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Get in the ring, kids

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By  |  April 20, 2013
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The eyes have it

The paradoxes in Brenda, the rock band of three (or sometimes four) members split geographically between Portland and New York, are hard to iron out.
Brenda find their identity on album two
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  April 19, 2013
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A flurry of releases in the new year

Like predicting the impact of climate change, looking forward to the season's album releases reveals an increasing number of significant events, but you can't quite pin down exactly when they'll all happen.
Wintersongs
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 28, 2012
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Waxing nostalgic

It was a good year for weird music — or was it a weird year for good music? — and here are some of the standouts.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 21, 2012
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She’s a special lady

As BRENDA, the excellent Portland/NYC rock trio who released the gorgeous Silver Tower in 2010, preps a proper follow-up, a two-song sampler of new work is available to download.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  November 02, 2012
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DePetro gets served; Akin, the legitimate idiot; Brenda returns

Your superior correspondents have always found it interesting that whenever a none-too-complimentary news story appears about local talk radio host John DePetro, he claims complete innocence.
Disgraceland
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 24, 2012


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Get particular

Bangor indie-rock duo WHEN PARTICLES COLLIDE have been all over the place lately.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  March 23, 2012
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Maine bands Break Thru

BRENDA  were featured on the online program Serious Business , a NY-based show that airs on Break Thru Radio.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 13, 2012
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Home video

I t may be December, but some of these nights (particularly the weekends) offer so many interesting shows that we're scrambling around town trying to catch them all.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 16, 2011
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Travelin’ Man

Wows were issued to us all the way from the muddy banks of Dodds Farm, New York, where local bluegrass dude PUTNAM SMITH was the only Mainer to play in last weekend's 21st annual Falcon Ridge Festival.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  July 29, 2011

Summer releases from Brzowski, Pinsky, and more

BRZOWSKI , just back from a Euro tour with MOSHE , has some news to share upon his return.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  May 27, 2011


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Foam Castles invite you to Come Over to My House

Bitch all you want about the firehose of new music nowadays, but the lowered barriers to recording and distribution certainly do make it easier for artists to be a lot more playful in their releases.
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By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 15, 2011
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Making sense of Contrast Eats the Slimey Green

That Two series at the Port City is great for plenty of reasons — including the cheap beer, obviously — but that gig a couple Tuesdays back with Metal Feathers opening for Spouse on the big stage pretty much justifies the whole endeavor.
Metal on metal
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 04, 2011

Gully + Foam Castles + Sunset Hearts at Empire Dine and Dance, January 8

Gully, Foam Castles, and Sunset Hearts at Empire was a veritable who's-who of the Portland indie rock scene.
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By AMANDA PLEAU  |  January 14, 2011

Livening up 2010: Many bands, all over town

It was about the experience in 2010. Whether it was the sweaty, riotous, arm-over-your-buddy's-shoulder type of concert or the ruminative, head-plodding sort, concertgoers in town (and away) had much to immerse in.
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By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 24, 2010
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Theodore Treehouse are Closest to the Sun

Bryan Bruchman and Dylan Martin and Ian Paige and everyone else who's been raving about Theodore Treehouse's live set over the past year were completely and totally right.
Burn, baby, burn
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 04, 2010


Guster makes good, Billy Libby's new EP, and more

Take note that sometimes-Mainers GUSTER have a song prominently displayed in the hard-to-avoid Target holiday ad campaign. Good for them.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 03, 2010
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Review: GFAC returns with double the horsepower

How spoiled are we in this town? A record like the new Greetings from Area Code 207 Vol. 8 can come out and it's like: Big Fuckin' Deal.
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By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 12, 2010

Brenda at Port City Music Hall


There's plenty of standing room at Port City Music Hall (504 Congress St., Portland, 207.899.4990), where two acts who specialize in literate outsider-pop make a...
By webteam  |  September 29, 2010
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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
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Fall Music Preview: The road ahead

As the local music scene continues to grow, it shouldn’t be surprising that this past summer was the most active we’ve ever seen in terms of album releases.
Seekonk, Molenes, Spooner, Schrock & the Rocket lead fall line-up
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 17, 2010


Review: Provencal Bakery & Cafe

When Brenda and Mike Nardolillo bought Provencal Bakery six years ago, they were following their bliss, going back to the made-from-scratch baking and cooking that they’d loved to do in their teen years.
A dream diner in Middletown
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 17, 2010

Brenda + Foam Castles at the Red Door


If you missed either of them around town this weekend, or want some Friendly Toast, Brenda and Foam Castles perform at Portsmouth's Red Door's Hush...
By webteam  |  August 25, 2010

Brenda at Wilco's Solid Sound Festival


After a couple weeks basking in the afterglow of a successful appearance at Wilco's Solid Sound Festival, Brenda return to the rat race with Boston's...
By webteam  |  August 25, 2010
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From solid to standout

Maybe the most surprising thing about Portland indie band Brenda’s set at the Wilco-curated Solid Sound Festival on the Mass MoCA campus in North Adams, Massachusetts, on Saturday was that people were actually there to see it. Lots of them.
Brenda’s big summer ends at Wilco’s festival
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  August 20, 2010

Solid Sound Festival, Aug 13-15, Mass MoCA

Even if you don't love Wilco (anymore), it's hard to imagine a festival being much more pleasant and casually engaging than their inaugural event in North Adams.
Music Seen
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  August 20, 2010


Brenda at SPACE


In another Solid Sound warmup, Brenda play acoustic before a screening of the recent Wilco concert documentary, Ashes of American Flags at SPACE. The event...
By webteam  |  July 28, 2010

Brenda at Bayside Bowl


Brenda's Road to Solid Sound tour continues tonight at Bayside Bowl, with their first local set since a galvanizing CD-release show in June. They'll play...
By webteam  |  July 28, 2010

Nateva Music & Camping Festival at the Oxford Fairgrounds


Lest we forget, Friday is also the first full day of the Nateva Music & Camping Festival, Maine’s most ambitious foray yet into siphoning off...
By webteam  |  June 30, 2010

Reviewing a review: Reconstructing Silver Tower

Call it an older sibling being protective of their kid brother, but I wholeheartedly disagree with Sam Pfeifle's review of Brenda's Silver Tower .
Letters to the Portland editor, July 2, 2010
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  June 25, 2010