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Union comments

The State Theatre and a CWA member respond to recent coverage of unions.
Letters
By LETTERS TO THE PORTLAND EDITOR  |  May 11, 2013
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This is why we can have Nice Places

Nice Places would have been the perfect local opener for the Minus the Bear/Circa Survive show at the State Theatre coming up on March 16.
Caught in their traps
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 08, 2013

Seceding from the union

The esteemed folk-rock songwriter ERIC BETTENCOURT is leaving us for Austin, Texas, for the winter and spring, possibly longer.
Wax Tablet
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  November 16, 2012
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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.
Wax Tablet
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 14, 2012
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Schemes for going back in time

In this ongoing and new roots revival, there is a fine line to walk, one tip-toed expertly by Old Crow Medicine Show's Ketch Secor at the State Theatre a couple weeks back to a sweltering mass of a sold-out crowd.
Bones, roots, and harmony
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 24, 2012
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Mum's the word

While we at Wax Tabs like to zoom in on the fringes of the music scene here in Portland, there's no glossing over the epic GENTLEMEN OF THE ROAD STOPOVER festival that went down last weekend, which basically turned the Eastern Promenade into its own is
Wax Tablet
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  August 10, 2012


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A new crop of restaurants open in time for summer

Just when you thought the Portland food scene couldn't get any better, a handful of new restaurants and bars are gearing up for the summer.
Reap the delicious bounty
By AMY ANDERSON  |  June 08, 2012

City to revisit its late-night venue policies

Stock up on Red Bull: It might soon become more possible to stay out past 1 o'clock in the morning in Portland (without being crammed into someone's house party).
After Party
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 16, 2012
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This season starts retro and then fades to Black

After a summer and fall that saw local releases at a fever pitch, perhaps it was inevitable we'd see something of a retrenchment for the dark days of winter.
A Modest mid-winter
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 30, 2011
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Silent lucidity

After a brief stint of un-Googleability, the Lucid have gone back to being known as DOMINIC AND THE LUCID .
Wax Tablet
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  November 11, 2011

Interview: Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago on, well, ummm . . .

What is there left to say about the Pixies? As it turns out, not so much, and original guitarist Joey Santiago seems to agree.
Awkward Talks
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  October 21, 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
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Moving out

At the heart of the cover-band craze that's recently swept Portland is a very simple concept: musicians getting paid.
88 keys, 2 songwriters, 1 grand plan
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 06, 2011

Iron & Wine at the State Theatre, April 18

Iron & Wine evoke summer in my mind.
Music seen
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 22, 2011

Americana tours and the next heavy-rock thing

Looks like Portland's THIS WAY will be the only Maine band featured as part of the NEW ENGLAND AMERICANA FESTIVAL , playing April 1 at the Boston club Church.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  February 25, 2011

Robyn at the State Theatre, January 29

With each of her three 2010 Body Talk EPs armed with a single-of-the-year contender (in the just-slightly-ironic, pop-chart-averse blog-critic sense), it's been hard to ignore Swedish pop star Robyn's status as in indie icon these past 12 months.
Music seen
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  February 18, 2011


Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt at the State Theatre


Apparently, the Road to Ensenada leads through Portland. Lyle Lovett, Texan, country fusionist, and multiple Grammy Award winner teams with heartland bluesman John Hiatt for...
By webteam  |  January 12, 2011

State Theatre's New Year's celebration


State Theatre's New Year's celebration is an epic Clash of the Titans night, where Zach Jones, the Lucid, and Grand Hotel each play hits (and...
By webteam  |  December 29, 2010

Livening up 2010: Many bands, all over town

It was about the experience in 2010. Whether it was the sweaty, riotous, arm-over-your-buddy's-shoulder type of concert or the ruminative, head-plodding sort, concertgoers in town (and away) had much to immerse in.
Music seen
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 24, 2010
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The year's top 10 local albums, and five EPs to boot

I'm not sure when local music has been better. If there is any problem with our little scene here in Portland, it's that there's more talent than there are fans to support it.
With Confidence
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 24, 2010
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Looking back on 2010: Maine goes red

There were big wins, big defeats, encouraging signs, and disappointments. Here's a look at what Maine enjoyed — and endured — in 2010.
Republicans take over Augusta, Portland cops go online, gay rights stay center stage, and more!
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 24, 2010


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.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 17, 2010

Badfish at the State Theatre


The Sublime tribute band Badfish have long outlasted the career of their source material, highlighting just how monstrously influential that short-lived band really were. Now...
By webteam  |  December 15, 2010

Matisyahu at the State Theatre


Hasidic hip-hop artist (and former self-professed "Phish-head") Matisyahu fuses traditionally Jewish lyrical themes through bouncy, early reggae styles. He also reps NYC pretty hard considering...
By webteam  |  December 07, 2010

Over a Cardboard Sea precede Wizard of Oz screening at the State Theatre


The State Theatre hosts unorthodox fare starting at 7:30, where local vaudevillian bumpkins Over a Cardboard Sea precede two screenings of The Wizard of Oz...
By webteam  |  November 30, 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


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Review: The many tentacles of Jason Spooner's Sea Monster

Jason Spooner is an amalgamation of John Prine and John Mayer — great songs and great hair, all in one package. Their aesthetics are similar, too. Sure, there are important and wounded songs in the bag, but these guys aren't afraid to have a good time,
Get kraken
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 19, 2010

Toots & the Maytals at the State Theatre


The 6:30 Toots & the Maytals gig at the State Theatre (609 Congress St.) tonight should cluster a ton of people around those galleries on...
By webteam  |  November 03, 2010

Social Distortion at the State Theatre


Old-school punk rock and roll group Social Distortion never truly broke up, but they've sustained so many departures, hiatuses, and tragedies that it's basically a...
By webteam  |  October 27, 2010

The State Theatre's success, plus new discs from Jason Spooner and Olas

The first weekend at the STATE THEATRE is being lauded as an unmitigated success. Even a fire alarm going off during MOE. 's show Saturday night couldn't put a damper on anyone's experience.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 22, 2010