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Sparks the Rescue get back to basics

Do they cut and run? Nah.
You know you're doing something right when you launch a Kickstarter campaign for $6K and wind up with $12,570 with which to make your first post-label recording project.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 05, 2012


Get Grovenistic

The rapper with a knack for laughter
In crafting his sophomore release, the 11-track Grovenistic, rapper Cam Groves clearly focused on establishing his own singular sound.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 29, 2012


The Wrecking say: So Much for Love

God, or a girl
Rock and roll isn't known for its subtlety. Christian rock, even less so.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 30, 2012


Schemes for going back in time

Bones, roots, and harmony
In this ongoing and new roots revival, there is a fine line to walk, one tip-toed expertly by Old Crow Medicine Show's Ketch Secor at the State Theatre a couple weeks back to a sweltering mass of a sold-out crowd.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 22, 2012


Sara Hallie Richardson’s electric return

Restless, love
Much of how a musician is respected (and compensated) has swung back toward the live performance.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 16, 2012


It burns, it burns

C Money Burns releases his first full-length work
A presence locally with digital production efforts and a turn with Seekonk for more than a decade, C Money Burns releases this week his first full-length work under his own moniker, and its title is apt.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 16, 2012


Ocean of Boxes

Boxes' debut EP Out to Sea
Though just four songs, Boxes' debut EP Out to Sea is impactful.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 16, 2012


Smile, and be nice to Strangers

All in the Family
I'd recommend the Nogar Family Band fairly unequivocally, even if only because you really haven't heard this arrangement of instruments before.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 08, 2012


Nobis return, with 50 percent more!

Come to confession
Checking out the line-up for Oxxfest, which moves to Scarborough Downs next weekend, some of you might get a blast from the past: Trivium? The local metal band that used to play gigs with Twitchboy and Broken Clown?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 01, 2012


Proving Mercury was just a launching pad

Theodore II
"I almost don't want to listen to the new record because I like the first one so much I'm not sure how I couldn't be disappointed."
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 25, 2012


The Arrowsics’ roots are oaken

Straight as a Ring
Not sure if you noticed, but for July 4, the New York Times had an evergreen cued up about the new crop of "power siblings" peppered through the Big Apple's arts and business world, including Fun's guitarist Jack Antonoff and fashionista sister Rachel (something about "girly chic sundresses").
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 18, 2012


Bryan Laurier has Bought & Sold his debut

When a plan comes together
Got a guitar, some songs, a few fans, and some friends and family?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 18, 2012


Oh, my Darlingside

A new twist on old time
It's a good time for string bands. Or maybe just a good time for people who dig a variety of stringed instruments being played without a whole lot of amplification or effects gumming up the works.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 11, 2012


Kristina Kentigian’s solo debut

Back to front
There aren't many with more pedigree in Maine's hip-hop/R&B community than Kristina Kentigian.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 03, 2012


Bleeding or Sparkly — either way

Which is It?
If you haven't been introduced to the jangledy indie pop of If and It yet, their show July 20 at the Dirigimus Cooperative offers you opportunity to drink from the virtual firehose.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 27, 2012


Rustic Overtones want you on their side

Cult of personalities
What's the go-to motivational tactic used by every coach of an underdog team or demagogue looking to gain followers in a hurry? It's us against them. Us against the world.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 20, 2012


Brahms’s fifth is a big red flag

Why does a person spend 20 years in Portland making music, releasing records, and playing shows?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 20, 2012


Zach Jones gets all Smokey and Wonder-ous

Better and better
Isn't Zach Jones a guitar player? And yet, on the brand-new Things Were Better , it would appear he doesn't play a single note.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 13, 2012

Fogcutters document a show for the ages

Big band, big deal
Since it's BMP season, let's grant the Fogcutters an award for Most Heartwarming Local Show of the Year, for their ambitious, and ultimately wildly successful, "Big Band Syndrome" show at the State Theatre last December 2.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 13, 2012


A moving second record from Dark Hollow Bottling Company kicks off a busy summer

A Dream preferred
Talk about a band stepping up their game. Dark Hollow Bottling Company lead off a busy summer of releases this weekend by moving from being a pretty entertaining and fun string band to putting out a genuinely important second album in American Ghosts that is emotionally gripping and excellently executed.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 06, 2012


The city’s practice-space situation gets worse yet again for musicians

Prime real estate blues
Sometimes things get worse before they get better. Such is the case with Portland's already beleaguered bands in search of affordable and accommodating practice space.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 06, 2012

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