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Zach Jones gets all Smokey and Wonder-ous

Isn't Zach Jones a guitar player? And yet, on the brand-new Things Were Better , it would appear he doesn't play a single note.
Better and better
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 15, 2012

Introducing ANNA

It would appear Gypsy Tailwind's tumultuous ride has lost its backing breeze.
Band Watch
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 30, 2011

Revivals + recesses

Those who recall the work of PETER DONOVAN — who fronted the punchy, sour-luck rock and roll of ALL THE REAL GIRLS until the band's hiatus in 2009 — would be keen to know this: Donovan himself has spent the summer acting in an independent film (title
Wax Tablet
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 02, 2011

Cruel Hand carves out a following, Jon Nolan's new CD, and more

The "Sibilance" staff will admit to never having heard CRUEL HAND 's music before last week, but we find it remarkable that the Portland-based hardcore band have carved out a following in New Zealand, where they recently played a string of shows.

Local bluegrass and jazz at the Buzz

One of the busiest local bluegrass/old-timey bands lately have been the TRICK BRITCHES . Makes sense.

Review: GFAC returns with double the horsepower

How spoiled are we in this town? A record like the new Greetings from Area Code 207 Vol. 8 can come out and it's like: Big Fuckin' Deal.
Inverted V8
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 12, 2010

Home and away

For many songwriters, home is where the art is.
Zach Jones's diasporic Fading Flowers
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 19, 2010

Lightning strikes

When Hank Williams sang a song like "My Son Calls Another Man Daddy" he could sell it because he'd been down low: born with spina bifida, father with a paralyzed face thanks to a stroke, brother he never knew because he was already dead.
Weather the storm with Roy Davis's third LP
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 22, 2010

Girls gone wild

Maybe it was a good thing after all that Jeremiah Freed packed up and moved to Los Angeles. Sure, the band broke up, but in the process bassist Matt Cosby met Pete Donovan and managed to drag him back here to Maine.
Making Friends and cultivating Strangers
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 10, 2009

Portland music news: January 9, 2009

Former WCLZ morning host PETE BOLDUC has a new band: GUNTHER BROWN (not to be confused with the Boston-based Sucka Brown).
By PORTLAND MUSIC STAFF  |  January 07, 2009

Drinking and driving

Dave Hunter and his Molenes show they’re more than just a guitar band.
The Molenes release Songs of Sin and Redemption
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 04, 2008


Further + Further

Roy Davis has made a number of good choices since the release of his promising debut disc, Grey Town , in early 2007.
Roy Davis pushes forward with the Dregs
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 09, 2008

To “Brooklyn” and back

Laurel Brauns shows it’s positively de rigueur to employ a harem of guest musicians in crafting an album that’s perfectly cohesive.
Laurel Brauns travels (the East Coast) on Closed for the Season
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 11, 2007

Portland scene report: March 16, 2007

We won’t pretend to have been huge Bill Chinook aficionados, but news of his passing, possibly by suicide, certainly comes as sad news.
Sibilance starts now
By PORTLAND MUSIC STAFF  |  March 14, 2007

Holy, Molenes

The Seacoast Scene can lay claim to a hotbed of roots rock, so when two of its leading members, Martin England and Jon Nolan, agree on the next big band, you might want to pay attention even if you don’t get south to Portsmouth very often.
Riding the art of the lonely Hunter
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 27, 2006
Beat report list photo 3/10/06

Up to the Challenge

The RPM Challenge asked area artists to write and record an entire 35-minute album in just 28 days; shockingly, 220 bands and solo artists signed up, and more than 160 albums were delivered.
Portsmouth-area musicians drop 160+ albums (in one month)
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 08, 2006

Beat Report 2/24/06 list photo

Beautiful locals

Remember when there was music on MTV? Now I check in occasionally to see if Real World er Ruthie’s finally been put in rehab.
What if good new music was right on your TV?
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 23, 2006

Portland music news, January 13, 2006

Gateway Mastering girds for Grammys; Jon Nolan recognized; 2nd Annual New England Punk, Goth, and Metal Fest
By Sibilance Staff  |  January 12, 2006

Wish list

For 2006, I’ve decided to reach for the stars, going with the old adage that if I come up short, I’ll likely still have the moon, or some clouds, or something.
Portland beat report: the year ahead
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 09, 2006