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Favorite new venue becomes favorite old venue

Sound off
Like too many good things in Portland these days, the Soundpost’s end comes thanks to a "for sale" sign.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 19, 2007

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Easy, tiger

Reconsidering hipsterism, sensitivity, and Ryan Adams’s legacy
It’s been interesting to, however briefly, listen to songs I’ll likely still enjoy in twenty years.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 12, 2007

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Killing the deity

Waterville author takes atheism one step further
In God is Dead ’s title story, God is searching — for unapparent reasons — for a boy named Thomas Mawien.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 05, 2007

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Post-traumatic asceticism

Marissa Nadler’s icy, transporting gothic folk
If Songs III: Bird on the Water didn’t begin on a such a stirring note, it would be a lot easier to fault Marissa Nadler for icy detachment.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 05, 2007

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Fill your belly

Without emptying your wallet
Portland is a great eating town.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  August 29, 2007

Soundbites

Music seen, two sentences on many bands
I had to make an early exit and think about how great it is that postmodernism has come a long way.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  August 29, 2007



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Damaged goods

Dirty Projectors reimagine Black Flag, realize their potential
This isn’t the first concept album from Dirty Projectors and I’d be surprised if it were the last.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  August 15, 2007

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Hard-knock lives

A New Hampshire native’s debut short-story collection
Rebecca Curtis’s work operates a step detached from the possibility of imagination.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  August 08, 2007

Admiring the scenery

Music seen at Geno's and the Soundpost, August 1 and 5, 2007
My fondness for such superlatives requires that I spread the gossip.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  August 08, 2007

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They’ve got Advil, don’t they?

Rough album, great promise
Maybe they just haven’t yet found an album to contain them.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  August 01, 2007

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St. Vincent

Marry Me | Beggars Banquet
Clark’s soaring soprano is capable of hitting a Billie Holiday swoon just as easily as a sinister incantation.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 30, 2007



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Icky stunt

The White Stripes keep it transitional
For a band as image-conscious as the White Stripes, it’s notable how little they’ve given their fans in the way of ideology.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 18, 2007

Bucky done gone

Sage Francis’s erratic, brilliant opener
Let’s talk about Buck 65’s identity crisis.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 11, 2007

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Better transformers

MIFF 10 honors cinema’s past and future
Maine film buffs have it tough.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 11, 2007

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Major threats

Indie-rock weekend: a play in three acts
Ian MacKaye has set quite a model for how a punk rocker ought to grow up.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  June 20, 2007

Hiss and Chambers

Music seen at Space Gallery, June 15, 2007
The band are an unlikely but ultimately logical choice for local popularity.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  June 20, 2007



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Out with the book tour?

Videos
Powell’s Books is trying out an alternative to the traditional author’s book-reading event to promote a new release.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  June 06, 2007

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A pleasant Reminder

Feist comes into her own
Canadian singer Feist’s third solo album is a soundtrack for watching your lover walk out the door.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  June 04, 2007
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