Grover is already embarrassing, but he deserves all of the accolades.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 27, 2014

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Moshe and 32french pig out as Black Puddin'

Better than bacon
What’s the saying? “Like a pig in shit”?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 20, 2014



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Knottz and crosses

Original tracks from a cover band frontman
It’s not unusual for a tight band doing covers to work their way into originals.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 20, 2014

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The ghosts are coming

Get ready to Believe in Paul Revere
The Ghost of Paul Revere don’t waste any time on their debut full-length, Believe .
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 12, 2014

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Enter the Working Man

North of Nashville's outlaw country
There is unquestionably no paucity of opportunities to see these two honkytonkers do their twangy thing.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 10, 2014

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Meeting Micromasse

A welcome addition to Portland’s jazz scene
So maybe there’s room for Micromasse, featuring guitarist Max Cantlin and playing old-time jazz, though this time in trio format, and all originals, without any singing.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 30, 2014

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Life lessons

One man’s daydreams are another’s nightmare
With Gunther Brown’s debut full-length, frontman Pete Dubuc and crew have created the most sorrowful local record since Ray Lamontagne’s Till the Sun Turned Black .
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 23, 2014



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Last train outta Euston

The first installment from An Overnight Low
Chad Walls is a guy who’s still dedicated to the album format.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 16, 2014

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OMG, TWx2

The mixed and remixed Oh My Goodness
Emerging from traditions of hip hop, horn-flavored soul, pop, and the purely digital traditions, these six songs — and the nine guest remixes of those six songs released last month — are architectural wonders.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 10, 2014

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Taking the Pulse of Wry Climate

 Languid palpation
A-to-B songwriting like that done by Wry Climate’s Dan Nelson sometimes offers more food for thought.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 03, 2014

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Hunkering down to see what happens

Local Music: The winter of our discontent
Winter in Portland has always been a sleepy time for local musicians. Make sure you make the most of the end of December. 
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 26, 2013

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Top 10 albums of 2013

 And a couple other lists while we’re at it
I love albums. It remains predominantly the way I listen to music.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 19, 2013



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Just between friends

Local Music
Zach Jones shows breaking up is hard to do with The Days.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 12, 2013

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Chicky Stoltz walks the line between camp and cool

 Return of the Roebuck
You remember Chicky Stoltz? There was a time when you couldn’t miss the guy in this town.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 04, 2013

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The Cult of Rustic Overtones continues

 The show must go on
Watching the seven-piece band, augmented by a four-piece string section, there were certainly signs of maturity.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 27, 2013

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The winter of Essence’s Unseasonable Spring

 A certain je ne sais quoi
There’s a solid local contingent that will tell you Essence is the best MC in Maine.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 20, 2013

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Greetings from a great, and meh, music scene

 Going local
It's back. After three years of hiatus, Charlie Gaylord has brought the Greetings from Area Code 207 franchise back to its string of album releases with Volume 9.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 14, 2013


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