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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


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


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


The next great project featuring Chris Moulton

Introducing Policewomanwithfangs.
Portland hasn’t heard something this goth and relatively rock in a while.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 07, 2013


Spose writes an album for Outkasts everywhere

 Welcome to Dankonia
With the release of Dankonia , Wells, Maine’s most famous rapper lays it down on top of production originally used by Outkast, though not only Stankonia.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 31, 2013

Doctor Gasp’s Vampire Fish for Two

 Halloween treat
How is it possible that Doctor Gasp, Dan Blakeslee’s Halloween-loving alter ego, hasn’t put out an album in 10 years?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 31, 2013

Big Easy shuts down

Venue Watch
The story behind the closing of one of Portland's great local-music clubs.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 30, 2013


Rocky Mountain lows with the Coloradas

 Arm in arm with that Big Empty
 Arm in arm with that Big Empty
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 24, 2013


Dustin Saucier and all his Sad friends

 Fox, Paper , Bastards
Dustin Saucier and the Sad Bastards are pretty attractive in these days of government shutdowns and radioactive fish and genetically modified everything.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 17, 2013


Barbara ‘Barb’ Moran (1957-2013)

News of Barb Moran’s death this week at 56 came as a shock. Not only because she was far too young, but also because she always seemed like such a kid.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 17, 2013


Jon Nolan returns, and things have Changed

  Everything , and the girl
It’s possible that more than a few of you have forgotten that Nolan just happened to write and record one of the best solo records the Northeast has ever heard.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 11, 2013


Connor Garvey’s Meteors and Beating Hearts

 Momentary explosions of light
Connor Garvey is something of a throwback, building a life of simple pleasures and connections to the Earth and good friends.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 03, 2013


City of Elms sees Ghosts becoming more corporeal

 Rural, electric
The trend returns with the debut full-length by Rural Ghosts, City of Elms , which delivers new takes on two songs off the Rural Ghosts EP that introduced the band last year, along with seven new tracks.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 26, 2013


An Italian and a flautist walk into a studio . . .

 When in Portland
The Acadia Session has a good story going for itself.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 03, 2013


A serious note for the fall

 When summer didn’t last long enough
Much of the next few months is populated with serious business, indeed.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 13, 2013


Commutathon is a Nuclear trip

 Ain’t knockin’ Boots
Like plenty of other fun rock bands, Nuclear Boots don’t lend themselves to rigorous examination. Songs like “Beer Dick” are pretty self-explanatory.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 19, 2013


Bangor duo head south, get Ego

 Head to head collision
When Particles Collide, the duo probably most responsible for putting Bangor’s burgeoning music scene on the map, have headed south.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 06, 2013


The debut full-length from Shane Reis

  Shine on, you crazy rapper
Rappers increasingly create albums that document their interior monologue.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 30, 2013


Dominic Lavoie is feeling the love

 ShaShaSha lives on
Musicians clearly like playing for Dominic Lavoie.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 30, 2013


When a studio guy records live

 Jeff being Jeff
Jeff Beam is sorta starting over. Again.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 30, 2013


Anna Lombard teams with Adam Agati

All the Bells and whistles
Truly good singers don’t need to pop the veins from their foreheads to transmit emotion and talent. It comes easy, as though the song is just flowing out of them when they open their mouths.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 30, 2013

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