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Sparks the Rescue
Wells rapper and man-about-town Spose is not a fan of bullies — or pulling punches.
| 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.
| 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
| November 05, 2011
The kids will have their say
Whoever's idea it was to launch 131 WASHINGTON ST. : nice work.
PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| September 30, 2011
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
| 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....
| 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...
| 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
| 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...
| 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,...
| 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...
| 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....
| 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...
| 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...
| 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
| 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...
| 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
| 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...
| 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....
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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....
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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,...
| February 10, 2010
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