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Local boy leaps fence

Just when we were thinking how difficult it is for bands to outgrow Americana, a new recording from BUTCHER BOY shows it's not only possible but a clear sign of maturity.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 07, 2012
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Summer reading

Here's the good word: an intriguing new group called LOVERS OF FICTION caught our attention recently.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  June 22, 2012
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Margin call

Since it's one of the Tablet's duties to explore the margins of Portland music culture, we thought we'd forego an official top 10 in favor of some hidden favorites that won't often chart.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 23, 2011
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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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A little bit country

The line-up for the Portland showcase at the CMJ Festival will be: SPOSE , BILLY LIBBY , THE MALLETT BROTHERS BAND , SUNSET HEARTS , THE MILKMAN'S UNION , THE TOUGHCATS , and KURT BAKER .
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 23, 2011
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Playing Trial & Error by the Bonfire

Jesse Pilgrim and the Bonfire do a couple things pretty well on their debut record, Trial & Error , that are hard to do well: create an album with a sense of place, and create an album with something to say.
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By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 01, 2011