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Brahms’s fifth is a big red flag

Why does a person spend 20 years in Portland making music, releasing records, and playing shows?

By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 20, 2012
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Blood on the tracks

Although there's a lot of noise on the Americana circuit these days, one very clear signal is a new split LP by BIG BLOOD and MICAH BLUE SMALDONE , two of the state's most arresting practitioners of progressive contemporary folk.
Wax Tablet
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  May 25, 2012

Clearing things up with the Fogcutters

Walking into the old Hanover Street warehouse space in Portland to a full-blown rehearsal of the Fogcutters Big Band is a little like moving from a sauna to the frozen tundra.
Huge sounds
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 02, 2011
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I wanna Jamericana

For some of us, the title of Dirigo's debut album makes perfect sense. But I can't tell you how many times I've been asked: "So, it's like Jamaican reggae, but played in America?"
Carry on, wayward sons (and daughter)
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 02, 2011

Reinventions and retrospectives

Who said jazz in Portland is dead? The PORTLAND QUARTET would beg to differ.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  June 24, 2011

Covers and collaborations

Former Portlander, now New Yorker, RACHEL GRIFFIN is one of 25 artists on a new CD of BRUCE HORNSBY covers, available for free download at  salivatecd.com .
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  June 10, 2011


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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.
Inverted V8
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 12, 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

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
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We heart these people

We all know Portland is a busy, exciting place to live. It takes a lot of people's amazing energy to keep it going, though. Who's doing the moving and the shaking?
Meet Portland's most influential
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 12, 2010


4th Annual Dead of Winter with Darien Brahms, Jacob Augustine and more


At SPACE, Dead of Winter enters its fourth year as Portland's premier showcase of singer-songwriter talents. The event gets extra points for diversity, with the...
By webteam  |  February 10, 2010

"Girls Rock!" at SPACE


Maine Academy of Modern Music's annual "Girls Rock!" show offers both entertainment and information for local female musicians. Along with performances by local students, there's...
By webteam  |  February 03, 2010

Drink.Rock.Leave part III: Haru Bangs, Brenda, DJ Vik44, Darien Brahms


Portland's two biggest recession specials continue tonight. The local-music pub crawl Drink.Rock.Leave wraps up with Haru Bangs at Geno's (625 Congress St.) at 10 pm,...
By webteam  |  January 20, 2010
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Portland’s wishes for 2010

Ah, these fresh moments of the new year, when our hopes and resolutions are unsullied by the rough ravages of time, politics, and the Maine winter.
New Year’s resolutions
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 01, 2010
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Ripple effect

The Portland Phoenix launched in 1999, just as the Portland music scene was turning.
The 10 most influential bands of our first 10 years
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 18, 2009


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So good

One way to experiment with songwriting is to throw convention out the window, eschew verses and choruses, try to be completely unique. Sometimes the idea appears that if a song sounds like anything that came before it, well, that's points deducted like
Spencer Albee's got Spirit. How 'bout you?
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 31, 2009
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A decade of song

It’s been a decade since the Portland Phoenix and the Portland music scene first joined up to celebrate the best in local music. Here are some highlights from this year’s party, and some artifacts we dug up from the archives.  
10 years of the Portland Music Awards
By MARGO ROY, CLIF GARBODEN, JOHN MARSHALL, LISA CRAIG, MATTHEW ROBBINS, SONYA TOMLINSON, JEFF INGLIS, AND JENNIFER KEARNS  |  June 12, 2009

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Pantheon of the Lesser, Ocean  
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Musicians: What you need to know

It's true that we don't live in a city where there are tons of big labels looking to give local musicians their shot at the big time.
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By DEIRDRE FULTON + KATRINA BOTELHO  |  January 14, 2009
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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


Seven Sirens

SPACE Gallery showcased a "Seven Sirens" all-lady lineup last Friday, in front of a packed house.
Music seen at SPACE Gallery, November 14
By SONYA TOMLINSON AND JEFF INGLIS  |  November 19, 2008

Portland scene report: October 31, 2008

Civil Disturbance drummer Nick “Nikko” Villaci, who’s been in the local rock scene long enough to have produced progeny to fill out other local bands, has announced his retirement from the original music scene.
Sibilance starts now
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 29, 2008
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Rhapsodies in blues

“There are a lot of people that play the blues with too much reverence. And that’s the reason that most blues sucks,” says Scissormen frontman (and Phoenix contributor) Ted Drozdowski.  
Scissormen razor sharp on Luck in a Hurry
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 15, 2008
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She’s all okay

Darien Brahms has been pegged as an alt-country diva or an anti-war activist, but on her solo records she’s mostly been an old-school rocker.
Darien Brahms is better than ever on Number 4
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 03, 2008

Portland scene report: August 8, 2008

That’s right, Darien Brahms is finally following up on 2003’s excellent Green Valentine with another disc from Cornmeal Records.
 Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  August 05, 2008


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Two and one

There’s something thrilling about the right harmony of opposite-sex voices, the meaning and emotion they can convey, the balance of power and grace.
Gypsy Tailwind debut a tremendous vocal pairing
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 21, 2008
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Worth the wait

The wait is over.
The GFAC series returns to its roots with Volume 7
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 23, 2008

Darien Brahms + American Music Club

Not to diminish where she is right now, but Darien Brahms would make one hell of a novelty dive-bar act in 20 years.
Music seen at SPACE Gallery, April 21, 2008
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  April 23, 2008
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Daisies a day

I’m in the camp that says band names are important.
Here’s the newest anchor to Portland’s folk-roots scene
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 31, 2007