Ron Harrity

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Setting fire to your friends (and other social gaffes)

 Nobody puts Tiger in a Box
 Nobody puts Tiger in a Box
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 08, 2013

Bleeding or Sparkly — either way

If you haven't been introduced to the jangledy indie pop of If and It yet, their show July 20 at the Dirigimus Cooperative offers you opportunity to drink from the virtual firehose.
Which is It?
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 29, 2012

The What and the Why

A brand-new record from the thoughtful indie-folk trio IF & IT dropped a couple weeks ago, courtesy of Ron Harrity's Peapod Recordings.
Wax Tablet

Giving intelligence to simpletons, fools, and Idiots

There are a few reasons not to get overly excited about the debut release from Nuclear Boots.
Going Nuclear
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 24, 2011

Feeling bad with Good Kids Sprouting Horns

We have a natural inclination toward harmony. We look for patterns and symmetry and create narratives out of coincidences.
Animal instincts
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 27, 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.


Review: Put your hands together for Olas's debut album

It's hard to believe, surely, considering bands like Cerberus Shoal, Fire on Fire, and his solo work, but Chriss Sutherland may have outdone himself again with Olas.
Keeping time
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 12, 2010

Beer, boys and parking-meter woes

As if you needed proof that Ron Harrity is one busy man (see: new releases from If and It, Honey Clouds, Marie Stella), two more albums finished off in his South Portland studio hit the streets this season in advance of your summer road trips.
New anti-anthems from Foam Castles and the Rattlesnakes
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  June 18, 2010

Must be Marie

I’ve always loved Sydney Bourke’s contribution to Satellite Lot’s Second Summer album, and it’s great to see a band built around her excellent lead vocals with the indie-pop Marie Stella.
Marie Stella's debut EP full of pop and Trust
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 04, 2010

Run for Cover

If there was ever the idea that Honey Clouds were just Harpswell Sound with a new rhythm section, let their sophomore album, Cover the Forest , dispel it forever.
Honey Clouds shake the trees and get noisy
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 28, 2010

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

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

Brown Bird in Williamsburg

Along with other Mainers in Brooklyn this weekend playing at the Slumberland Records 20th anniversary celebration, Maine/Rhode Island chamber-folk standouts Brown Bird were also in the borough, playing the narrow Williamsburg bar Spike Hill Sunday nigh
Road Trip
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  November 20, 2009

No sleep ’til Brooklyn

There’s a lot to love about Slumberland Records, the DC-born, Oakland-based label that celebrated its 20th anniversary last weekend with sold-out shows in Washington, DC, and Brooklyn.
Maine ties to Slumberland Records’ 20th anniversary weekend
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  November 20, 2009
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Rock of wages

Huak are the rare local band who, in the two-plus years they've been playing regular gigs, sound bolder and more self-possessed every time you see them.
Huak intertwine politics, sentiment, and decades of influences
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  August 28, 2009

Hot summer nights

If the coming week is indicative of anything, it's that this is going to be one busy summer. Discs have been flooding into the office and there's no end in sight. In an effort to keep up, here's a collection of four reviews for albums being released be
Before the solstice hits, four albums drop
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 12, 2009

Portland Music News: May 22, 2009

Even more RON HARRITY : BIRD IN THE RAFTERS will release their debut disc, recorded with Harrity last year, with a show June 13 at SPACE Gallery. They're calling it Jetlag and it will feature, among other things, a book oscillator invented by COMPUTE
By PORTLAND MUSIC STAFF  |  May 22, 2009
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Falling into you

Between Ron Harrity's skills as recording engineer, label guru (Peapod Recordings), and guitarist/sideman, he's racking up an impressive resume (see the accompanying review of the Isobell record for more details), and the new Honey Clouds record just a
Something old, something new from Honey Clouds
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 22, 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

Love and consequences

Two of indie music's most popular and tortured songwriters, Will Oldham and Neko Case, try to reconcile encroaching middle age with a past of bad habits on their new albums.
Three restless souls try to settle down
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 18, 2009

Good to great

Harrity attributes the reverb’s warmth to the location of the recording, but there is also a collective consciousness here.
Dead End Armory offer treasures by the ounce
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 07, 2008


A Peapod grows in Portland

Harrity’s albums sound like the work of an invisible hand, and it’s apparent that he likes it that way.
A young label sports sonic wisdom
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  May 07, 2008

Honey Clouds

At last! Honey Clouds, an indie-rock four-piece full of familiar faces, emerged from their year-long gestation to play their first show.
Music seen at Empire Dine and Dance, January 25, 2008
By IAN PAIGE  |  January 30, 2008

A Peapod press

Really, you’d have to be crazy to launch a record label in these troubled musical times.
Ron Harrity launches a new label with discs from Blakeslee and Hughes
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 05, 2007

Portland scene report: August 10, 2007

Pfeifle’s some kind of weird ass-obsessed freak, apparently.
Sibilance starts now
By PORTLAND MUSIC STAFF  |  August 08, 2007

Early and often

There’s plenty to get excited about looking forward into the scant three months that make up the only great time to be in Maine.
Summer heats up quick and stays hot
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 13, 2007


Dead End Armory

Don’t you love it when an already solid band just gets better?
Music seen, February 17, at the White Heart
By IAN PAIGE  |  February 21, 2007

Portland scene report: November 24, 2006

The Poor Valley Salvation Society, purveyors of the old-school and old-timey, have said goodbye to drummer Diane Toepfer.
By SIBILANCE  |  November 21, 2006

Portland scene report: November 3

Harpswell Sound call it “big news;” we call it nearly crushing.
By SIBILANCE  |  November 01, 2006
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Sing for you

Let’s Go Anyway is an album awash in warm embracing guitars, mid-afternoon sleepy vocals, and sentiments perfect for that nine o’clock dusk where everything is possible and nothing really matters.
Harpswell Sound’s warm embrace
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 31, 2006