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2011’s top 10 albums (and 5 EPs, too)

This is the first year reviewing local music made me feel truly panicked.
Haunted and Happy
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 23, 2011

The Baltic Sea craft a crisp dystopia

It's been nearly three years since the Baltic Sea's phenomenal debut, Through Scenic Heights and Days Regrets , but when you're making music like this, I can see how it might take a while to build a second edifice.
Minding every Period
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 29, 2011

New EPs, Arborea kickstarts for an album, and Spose's song-a-week

The much-anticipated BALTIC SEA full-length has been put on hold until the new year by ERIK ROCK RECORDS , but not to worry: The band are releasing a short-run EP with two songs from the upcoming album, plus a couple of segues and a free download of

Acadia Sessions at Bayside Bowl

Creatively drumming up some more attention for their 11 pm television show on Saturday nights on MPBN, the folks behind the Acadia Sessions throw a...
By webteam  |  August 18, 2010

Run for Cover

If there was ever the idea that Honey Clouds were just Harpswell Sound with a new rhythm section, let their sophomore album, Cover the Forest , dispel it forever.
Honey Clouds shake the trees and get noisy
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 28, 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

Music Seen: Assemble

This month's Evolve2Advance bash, "Assemble," the latest in a series celebrating the convergence of visual art, music, food, and community, was one of those events whose status update should have read, "Come to SPACE right now for this very cool and und
Music Seen
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  July 31, 2009
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A long-ago farm

Last week while you were reading here about Portland chef Krista Desjarlais's efforts at Bresca, I was cooking with her mother, Maili Kern, who lives in the West End. She taught me how to make rosolje, an incredible roast beef and root-vegetable salad
Exploring the origins of great food
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  July 31, 2009
Rock Shows Of Note

Rock Shows Of Note

Rock shows of note: last week’s postponed post-rock/metal showcase featuring OCEAN, Ohio’s LIKE BELLS, and the BALTIC SEA will go down tonight at Port City...
By webteam  |  June 17, 2009

New England Music News: March 6, 2009

Sorry we didn't have time to give you the heads-up before the show, but the BALTIC SEA debuted a new five-man lineup Sunday night at the Big Easy.
By PORTLAND MUSIC STAFF  |  March 04, 2009

Scrutiny of the bounty

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.
Was 2008 the best year ever for local music releases?
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 23, 2008


A chilling spray

Those of us desperate to escape the singles-saturation our MP3 existence has thrust upon the modern musical landscape and return to album rock now have a band we can get behind — the Baltic Sea.
Sailing the brooding waters of the Baltic Sea
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 30, 2008

Portland scene report: August 1, 2008

Milled Pavement, nearing the 20-disc mark, have released another pair of records.

Okay, I’m Biased

Is our local music scene actually better because so little national and international talent comes here?
Looking forward to a summer of Jerks, Phantoms, and Tules
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 18, 2008

Schools of rock

“You walk in here, and you feel as though you’re visiting your favorite aunt or uncle’s house ... it’s a place where you want to visit and you’re willing to take risks.”
There’s a whole lot of moving, shaking, and band-building going on in the world of local music instruction
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 28, 2007

Say anything

A Scarborough man’s new movie shows a lot, but tells little
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 19, 2007

Crossword: 'Here's your cue, Jay'

Two tough letters, one tough puzzle
By MATT JONES  |  May 16, 2007

No peninsula is an island

Lovers of the nightlife have a great range of choices amid the remarkable density of concert venues in our compact city, but there’s always room for more.
Leaving downtown? Portlanders’ music is everywhere you look
By IAN PAIGE  |  February 21, 2007
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In the Pink

Any group of musicians can get together, ramp up the beats per minute, and impress a crowd of onlookers with a barrage of notes, but only a finely tuned band can play slowly and keep people interested.
Seekonk’s second is a perfect sculpture of sound
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 26, 2006