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Bullies beware

Wells rapper and man-about-town Spose is not a fan of bullies — or pulling punches.
Youth Culture
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 12, 2012

Sparks the Rescue get back to basics

You know you're doing something right when you launch a Kickstarter campaign for $6K and wind up with $12,570 with which to make your first post-label recording project.
Do they cut and run? Nah.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 07, 2012

A look behind the latest Asylum mural

With a postcard replica and classic Maine lighthouse-as-spraycan motif, graffiti art has never been less offensive than now.
Writing on the wall
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 05, 2011

The kids will have their say

Whoever's idea it was to launch 131 WASHINGTON ST. : nice work.
Wax Tablet
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 30, 2011

Whitcomb's legacy

It is unlikely that James Whitcomb Riley, a turn-of-the-century poet for a short time considered the heir to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ever envisioned his work accompanied by music quite like this.
Feel the poetry rattling your bones
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 25, 2011

Spose + Sidecar Radio at Asylum

Another in-town affair coaxing the ball-drop is Asylum's whopper (at 121 Center St., 207.772.8274), which joins local rapper Spose with Portland alt-rock group Sidecar Radio....
By webteam  |  December 29, 2010

Trainwreck at the Asylum

Karaoke enthusiasts take note: the Asylum (121 Center St., 207.772.8274), hosts live-karaoke band Trainwreck for a "Kill the Karaoke" holiday showdown. I bet they could...
By webteam  |  December 15, 2010

Fall Music Preview: Stay positive

The face of the local nightlife landscape undergoes a major change in the form of a renewal this autumn, as the State Theatre’s exhaustively maligned absence ends on October 15, with 10 fall concerts on their docket already. But that’s not the only new v
The local concert calendar is filled to capacity
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 17, 2010

Pinsky at the Asylum

Elsewhere: Pinsky play with One Grain and Pete Lindberg at Geno's; classical/Irish flute player Nicole Rabata releases a new album (reviewed on page 16) at...
By webteam  |  August 25, 2010

Men Without Pants party at Asylum

Try Plague's Men Without Pants party downstairs at Asylum (121 Center St.; 207.772.8274) with resident DJs Znuh, Dehuman8, and 8-bit at 9 pm. Cover $5,...
By webteam  |  August 18, 2010

Lee "Scratch" Perry at Asylum

Lee "Scratch" Perry's latest epic night of spaced-out dub, always the contact high of the year, is at Asylum tonight at 8 pm, where the...
By webteam  |  August 11, 2010

Dead Prez at the Asylum

Ten years after their stunning, durable debut, Let's Get Free, the militant hip-hop duo Dead Prez return to Portland with a batch of protest bangers....
By webteam  |  July 28, 2010

’90s Night at the Asylum

Meanwhile, the latest ’90s Night at the Asylum is both a pajama party and a birthday throwdown for the illustrious DJ Jon. DJ Pony Farm...
By webteam  |  June 30, 2010

Labseven at Asylum

At Asylum, Labseven drop their latest mixtape, Cream Vol. II, on the public with special guests Sandbag at 9 pm. Tickets are $7 in advance...
By webteam  |  June 09, 2010

One man’s picks for the BiMPys

Pffft. That Phoenix Best Music Poll is just a popularity contest!  
Handicapping the Best Music Poll
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 04, 2010

Portland Music Awards feat. Performances by Brenda + Holy Boys Danger Club + Lady Lamb the Beekeeper

You have, we hoped, stopped voting. We have counted the votes. Now, we will dish out the awards. Yes, it's time again for our annual...
By webteam  |  June 02, 2010


Homeboy Sandman | The Good Sun

If you’re not listening to Homeboy Sandman, you may be missing the most stylistically agile MC ever to spit. And if you don’t cop his official debut, then you’re depriving yourself of an album that’s worthy of more superlatives than could possibly fit i
Asylum (2010)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 28, 2010

Reverend Horton Heat + Cracker at Asylum

At Asylum, extreme rockabilly aces Reverend Horton Heat perform with the longstanding alt-rock band Cracker. Tickets for that 9 pm show are $18 in advance...
By webteam  |  May 19, 2010

Southern Culture on the Skids at Asylum

Longstanding rockabilly magnates (and fried chicken aficionados) Southern Culture on the Skids, last in town a year or two back, return to the Asylum tonight....
By webteam  |  May 12, 2010

'90s Dance Night with DJ Jon + Strawberry All-Stars at Asylum

As time passes, the times change. '80s dance nights used to be the height of nostalgia. Now, they're almost classic rock. If you need further...
By webteam  |  May 05, 2010

EPMD + Labseven at Asylum

Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith's classic underground hip-hop group EPMD come to the Asylum at 9 pm, a show which Labseven open before hosting a...
By webteam  |  May 05, 2010

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe at Asylum

At Asylum, traveling funk sensations Karl Denson's Tiny Universe play at 8 pm at 121 Center St., where the cover's $17 in advance or $20...
By webteam  |  April 14, 2010

Charlie Hunter Trio at Asylum

And Charlie Hunter, the guitarist who can't be contained to six strings (he prefers seven or eight), is back in the area for a show...
By webteam  |  April 07, 2010

Saved by the Bell dance party at Asylum

Making the move from a hugely popular annual birthday party to a regular feature, DJ Jon mans the turntables at a '90s dance party at...
By webteam  |  March 31, 2010

Like Bells + Phantom Buffalo + Baltic Sea at Asylum

Another good Asylum bill hits tonight, where Oberlin Conservatory students-turned-post-rock band Like Bells play with a couple of our finest local pop and rock outfits, Phantom Buffalo and the...
By webteam  |  March 24, 2010

Indobox at the Asylum

The Boston-area electro band the Indobox recover from a night opening for the Disco Biscuits in Beantown with a 9 pm show at the Asylum....
By webteam  |  March 17, 2010

Spiritual Rez at the Asylum

And Boston reggae group Spiritual Rez are back in town for a show at the Asylum tonight, which Otis Grove open. Tickets are $7 in...
By webteam  |  March 10, 2010

Gift of Gab with Writtenhouse at Asylum

At Asylum, you've got a chance to see one of the most undervalued MCs in the game. Technically adept and silky smooth, Blackalicious rapper Gift...
By webteam  |  February 17, 2010

Supersuckers with Jacknife Beat and Covered in Bees at Asylum

They've been everything from skateboard scene stalwarts to Willie Nelson's backing band in their 20 years, and Seattle's Supersuckers celebrate their career to date with...
By webteam  |  February 10, 2010

Ill Bill with Labseven, Brzowski, Sandbag, Slaine and the Anti-Valentines Day Ball with Gothic Maine at Asylum

An all-star crew of local hip-hoppers, including Labseven, Brzowski, and Sandbag, open up for Ill Bill, who's currently part of Everlast's supergroup La Coka Nostra,...
By webteam  |  February 10, 2010