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Who’s running for mayor? (Yes, already!)

Here's an early holiday gift from us to you: A new election to start thinking about! (You can thank us later.)
Hats in the Ring Dept.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 03, 2010
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Fresh bedrock

Dessa Darling could never be limited to one area of interest to devote her passions — an author, lyricist, singer, teacher, philosophy-degree holder and lover of linguistics who cuts off and donates her hair to children in need every time she releases so
Probing Dessa's multifaceted persona
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  March 05, 2010

Two: An Original Music Series

Port City Music Hall's Two Series two-dollar cover, two-dollar drafts from 8 to 11 pm.
Music Seen
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  February 12, 2010

Review: Out on the town

Bars and clubs everywhere, 2009
Music Seen
By JEFF INGLIS  |  December 25, 2009
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Christmas time travel

When I needed a bit of help getting into the holiday spirit last week, I decided to kill a bunch of birds and seek that seasonal boost while checking a Portland landmark off my list and getting a history lesson at the same time.
About Town
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 18, 2009

So you think you can dance?

One of the few things that heats up a winter's night more than a dance party? A dance competition . Yes, you heard right.
Soul Clap at SPACE
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 04, 2009


Music Seen: Roots and Tendrils

Belfast as a destination just got more desirable with the addition of Roots and Tendrils. Nestled downtown, the light from the plate-glass windows and lush landscaped front lawn complete with brilliant colored chairs and lawn sculptures invite anyone he
Worth the drive
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  September 04, 2009

Music Seen: [dog] and [pony]

Let's face it — it's hot, we're poor, and we're lucky to be stealing our neighbor's wireless. When you can't muster the energy to go out in these dog days of summer you can go to the best attended venue not only in Portland, but worldwide: the Internet
 Coming to a computer near you, anytime
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  August 28, 2009
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A decade of song

It’s been a decade since the Portland Phoenix and the Portland music scene first joined up to celebrate the best in local music. Here are some highlights from this year’s party, and some artifacts we dug up from the archives.  
10 years of the Portland Music Awards
By MARGO ROY, CLIF GARBODEN, JOHN MARSHALL, LISA CRAIG, MATTHEW ROBBINS, SONYA TOMLINSON, JEFF INGLIS, AND JENNIFER KEARNS  |  June 12, 2009

From the mouths of innocents

It has become an unwelcome reality, living from paycheck to paycheck and worrying about job stability, but what about being born a guiltless young person growing up with a drug-addicted parent, no job skills, and no home?
Modern poverty
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  May 15, 2009

Hogfarm Studios

Biddeford's Hogfarm Studios is a multi-media art space that occasionally serves as a small venue.
Music seen: February 28, in Biddeford
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  March 11, 2009


Music seen: Tony McNaboe

By the time you, dear reader, lay eyes on this, you will have one last opportunity to catch Tony McNaboe's month-long Tuesday-night residency at the Big Easy, which — according to his prediction on week two — is "only going to get better."
Live at The Big Easy, February 10
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  February 19, 2009
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Music Seen: Anticon's 10th anniversary

Sure, Ray LaMontagne is huge and the Rustic Overtones saw their national time, but there is something to be said for a record label co-founded by Mainers that is more than a decade old and can still sell out the Knitting Factory in New York City.
Knitting Factory (Manhattan), December 18, 2008
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  December 31, 2008
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On street level

It is impossible not to wonder how Louisiana might have fared after Hurricane Katrina, had Barack Obama been in office a term sooner. There are so many questions about what went wrong and how it could have been handled differently, which have gone unans
As Katrina hit New Orleans, filmmakers went to work
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  November 19, 2008

Seven Sirens

SPACE Gallery showcased a "Seven Sirens" all-lady lineup last Friday, in front of a packed house.
Music seen at SPACE Gallery, November 14
By SONYA TOMLINSON AND JEFF INGLIS  |  November 19, 2008

Atmosphere

Atmosphere’s audience hasn’t changed in years.  
Music seen at the Station, October 17, 2008  
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  October 22, 2008


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Picnic + Homecoming

We’ll hope that both of the first-time ever events that took place last Saturday will return annually, and be as successful in the future as their debuts.
Music seen at Lincoln Park and SPACE Gallery, September 13, 2008
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  September 17, 2008

The Scrapes

There is definitely a large niche in Portland that is unwittingly missing out on the fun to be had with the Scrapes.
Music seen at SPACE Gallery, August 14, 2008
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  August 20, 2008

Cerf-Volantes

At its climax, those emotions were fully realized as Frederick broke into a three-part harmony, nearly screaming repeatedly, “Ready or not.”
Music Seen: The Dooryard, August 4, 2008
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  August 05, 2008

Boondocks + Pore + Juba

Anyone in their late 20s and early 30s can appreciate what a golden era the ’90s were for hip-hop, R&B, and dancehall.
Music seen at Empire Dine and Dance, June 27, 2008
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  July 02, 2008

Cougars kill Cobras

Music seen at SPACE Gallery, May 17.
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By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  May 21, 2008


’80s night

Do you know what the Number One single was the day you were born?
Music seen at Bubba’s Sulky Lounge, May 2, 2008
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  May 07, 2008

Susan Werner

She sang improvisational songs about converting vintage cars to hybrids, and turned familiar show tunes into pro-Obama ditties.
Music seen at Stone Mountain Arts Center, February 8  
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  February 27, 2008
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Boot, we’re just not that into you

Getting the boot off of your car, or avoiding it entirely, has never been easier.
Troubleshooting
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  November 20, 2007
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McNallica heads to nationals

But even Mainers who attend will get to see new material, as she has a serious practice regimen.
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By JEFF INGLIS  |  August 08, 2007

Casco Bay Cabaret

Pissed off my dates, but I managed to catch some highlights.
Music seen at SPACE Gallery, July 27, 2007
By SONYA TOMLINSON AND CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  August 01, 2007


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Facing the music

It’s well known that Sage Francis has a reputation of slightly unapproachable.
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By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  July 11, 2007
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Amy Winehouse

I saw at least a dozen people I knew from Portland at the Amy Winehouse show at The Avalon in Boston earlier this month.
Music seen, at the Avalon, May 7, 2007
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  May 23, 2007
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Saying the unspeakable

Former quarterback turned activist Byron Hurt brings to light gender-stereotyping views in mainstream hip-hop culture and those perpetuating them, in hopes that light will prove cleansing.
Filmmaker calls out hip-hop’s latent misogyny and racism
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  May 23, 2007
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Air guitar competition

For those wondering how the Air Guitar competition went down — the event was beyond sold out.
Music Seen, at SPACE Gallery, April 28, 2007
By SONYA TOMLINSON + JEFF INGLIS  |  May 02, 2007