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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
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Headstart! go where they wanna go

There was a time when we wouldn't review EPs in this space (Sontiago is still bitter about it). Times have changed.
B real
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 22, 2010

Complaint Department

Can we have a benefit show or something in the coming year to save up enough money to buy three ghosts (preferably the ghosts of local rock's past, present, and future) to visit Sam Pfeifle in his dreams to tell him the following.
Letters to the Portland Editor, January 1, 2010
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 01, 2010
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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

The death of 'Do This,' and more

Photographer/songwriter/BOXY member JOSHUA LORING and SPACE GALLERY were awarded a grant by the MAINE ARTS COMMISSION to document the underground rock scene.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  November 20, 2009
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Headstart at the beginning?

Headstart have only been around for about five years, but especially with frontman Kevin Kennie's long history in the scene, begun with Shufflin' Tremble/Loud Neighbor, they are now decidedly mid-career artists.
A is for attitude, antipathy, and fighting the good fight
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 02, 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

Portland scene report: November 7, 2008

An update on Conifer, whose record we reviewed a couple weeks back.
Sibilance starts now
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  November 05, 2008