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Gotta stay hungry

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

Sidecar Radio to pull the plug

It seemed like maybe they were rejuvenated by the addition of Walt Craven, but just a couple of shows into playing as a four-piece, one of Portland's longer-running rock acts announced this week they were calling it quits.
Legacy Place
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 21, 2012

Home video

I t may be December, but some of these nights (particularly the weekends) offer so many interesting shows that we're scrambling around town trying to catch them all.
Wax Tablet

Sidecar Radio unleash Guillotine Mouth

Sidecar Radio have become one of the most versatile and interesting bands in the area, playing just about any roadhouse bar or rock club with an audience that likes to get fired up and seemingly managing to increase their sonic wattage each and every yea
Off with their heads
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 14, 2011

The Baltic Sea craft a crisp dystopia

It's been nearly three years since the Baltic Sea's phenomenal debut, Through Scenic Heights and Days Regrets , but when you're making music like this, I can see how it might take a while to build a second edifice.
Minding every Period
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 29, 2011

Whitcomb's legacy

It is unlikely that James Whitcomb Riley, a turn-of-the-century poet for a short time considered the heir to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ever envisioned his work accompanied by music quite like this.
Feel the poetry rattling your bones
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 25, 2011


Upcoming albums: The winter of our deep content

There was a time when winter in Portland was pretty sleepy, with bands holing up to practice and write while the snowflakes flew. No longer. The album-release schedule is now equally robust year-round, and there are big shows just about every weekend th
The winter of our deep content
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 31, 2010

Work It Out screens at Sugarloaf's Widowmaker Lounge

Sugarloaf's Widowmaker Lounge premieres Work It Out, a new production by East Coast winter sports filmmaking company Meathead Films, at 9 pm, followed by a...
By webteam  |  December 29, 2010

Spose + Sidecar Radio at Asylum

Another in-town affair coaxing the ball-drop is Asylum's whopper (at 121 Center St., 207.772.8274), which joins local rapper Spose with Portland alt-rock group Sidecar Radio....
By webteam  |  December 29, 2010

State Radio and Sidecar Radio at the State Theatre

In a cute and confusing pairing, the overtly philanthropic alt-rock trio State Radio play the State Theatre (609 Congress St., 207.956.6000) with local heavyweights and...
By webteam  |  November 23, 2010

Christian Hayes' new band, Jack Doran's new son, and more

SIDECAR RADIO ’s CHRISTIAN HAYES has been dipping his toe in the hip-hop world lately.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 17, 2010


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

Sidecar Radio at Bull Moose

WCYY's annual Summercamp concert series begins on a boat this year, with a tribute to Sublime, Bob Marley, the Police, and more performed by Sidecar...
By webteam  |  July 14, 2010

Sidecar Radio & Spose with Husbands AKA at Empire

In a nice bit of cross-genre programming, local rock/pop/etc. favorites Sidecar Radio team up with hip-hopper Spose for a doubleheader at Empire Dine and Dance...
By webteam  |  February 24, 2010

Let's get Russian

The quick back-story on Kino Proby: Three Mainers take a liking to the Russian band Kino, and its legendary lead singer Viktor Tsoi, who died in a car wreck in 1990 after becoming maybe the single most famous Russian rock star.
A live album for a dead rock singer from Kino Proby
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 08, 2010

50 ways to leave 2009

We sent a team of future-thinking Predator drones all across the state of Maine, and a little ways down into Seacoast New Hampshire to sniff out any NYE happenings, from barely-off-the-couch to the Maine mountains, all the way to interstellar travel (we'
Get your New Year's Eve down to an Auld Lang science
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 01, 2010


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

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

Sidecar Radio at Cumberland Country Civic Center

As if all the tributes and reunions and retro-leanings of the week weren’t enough — and are they ever here, really? — it seems that...
By webteam  |  November 18, 2009

Space cowboys

Sidecar Radio's EP Wave Principal was released in April 2008 and I've pretty much been listening to "Easy Gets So Hard" ever since.
Sidecar Radio's fiery Dreadnaught Cosmonaut
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 09, 2009

Sidecar Radio CD release at Big Easy

Tonight’s (and this afternoon’s) big CD-release show is at the Big Easy, where Sidecar Radio bust out a doubleheader in honor of their latest EP,...
By webteam  |  October 07, 2009


Falling fast

As almost always seems to be the case, I have to start the "fall preview" by detailing this upcoming weekend, which promises to be one of the most active of the year.
Let's get things started right away
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 18, 2009

Portland Music News: June 19, 2009

Yeah, this makes us feel a little old: The June 27 show at the Port City Music Hall will be a 20th anniversary show for TWISTED ROOTS . SUN GODS IN EXILE (fresh off a release show for their debut album) and SIDECAR RADIO open, and there's word that

Action Jackson

Locally, Loverless, This Way, and now Highway Jackson are forging a bit of a rock renaissance in Portland.
Screaming down the Highway, over the limit
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 04, 2009

Winter to remember

Sometimes January in this town can be a bit slow. It's cold. There's a holiday hangover. Whatever.
2009 enters with a roar
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 30, 2008

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