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Going down the road

John Paul brings Belmont Boulevard back to Maine
When John Paul comes to Slainte in a couple weeks, he'll be returning to the Portland scene where he got his start in the biz,
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 01, 2009


Taste of Summer

Arborea remain singularly breathtaking
For pure, shimmering, lush beauty, Arborea are hard to beat.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 01, 2009


This way out

Hudson Eakin's solo project reaches for the Bandages
This week, we study the Portland diaspora, and Hudson Eakin has gone to Worcester, of all places. Isn't that like all the worst parts of Maine and none of the best?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 25, 2009


Spring cleaning

Three discs you should hear as the weather warms
Without beating around the bush, here are three EPs worth hearing that have been sitting around the office a bit.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 18, 2009


The way things will be

The Goodnight Process offer a strong debut
The Goodnight Process have a little bit of the next-big-thing about them.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 11, 2009


Action Jackson

Screaming down the Highway, over the limit
Locally, Loverless, This Way, and now Highway Jackson are forging a bit of a rock renaissance in Portland.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 04, 2009


Same story, different ending

Soundbender move forward by Surviving the Fall
Building from a solid base of support in the Old Orchard/Wells area of Southern Maine, Soundbender steadily created a statewide following over the past five years.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 26, 2009


Curiouser and curiouser

Sara Hallie Richardson says hello, to say goodbye
Sara Hallie Richardson, we hardly knew ye.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 19, 2009


On their way to Memphis

The Lomax mine the South, and the past, on their debut disc
Their name sort of gives them away.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 11, 2009


Dance, dance, evolution

The secret weekend start the party with Energy Broadcast System
They've been working together for a long time, since the late 1990s in Florida and the nascent Slowing Room, which came to Maine to become early innovators of the Portland electronic music scene.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 04, 2009

The same mistakes?

Joshua Madore returns with D4988
Joshua Madore and his gravelly whisper entered the local scene in 2007 with The Same Mistakes.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 04, 2009


Dry days are over for PCMH

Booze or bust
It's an all-too-common scene here in Portland: A local music venue is ready to rock, but liquor inspectors (or fire inspectors, or some kind of inspectors) haven't yet signed some important piece of paperwork.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 28, 2009


Throw your devil down

Jacob Augustine serves notice of a big new voice with Harmonia
The last time a voice hit me like this was the first time I heard Moses Atwood's "Seventh Sin," back in 2006.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 28, 2009


Strangeways, here we come

Everysmithever push all kinds of boundaries
Everysmithever, who put out a self-titled full-length this fall and then promptly stopped playing shows, is more than a Cambiata side project.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 21, 2009


Here we go loop-de-Loups

Six songs of Holding Hands with the Crooked Man
Justin Graves, Nathan Grieves, Micah Joe, and Nick Laskey have roots in the Maine metal scene — and you can tell.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 21, 2009


Higher ground

The Refugees are strangers in a strange land
Cindy Bullens, who has done a lot of things in the music business, recently wondered: "What? You have to get old to have success?"
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 14, 2009


The end of everything

The more the Cambiata change, the more they improve
The Cambiata are never satisfied.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 15, 2009


Winter to remember

2009 enters with a roar
Sometimes January in this town can be a bit slow. It's cold. There's a holiday hangover. Whatever.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 31, 2008


Scrutiny of the bounty

Was 2008 the best year ever for local music releases?
I'm an enthusiastic guy, and maybe prone to hyperbole from time to time, but it's hard to argue that 2008 wasn't an all-time banner year for music created here in the Portland area.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 23, 2008


Sun-ny day real estate

Loverless deliver an electrifying third album
People, show these guys some love. Or join them in worship.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 17, 2008


Wrap it up

Local music for the hard-to-please
I'm way ahead on my shopping this season (it's easier because the family has finally come to its senses and agreed to a strict one-gift-per-person rule).
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 10, 2008

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