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We heart these people

We all know Portland is a busy, exciting place to live. It takes a lot of people's amazing energy to keep it going, though. Who's doing the moving and the shaking?
Meet Portland's most influential
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 12, 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

Seeing Sparks

Those hardcore fans among you already have much of Eyes to the Sun in your collection. Sparks the Rescue have been selling nine of these 12 songs on a disc they've brought to shows and mailed out from time to time.  
The Fearless release of Eyes to the Sun
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 01, 2009

The way things will be

The Goodnight Process have a little bit of the next-big-thing about them.
The Goodnight Process offer a strong debut
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 11, 2009

The same mistakes?

Joshua Madore and his gravelly whisper entered the local scene in 2007 with The Same Mistakes.
Joshua Madore returns with D4988
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 04, 2009

Which way is up?

You’ve seen them in the Old Port, whether it’s just J Biddy, or as Crossfire Inferno, playing plenty of rock covers, slipping in originals more and more often recently .
This Way may not Make History , but they certainly rock out
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 03, 2008

Portland scene report: November 21, 2008

Sibilance starts now

Pump up the Volume

Nowadays, it’s hard to remember that Twisted Roots ever broke up in the first place.  
A Twisted Roots retrospective (with five new songs)
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 16, 2008

A chilling spray

Those of us desperate to escape the singles-saturation our MP3 existence has thrust upon the modern musical landscape and return to album rock now have a band we can get behind — the Baltic Sea.
Sailing the brooding waters of the Baltic Sea
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 30, 2008

Okay, I’m Biased

Is our local music scene actually better because so little national and international talent comes here?
Looking forward to a summer of Jerks, Phantoms, and Tules
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 18, 2008

Portland scene report: April 25, 2008

The old Goud's Thumb boys seem to have come out of hibernation in earnest.
Sibilance starts now


Listener, Heal thyself

It's possible things are getting a touch too literary for your average music consumer.
The Cambiata’s new EP is a cure for many ills
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 31, 2008

Let’s talk numbers

There’s some talk that Cult Maze are the best rock band in Portland right now.
Cult Maze move well beyond Ice Arena with 35, 36
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 07, 2007

Fall out boys and girls

Everything about that sounds worldly and intellectually satisfying, something you could say for much of what’s happening this fall on the local music front.
Somehow, things heat up as summer closes
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 12, 2007

Call the Truckers

It seems the big new thing on the local music scene is to include one super-cool cover from the ’80s on your new album.
Scott Link is Coming Around
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 11, 2007

Rustic reunion

Yes, Rustic Overtones are back.
Are there Overtones of something long-term?
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 06, 2007


Mistakes were made

The Portland music scene has a case of the single white males.
But Joshua Madore has produced a fine debut, nonetheless
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 02, 2007

Feed the kitty

There is finally a challenger to Corn Meal Records’ Greetings from AreaCode 207 series.
Cat and Mouse compilation gets better with age
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 25, 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

Survivor: Portland

When Jeremiah Freed decided in early 2005 to depart Portland for the sunny climes and cutthroat industry of Los Angeles, guitarist Jake Roche didn’t make the trip.
Jake Roche returns with a solo debut
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 31, 2007

Short and self-titled

People might debate the artistic and moral value of American Idol as the final rounds approach, but is there anyone on earth who can’t get with the opening round tryouts?
Debut EPs from Katrina Abramo and Zach Romanoff
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 26, 2007


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: October 27, 2006:

Moss Mountain Project, a dark and mysterious alt-country outfit, will be releasing Catfish Grouper Snapper December 16 at SPACE, despite earlier reports that it might happen in October.
By SIBILANCE  |  October 25, 2006

Do what they mean

When 2006 wraps up, it’ll be hard to think of another show as fun as the Big Easy’s stage for the Best Music Poll Festival back in May, with Cosades and Loverless opening for Rock Kills Kid.
Loverless are a lean Fighter machine
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 20, 2006

No 'Wasted' effort

If you know the guys from Paranoid Social Club, it’s not hard to believe they’d like a movie like Beerfest , full of booze jokes, scantily clad women, and scatological humor.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 13, 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


Everything but the girl

What would rock be without girls?
Gocasual delivers The Whole Time I Knew You
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 02, 2006

Pocket rockets

The Whatnot open their sophomore full-length, One More for Pocket , with “Apathy,” a song that appears to be about writer’s block.
The Whatnot deliver a galloping second record
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 19, 2006
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Get ready for summer, punks

What has already been an active year on the local scene only ramps up for summer.
Releases from Pete Kilpatrick, Emilia Dahlin + Subject Bias are just the beginning
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 14, 2006
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To the Rescue

As the 22nd annual Reindeer Rock-Off gets set to kick off, it’s important to remember that for every Jeremiah Freed or Howie Day, who make it from the finals to the major labels, there are hundreds who melt into obscurity.
A new EP Sparks renewed interest
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 03, 2006