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Setting fire to your friends (and other social gaffes)

 Nobody puts Tiger in a Box
 Nobody puts Tiger in a Box
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 08, 2013


Cam Groves rolls ’em up and mows ’em down

 Bitches’ Brews
Even at the close of his newly released third album, Backwoods & Bitches , Cam Groves still feels the need to introduce himself.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 01, 2013


Going 10 rounds with eyenine

 Disguised in plain sight
It’s hard to call a guy who’s won the Ruckus Cup MC battle at the Big Easy two of the last three years “low profile,” but eyenine is our local hip-hop scene’s version of the artist who’s more popular outside his hometown than in it (see also: Arborea, Falls of Rauros, Kurt Baker, et al.). Dude trounced Spose in the first round this year.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 01, 2013


Slaid Cleaves is still fighting the good fight

 It’s a war on war
With as good a claim as anyone else to the title of Best Songwriter Ever To Come Out Of Maine, Slaid Cleaves has produced with his fourth full-length yet another group of songs alternately powerful and smart — and often both
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 25, 2013


Spencer being Spencer

 The rise of the super-ego
Think of all the things Spencer Albee has been. But has he ever been Spencer?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 18, 2013


Dueling Swarm Theories from Class Machine

Two is enough
Two is enough
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 10, 2013


Stay Seventeen are big on Promises

Everything but the girl
Stay Seventeen's new album sure is huge in the headphones and full of big guitars and a punishing snare.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 10, 2013


A Raccoon worth talking about

Shifty in the shadows
If and It, who released Raccoon this month, as if celebrating the one-year anniversary of last year's double album release, Sparkly Gold and Bleeding Moon , are lyrical and charming even if they aren't always obviously embraceable.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 26, 2013


Eight songs from Jay Caron & Slop

Poetry in Slow Motion
Poetry in Slow Motion
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 20, 2013


A debut short from Lovers of Fiction

The Bear and the composer fair
The Bear and the composer fair
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 20, 2013


Trails (and Kool G Rap, which is crazy)

Dropping things from way up high
Twenty-eight seconds. That's the length of Kool G Rap's contribution to Trails' new Anvils & Pianos , the hip-hop duo's third release (and it might as well be their fourth release, too — at 19 songs, it's a monster).  
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 13, 2013


Kings and queens of summer

 Free, to do what you want, any old time
What’s more “summer” than hip hop and pop radio?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 07, 2013


Like Tristram and Isobell

Sea Spells and love songs
Isobell are now a tight five-piece, with Bekah Hayes's piano and keyboard work providing alternately crisp melody lines and echoing organ atmosphere, and Chris McKneally's electric guitar tone moving between airy psychedelia and precise prog.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 30, 2013


Robert Stillman returns with the Archaic Future Players

Station Wagon ride with John Fahey
For a guy who plays the saxophone the way people talk about, Robert Stillman is an awful good drummer. And keyboard player. He does a fair bit of impressive composition, too.  
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 23, 2013


Joe Farren’s countrified second release

South by southeast
It's been more than five years since Joe Farren's last record, a debut number on which he showed off his multi-instrumental chops and riffed on Americana themes.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 23, 2013


Filling up with Putnam Smith

Kitchen, Love, and Emily Dickinson
Putnam Smith wishes he could trade places with Emily Dickinson.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 16, 2013


Tricky Britches are in Good Company

 Don’t call it a throwback
Tricky Britches lean pretty heavily toward the old-timey end of the spectrum, with a deep and abiding respect for the body of American stringband work, manifesting itself in original songs that are instantly familiar.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 10, 2013


Four new works from Whitcomb

The free Conqueror
Part of Whitcomb's appeal is that the material and the performance are of a piece, everything placed just so and meticulously machined.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 10, 2013


A vibrant and forward Worried Well

Baroque me, Amadeus
There's something baroque, something emotional and primal, vivid and stark about Luck, the band's first proper full-length release.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 03, 2013

Dancing? You'll need a license

Papers, Please
Papers, Please
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 24, 2013


The Malletts know the lay of the Land

Rub some mud on it
On their new and third full-length release, Land , the Mallett Brothers Band alternate between boozy and anthemic ballads and boozy and anthemic sing-along stomps, always providing plenty of opportunity for just about anybody to find a personal touchpoint.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 24, 2013

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