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Hutch Heelan’s stuck in the middle with you

For a guy who seems pretty reserved in interpersonal interactions, Hutch Heelan can be a high-profile guy.

By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 15, 2013

The digital delight of Space versus Speed

Since 2000, we've had the Popsicko, Rocktopus, As Fast As (three albums), Spencer and the School Spirit Mafia, and now Space versus Speed. All with Spencer Albee as principal songwriter and frontman. Seven full-length records.
Out of this world
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 28, 2011

Art in the air conditioning

From Picasso to William "Shrek" Steig's cartoons, and surfer photos to a Twilight Zone toy store, New England offers art worth traveling to this summer. Here we round up the best in the region, no matter the weather or your artistic inclinations.
Local museums keep you cool — and the art's pretty good, too
By GREG COOK  |  June 18, 2010

Endless inquiry

Mikael Kennedy’s portraits of his maunderings through the American landscape harness a transcendental concurrence of vastness and intimacy.
Ghostly shapes and images at 37-A Gallery
By ANNIE LARMON  |  June 11, 2010

I remember when...

It's been a while, and I've been here for all of it. These moments are what I remember best, and what I wish there was more evidence of.
(Or at least I think I do)
By MARC SHEPARD  |  September 18, 2009

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


Time for a clean sweep?

In early 2007, Rhonda Dawson, a thoughtful, candid, 45-year-old African-American guard at the Maine State Prison in Warren, quit her job after four years because, she says, of racist taunting from her fellow correctional officers.
A former guard calls for prison reform
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  July 23, 2008

A six-pack for the Fourth

There’s no better holiday for throwing back a few cold ones and listening to tunes on the dock, boat, front lawn, or backyard, and there are plenty of discs I’ve been meaning to make people aware of.
Looking for the right buzz for your Independence party?
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 02, 2008

Portland scene report: April 11, 2008

There’s a new supergroup in town and they’re wasting zero time in releasing their debut disc.
Sibilance starts now

Stabbed in the back

Right now, a bewildered Mark Cible is on a nightmarish journey through some of America’s most violent prisons.
Officials reward a prison hero by endangering his life
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  September 12, 2007

Pops and circumstance

It so happens that Robert Browne Hall (1858-1907), a Maine composer, conductor and cornetist, had associations with numerous Maine bands.
R.B. Hall Day and Independence Pops
By BEN MEIKLEJOHN  |  June 27, 2007


Moving on up

The first time I met Eli Pariser, I had to stand in line to get to him.
Eli Pariser talks about virtual campaigning, winning back the house, and his move back to New England
By SARA DONNELLY  |  July 05, 2006
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Chipping in

Earlier this month, the Phoenix talked with Eli Pariser, who became the executive director of in November 2004.
Eli Pariser, the wonder-boy executive director of, now lives in Portland. Progressives, start puckering
By SARA DONNELLY  |  July 05, 2006

Portland scene report, June 30, 2006

Nameless all-star band to unveil at Geno's; Zion Train back on track; Lammi, Glaspie land high-profile gigs

Take it outside

Okay, you like art, but you also want to get out and enjoy the great outdoors . Y ou can have your cake and eat it too at these outdoor sculpture parks. Summer Guide 2006: Cheap thrills from Bar Harbor to New Haven.
Have some fresh air with your art
By GREG COOK  |  June 14, 2006