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Get in the ring, kids

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By  |  April 20, 2013
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Species of local rockfish

Of all the bands honoring the working-class folk traditions of the Maine coastline, few come as hardy as the longstanding eclectic acoustic unit the HOLY MACKERELS.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  February 22, 2013
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Metal Feathers net their best record yet

If you're going to make huge structural changes, before your third record is a fine time to do it.
Dredging up the low
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 22, 2013
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A flurry of releases in the new year

Like predicting the impact of climate change, looking forward to the season's album releases reveals an increasing number of significant events, but you can't quite pin down exactly when they'll all happen.
Wintersongs
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 28, 2012
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Waxing nostalgic

It was a good year for weird music — or was it a weird year for good music? — and here are some of the standouts.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 21, 2012
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Summer’s freeze

Among the newsiest of the chord changes in Maine music this fall, the oddball proprietors at ETERNAL OTTER RECORDS are launching a new monthly series at Zero Station, the finest forgotten little cubbyhole in Bayside.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 14, 2012


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Granting dismissal

Portland's 7-piece funk/hiphop outfit GRANT STREET ORCHESTRA ring their final coda this week, ending a three-plus-year run during which they became one of the most revered party bands in the state.
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By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 29, 2012
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Margin call

Since it's one of the Tablet's duties to explore the margins of Portland music culture, we thought we'd forego an official top 10 in favor of some hidden favorites that won't often chart.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 23, 2011
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Foam Castles invite you to Come Over to My House

Bitch all you want about the firehose of new music nowadays, but the lowered barriers to recording and distribution certainly do make it easier for artists to be a lot more playful in their releases.
Digital domicile
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 15, 2011
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Making sense of Contrast Eats the Slimey Green

That Two series at the Port City is great for plenty of reasons — including the cheap beer, obviously — but that gig a couple Tuesdays back with Metal Feathers opening for Spouse on the big stage pretty much justifies the whole endeavor.
Metal on metal
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 04, 2011

Gully + Foam Castles + Sunset Hearts at Empire Dine and Dance, January 8

Gully, Foam Castles, and Sunset Hearts at Empire was a veritable who's-who of the Portland indie rock scene.
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By AMANDA PLEAU  |  January 14, 2011


Sunset Hearts at the Apohadion


Sunset Hearts, the exciting new shimmer-pop octet, plays their second show at Portland's most endearing crawlspace, the Apohadion, joined by the equally young Hi Tiger...
By webteam  |  November 30, 2010

Huak + Metal Feathers at Bayside Bowl, September 24

The DJ at Bayside Bowl can't stop playing the Pixies' Bossanova. Not that anyone's complaining.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 01, 2010

Metal Feathers at the Bayside Bowl


The members of Metal Feathers pull off cheeky cover songs so well, there's a chance you could hear "Strong Enough" for much cheaper. $5 admits...
By webteam  |  September 21, 2010

El Jezel with Metal Feathers and Phantom Buffalo at Apohadion


El Jezel, a shoegazey Brooklyn post-rock trio, travel up to DIY venue the Apohadion to spend a night with local indie-rock bands at their finest,...
By webteam  |  February 17, 2010

Clash of the Titans at Empire Dine and Dance, Marie Stella and Metal Feathers at Port City Music Hall


Another busy Tuesday, as Clash of the Titans pits Cream against Jimi Hendrix at 10 pm for $6 at Empire Dine and Dance (575 Congress...
By webteam  |  February 03, 2010


Spouse at Empire Dine and Dance with the Parlour Steps and Metal Feathers


Jose Ayerve's ever-enjoyable alt-rock band, Spouse, return to Portland for the first of two upcoming concerts (the second is next month). In doing so, they're...
By webteam  |  January 20, 2010

Local luminaries’ picks

I asked a bunch of people who really dig local music to help me make sure I wasn’t leaving any songs out when I was developing my list of the best 10 songs of the 2000s, but then I quickly realized that “best” is about as subjective as things come when y
A sample of other best songs of the 2000s
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 25, 2009

Treble Treble release party

Treble Treble release party at SPACE Gallery, November 27
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By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  December 04, 2009
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It takes a village

Treble Treble , a new 15-page photobook and 10-artist compilation album curated by local musician and budding photographer Joshua Loring, is the first concerted effort to market Portland's indie music scene.
... and a compilation album/photobook to raise a self-sustaining indie scene
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  November 27, 2009

The death of 'Do This,' and more

Photographer/songwriter/BOXY member JOSHUA LORING and SPACE GALLERY were awarded a grant by the MAINE ARTS COMMISSION to document the underground rock scene.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  November 20, 2009


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And then some...

Aside from the second season of Mad Men , Barack Obama, and Puppycam, I think we can all agree that it was a pretty mediocre year in national pop culture.
An addendum to the year in local music
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  December 23, 2008