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Sparks the Rescue get back to basics

You know you're doing something right when you launch a Kickstarter campaign for $6K and wind up with $12,570 with which to make your first post-label recording project.
Do they cut and run? Nah.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 07, 2012
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Catching up with Kid’s Gotta Do

There's no shortage of emo-influenced, WARPED Tour rock bands in these parts.
Two-man show
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 17, 2012

Summer releases from Brzowski, Pinsky, and more

BRZOWSKI , just back from a Euro tour with MOSHE , has some news to share upon his return.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  May 27, 2011

MAMM SLAMM winners

The MODEST PROPOSAL won the MAMM SLAM on Saturday afternoon, earning a bevy of cool prizes, $1000 cash, and the chance to open for SPARKS THE RESCUE 's CD-release show later that night.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  May 06, 2011
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Sparks fly on Worst Thing I've Been Cursed With

If there were those who thought Sparks the Rescue got a little too saccharine on their label debut, Eyes to the Sun , they may be somewhat mollified by the brand-new Worst Thing I've Been Cursed With .
Rescue me
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 29, 2011

Port City now 18+, all the time

After something of a long, strange trip, Port City Music Hall's quest to be an 18+ venue has come to fruition.
Venue Watch
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 22, 2011


In the Audience's untitled disc, and Sparks the Rescue does their Worst

IN THE AUDIENCE are ready to follow up their debut disc, What Lives , from this fall with a new, as-yet-untitled EP that they're planning to release March 31.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  March 18, 2011

Sparks the Rescue at Guthrie's


Local pop-punk band Sparks the Rescue plays an acoustic show at Guthrie's in Lewiston, sporting photographs from their recent Warped Tour dates. 9 pm at...
By webteam  |  January 04, 2011

Power pop, radio rock, and more

NOW IS NOW frontman MITCH ALDEN has plans for a solo release. The party's scheduled for January 21 at RiRa. Expect some seriously upbeat power pop.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 17, 2010

Sparks the Rescue at the Big Easy


Local alt-rock band Sparks the Rescue release their music on one of the few '90s punk labels still in business, Fearless Records. They pull off...
By webteam  |  December 15, 2010
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Sparks the Rescue record Fearlessly

Why do bands still pursue label deals? Let's ask Sparks the Rescue, who just finished up seven weeks working with producer/engineer Jonathan Wyman out at his studio in Windham, all on the Fearless Records dime.
In the studio
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 26, 2010


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Photos: Warped Tour 2010

Bands and fans congregate for the Massachusetts installement of Warped Tour 2010, at the Comcast Center on July 13, 2010.
Warped Tour 2010 | Comcast Center | July 13, 2010
By BRYAN MASTERGEORGE  |  July 16, 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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Confidence men (and women)

For a slice of Portland and scattered folks throughout New England and beyond, Spouse are downright seminal indie rockers.
Spouse open up on their fifth full-length
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 07, 2010

Sparks the Rescue with The Morning Of + Ian Walsh + Love Via Dance Machine + Skyler


Local heroes (and Best Local Act Bimpie nominees) turned Fearless Records stars Sparks the Rescue are home for the weekend, surely packing the Big Easy...
By webteam  |  April 14, 2010
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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


Kudos to Phish nerds, and other music matters

We stand corrected
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  November 27, 2009
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We have Liftoff (again)

If there is a constant that runs through Walt Craven's vocal and lyrical work from 6gig through Lost on Liftoff, it is his role as the impassioned voice of the underdog.
Back, Brightside , and they've got it nailed
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 20, 2009

Cut to the Bone

Eleven heavy-rock bands are now vying for a $10,000 prize being offered up by radio station 106.3 the Bone.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 23, 2009

Sparks win!


MTV's "I Want My Music" contest has been won by ... Sparks the Rescue!
By Jeff Inglis  |  October 13, 2009

Sparks the Rescue at the Dover


SPARKS THE RESCUE, the pop-punk titans who are quickly turning into Maine’s biggest export, are back in the area to play two shows at the...
By webteam  |  September 23, 2009


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What of the Beatles?

Spouting off during downtime in an interview with jazz drummer/composer Steve Grover, I once put forward my ill-researched idea that the third song is almost universally the best song on a great album.
Jazz, pop, and circumstance
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 04, 2009
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Return of the Native


 In the first of two huge local concerts, SPARKS THE RESCUE play homecoming kings at the Station after becoming champions of the world on a...
By webteam  |  June 17, 2009

Portland Music News: June 5, 2009

There aren't too many people who've been around and about the local scene more than MATT SHARDLOW over the past 15 years. He's played with the HOBBES , ZION TRAIN , 8 TRACK , STATE RADIO , and various CLASH OF THE TITANS ensembles, while doing s
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  June 05, 2009

What are the odds?

Ten years! When we organized our first Best Music Poll, way back in the day, we could only hope that it would one day wind up the institution it is today, with the annual Portland Music Awards ceremony drawing the best collection of musical talent Main
Best bets for this year's Best Music Poll
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 29, 2009
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Seeing Sparks

Those hardcore fans among you already have much of Eyes to the Sun in your collection. Sparks the Rescue have been selling nine of these 12 songs on a disc they've brought to shows and mailed out from time to time.  
The Fearless release of Eyes to the Sun
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 01, 2009


Portland Music News: March 20, 2009

We got a chance this weekend to finally see ALL THE REAL GIRLS in action and we were certainly impressed,
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By PORTLAND MUSIC STAFF  |  March 18, 2009
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To the Rescue

As the 22nd annual Reindeer Rock-Off gets set to kick off, it’s important to remember that for every Jeremiah Freed or Howie Day, who make it from the finals to the major labels, there are hundreds who melt into obscurity.
A new EP Sparks renewed interest
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 03, 2006

'Hit the Ground'

Portland's (and 6gig's) song of the decade
Portland's (and 6gig's) song of the decade
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 01, 1900