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Harbor unleash troubled waters

Between the new musical ventures at Mathew's (it will always be Pops to me), whatever's going on with Dirigimus, and the new Studio 250, there's been a bit of a heavy-music resurgence lately, much of it raw and unpolished.
Every port in a storm
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 23, 2012

Maine saves Latin

'Twas a shocker to send a text to a friend the other night reading "Hey, the guitarist from Black Flag is about to perform in a warehouse two minutes from your house."
Wax Tablet

Notes from the Fringe

As you read these very words, the great Portland Fringe 2012 is already up and running. Herein we highlight three of the Fringe's more beguilingly strange offerings.
Three shows not to miss
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 29, 2012

Playing musical chairs with Lord Earth

There's been a bit of two-man trend going on locally, with Class Machine, the Watchers, Hobgoblin, Arcane Lore, and now Lord Earth, who drop their debut full-length, Napalm, Baby! , this week at Geno's.
Bombs away!
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 16, 2012

Fun with mirrors

The dark lounge band JOHNNY CREMAINS are putting the final touches on their first full-length, tentatively titled Leave It To Believers .
Wax Tablet

Kurt Baker is Rockin’ for a Living

There's so much more to Kurt Baker than his music.
Larger than life
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 25, 2011


Old friends return

The sinewy post-punk group HUAK drop Yorba Linda , their first full-length, named for the birthplace of Richard Nixon.
Wax Tablet
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 09, 2011

Musings and mutterings from the worlds of Maine music

MICAH BLUE SMALDONE is taking his talents to Fort Kent.
The Wax Tablet

Apocryphonic: This Light Offers No Warmth, July 9 at Geno’s

Local avant-metal band Apocryphonic merge the grammar of Mogwai and the sonic vocabulary of Conifer into 35 minutes of dexterous post-rock on their impressive debut record.
Music heard
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  July 08, 2011

The Body at Geno's, May 12

Rumors that Providence's two-piece doom band the Body would be returning to town began as a whisper campaign in late April. With whom? No one knew.
Music seen
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  May 20, 2011

The feel-good prog rock of By Blood Alone

If there's one thing for certain, it's that no one will feel cheated by By Blood Alone.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 22, 2011


Foam Castles invite you to Come Over to My House

Bitch all you want about the firehose of new music nowadays, but the lowered barriers to recording and distribution certainly do make it easier for artists to be a lot more playful in their releases.
Digital domicile
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 15, 2011

By Blood Alone soar with Thunderbirds, Joe Walsh goes solo, and more

Be on the lookout for BY BLOOD ALONE 's new disc, Thunderbirds , which dropped on Tuesday. They'll play a gig to celebrate on April 22 at Geno's.

Taboo + Ancestral Diet at the Apohadion, March 8

When I entered the Apohadion, the room was nearly dark and the stage was empty.
Music seen
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  March 18, 2011

Hessian + Dementia Five + Motherfu@#kers Be Trippin' on January 22 at Geno's

With a name like a throwback to a "parental advisory" era that today seems charmingly nostalgic, Haverhill, Massachusetts's Motherf@#kers Be Trippin' (special characters theirs) were like an open-top Jeep cruising the promenade of riotous rock and roll.
Music seen
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  January 28, 2011

Wolves on the Radio at Geno's

Geno's hosts an evening of punk variety: Wolves on the Radio, a hoarsely anthemic post-punk band from Brighton, Massachusetts; USA Waste, throwbacks to a Toxic...
By webteam  |  January 12, 2011

Loverless at Geno's, December 18

Loverless aren't technically on hiatus; they just aren't playing very much. Bassist Dan MacLeod confessed he got blood blisters from practice earlier that day.
Music seen
By AMANDA PLEAU  |  December 31, 2010

Livening up 2010: Many bands, all over town

It was about the experience in 2010. Whether it was the sweaty, riotous, arm-over-your-buddy's-shoulder type of concert or the ruminative, head-plodding sort, concertgoers in town (and away) had much to immerse in.
Music seen
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 24, 2010

Jesse Pilgrim at Geno's

A night of solo folk artists (the sort who dress their trees with a less-twinkling sort of garland, dig?) play a cheap show at Geno's...
By webteam  |  December 21, 2010

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper at Geno's

Tonight, the first of a couple of medical-benefit shows for local personality Nicholas Stevens happens at Geno's (625 Congress St.), where friends Lady Lamb the...
By webteam  |  November 30, 2010

Clubber Lang will kick your ass

What do heavy rock quartet Clubber Lang have going for them?
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 26, 2010

Geek Chorus present Communion at Geno's

With all the major events bottlenecked in the holiday weekend, Portland should be a ghost town today. There are some, though, who do not rest....
By webteam  |  October 27, 2010

Thrones + Christian Mistress + AoK Suicide Forest at Geno's, October 10

Probably the most beautiful thing about a metal show is that it's the only place you can catch dozens of people emphatically nodding Yes .
Music seen
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  October 15, 2010

Go inside radio drama

The tale-tellers behind Final Rune Productions create what they call "stories for the ear."
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 08, 2010

Behind the Scenes - The Troll of Stony Brook screens at Geno's

Radio production company FinalRune Productions has been producing short, downloadable dramas over the last few years to much national, though not local, acclaim. They were...
By webteam  |  October 06, 2010

Thrones + AoK Suicide Forest at Geno's

Joe Preston is the John Goodman of doom metal. No point listing the dozen tremendously influential bands he's played in, the Melvins would be the...
By webteam  |  October 06, 2010

North Star closes, but Jay Jasch's music series continues

In last week's review, that Pfeifle guy flubbed a D. GROSS song name. It's "Family Man," not "Family." He's sorry.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 24, 2010

Covered in Bees at Geno's

Though certainly capable of deception on the scale of Joaquin Phoenix, we take Covered in Bees at their word that tonight's 9 pm show at...
By webteam  |  September 21, 2010

Fall Film Preview: Underground big-screen shows

One of the happiest and most unexpected developments in local arts culture over the past year has been the subtle yet persistent proliferation of DIY and/or locally-oriented movie nights in the area.
The local film scene revs up for fall
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 17, 2010

Block Party celebrates, consumes the Arts District on Saturday

The first time SPACE Gallery closed off a chunk of Congress Street, in 2005, they filled it with sod grass and turned it into an urban lawn. The second, a year later, inflated plastic structures dotted the Arts District. This Saturday — in theme, in spi
Square roots
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 10, 2010