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On to greener pastures

GRAND HOTEL 's new video for "Sakura" renews the best possible premise for a music video: two adult males driving a golf cart through inappropriate terrain (see Dinosaur Jr.'s "Feel the Pain").
Wax Tablet

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

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

Upcoming albums: The winter of our deep content

There was a time when winter in Portland was pretty sleepy, with bands holing up to practice and write while the snowflakes flew. No longer. The album-release schedule is now equally robust year-round, and there are big shows just about every weekend th
The winter of our deep content
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 31, 2010

State Theatre's New Year's celebration

State Theatre's New Year's celebration is an epic Clash of the Titans night, where Zach Jones, the Lucid, and Grand Hotel each play hits (and...
By webteam  |  December 29, 2010

The year's top 10 local albums, and five EPs to boot

I'm not sure when local music has been better. If there is any problem with our little scene here in Portland, it's that there's more talent than there are fans to support it.
With Confidence
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 24, 2010

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.

Fall Music Preview: The road ahead

As the local music scene continues to grow, it shouldn’t be surprising that this past summer was the most active we’ve ever seen in terms of album releases.
Seekonk, Molenes, Spooner, Schrock & the Rocket lead fall line-up
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 17, 2010

KahBang's growth helps boost Queen City

Expanding its dosage of cultural shock therapy for central Maine, the KahBang festival, created as a single-day concert last year, is now a music, art, and film festival dominating the Bangor waterfront and downtown for nine days.
Bangor scene update
By KEGAN ZEMA  |  August 13, 2010

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

Grand Hotel at Empire Dine and Dance

As our review indicates, Grand Hotel's new self-titled album is suiting these dog days quite nicely. The band play with Bronze Radio Return and Marie...
By webteam  |  July 14, 2010

Nateva Music & Camping Festival at the Oxford Fairgrounds

Lest we forget, Friday is also the first full day of the Nateva Music & Camping Festival, Maine’s most ambitious foray yet into siphoning off...
By webteam  |  June 30, 2010

As Fast As at the Empire, Grand Hotel's new album, and more

AS FAST AS are playing a reunion show of sorts July 3 at the Empire.

Savoy Brown at One Longfellow; Maine Roller Derby; North Star benefit; Grand Hotel headline barbecue

Elsewhere: British blues band Savoy Brown get lit up by the famous Pig Light Show crew at One Longfellow Square; Maine Roller Derby have an,...
By webteam  |  June 02, 2010

DJ Kurt Baker's 60's Bash

DJ Kurt Baker has wrangled up a big crew for a January-thaw-appropriate '60s bash. The tribute-heavy night features Grand Hotel playing the Zombies, Holy Boys...
By webteam  |  January 27, 2010

Short-form Portland

I can hear the snarky comments already: "What?!? Rustic Overtones put out an album this year and Pfeifle hasn't fallen all over himself naming it #1? The sky is green!" But this isn't 1999. It's 2009. And it isn't all that strange for a phenomenal albu
The 10 best LPs and EPs of 2009
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 18, 2009

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

Grand Hotel + Allegiance + Iapetus

Grand Hotel, the Allegiance, and math-rockers Iapetus are at the Big Easy at 9 pm. Call 207.775.2266 for a cover at 55 Market St.  ...
By webteam  |  October 28, 2009
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Second summer

Summer's over, the kids are getting back to school and I'm loath to turn the seasonal page. The music's been terrific. New discs by Spencer and the School Spirit Mafia, Grand Hotel, dilly dilly, Samuel James, and Gypsy Tailwind have highlighted the dep
Catching up with discs missed
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 28, 2009
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Ain't life Grand

Bands come and go. Especially local ones. The money's not great, personalities clash, young and single people tend to move around a lot. Kyle Gervais with Cosades had a band a lot of us in Portland will remember for a long time, but they broke up last
A debut EP worth more than a one-night stay
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 14, 2009

Grand Hotel

The newish, Kyle Gervais-fronted local rock band Grand Hotel release a new album at Empire Dine and Dance tonight (see Sam Pfeifle's review on page...
By webteam  |  August 12, 2009

As Fast As

Confirming his status as the busiest dude in town (see Tuesday), Spencer Albee and As Fast As reunite for a special show at the Asylum...
By webteam  |  July 15, 2009