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The Father, the Son, and the Soucys

Literary and intuitive, Tree by Leaf's Garrett Soucy is widely admired as one of the best songwriters Maine has ever produced.
The album doesn’t fall far from the Tree by Leaf
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 23, 2012
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Kastaways and cut-ups

Watching the Kastaways practice, it quickly becomes clear that this band is all about the Clam. Sir Nigel the Rat might be the frontman and attention hog. Herman might be the lead-singer and actual hog. Spike Porcupine and Pete Puffin might even provide
Safe at home with Maine's first all-mascot band
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 20, 2012
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The McCarthys ride back into town

If you put the "Welcome to Maine" sign on the front of your disc, you better have some damn good songs on that thing.
It is what it should be
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 18, 2011

New band alert

MATT SHARDLOW ( DIV KID , etc.) reports he's in the studio with JACK MURRAY turning the knobs for a group comprising drummer NIKKI GLASPIE ( BEYONCÉ ), NATE EDGAR of JOHN BROWN'S BODY on bass, and AARON BELLAMY of the SAM KININGER BAND and
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  June 03, 2011

Pete Kilpatrick Band comes home; Dennis Bailey's Dylan tribute

Congrats to the PETE KILPATRICK BAND . Their "Coming Home" won a national fan-voting-based contest from insurance provider USAA this past week.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  May 20, 2011

Say hello to Goodbye Forever, the latest from This Way

THIS WAY  have put the finishing touches on Goodbye Forever , what we're hearing is an Americana-fueled second album from the band fronted by JAY BASINER .
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  April 22, 2011


By Blood Alone soar with Thunderbirds, Joe Walsh goes solo, and more

Be on the lookout for BY BLOOD ALONE 's new disc, Thunderbirds , which dropped on Tuesday. They'll play a gig to celebrate on April 22 at Geno's.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  April 15, 2011
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Sophomore Beat Party Like a Lobster — no, really

If you thought the Sophomore Beat's Hi, Technology was a sneering bundle of sarcasm, wait till you get a load of their new EP, the four-song Party Like a Lobster .
Believe it or not
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 15, 2011
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The smooth pop-rock of Zach Jones's Broken Record

For an album to be more than just a collection of songs, it's more important that the songs all feel the same than sound the same. No one wants 10 tracks all in the same style — that gets old unless everything is terrific — but there should be an aesthe
Don't fix it
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 18, 2011
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Dean Ford is Deaf. Dumb. In Love.

Dean Ford renews, this week, his membership in the cult of pop with the release of Deaf. Dumb. In Love. , a six-song EP filled with love songs and general guy-girl drama in the classic poodle skirt tradition.
Say, say, say
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 11, 2011

See you later, Dead Season, and Dean Ford's new disc

• Listen for hip-hop/electronic artist VIK44 's new tunes accompanying the new web series to be released by the ENTERTAINMENT EXPERIMENT . Ragged Isle is a murder-mystery kind of thing, filmed all over Maine and set on a coastal island. The first 10 o
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  February 18, 2011


Lady Lamb the Beekeeper seeks her fortune

LADY LAMB THE BEEKEEPER continues to turn heads now that she's exited the Pine Tree State.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  February 04, 2011

Kurt Baker goes solo, Rustic Overtones get a makeover

KURT BAKER  wrapped up recording a couple new original tracks with JONATHAN WYMAN  last week, his first original work since the LEFTOVERS went on hiatus.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 21, 2011
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The two sides of Marie Moreshead

To this point, Marie Moreshead has made her bones as a sweet-voiced singer/songwriter with a lot of promise based on 2008's The Distraction EP and 2009's Birdwatchers EP.
Thought I knew you
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 07, 2011
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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

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.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 17, 2010


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Sparks the Rescue record Fearlessly

Why do bands still pursue label deals? Let's ask Sparks the Rescue, who just finished up seven weeks working with producer/engineer Jonathan Wyman out at his studio in Windham, all on the Fearless Records dime.
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By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 26, 2010
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Review: The many tentacles of Jason Spooner's Sea Monster

Jason Spooner is an amalgamation of John Prine and John Mayer — great songs and great hair, all in one package. Their aesthetics are similar, too. Sure, there are important and wounded songs in the bag, but these guys aren't afraid to have a good time,
Get kraken
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 19, 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
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The next great young singer you need to know: Amy Allen

Just after graduating from Waynflete and off to college this fall, Amy Allen joins an impressive cadre of young female singers (Clara Berry, Amanda Gervasi, Aly Spaltro, Marie Moreshead) doing great things locally.
Chasing Amy
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 01, 2010

Covered in Bees album, John Paul's show, and Nicole Rabata's debut disc

COVERED IN BEES are doing their best to plan ahead: They've got the date set for the release of their fourth album, Holy Crap! It's Covered In Bees : September 25. Where's the party? Geno's. Where else?
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  July 30, 2010


Maine Songwriters Association ramps up, Pat Colwell's record, and more

The MAINE SONGWRITERS ASSOCIATION are trying to ramp up their happenings a little.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  July 23, 2010
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Something in the struggle

It would have taken some favorable odds for me to have put money on Loki celebrating a decade as a band back when they debuted in 2000. Jonathan Taylor’s Sully Erna-like metal-growl was all in vogue with the angry young man set, and there seemed to be d
Ten years in, Loki have seen an Ebb and Flow
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 16, 2010
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Holy rollers

This record grabs you by the throat from measure one.
Ten pounds of rock in a six-song Boo Box
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 12, 2010
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How Sophomoric

Hi, Technology is one of the more self-loathing collections of songs I've heard in some time.
Camus and catharsis on Hi, Technology
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 05, 2010
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Zombie overdrive

Pete Witham and the Cozmik Zombies are and are not exactly what you'd think. Sure, they're silly and ironic and probably wish it were 1954 all over again. But behind a bit of hokum lies a damn good band, more than a few smart turns of phrase, and an int
Pete Witham's Cozmik view of Americana
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 12, 2010


Dilly Dilly dalliance comes to an end

Dilly Dilly may not be done with music, but she is apparently done with Portland.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  February 05, 2010

A dead season of desolate grace

JOHN PAUL  was back in town last week, and not just to play a gig at the Empire.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 15, 2010
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Hot, hot heat

Is New Year's back? It seemed to have been taken away from us, by a general and hard-to-pin-down sentiment that it ought to be some kind of family holiday. Fuck that.
New Year's Eve is just a warm-up
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 01, 2010
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The Shapes of things

The first song on the Pete Kilpatrick Band's new Shapes and Sounds EP might be called "Dear July," but the five-song work is clearly an ode to winter, to its delicious melancholy and the joys of finding cozy corners in overheated bars or naked bodies u
Pete Kilpatrick's new wintry Sounds
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 11, 2009