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Pig out on new 6gig

On stage a couple Fridays back, opening for Paranoid Social Club (who also have new work on the way shortly), 6gig frontman Walt Craven was as relaxed as I've ever seen him.
A four-song EP, and some B-sides, come out of nowhere
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 01, 2013

Hear and see Olas: The Film

Usually, when you've "just gotta see that band live," it's because the recordings don't quite do justice to the energy or "vibe" with which the band performs or there's an improvisational quality to what they do that just doesn't translate to recordings
Moving pictures
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 14, 2012

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

Jonathan Edwards records first album in 16 years at the Studio

Why has Jonathan Edwards decided to record his first studio album in 16 years down on Casco Street at the Studio? Well, for one thing, he lives here, and it's close by. But, mostly, "it's been a really lucky find," says the folk legend, who was laying d
Sunshine on Casco
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 24, 2010

Calling Clark Kent

It's definitely been too long since we've heard from Will Gattis, the piano-player and singer-songwriter who showed himself to be a young voice to be reckoned with on 2005's Dullard .
Re-introducing the mild-mannered Will Gattis
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 27, 2010
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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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Working on your heart

With the talent we have in this town, just about anybody can put together a decent-sounding album.
Carll Wilkinson starts the whole damn thing all over
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 03, 2009

Portland music news: December 19, 2008

TONY VEGAS  checked in this week.

The kids are alright

It’s not amateurish at all. It’s just rough around the edges — and enjoyable in its bravado.
Faster! Faster! debut with
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 11, 2008

A Peapod grows in Portland

Harrity’s albums sound like the work of an invisible hand, and it’s apparent that he likes it that way.
A young label sports sonic wisdom
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  May 07, 2008

Portland scene report: March 14, 2008

An interesting Web site to check out in general if you’re into indie music. And who isn’t? No one reading “Sibilance,” we’re sure.
Sibilance starts now


Return of the kings

The tiny room in the East Village shook from top to bottom for almost an hour on a frosty New York night last week.
Rustic Overtones at the Mercury Lounge in NYC, December 6
By RYAN O’CONNELL  |  December 12, 2007

Portland scene report: April 13, 2007

Mark Curdo is a pretty busy guy, what with his radio gig on WCYY, and things are about to get busier.
Sibilance starts now
By PORTLAND MUSIC STAFF  |  April 11, 2007

Rock, roll, jump, jive

There are plenty of Mainers supplying the Austin music scene, but there aren’t a ton of Texans holding down the fort in these parts.
Sean Mencher heads for the Finnish
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 07, 2007

Who’s your daddy?

Eggbot has always delighted in irony.
Eggbot gets paternal, grows up a bit
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 14, 2007

The Portland scene report: January 12, 2007

The “Sibilance” staff would like to take a rare serious second to extend our best wishes to the family of Al Gardner, also known in the local Middle Eastern music community as Alan Shavarsh Bardezbanian, whose ensemble was one of the first in the area


Living Wage

I had a girlfriend once who claimed to experience actual orgasms every time Phish played “Chalkdust Torture.”
Living Wage
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 01, 2006

Portland scene report: September 22, 2006

To dispense with some housecleaning, the “Sibilance” staff would like to correct a couple items from last week’s BEBE BUELL story: 1. We’re sure she said “sexism” is being eliminated from the music industry, not “feminism.”
By SIBILANCE  |  September 20, 2006

Portland scene report: September 1, 2006

Dominic and the Lucid have finished tracking on the follow up to 2004’s Vinyl Human .
By SIBILANCE  |  August 30, 2006
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All that jazz

On her new album, God Machine , Emilia Dahlin has fully embraced the jazzy sound she introduced with “No End” on her previous full-length CD.
Emilia Dahlin delivers on her potential with God Machine
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 21, 2006
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Eclectic venue

Distinct from readers' annual "Best Of" votes on their favorite venues are the opinions of the artists who play in town; where do they like playing the most?
Where does your favorite band like to play?
By AMY MARTIN  |  February 23, 2006