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In with a whinny

If you haven't yet summoned your "Horsie Forces," mount up: SUNSET HEARTS' excellent Deco Tech EP is now available for free download on their bandcamp.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 11, 2013
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A little bit country

The line-up for the Portland showcase at the CMJ Festival will be: SPOSE , BILLY LIBBY , THE MALLETT BROTHERS BAND , SUNSET HEARTS , THE MILKMAN'S UNION , THE TOUGHCATS , and KURT BAKER .
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 23, 2011
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Travelin’ Man

Wows were issued to us all the way from the muddy banks of Dodds Farm, New York, where local bluegrass dude PUTNAM SMITH was the only Mainer to play in last weekend's 21st annual Falcon Ridge Festival.
The Wax Tablet
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  July 29, 2011

"Defining A Social Strategy For Musicians" discussion at SPACE


Back in Portland, the Portland Music Foundation hosts another discussion 6:30 pm at SPACE. "Defining A Social Strategy For Musicians" should be ripe terrain for...
By webteam  |  November 17, 2010
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Fall Music Preview: The road ahead

As the local music scene continues to grow, it shouldn’t be surprising that this past summer was the most active we’ve ever seen in terms of album releases.
Seekonk, Molenes, Spooner, Schrock & the Rocket lead fall line-up
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 17, 2010

Portland Music Foundation at SPACE Gallery


A different sort of tutorial occurs at SPACE, where members of the Portland Music Foundation teach the proper technical method of playing a show (quality...
By webteam  |  September 15, 2010


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Moms rock!

Some moms decide, from heartbeat one of ultrasound, that they aren’t going to let a small (i.e., life-changing) thing like motherhood get in the way of their art.
Musician-mothers learn to balance boundless energy and tireless creativity
By DENA RIEGEL  |  May 07, 2010

Looking through Portland’s creative kaleidoscope

The annual League of Young Voters ReEmergence event will, organizers hope, be revitalized in 2010 by a relevant, popular focus — Southern Maine’s creative economy — and a wide spread of involved parties who range from visual artists to local arts associa
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By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 23, 2010

Soundbender's last show, Battle of the Bands, and more

SOUNDBENDER , in playing the LOKI  EP-release party, will be saying goodbye. The band have announced it will be their last show.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  April 16, 2010
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Random rules

25 more local musicians meet, greet, and rock at the second 48 Hour Music Festival
25 more local musicians meet, greet, and rock at the second 48 Hour Music Festival
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 05, 2010

The Rock Off is on, and other music news

Tone King Andy Argondizza has organized a benefit show for Nick Curran, who was recently diagnosed with cancer and, being a musician, isn’t exactly rocking all-inclusive health insurance.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  March 05, 2010


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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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What of the Beatles?

Spouting off during downtime in an interview with jazz drummer/composer Steve Grover, I once put forward my ill-researched idea that the third song is almost universally the best song on a great album.
Jazz, pop, and circumstance
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 04, 2009

Law review

We know — tax-law changes are boring and probably don't affect you. Until they get confusing and apply directly to how you eke out a living here in Maine.
Musicians hit by new tax
By JEFF INGLIS + PORTLAND MUSIC FOUNDATION  |  August 21, 2009
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Filling a legal void

One thing many artists don't have a lot of is legal expertise. Another is money. And in most cases, you need one to get the other. That's where the Maine Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts comes in.
Arts and the law
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 17, 2009

Musicians: What you need to know

It's true that we don't live in a city where there are tons of big labels looking to give local musicians their shot at the big time.
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By DEIRDRE FULTON + KATRINA BOTELHO  |  January 14, 2009


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Sony’s loss is Portland’s gain

Three local music entities are reaping the benefits of a major national lawsuit against big-name music institutions.  
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By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 02, 2008
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The kids are alright

It’s not amateurish at all. It’s just rough around the edges — and enjoyable in its bravado.
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By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 11, 2008
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Hey, where’s our office?

Everyone knows that it’s the innovators who survive.
A proposal for the state to make a commitment to Maine music
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 02, 2008
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Let's stop fooling around

What did this last year feel like to you?
Wishes for a year in local music
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 26, 2007

Portland scene report: October 26, 2007

The pressure’s on now for the PMF to produce some educational content worth those hard-earned ducats.
Sibilance starts now
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 24, 2007


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Music industry unites to help Portland artists

If Austin, Texas, is any indicator, in five years’ time, Portland’s music scene may be even more vibrant than it is today.
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By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 19, 2007

Portland scene report: July 27, 2007

Wondering what's been going on with the Portland Music Foundation?
Sibilance starts now
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  July 25, 2007
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That’s just super(groups)

You know, ideas are the easy part. It’s the execution that gets tricky.
Some ideas for bands that may never be, but should
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 03, 2007
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Local motives

As is tradition (well, four years old, anyway), I’ll sum up my wishes from last year before I get to wants for 2007.
Wishes for the year in local music
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 27, 2006

Portland scene report: August 4, 2006

Longtime Portland music-scene staples John and Ally Althoff seemed to have a good multi-generational thing going with the White Heart.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  August 02, 2006