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Kings and queens of summer

What’s more “summer” than hip hop and pop radio?
 Free, to do what you want, any old time
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 07, 2013
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In with a whinny

If you haven't yet summoned your "Horsie Forces," mount up: SUNSET HEARTS' excellent Deco Tech EP is now available for free download on their bandcamp.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 11, 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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Waxing nostalgic

It was a good year for weird music — or was it a weird year for good music? — and here are some of the standouts.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 21, 2012
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Everything must go

You may or may not be aware of Spose's current Kickstarter campaign.

By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 16, 2012
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She’s a special lady

As BRENDA, the excellent Portland/NYC rock trio who released the gorgeous Silver Tower in 2010, preps a proper follow-up, a two-song sampler of new work is available to download.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  November 02, 2012


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Bullies beware

Wells rapper and man-about-town Spose is not a fan of bullies — or pulling punches.
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By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 12, 2012
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Get Grovenistic

In crafting his sophomore release, the 11-track Grovenistic, rapper Cam Groves clearly focused on establishing his own singular sound.
The rapper with a knack for laughter
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 31, 2012
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Banging it out

As we enter the season of maximum enjoyment and maximum stimulation, now is the time to consider attending the area's music festivals and concert series.
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Whipped into shape

We feel pretty amped about Supercharged , the debut EP by the hardcore rock and roll band WHIP HANDS .
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  May 18, 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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Gettin’ Spizzy with it

We certainly wax about him a lot, but Spose is getting plenty shiny on his own.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  March 02, 2012
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Hymns heard

Comments from the Super Bowl (well, the printable ones): Is that Regis Philbin? Is that John Stamos? Is that Deion Sanders? Is that Jerry Seinfeld? Is that . . . SPOSE?
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  February 10, 2012
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2011’s top 10 albums (and 5 EPs, too)

This is the first year reviewing local music made me feel truly panicked.
Haunted and Happy
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 23, 2011

Clearing things up with the Fogcutters

Walking into the old Hanover Street warehouse space in Portland to a full-blown rehearsal of the Fogcutters Big Band is a little like moving from a sauna to the frozen tundra.
Huge sounds
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 02, 2011


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Time stands still

You know the industry's changed when discographies for still-existing record labels get shown in art museums.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 07, 2011
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A little bit country

The line-up for the Portland showcase at the CMJ Festival will be: SPOSE , BILLY LIBBY , THE MALLETT BROTHERS BAND , SUNSET HEARTS , THE MILKMAN'S UNION , THE TOUGHCATS , and KURT BAKER .
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 23, 2011

Music Seen: Spose

Though it was Spose's first big show locally since the "I'm Awesome" craze died down, Saturday night was as much about showcasing Spose's P.Dank label as it was debuting songs from his new We Smoked It All, Vol. 2.

By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 29, 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

Spouse frontman goes solo, Spose celebrates 4/20, and more

SPOUSE frontman JOSE AYERVE has a new solo project that ought to shake things up a little.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  April 08, 2011


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Who's Cam Groves?

Back in the day, Preposterously Dank, the hip-hop label/collective created by Spose and featuring Cam Groves, Dr. Astronaut, and Educated Advocates, would have hit the popular consciousness with a collective album first.
Something Cool this way comes
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 25, 2011

Local bluegrass and jazz at the Buzz

One of the busiest local bluegrass/old-timey bands lately have been the TRICK BRITCHES . Makes sense.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  February 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
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Reveling in Spose's Medium for the masses

Spose will soon release a new album on a major label, Universal Republic. Happy Medium is not it. The answer to the question "Why?" is the subject of another story (conveniently found  here ).
C'mon get Happy
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 14, 2011
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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
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By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 31, 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
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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.
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By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 26, 2010
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Review: GFAC returns with double the horsepower

How spoiled are we in this town? A record like the new Greetings from Area Code 207 Vol. 8 can come out and it's like: Big Fuckin' Deal.
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By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 12, 2010

New EPs, Arborea kickstarts for an album, and Spose's song-a-week

The much-anticipated BALTIC SEA full-length has been put on hold until the new year by ERIK ROCK RECORDS , but not to worry: The band are releasing a short-run EP with two songs from the upcoming album, plus a couple of segues and a free download of
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  November 05, 2010