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The Pecan Sandies choose their Therapy

There's a fairly continuous line of ska-influenced local horn bands.

By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 15, 2013

Phantom Buffalo’s farthest flight of fantasy

Sometimes all the cutesy artwork and twee vocals (which I quite like) can obscure the fact that Phantom Buffalo are a kick-ass guitar band, like Built to Spill's little brothers.
Raise a Tullamore Dew to Tadaloora
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 08, 2013

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.
Wax Tablet

Gotta stay hungry

The whisper campaign around HI TIGER 's second record has begun.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 21, 2012

Jeff Beam’s latest achievement

Do not, under any circumstances, listen to Jeff Beam's new Be Your Own Mirror in a pissy mood.
Diffraction and reflection
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 06, 2012

Distant planetary sighting

The rascally boys of THEODORE TREEHOUSE have been recording an EP follow-up to their lauded 2010 debut, Mercury: Closest to the Sun , this month in New Hampshire's Rocking Horse Studios.
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Otter calls

The adventurous folks at ETERNAL OTTER RECORDS have been keeping things nice and weird lately.
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Arms Against A Sea parts ways, OK Go releases a live album, and more

We were disappointed to hear the promising ARMS AGAINST A SEA have decided to call it quits.

The year's top 10 local albums, and five EPs to boot

I'm not sure when local music has been better. If there is any problem with our little scene here in Portland, it's that there's more talent than there are fans to support it.
With Confidence
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 24, 2010

Theodore Treehouse are Closest to the Sun

Bryan Bruchman and Dylan Martin and Ian Paige and everyone else who's been raving about Theodore Treehouse's live set over the past year were completely and totally right.
Burn, baby, burn
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 04, 2010

Guster makes good, Billy Libby's new EP, and more

Take note that sometimes-Mainers GUSTER have a song prominently displayed in the hard-to-avoid Target holiday ad campaign. Good for them.


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

Phantom Buffalo + The Lucid at Port City Music Hall

Combined, Phantom Buffalo and The Lucid have been playing together for 20 years. That's a pretty impressive run, and they make a pretty good couple...
By webteam  |  November 09, 2010

Phantom Buffalo at SPACE + Moe. at the State Theatre

At SPACE Gallery (538 Congress St., 207.828.5600), Phantom Buffalo celebrate the Euro-release of their new (self-released) album and debut a sparkly new video. The Concord...
By webteam  |  October 13, 2010

Branching out

Did you forget how much you love Phantom Buffalo? I did. And I'm sorry.
Taking flight with Phantom Buffalo
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 20, 2010

Phantom Buffalo at Empire

Not only are Phantom Buffalo back in action on stage and on record (see page 16), they've been working on some particularly fancy new suits...
By webteam  |  August 18, 2010

The Daredevil Christopher Wright + Phantom Buffalo at the Hogfarm Annex

The final show at the much-loved Biddeford Hogfarm Studios Annex is a great one, with the Bon Iver-approved Wisconsin trio the Daredevil Christopher Wright headlining...
By webteam  |  June 09, 2010

Like Bells + Phantom Buffalo + Baltic Sea at Asylum

Another good Asylum bill hits tonight, where Oberlin Conservatory students-turned-post-rock band Like Bells play with a couple of our finest local pop and rock outfits, Phantom Buffalo and the...
By webteam  |  March 24, 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

College Night at Portland Museum of Art

Maine college students get in free to College Night at the Portland Museum of Art, which from 7-10 pm offers up free food, contests and...
By webteam  |  February 03, 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

What are the odds?

Ten years! When we organized our first Best Music Poll, way back in the day, we could only hope that it would one day wind up the institution it is today, with the annual Portland Music Awards ceremony drawing the best collection of musical talent Main
Best bets for this year's Best Music Poll
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 29, 2009
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Put your skirt on

Portland's aggressive new frontgal can hit all the notes while she hits you in the face.
Isobell are a girl with style, grace, and muscle
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 22, 2009

Music seen: Turn Down Day, Marie Stella, Phantom Buffalo

Turn Down Day opened with a song that hovered almost entirely on the A chord, only breaking with it for a slight G on the bass to distinguish the verse from the chorus. It was a bold statement.
Phantom Buffalo, Marie Stella and Turn Down Day at Geno's, March 28
By CHAD CHAMBERLAIN  |  April 03, 2009

Scrutiny of the bounty

I'm an enthusiastic guy, and maybe prone to hyperbole from time to time, but it's hard to argue that 2008 wasn't an all-time banner year for music created here in the Portland area.
Was 2008 the best year ever for local music releases?
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 23, 2008

Being the boss

Talk about long-awaited: The new Phantom Buffalo record was recorded at Thundering Sky, down in South Berwick, over four days in August, 2005. That’s right, 2005 .
Another glimpse of the Phantom Buffalo
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 16, 2008

Beat report list photo 3/17

Phantoms in the night

I’m here to tell you right now that Phantom Buffalo are the best band in Portland. Hands down.
It’s time for everyone to get Buffalo’d
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 15, 2006