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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

Aleric Nez needs no accompaniment

For any songwriter, the urge can be great to add in that string section, that trumpet piece, that bit of backing vocal that’s so easy to hear right at the edge of consciousness.
Ramblin' man
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 29, 2010

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

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

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
gypsy list

Finding even better days

Gypsy Tailwind have been a slow build. Though Halo Sessions was one of the best local albums of 2008, it seems no one really heard it until 2009, thanks largely to the radio success of "So Lonely," a single whose melancholy bounce was heartbreakingly
Gypsy Tailwind show power and Grace
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 19, 2009


Wrap it up

I'm way ahead on my shopping this season (it's easier because the family has finally come to its senses and agreed to a strict one-gift-per-person rule).
Local music for the hard-to-please
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 10, 2008

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

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

Dead of Winter + Fiery Furnaces

It was a weekend of big acts and big crowds at SPACE Gallery.
Music seen at SPACE Gallery, January 18-19
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 23, 2008

Return of the kings

The tiny room in the East Village shook from top to bottom for almost an hour on a frosty New York night last week.
Rustic Overtones at the Mercury Lounge in NYC, December 6
By RYAN O’CONNELL  |  December 12, 2007


Keep rotating

The album improves with every listen and is damn hard to get out of your player of choice.
Satellite Lot return with Sleepwalk in a Burning Building
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 28, 2007

Rustic reunion

Yes, Rustic Overtones are back.
Are there Overtones of something long-term?
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 06, 2007

Dead of winter

The theme of the weekend in Portland’s nightlife was “Fire and Ice.”
February 10, SPACE Gallery
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  February 14, 2007

Kimchee encore

After the second consecutive Friday-night show celebrating the 10th anniversary of the local indie Kimchee Records, it was easy to see how the label has managed to thrive over the past decade.
The second birthday bash, T.T. the Bear's Place, January 5, 2007  
By JEFF BREEZE  |  January 10, 2007

Angels in America

It’s been 21 years since “We Are the World,” and maybe it’s surprising we haven’t seen much like it since.
 Tony McNaboe leads an all-star cast for a holiday single
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 13, 2006

Portland scene report, June 30, 2006

Nameless all-star band to unveil at Geno's; Zion Train back on track; Lammi, Glaspie land high-profile gigs
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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


Matt Shardlow; RPM Challenge; impending spring Band Guide
Portland's local music news for the week of Feb. 3-9

Albums of the decade

10 discs you should own
10 discs you should own
By CHARLIE GAYLORD  |  January 01, 1900