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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 06, 2013
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Rock of pure substance

Is music a type of theology? Generally not, we'd say, but now and again, a group like the WALDOS come along and we start to wonder.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  March 08, 2013
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Jeff Beam’s latest achievement

Do not, under any circumstances, listen to Jeff Beam's new Be Your Own Mirror in a pissy mood.
Diffraction and reflection
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 06, 2012
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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

Revivals + recesses

Those who recall the work of PETER DONOVAN — who fronted the punchy, sour-luck rock and roll of ALL THE REAL GIRLS until the band's hiatus in 2009 — would be keen to know this: Donovan himself has spent the summer acting in an independent film (title
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 02, 2011

Say Hi to I Love Music

That photo with the high heels is so good you almost don't need to know anything else about Hi Tiger before taking the plunge with their music.
A burning Tiger
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 05, 2011


Marie Stella and Sophomore Beat call it quits; Dean Ford polishes a new EP

Looks like MARIE STELLA are calling it quits.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  July 15, 2011
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Erica Brown is more than a pretty girl with a fiddle

Just hitting the backside of her mid-twenties and already coming up on two decades into her career as a fiddle/violin player and singer here in Maine and beyond, Erica Brown is one of the youngest true veterans on the circuit you're likely to find.
Bluegrass connections
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 08, 2011
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Pinsky win by Losing Touch

Pinsky don't seem to be in any kind of hurry. Roughly three years following their first EP, the intriguing Two for the Road (with a two-song release mixed in last year), the four-piece are ready with a debut full-length on Sinking Ship Records.
Get up, kids
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 01, 2011

Mod Night at Empire Dine and Dance, June 3

Speaking from experience collaborating with him on the decks, the litmus test that best gauges the success of any Ian Paige DJ night is how well Booker T and the MGs' "Green Onions" goes over.
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By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  June 10, 2011

Theodore Treehouse + Soft Bullets + Ashpark at Empire Dine and Dance, May 7

Opening the night, Boston's Ashpark showed themselves to be a professional band in the least interesting sense of the term.
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By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  May 13, 2011


Port City soars, Venue tanks

PORT CITY MUSIC HALL must be doing something right.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  March 04, 2011
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A talk with legendary producer and musician Martin Bisi

Since opening BC Studio in Brooklyn in 1979, Martin Bisi has recorded dozens of records on the fringe of the avant-garde scene, including early Sonic Youth, Michael Gira's Swans and Angels of Light, and the cabaret breakout debut record from Boston's Dr
‘Tired of recording’
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 25, 2011
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28 ways to escape the winter doldrums

I know, I know. When winter rolls around, most of us want be eating comfort food with cheese in it and watching 30 Rock on a cozy lap-warming computer. But, c'mon!
Get outta that rut!
By DENA RIEGEL  |  February 04, 2011
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Dan Capaldi steps out from behind the kit

In addition to plenty of other projects, Dan Capaldi has played drums now for two of Portland's most important bands of the last five years: the brightly burning Cambiata and the still-on-the-rise Holy Boys Danger Club.
On the Level
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 28, 2011

Gully + Foam Castles + Sunset Hearts at Empire Dine and Dance, January 8

Gully, Foam Castles, and Sunset Hearts at Empire was a veritable who's-who of the Portland indie rock scene.
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By AMANDA PLEAU  |  January 14, 2011


New projects, debuts, and goodbyes

Former CAMBIATA mates CHRIS MOULTON and STAN DZENGELEWSKI (hardest name in Portland music to spell?) have a new project they're calling VANITYITES , and they're getting help from all kinds of former bandmates and other talented folks.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 07, 2011

Sunset Hearts at Empire Dine and Dance


The year's first local rock and roll trinity is at Empire Dine and Dance at 575 Congress. At 9 pm, supergroup Sunset Hearts continue to...
By webteam  |  January 04, 2011

Adam Earley at Empire Dine and Dance


Next week, Billy Libby's intimate pop group play Empire Dine and Dance (575 Congress St., 207.879.8988) at 8 pm with a few other acts, and...
By webteam  |  December 21, 2010
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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
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Starving artists, meet starving Artwalkers

While it's a lot to expect gallery owners to provide an extensive cheese platter or booze for the masses, the First Friday Art Walk is supposed to be a monthly celebration of the arts here in Portland. It's a chance for working folks to get out to the a
Hey galleries, what happened to the standard wine and cheese?
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  December 10, 2010


Fogcutters Big Band at Empire Dine & Dance


Empire Dine and Dance gets a little weird with a "holiday extravaganza and ugly sweater" show tonight, featuring a long set by the Fogcutters Big...
By webteam  |  December 07, 2010
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Div Kid span the rock spectrum

Div Kid really should have garnered more attention for their self-titled full-length debut in the summer of 2009. It was a pretty good pop rock record.
Tinted colors
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 03, 2010
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Sparks the Rescue record Fearlessly

Why do bands still pursue label deals? Let's ask Sparks the Rescue, who just finished up seven weeks working with producer/engineer Jonathan Wyman out at his studio in Windham, all on the Fearless Records dime.
In the studio
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 26, 2010

Bass Box at Empire Dine and Dance


Minimalist/experimental local group Bass Box - who with their innocuous moniker conceal the pretty radical conceit of being a functional rock band with human beat-box...
By webteam  |  November 17, 2010
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Review: AoK's solid debut

Appropriately, AoK Suicide Forest's self-titled debut record is traveling music; whether a soundtrack for coursing through terrain similar to their grim namesake or a more, uh, cosmic environment, is a decision left to the listener.
Start-up
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 12, 2010


AoK Suicide Forest at the Empire


In town, prog-metal specialists AoK Suicide Forest play a farewell show at Empire Dine and Dance (see my review of their debut CD [[LINK]]) starting...
By webteam  |  November 09, 2010

Zeile August at Empire Dine and Dance


If your arts itch was scratched last week and music is what you're after, Friday's full of interesting shows in and around the peninsula. By...
By webteam  |  November 09, 2010

The Class Machine at Empire Dine and Dance


Headed in the other direction on the Brooklyn pipeline, The Class Machine return from a set at the CMJ festival to headline a show at...
By webteam  |  October 27, 2010

Lissa Schneckenberger at Empire Dine and Dance


World-class fiddler and singer Lissa Schneckenberger is one of the more prolific songwriters to come from Maine, and has played with some staples in the...
By webteam  |  October 20, 2010