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Street style

If the limited-edition Wilco vinyl isn't enough to get you to Record Store Day this weekend, on April 21, how about some local releases?
Another band running themselves ragged
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 20, 2012
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The Audacity of Ryan Peters

Spose hears all of it. Aren't you and Seacrest supposed be sharing chicks by now? Where's your Escalade, dude? Or, as he puts it on "Gee Willikers," off his brand-new full-length The Audacity! , "Fuck that shit/I bet he doesn't know any black kids . .
Preposterously Spose
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 13, 2012
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The Audacity of Ryan Peters

Spose hears all of it. Aren't you and Seacrest supposed be sharing chicks by now? Where's your Escalade, dude? Or, as he puts it on "Gee Willikers," off his brand-new full-length The Audacity! , "Fuck that shit/I bet he doesn't know any black kids . .
Preposterously Spose
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 13, 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 .
Wax Tablet
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 23, 2011

Review: Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

The latest action epic from Hong Kong new wave director Tsui Hark ( Once Upon a Time in China ) is a fact-based historical drama set in 689 AD, a period when "all hell was about to break loose," according to the dense narration that opens the film.
Exhilarating action
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 23, 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


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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
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Bass Box | Mother Box

The debut full-length from Bass Box is worth a listen if only for its originality. I can't remember an album that explores as much of the contemporary musical canon — rock, pop, folk, jazz, R&B, gypsy, tango — all without use of the drums.
Local vocals
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 21, 2011

Power pop, radio rock, and more

NOW IS NOW frontman MITCH ALDEN has plans for a solo release. The party's scheduled for January 21 at RiRa. Expect some seriously upbeat power pop.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 17, 2010
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Queensrÿche | Empire: 20th Anniversary Edition

Queensrÿche were always a bit too smart for the late-'80s hair-metal genre in which they were pigeonholed.
Capitol (2010)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  November 19, 2010


Miss Fairchild at Empire


The illustrious Prince-revivalist Miss Fairchild come to Empire (579 Congress St., Portland, 207.879.8988) tonight with another mass invitation to dance. Both the papa and grandpapa...
By webteam  |  October 06, 2010

Huak + Metal Feathers at Bayside Bowl, September 24

The DJ at Bayside Bowl can't stop playing the Pixies' Bossanova. Not that anyone's complaining.
Music seen
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 01, 2010
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Another fine mess: 20 years of the Boneheads

It can be easy to put the Boneheads in the same category with Rick Charette.
(And Steve Jones)
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 03, 2010

Madgirl's Mad House, Goodnight Process says goodnight, and more

Remember how MADGIRL was selling local discs through her MAD HOUSE store on Commercial Street? Well, she has 45 local artists in the store right now, and is willing to add more, but is no longer paying for the discs up front — just selling the discs
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  August 27, 2010
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Branching out

Did you forget how much you love Phantom Buffalo? I did. And I'm sorry.
Taking flight with Phantom Buffalo
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 20, 2010


Clash of the Titans: Biggie vs. Tupac at Empire


Musically, at Clash of the Titans, it's Biggie vs. Tupac at 10 pm at Empire Dine and Dance (575 Congress St.; 207.879.8988). Don't forget your...
By webteam  |  August 18, 2010

Phantom Buffalo at Empire


Not only are Phantom Buffalo back in action on stage and on record (see page 16), they've been working on some particularly fancy new suits...
By webteam  |  August 18, 2010

Adam Ezra Group at Empire


Other solid live concert options include: Adam Ezra Group performing with This Way and Ralph Graceffa & Clara Junken at 9:30 pm at Empire Dine...
By webteam  |  August 18, 2010
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Grand statement

There are times when I just can't get Grand Hotel's new self-titled LP loud enough.
A different take on Hotel California cool
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 16, 2010
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Brotherly love

When it's right, "country" music has a way of bringing people together.
The Malletts do country right
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 09, 2010


Eternal Otter Records releases a slew of singles

On July 10 ETERNAL OTTER RECORDS will be releasing its next slew of vinyl singles with a cool gig both in the Narrow Gauge museum and on the train itself.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  July 02, 2010

As Fast As at the Empire


A special one-night only As Fast As show tugs you over Empire’s way. Their 9:45 pm gig offers fine openers Murcielago and Kurt Baker’s the...
By webteam  |  June 30, 2010
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That was yesterday

More than 10 years since their debut, Colepitz have long since had their day in the sun. But sometimes it really is about the music.  
 Colepitz return to forever with No Tomorrow Tonight
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 04, 2010
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The radio on TV

There is nothing new about bands playing on television. But local bands and local channels? Lately there’s been something of an explosion.
Suddenly local music is all over the airwaves
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 14, 2010
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Chinnock of the North

How did I not know that Bill Chinnock was Dick Curless’s son in law?
The re-release of Dime Store Heroes , and a look back
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 23, 2010


Home and away

For many songwriters, home is where the art is.
Zach Jones's diasporic Fading Flowers
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 19, 2010
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Holy rollers

This record grabs you by the throat from measure one.
Ten pounds of rock in a six-song Boo Box
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 12, 2010

The Rock Off is on, and other music news

Tone King Andy Argondizza has organized a benefit show for Nick Curran, who was recently diagnosed with cancer and, being a musician, isn’t exactly rocking all-inclusive health insurance.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  March 05, 2010

Clash of the Titans at Empire; Jacob Augustine and the Mallett Brothers at Port City


In weekly TGITuesday updates: Clash of the Titans offers great balls of maniacal frontmen, as Church Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis get the tribute treatment...
By webteam  |  February 24, 2010