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Seceding from the union

The esteemed folk-rock songwriter ERIC BETTENCOURT is leaving us for Austin, Texas, for the winter and spring, possibly longer.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  November 16, 2012
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Homemade sauces

Our old friends at TEA FIRST RECORDS have assembled a few honeypots for us this summer.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  August 24, 2012
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10 songs to get you, and the Pats, fired up

While most Patriots fans this past weekend watched with glee as Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was denied a return trip to the Super Bowl, I couldn't help remember the time 11 years ago when I didn't completely detest the guy.
Super selections
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 21, 2012
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Eric Bettencourt simplifies, finds himself (and many others)

Eric Bettencourt came out of the gate hard-charging in early 2009, with the ambitious LP Fine Old World , followed before the year was out by a full-band full-length ( The Giraffe Attack Collection ) and another solo EP. Then he took a little time for
Keep it like a Secret
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 18, 2011
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Playing Trial & Error by the Bonfire

Jesse Pilgrim and the Bonfire do a couple things pretty well on their debut record, Trial & Error , that are hard to do well: create an album with a sense of place, and create an album with something to say.
Pilgrim's progress
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 01, 2011

Songwriters unite

Following up on his run as president of the MAINE SONGWRITERS ALLIANCE , BOB MCKILLOP has now founded a Portland chapter of the NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL .
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 08, 2010


Eric Bettencourt at Monument Square


The first Alive at Five concert of the year kicks off the series with Bimpy-winning folkie Eric Bettencourt and rock from the Lucid. That's free,...
By webteam  |  July 07, 2010

Kate Schrock + Todd the Rocket at El Rayo; Eric Bettencourt at Portland Lobster Co.


Outdoor dinner soundtrack options abound tonight, as Kate Schrock and trusty drummer Todd the Rocket perform at El Rayo (101 York St.; 207.780.8226) from 7-10...
By webteam  |  June 23, 2010

Amanda Gervasi's solo work, Kurt Baker takes Europe, and more

Speaking of AMANDA GERVASI , we've also got word of a solo release on her part, scheduled for July 24.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  June 18, 2010
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Daydream believer

Long a young songwriter with buzz, Pete Miller has been woodshedding with Eric Bettencourt all winter working on a debut record that sees the light of day this weekend.
Pete Miller debuts with Shake the Dawn
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 21, 2010

Holiday Bizarre: Holy Boys Danger Club + Grand Hotel at SPACE Gallery


More Holiday Bizarre tonight, with the annual showcase for the area’s best new bands going down at SPACE Gallery. The “Class of 2009” are indie-rock...
By webteam  |  December 09, 2009


Like Woe? Like, Whoa

The dirt on Brzowski, Moshe, Mezcalitos, and more
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 04, 2009
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Bare bones

His press materials tell me the young Benjamin Burgess is "uniquely compassionate."
The burgeoning Benjamin Burgess
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 27, 2009

Kudos to Phish nerds, and other music matters

We stand corrected
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  November 27, 2009

Sly-Chi turns sausage party and more

Singer KELLY MCKENNA has decided to leave Sly-Chi after three and a half years due to general burn-out.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  November 13, 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


Eric Bettencourt at Empire Dine and Dance


ERIC BETTENCOURT’s second solo release this year was recorded with his band GIRAFFE ATTACK, and is appropriately titled The Giraffe Attack Collection. He and the...
By webteam  |  September 16, 2009

Anna's Ghost haunts the Empire

Maybe it's a blip on the radar screen, but there seems to be a renewed interest in the music video lately. TWISTED ROOTS have been garnering attention for their "Hollow Earth" effort and we're big fans of the bare-chested LEFTOVERS that splash throug
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 11, 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

Greater Portland Festival of Nations


  Throughout the afternoon and evening, the Greater Portland Festival of Nations honors Portland's various ethnic communities with live music (by Eric Bettencourt, stream band,...
By webteam  |  July 22, 2009

Tower of Song Festival, Eric Bettencourt, and the Outsiders

This is shaping up to be one of the best summers in a long time when it comes to outdoor and festival-type shows.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 17, 2009


Cambiata, Olivia Cornell and The Precious, Elijah Ocean and more

OLIVIA CORNELL & THE PRECIOUS have released their first CD, available now at Bull Moose and the like. Though they won't be playing out again until fall, have a listen to Filthy Things if you've got a jones on for some girl-rock mixed with some NYC
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 03, 2009

Cambiata, Olivia Cornell and The Precious, Elijah Ocean and more

OLIVIA CORNELL & THE PRECIOUS have released their first CD, available now at Bull Moose and the like. Though they won't be playing out again until fall, have a listen to Filthy Things if you've got a jones on for some girl-rock mixed with some NYC
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 03, 2009

Portland music news: April 17, 2009

Two big shows to watch coming up: That TOWER OF SONG we've been telling you about got approval from the City Council to put on a big festival May 23. So that's on.
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By PORTLAND MUSIC STAFF  |  April 17, 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

Portland Music News: February 27, 2009

Bettencourt, Choate, Moshe all in town
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By PORTLAND MUSIC STAFF  |  February 25, 2009


What's Pfeifle smoking?


Letters to the Portland editor, January 9, 2009
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 07, 2009
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Winter to remember

Sometimes January in this town can be a bit slow. It's cold. There's a holiday hangover. Whatever.
2009 enters with a roar
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 30, 2008

Portland scene report: November 21, 2008


Sibilance starts now
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  November 19, 2008

Portland scene report: August 22, 2008

Eric Bettencourt dropped us a line to say Shadow Shine Records is close to its first releases, one of which will be a Strange Pleasure live album.
Sibilance starts now
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  August 20, 2008