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Rollins to interrogate Dinosaurs

Inviting inquiry
It's always exciting when an iconic band play Portland, but Dinosaur Jr.'s Port City Music Hall show Monday night brings some additional curiosities.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  June 15, 2011


Review: Two promising young artists at Corey Daniels Gallery

Solid engagement
One of the joys of a Maine summer is discovering great shows in unlikely places.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  June 01, 2011


Review: Richard Keen breaks free at Coleman Burke

Less is moor
"Nowhere From Here," a tripartite multimedia installation by Topsham artist Richard Keen in Brunswick's enormous Coleman Burke Gallery, attempts to transpose our perceptions of exterior, liminal, and subliminal spaces.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  May 25, 2011


After years of shows, Computer at Sea fish up an album

Another marine world
Computer at Sea, the one-man lovechild of Galen Richmond, proves there's an ocean of difference between electronica and esoterica.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  May 25, 2011

The Body at Geno's, May 12

Music seen
Rumors that Providence's two-piece doom band the Body would be returning to town began as a whisper campaign in late April. With whom? No one knew.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  May 18, 2011


Curating cassette culture

People just don't listen to music like they used to
For all practical terms, the tape should be an artifact. But over the last few years, a rash of independent labels in Maine are slowly adopting the cassette as their preferred medium.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  May 12, 2011

Theodore Treehouse + Soft Bullets + Ashpark at Empire Dine and Dance, May 7

Music seen
Opening the night, Boston's Ashpark showed themselves to be a professional band in the least interesting sense of the term.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  May 12, 2011


An interview with Kyle Bryant, woodcutter

Weighty carvings
When he's not rapping at the Big Easy, debating mayoral candidates about the value of street art, or working as a counselor with the Boys and Girls Clubs, Kyle Bryant is a printmaker with Pickwick Independent Press.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  May 04, 2011


Review: Mark Marchesi's ''Slack Water'' at the SPACE Gallery

Meandering around Portland’s gritty waterfront
In his exhibition "Slack Water," Mark Marchesi wisely doesn't overindulge. Instead, he uses brilliant, energetic photographs to tell the story of the present-day Portland waterfront.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  April 27, 2011


Review: Megan O'Connell writes on the walls of Gallery 37-A

Text changes
Once Orlando, the eponymous protagonist of Virginia Woolf's novel, awakens from a seven-day slumber to find that he is, in fact, a woman, Woolf sends her into gypsy country.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  April 20, 2011


Review: 'European Drawings' at the Portland Museum of Art

Historic drawings sketch the way to greater art
"European Drawings" is the Portland Museum of Art's contribution to "Where to Draw the Line: the Maine Drawing Project," a year-long series of historical and contemporary drawing exhibitions at 16 Maine galleries and art institutions.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  March 30, 2011


Review: A cornucopia of local art at Aucocisco

Eight is enough
Ignore the title: this is less of an "audition" than a cabaret.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  March 23, 2011

Taboo + Ancestral Diet at the Apohadion, March 8

Music seen
When I entered the Apohadion, the room was nearly dark and the stage was empty.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  March 16, 2011


For love of art, and humanity

Spirit and nature
If art, as Chris Thompson argues in Felt , is a moral issue, its fiber just got that much stronger.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  March 09, 2011


Catching up with time at Sylvia Kania Gallery

The past is upon us
With its modest confines and compromised winter hours, you could be forgiven for sloshing briskly past the Sylvia Kania Gallery this time of year.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  March 02, 2011


Review: A two-artist show at Aucocisco explores the human form

Work of body
Like a sort of late-winter Frankenstein, Aucocisco's "Corporeal" exhibition is assembled from work both new and old from two distinct artists in their prime, each offering a grand centerpiece and detailed thematic series in a thoughtful investigation of the artistic body.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 23, 2011


A talk with legendary producer and musician Martin Bisi

‘Tired of recording’
Since opening BC Studio in Brooklyn in 1979, Martin Bisi has recorded dozens of records on the fringe of the avant-garde scene, including early Sonic Youth, Michael Gira's Swans and Angels of Light, and the cabaret breakout debut record from Boston's Dresden Dolls.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 23, 2011

48 Hour Music Festival at SPACE Gallery, February 19

Music seen
The third annual 48 Hour Music Festival led off with Charlemagne, a lurching prog-pop unit that offered one of the most indie-friendly sets of the night, sounding a bit like Built to Spill or Dinosaur Jr., but with odd time arrangements.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 23, 2011


Mirrors and reflection at the ICA at MECA

The real + the imaginary
It was long before Lacan that the mirror metaphor became the foundation of Western subjectivity.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 01, 2011


USM takes on another politically themed art show

More inmate work
The muse can arrive anywhere. After the protracted confusion of his arrest and trial, it's no surprise Antonio Guerrero emphasizes clarity in his work.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  January 27, 2011

Hessian + Dementia Five + Motherfu@#kers Be Trippin' on January 22 at Geno's

Music seen
With a name like a throwback to a "parental advisory" era that today seems charmingly nostalgic, Haverhill, Massachusetts's Motherf@#kers Be Trippin' (special characters theirs) were like an open-top Jeep cruising the promenade of riotous rock and roll.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  January 26, 2011

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