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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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



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Vanessa Torres sings Without Sight

Ch-ch-changes
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

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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

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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

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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

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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



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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

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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

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Mosart212 declares himself PASSIVE/AGGRESSIVE

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

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Catching up with Kid’s Gotta Do

Two-man show
There's no shortage of emo-influenced, WARPED Tour rock bands in these parts.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 16, 2012

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For Steve Jones, It's Different Every Day

Life on a barstool
For a guy whom just about every true Maine roots fan knows on sight (and by the first five notes or so of a guitar solo), Steve Jones sure is a chameleon.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 08, 2012



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Exploring the countryside with Max García Conover

Take to the trees
There are so many guys with guitars nowadays.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 01, 2012

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10 songs to get you, and the Pats, fired up

Super selections
While most Patriots fans this past weekend watched with glee as Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was denied a return trip to the Super Bowl, I couldn't help remember the time 11 years ago when I didn't completely detest the guy.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 25, 2012

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Roy Davis ditches electricity for the Coloradas

New kind of lightning
I was really digging the brand of alt-country Roy Davis was dishing on 2010's We Are a Lightning Bolt , all kinds of melancholy and down in the mouth and drenched in warm electric guitars.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 18, 2012

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Dreadnaught’s Justin Walton has a solo release

Some steak and sizzle
If you've followed Justin Walton's work in the likes of Dreadnaught and the old Actual Size, you'll probably be comfortable with the scope and variety of his sprawling debut solo release, It Takes a Toll .
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 11, 2012

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Hoboe are a multi-trick pony

Read all about it
If you've heard of Hoboe, it's probably because of the gimmick.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 11, 2012


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