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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.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  June 15, 2012
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Roy Davis ditches electricity for the Coloradas

I was really digging the brand of alt-country Roy Davis was dishing on 2010's We Are a Lightning Bolt , all kinds of melancholy and down in the mouth and drenched in warm electric guitars.
New kind of lightning
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 20, 2012
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This season starts retro and then fades to Black

After a summer and fall that saw local releases at a fever pitch, perhaps it was inevitable we'd see something of a retrenchment for the dark days of winter.
A Modest mid-winter
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 30, 2011

New projects, debuts, and goodbyes

Former CAMBIATA mates CHRIS MOULTON and STAN DZENGELEWSKI (hardest name in Portland music to spell?) have a new project they're calling VANITYITES , and they're getting help from all kinds of former bandmates and other talented folks.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 07, 2011
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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

Sean Mencher rockabillys out

Rockabilly vet SEAN MENCHER and his RHYTHM KINGS have started a new second-Saturday series at the Dogfish Bar & Grille on Free Street (the old Taverna). Starts at 8 pm, even. How civilized.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 15, 2010


One man’s picks for the BiMPys

Pffft. That Phoenix Best Music Poll is just a popularity contest!  
Handicapping the Best Music Poll
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 04, 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

Chris Barron at One Longfellow Sqaure with Roy Davis


And former Spin Doctors frontman Chris Barron returns to the area for an 8 pm show at One Longfellow Square, with local alt-pop whiz Roy...
By webteam  |  February 03, 2010
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Lightning strikes

When Hank Williams sang a song like "My Son Calls Another Man Daddy" he could sell it because he'd been down low: born with spina bifida, father with a paralyzed face thanks to a stroke, brother he never knew because he was already dead.
Weather the storm with Roy Davis's third LP
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 22, 2010

Roy Davis at SPACE with We Are a Lightning Bolt, Dave Gutter, Evan Casas and Marie Moreshead


Come eveningtime, it's a big night for local CD-releases. As Sam Pfeifle has already pointed out, the two biggies are by Roy Davis and Confusatron....
By webteam  |  January 20, 2010


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Hot, hot heat

Is New Year's back? It seemed to have been taken away from us, by a general and hard-to-pin-down sentiment that it ought to be some kind of family holiday. Fuck that.
New Year's Eve is just a warm-up
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 01, 2010

Hope springs Eternal Otter

The latest scuttlebutt on Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Ray Lamontagne, and more.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 18, 2009

Roy Davis at Empire Dine and Dance


Roy Davis, currently roving the country in search of the big time, returns home for a surely excellent gig at Empire Dine and Dance, where...
By webteam  |  December 02, 2009

Kicking around town with Roy Davis, Lost on Liftoff, and more

Sideman supergroup Frederick have decided to make a record. Except they don't have the dosh.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 16, 2009
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Going down the road

When John Paul comes to Slainte in a couple weeks, he'll be returning to the Portland scene where he got his start in the biz,
John Paul brings Belmont Boulevard back to Maine
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 01, 2009


Music Seen: Dead of Winter

Peaks and valleys are the name of the game with any showcase of too many songwriters that too many people attend, but by and large, Dead of Winter retains its status as a premier night of homegrown entertainment.
SPACE Gallery, January 24, 2009
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 28, 2009
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The boy with no name

With a tidy five-song EP, More Time , Travis Kline is the newest entrant in Portland's burgeoning alt-country renaissance.
Travis Kline creates More Time
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 26, 2008
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Welcome to Shangri-La

The first annual Shangri-La Festival, which will be held at the Fairgrounds in Blue Hill boasts an impressive lineup that spans generations and genres.
Maine's newest music fest begins Friday in Blue Hill
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 30, 2008
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Nine is fine

Thanks to the hundreds of you who ventured out right after work (or perhaps played hooky from work) on Wednesday night to attend our ninth annual Best Music Poll Portland Music Awards Show.
Portland's Best Music Poll 2008
By JEFF INGLIS  |  May 14, 2008
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Who's going to win?

I give you the BMP Tote Board, handicapping the big categories — because who doesn’t like reducing real life to betting lines?
2008 Portland Best Music Poll tote board
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 30, 2008


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Hitting Bottom

Lamb may insist he’s an everyman — “My heart is valve and ventricle and flesh” — but this Brown Bird truly soars.
Brown Bird return on the spring winds with an aching beauty
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 16, 2008
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Further + Further

Roy Davis has made a number of good choices since the release of his promising debut disc, Grey Town , in early 2007.
Roy Davis pushes forward with the Dregs
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 09, 2008

Portland scene report: March 7, 2008

The “Sibilance” staff are mildly excited to hear that SPACE GALLERY co-founder Todd Bernard is moving on to open a new “top-tier music venue with a capacity of 700” here in Portland.
Sibilance starts now
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  March 06, 2008

Portland scene report: February 22, 2008

If you’re jonesing for some new Sara Cox, check out her Valentine’s Day present to the world, “White Dress and All.”
Sibilance starts now
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  February 20, 2008

Portland scene report: February 8, 2008

Anybody catch their January 25 appearance at the Battle of the Bands?
Sibilance starts now
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  February 06, 2008


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Colony collapse disorder

If you get a chance, check out the trailer for the movie 2 on YouTube.
Covered in Bees Kill Louder Than Fire
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 05, 2007

Roy Davis

Roy Davis may be the last great hope of good rock-and-roll in Portland.
Music seen, at the White Heart, May 5, 2007
By TODD RICHARD  |  May 09, 2007

Portland scene report: January 26, 2007

The "Sibilance" staff continues to worry about the state of our lives music scene.
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By SIBILANCE  |  January 24, 2007
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Shades of Grey

We know at least two things after Roy Davis’s January 4 Big Easy CD-release show: he’s got good taste — and a brass pair of balls.
Roy Davis debuts with a ramshackle warmth
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 11, 2007