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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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Paranoid Social Club really are out to get you

Hopefully by now you've heard the first single from Paranoid Social Club's new Axis IV , "Count on Me," and you don't need a whole lot of convincing that this is the record you'll be listening to all summer.
Club-house rules
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 20, 2011

Kurt Baker goes solo, Rustic Overtones get a makeover

KURT BAKER  wrapped up recording a couple new original tracks with JONATHAN WYMAN  last week, his first original work since the LEFTOVERS went on hiatus.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 21, 2011
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Jeff Beam navigates the Flying Trapeze

Talk about a high-wire act. On his fourth full-length album in as many years, young songwriter/performer/engineer Jeff Beam has set out to make an important album that's listenable, a record that both challenges ideas about pop music and embraces them.
Without a net
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 10, 2010

Dave Gutter at Slate's Restaurant


Rustic fans who couldn't make the Boothbay show could always catch Dave Gutter for a solo set at Slates restaurant, 169 Water St. in Hallowell....
By webteam  |  November 03, 2010

Ready Aim Fire debuts at Brian Boru; Poverty turns into Thommy

Former Gypsy Tailwind frontgal ANNA LOMBARD is now back in the game, post baby.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  August 06, 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

And the award for best bad moustache and a Jheri-curl goes to ...

Do yourself a favor and watch the video for RUSTIC OVERTONES’ “Love and a 45.”
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  May 28, 2010

Join the Gypsy caravan

The latest on Gypsy Tailwind, Low-Flying Airplanes, and more
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  May 07, 2010

Spencer Albee + Dave Gutter at Empire


The Clash of the Titans series offers up a locals-only installment with tonight's special Thursday engagement: Spencer Albee plays songs by Dave Gutter and Dave...
By webteam  |  April 07, 2010

Roy Davis at SPACE with We Are a Lightning Bolt, Dave Gutter, Evan Casas and Marie Moreshead


Come eveningtime, it's a big night for local CD-releases. As Sam Pfeifle has already pointed out, the two biggies are by Roy Davis and Confusatron....
By webteam  |  January 20, 2010


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Rear-view mirror

After a few days of Indian Summer to remind us of the summer we nearly didn't have, it's timely to shed some warm light on albums released recently that didn't get their proper due.
Albums you shouldn't let slip by
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 13, 2009
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Days of the New

When drummer Tony McNaboe delivered the burned copy of Rustic Overtones’ new full-length album, he tucked it inside the packaging of the re-released and re-mastered Long Division.
The orchestral stylings of Rustic Overtones 2.0
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 06, 2009
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Space cowboys

Sidecar Radio's EP Wave Principal was released in April 2008 and I've pretty much been listening to "Easy Gets So Hard" ever since.
Sidecar Radio's fiery Dreadnaught Cosmonaut
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 09, 2009
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Falling fast

As almost always seems to be the case, I have to start the "fall preview" by detailing this upcoming weekend, which promises to be one of the most active of the year.
Let's get things started right away
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 18, 2009
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10 years later, we told you so

Like many in the alternative press, we pride ourselves on being ahead of the game. Sometimes, of course, that means we're wrong about what might be coming down the pike — that's part of the risk of being "out front" and not just reacting to the news as
Ten years of being right (well, mostly)
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 18, 2009


Machigonne Festival wrap-up

The MACHIGONNE FESTIVAL was a major success, despite the best efforts of Hurricane Danny.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 04, 2009
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Flying solo (and duo)

Think about everything you know about Elijah Ocean and Dave Gutter: Ocean's work fronting the heavy rock trio Loverless, say, or his lead-guitar turn in the radio-rock foursome All the Real Girls; Gutter's piercing vocals out front of Rustic Overtones,
Elijah Ocean and Dave Gutter get busy taking it slow
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 07, 2009

Elijah Ocean, Tony Smokes and the Ladykillers

Yes, we know that there are important albums being released by ELIJAH OCEAN and the new duo of DAVE GUTTER and EVAN CASAS in the very near future. Pfeifle can't review everything in the same week, for Christ's sake, so just lay off and wait till n
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 31, 2009
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Regardless of the cost

If you were concerned that the return of Rustic Overtones would mean the ends of their various side projects, it’s clear now that was a fruitless worry.
Tony McNaboe testifies on sophomore release
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 24, 2009
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Multi-faceted

How we think about making and consuming music is changing. It is not news that labels, albums, and record stores are dying, pushed aside by new ways of conducting the commerce of music. (Though at the turn of the 20th century the song was king and the t
Shardlow and Goodyear and a brand-new studio
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 17, 2009


Portland Music News: June 26, 2009

The "Sibilance" staff sat in on DAVE GUTTER's new project, with EVAN CASAS, being mastered by ADAM AYAN at Gateway. The record's called The Key to Adore and is more organic and subdued than what you've heard from Gutter before. Watch out for his cover o
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  June 26, 2009

What are the odds?

Ten years! When we organized our first Best Music Poll, way back in the day, we could only hope that it would one day wind up the institution it is today, with the annual Portland Music Awards ceremony drawing the best collection of musical talent Main
Best bets for this year's Best Music Poll
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 29, 2009

Portland Music News: April 3, 2009

Make sure to swing by the White Heart April 3 to see THE LIN , who's part of the DIRT COALITION hip-hop collective and has released a five-song EP called Metal on Metal . What you might call post-hip-hop,
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By PORTLAND MUSIC STAFF  |  April 01, 2009

Online chat with Spencer and Gutter


 This didn't quite fit in Sibilance this week, but we didn't want you to miss out: Normal...
By Jeff Inglis  |  July 22, 2008


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Who's going to win?

I give you the BMP Tote Board, handicapping the big categories — because who doesn’t like reducing real life to betting lines?
2008 Portland Best Music Poll tote board
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 30, 2008
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Rustic live in Philly, with candles

“I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was impressed,” local Dave Robinson said after. “The guy’s voice is killer.”
On the road
By RYAN O'CONNELL  |  April 09, 2008
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Rustic hit the road

Sure, you Portlanders are used to cool things like live in-store appearances from your favorite local bands, but those of us who get our pipeline of culture from the Windham Bull Moose are rarely as lucky.
Going national
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 26, 2008
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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