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Spencer being Spencer

Think of all the things Spencer Albee has been. But has he ever been Spencer?
 The rise of the super-ego
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 18, 2013
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Pop fix

The photo of Spencer Albee looking like Harry Nilsson stranded on the Aleutian Islands is one of the best local rock covers of the decade.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  June 22, 2013
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Summer’s freeze

Among the newsiest of the chord changes in Maine music this fall, the oddball proprietors at ETERNAL OTTER RECORDS are launching a new monthly series at Zero Station, the finest forgotten little cubbyhole in Bayside.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 14, 2012
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Blood on the tracks

Although there's a lot of noise on the Americana circuit these days, one very clear signal is a new split LP by BIG BLOOD and MICAH BLUE SMALDONE , two of the state's most arresting practitioners of progressive contemporary folk.
Wax Tablet
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  May 25, 2012
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The Audacity of Ryan Peters

Spose hears all of it. Aren't you and Seacrest supposed be sharing chicks by now? Where's your Escalade, dude? Or, as he puts it on "Gee Willikers," off his brand-new full-length The Audacity! , "Fuck that shit/I bet he doesn't know any black kids . .
Preposterously Spose
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 13, 2012
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The Audacity of Ryan Peters

Spose hears all of it. Aren't you and Seacrest supposed be sharing chicks by now? Where's your Escalade, dude? Or, as he puts it on "Gee Willikers," off his brand-new full-length The Audacity! , "Fuck that shit/I bet he doesn't know any black kids . .
Preposterously Spose
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 13, 2012


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Lighting up again

The HOUSE OF FIRE may have gone up in smoke, but JACOB AUGUSTINE has emerged unscathed.
The Wax Tablet
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  August 05, 2011
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Dean Ford is Deaf. Dumb. In Love.

Dean Ford renews, this week, his membership in the cult of pop with the release of Deaf. Dumb. In Love. , a six-song EP filled with love songs and general guy-girl drama in the classic poodle skirt tradition.
Say, say, say
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 11, 2011
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The digital delight of Space versus Speed

Since 2000, we've had the Popsicko, Rocktopus, As Fast As (three albums), Spencer and the School Spirit Mafia, and now Space versus Speed. All with Spencer Albee as principal songwriter and frontman. Seven full-length records.
Out of this world
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 28, 2011

Spencer Albee hosts Beatles night at Port City Music Hall


At Port City Music Hall, Spencer Albee hosts the 8th Annual (post-Thanksgiving) Beatles night, where he and friends will cover that most irregular Beatles album,...
By webteam  |  November 23, 2010

Bubblegum pop, legendary sax, and a taste of Trails

Though they didn't win the ROCK-OFF this year, pop band FYVE did turn more than a few heads, with a bubblegum pop sound bolstered by twin-sister harmonies.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  August 20, 2010


Maine Songwriters Association ramps up, Pat Colwell's record, and more

The MAINE SONGWRITERS ASSOCIATION are trying to ramp up their happenings a little.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  July 23, 2010

Spencer Albee + Dave Gutter at Empire


The Clash of the Titans series offers up a locals-only installment with tonight's special Thursday engagement: Spencer Albee plays songs by Dave Gutter and Dave...
By webteam  |  April 07, 2010

Home and away

For many songwriters, home is where the art is.
Zach Jones's diasporic Fading Flowers
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 19, 2010
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Holy rollers

This record grabs you by the throat from measure one.
Ten pounds of rock in a six-song Boo Box
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 12, 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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Days of the New

When drummer Tony McNaboe delivered the burned copy of Rustic Overtones’ new full-length album, he tucked it inside the packaging of the re-released and re-mastered Long Division.
The orchestral stylings of Rustic Overtones 2.0
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 06, 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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Back to basics

Sometimes the biggest stumbling block for our fantastic ideas is a small, seemingly insignificant hurdle — a missing piece of paperwork, a logistical snafu, one degree of separation too many.
MENSK revisits its original purpose
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 14, 2009
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So good

One way to experiment with songwriting is to throw convention out the window, eschew verses and choruses, try to be completely unique. Sometimes the idea appears that if a song sounds like anything that came before it, well, that's points deducted like
Spencer Albee's got Spirit. How 'bout you?
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 31, 2009

As Fast As


Confirming his status as the busiest dude in town (see Tuesday), Spencer Albee and As Fast As reunite for a special show at the Asylum...
By webteam  |  July 15, 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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Spring cleaning

Without beating around the bush, here are three EPs worth hearing that have been sitting around the office a bit.
Three discs you should hear as the weather warms
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 18, 2009

Portland scene report: October 31, 2008

Civil Disturbance drummer Nick “Nikko” Villaci, who’s been in the local rock scene long enough to have produced progeny to fill out other local bands, has announced his retirement from the original music scene.
Sibilance starts now
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 29, 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

Portland scene report: August 15, 2008

Big news out of the Rustic Overtones camp: keyboardist/vocalist Spencer Albee has left the band, replaced by Sean Morin.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  August 13, 2008


Portland scene report: July 25, 2008

The Portland music scene is getting all kinds of Web-friendly.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  July 23, 2008

Online chat with Spencer and Gutter


 This didn't quite fit in Sibilance this week, but we didn't want you to miss out: Normal...
By Jeff Inglis  |  July 22, 2008
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Two and one

There’s something thrilling about the right harmony of opposite-sex voices, the meaning and emotion they can convey, the balance of power and grace.
Gypsy Tailwind debut a tremendous vocal pairing
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 21, 2008
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Rustic live in Philly, with candles

“I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was impressed,” local Dave Robinson said after. “The guy’s voice is killer.”
On the road
By RYAN O'CONNELL  |  April 09, 2008