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Reinventing the steel

Everyone seen that new Samuel James video?
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By  |  August 08, 2013
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Let the blues rush in

If you must use something so silly as social media, be interesting about it.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  March 23, 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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Great days ahead

We here at the Tablet can find the nostalgia industry a bit overwhelming sometimes, but now and again an idea comes along that gets it right.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 28, 2012
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Exploring the countryside with Max García Conover

There are so many guys with guitars nowadays.
Take to the trees
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 03, 2012
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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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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  November 18, 2011


Topping the charts

The metalsmiths in DEAD SEASON have hit the HEATSEEKERS (NORTHEAST) BILLBOARD chart with their latest album, The Negative NUMBers . It's debuting this week at positive number 2.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  June 17, 2011

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper at Geno's


Tonight, the first of a couple of medical-benefit shows for local personality Nicholas Stevens happens at Geno's (625 Congress St.), where friends Lady Lamb the...
By webteam  |  November 30, 2010

Dropdead, The Body ready to slay AS220

Feel the pain
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By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 24, 2010

Samuel James, Joe Fletcher and Billy Wallace at the North Star


One man we know could handle that gig himself is Samuel James, but he'll be busy in Portland tonight with his friend Joe Fletcher, who...
By webteam  |  August 11, 2010

Summer Festivus Meximus: The Portland Music and Arts Festival, and other local music news

People sure do like putting on festivals.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  July 09, 2010


Eternal Otter Records train show at 58 Fore St


Hop a ride on the Narrow Gauge Railroad with Samuel James and D Gross, who will perform as the train travels the Eastern Prom, and...
By webteam  |  July 07, 2010

Samuel James at SPACE


Storytellers of a different stripe will perform at SPACE Gallery this evening. Before taking off for points west (a two-week summer tour that'll take him...
By webteam  |  July 07, 2010

Eternal Otter Records releases a slew of singles

On July 10 ETERNAL OTTER RECORDS will be releasing its next slew of vinyl singles with a cool gig both in the Narrow Gauge museum and on the train itself.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  July 02, 2010

Building of Song Festival


In Portland, the Tower of Song festival is now the Building of Song Festival. The Eternal Otter Records-promoted event still, though, features a great Congress...
By webteam  |  June 30, 2010

As Fast As at the Empire, Grand Hotel's new album, and more

AS FAST AS are playing a reunion show of sorts July 3 at the Empire.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  June 25, 2010


Isobell + Samuel James at Port City


At Port City Music Hall's TWO, Isobell and Samuel James share the stage, and if memory serves, both will be joined in brief guest spots...
By webteam  |  June 23, 2010

Samuel James at One Longfellow Square


At One Longfellow, the annual Solstice Spectacular features Samuel James, Ramblin' Red, and another music acts next to belly dancers Ayperi & Jaiyana and performers...
By webteam  |  June 09, 2010

It's BiMPy time: Rhode Island Music Awards at Lupo's

Start the weekend off proper.
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By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  June 04, 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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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


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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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Love among the ruins

To Will Ethridge, who runs the small Portland-based label Eternal Otter Records, any song or album is just one crucial piece of a larger puzzle.
Eternal Otter documents make-ups, breakups, and shake-ups
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 22, 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
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Short-form Portland

I can hear the snarky comments already: "What?!? Rustic Overtones put out an album this year and Pfeifle hasn't fallen all over himself naming it #1? The sky is green!" But this isn't 1999. It's 2009. And it isn't all that strange for a phenomenal albu
The 10 best LPs and EPs of 2009
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 18, 2009
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Second summer

Summer's over, the kids are getting back to school and I'm loath to turn the seasonal page. The music's been terrific. New discs by Spencer and the School Spirit Mafia, Grand Hotel, dilly dilly, Samuel James, and Gypsy Tailwind have highlighted the dep
Catching up with discs missed
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 28, 2009


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Book of Samuel, Vol. 3

It's so easy not to think about the music Samuel James makes much at all. Built from the very pillars of American music, it's easy to dismiss it as an homage, a throwback, a curiosity. And it is all those things, with James's ageless voice — he could b
For the ages, and For Rosa, Maeve and Noreen
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 21, 2009

Cover Me


Lest I bore you with some moaning about how boring I think it is, know that the annual WCSH 6 SIDEWALK ART FESTIVAL fills the...
By Lisa Spinelli  |  August 20, 2009

Samuel James at SPACE and the dilly on Dilly Dilly

• Keep next weekend open: throwback bluesman SAMUEL JAMES has a release party scheduled for his third full-length, For Rosa, Maeve and Noreen. Joining James on August 22 at SPACE will be the likes of SONTIAGO , LADY LAMB , MICAH BLUE SMALDONE , M
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By PORTLAND MUSIC PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 14, 2009
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Solstice Spectacular


 One Longfellow Square plays hosts to a SOLSTICE SPECTACULAR (one of the few blessedly not spelled “soulstice”) with a wide array of dancers performing to...
By webteam  |  June 17, 2009