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A solo full-length from Ryan Augustus

Give it up to Ghost
If there's one thing rapper Ghost/Ryan Augustus/Ryan Doughty can now safely say, it's this: He's prolific.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 09, 2012


Rattle them Bones

Reimagining the trio
For too long has dance pop been solely occupied by commercial beat-makers like Dr. Luke.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 02, 2012


Slipping beneath Whitcomb’s Amber Tide

Nothing hurts like tenderness
Last weekend, visitors to Record Store Day at Bull Moose's Windham location found themselves face-to-face with enough amp firepower to rattle the fillings right out of their back molars, especially given the placement between two head-high shelves of DVDs that promised to focus sound like a shotgun barrel.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 25, 2012


Dynamo-P, Ryan Augustus, and Misl team up

Case of the Mondays
It's testament to the depth of our local hip-hop scene that a side project like the new Manic Mondays can be so consistently strong throughout 17 proper tracks.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 25, 2012


Kastaways and cut-ups

Safe at home with Maine's first all-mascot band
Watching the Kastaways practice, it quickly becomes clear that this band is all about the Clam. Sir Nigel the Rat might be the frontman and attention hog. Herman might be the lead-singer and actual hog. Spike Porcupine and Pete Puffin might even provide the band's true musicality.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 17, 2012


Street style

Another band running themselves ragged
If the limited-edition Wilco vinyl isn't enough to get you to Record Store Day this weekend, on April 21, how about some local releases?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 18, 2012


Shimmering Snaex

New duo capture a moment in time
Chris Teret and Chriss Sutherland's new collaboration, Snaex (say it as "snakes"), is just about everything I'd have hoped the two would put together, going by their past history with indie folk/rock (Teret's solo work and Company) and innovative multi-genre, multi-ethnic explorations (Sutherland's Cerberus Shoal, Fire on Fire, and Olas).
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 18, 2012


The Audacity of Ryan Peters

Preposterously Spose
Spose hears all of it. Aren't you and Seacrest supposed be sharing chicks by now? Where's your Escalade, dude? Or, as he puts it on "Gee Willikers," off his brand-new full-length The Audacity! , "Fuck that shit/I bet he doesn't know any black kids . . . I know I hated Spose from the get go."
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 11, 2012


Elijah Ocean’s new Tumble & Fall

The man who fell
You definitely can't accuse of Elijah Ocean of just doing the same old thing.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 04, 2012


Jeff Beam’s latest achievement

Diffraction and reflection
Do not, under any circumstances, listen to Jeff Beam's new Be Your Own Mirror in a pissy mood.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 04, 2012


Chopsticks: A new and different 'novel'

A pair of hands at work
There's very little we writers like to do more than gnash our teeth about the future of our profession.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 28, 2012


Falling Skyward's The Ships Are Calling

Down with the upside
It's been a while since a local band evoked the likes of Killing Joke, but with the way that Falling Skyward mesh pop dance synths and beats with double-kick-drum metal, it's hard not to recall the 1980 debut Killing Joke, and the swirling dance synths of "Bloodsport" accompanied by a thumping rock bass line and crunching guitar lines.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 28, 2012


Pete Kilpatrick keeps the home blazes burning

Fire away
If anyone has grown up right in front of his fans, it's Pete Kilpatrick.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 21, 2012


Vanessa Torres sings Without Sight

Vanessa Torres has named her third album Without Sight , and if that title weren't intentionally a polar opposite to her last effort, Witness , the music contained therein is evidence enough she's chosen a new direction.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 14, 2012


Throwing back shots of Whiskey Kill

Drink up, Betty
Diesel Doug hung 'em up a while ago, and King Memphis don't play out much anymore, so Whiskey Kill are clearly filling a bit of a void.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 14, 2012


Playing musical chairs with Lord Earth

Bombs away!
There's been a bit of two-man trend going on locally, with Class Machine, the Watchers, Hobgoblin, Arcane Lore, and now Lord Earth, who drop their debut full-length, Napalm, Baby! , this week at Geno's.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 14, 2012


Who needs guitars when Dean Ford is in Ctrl?

Strike up the dance beats
Dean Ford's new EP, Ctrl , is six songs, just under 20 minutes. Dean Ford's last EP, Deaf. Dumb. In Love. , was six songs, right around 20 minutes. That's pretty much where the similarities end.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 07, 2012


Jason Phelps and his 2663.5-mile plan

Take a hike, Jerk
If you pay attention to the local music scene at all, you probably know bluegrass band Jerks of Grass have been playing every Thursday night — first at the now-defunct Bramhall Pub, then at Gritty's, and now at Bayside Bowl — since sometime in 1998.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 01, 2012


Which witch? Crunk Witch.

Like two thieves in the night
Crunk Witch's new Faith in the Thief is the most truly unique album to come out locally since, well, Crunk Witch's debut full-length, Legends of Manicorn, released on Milled Pavement in 2010.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 29, 2012


Educated Advocates release their full-length debut

Back to the classics
This August will mark the 20th anniversary of the Brand New Heavies' Heavy Rhyme Experience, Vol. 1 (there was no volume 2).
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 22, 2012


Mosart212 declares himself PASSIVE/AGGRESSIVE

It's been hard to miss this whole EDM push lately.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 15, 2012

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