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[Q&A] Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran chats with Freezpop's Sean Drinkwater about art in music, a pop legacy, and tweeting

[Q&A] Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran chats with Freezpop's Sean Drinkwater about art in music, a pop legacy, and tweeting

Editor's Note: Ever since DURAN DURAN broke onto the scene 30 years ago, the synth strobe of debut single "Planet Earth" serving a legendary declaration...
By Michael Marotta  |  October 27, 2011
[playlist] Our music fall preview hits Spotify

[playlist] Our music fall preview hits Spotify

Despite the inevitable drop in temperatures, this week's Fall Preview includes a concert schedule that promises to keep things hot n' heavy all season long....
By Patrick McDermott  |  September 16, 2011

Grand Hotel’s radiant and vibrant in color

Less than a year following their terrific self-titled full-length debut, Grand Hotel are back with in color , an album that sees that debut and raises the stakes considerably.
Like a hurricane
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 18, 2011

Review: Rob Sheffield's inner Sheena

It was probably a common impulse, wanting to save Rob Sheffield.
Womanly man
By AMY FINCH  |  September 03, 2010

Review: Greenberg

Why does she put up with him? Why, for that matter, should anyone in the audience?
A spurious man
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 26, 2010

Let's get Russian

The quick back-story on Kino Proby: Three Mainers take a liking to the Russian band Kino, and its legendary lead singer Viktor Tsoi, who died in a car wreck in 1990 after becoming maybe the single most famous Russian rock star.
A live album for a dead rock singer from Kino Proby
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 08, 2010


Smashing success

It feels as if all the music people these days were rushing toward a hyper-electro-modern future where they'll be programming drum machines hard-wired directly to their erogenous zones.
The New Collisions start things off right
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  May 29, 2009

Going on sale: October 10, 2008

Caithlin De Marrais, Darker My Love, Wayne Shorter and others
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  October 08, 2008

Make like a leaf

Fall appropriately takes the baton (sorry, Olympics still on the mind) from a stand-out summer of music in Portland.
Fall into local music (and other ironic urgings)
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 10, 2008

Interview: Courtney Taylor-Taylor

In the 2004 documentary DiG! , the Dandy Warhols’ Courtney Taylor-Taylor reacts to the musical criticism of a Capitol Records executive by scoffing, “I sneeze and hits come out!”
Mission: control freak
By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  September 08, 2008


Sax solos: a symbol of musical excess from a bygone era when “ProTools” was something a plumber brought to the job.
No decade blew harder than the '80s
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 12, 2008


He loves the ’80s

“My relationship to the music of the ’80s is very genuine. There’s no irony to it.”
M83 recaptures your youth
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 28, 2008

Going on sale: March 28, 2008

Alicia Keys, Joe Lally, Ryan Adams, and more.

Breaking news from the concert ticket trade

By GOING ON SALE  |  March 25, 2008

Mining the past

John Coltrane acid blasts rage through the Mars Volta’s new The Bedlam in Goliath.
The classic sounds of the Mars Volta and Louis XIV
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 12, 2008

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


In the hands of almost any band, “Just give us more rock” would be, at best, a wry throw-away, at worst a lazy cliché.
Freezepop just wanna rock
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 24, 2007


Happy endings

The end is nigh! And I’m not talking about the mortgage market.
Bad news begets good tunes
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 12, 2007

Live Earth 2007

So you’re headed to a Live Earth gig somewhere, whether outside New York City or in a remote outpost in Antarctica.
Where to go, who to see, what to know — even if you don't have a ticket
By JEFF INGLIS  |  July 10, 2007

Early and often

There’s plenty to get excited about looking forward into the scant three months that make up the only great time to be in Maine.
Summer heats up quick and stays hot
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 13, 2007


As I write this, Alec K. Redfearn and his Eyesores are trekking across western Europe, entertaining and amusing audiences with their picaresque,
The Eyesores’ new disc, farewell, Century Lounge
By BOB GULLA  |  April 25, 2007

Never Too Late

Too Late the Hero’s tour kicked off in an auspicious way that can only happen to bands from northern climes.
Or, always Too Late (the Hero) — whichever implies they’re great
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 21, 2007


Soul metal

“Some religious music,” wrote the late, great Whitney Balliett, jazz critic for the New Yorker, “shines with evil.”
Jesu, Middle East Downstairs, March 17, 2007
By JAMES PARKER  |  March 20, 2007

Making nice

‘If this breaks up, it’s not like I can go sell a Basquiat like Lars Ulrich.’
Deftones go on a healing tour
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  December 01, 2006

Hitsville USA

There are singles artists and there are album artists. Watch videos from Beck's The Information (Windows Media)
The Killers reach higher, plus Beck and Evanescence
By MATT ASHARE  |  October 11, 2006

One more chance

Since the late 1990s, Ransom had been one of the more creative heavy rock bands on the Portland scene, using multi-media well to develop their fanbase and becoming one of the first local bands to release a DVD.
Post Ransom, A New Vision seek Immortality
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 05, 2006

The song whisperer

This is an album that you lean into, as if receiving a happy confidence.
Green Gartside revives Scritti Politti
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  August 23, 2006


Crossword: 'I repeat'

Sounds familiar . . . it's all coming back to me . . .
By MATT JONES  |  April 12, 2006

Post-punk prophet

With a narrative arc that begins in the London dub dungeon of Public Image Limited and ends in the worldbeating semen storm of Frankie Goes to Hollywood, the whole grand experiment of post-punk is tracked and given coherence.
Simon Reynolds rips into rock’s strangest era
By JAMES PARKER  |  March 21, 2006

Regaining Shane

It was 1985 and it was time for a new kind of kick. I did not expect to find it with guys playing tin whistle, banjo, and accordion, and a guy who used to sing for the B-level punk band, the Nips ( nés Nipple Erectors) — that would be the dentally chall
The return of the MacGowan Pogues
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  March 07, 2006

Portland Music News for the week of January 20, 2006

Outbreak signs record deal; Sinferno play CBGB's; WCYY's Big Break Contest winners
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 19, 2006