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Giving local music for the holidays
I always give local music for Christmas.
Will it fit?
| December 07, 2012
Curating cassette culture
For all practical terms, the tape should be an artifact. But over the last few years, a rash of independent labels in Maine are slowly adopting the cassette as their preferred medium.
People just don't listen to music like they used to
| May 13, 2011
Glade Swope at Strange Maine
Strange Maine (578 Congress St) hosts a doozy of a show. Local Glade Swope plots the signposts of metal theatricalia on acoustic guitar, Albany percussionist...
| October 20, 2010
Sterile Garden + Crank Sturgeon + more at Strange Maine
Bands local, beyondyou have never heard aboutbaffle and dazzle. Strange Maine | Portland | Sterile Garden + Crank Sturgeon + Twilight People + Stithy Brown...
| September 08, 2010
Prehistoric Horse at Strange Maine
And downstairs from that forthcoming space, the latest night of avant-noise and -jazz at Strange Maine features New York trio Prehistoric Horse with Joshua DeScherer...
| August 18, 2010
Street musicians at First Friday Art Walk, Portland, August 6
With the Tower/Building of Song on hiatus while its creators move apartments (again), the street-music scene on First Friday was quieter than in recent months. But that left more aural room for buskers along Congress Street.
| August 13, 2010
If you want this summer’s eerie subject matter to hit a bit closer to home, or a bit closer to reality, check out Strange Maine: True Tales from the Pine Tree State , by Michelle Souliere (The History Press; $17.99).
Seeking the Pine Tree State’s weirder side
| June 18, 2010
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
| February 12, 2010
Cruudeuces + Isa Christ at Strange Maine
It looks to be an evening of unsettling, largely ambient soundscapes to kick off the weekend at Strange Maine, as Western Mass.’s Cruudeuces and Brooklyn’s...
| January 13, 2010
Dutch jazz by donation
Strange Maine does our town’s cultural credibility a nice favor tonight, by bringing a trio of compelling acts from the Netherlands in for an 8...
| January 06, 2010
The Dan Knudsen annual Christmas show
And local cult icon DAN KNUDSEN’s annual Christmas show comes better late than never at Strange Maine this year, as GLADE SWOPE and TURN DOWN...
| December 23, 2009
Strawberry All-Stars + id m theft able + Turn Down Day
Strange Maine plays it fun and quirky with a night of "costumed covers," by acts as disparate as Strawberry All-Stars, id m theft able, and...
| October 28, 2009
Bigfoot coming to Congress Street
Mainer Loren Coleman loves sharing his wealth -- the treasures collected during a 50-year career in the field of cryptozoology, which is the study of mysterious creatures (think Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster, and the chupacabra).
| September 25, 2009
Brook Pridemore Performs
At Strange Maine, Brooklynite Brook Pridemore's galloping DIY punk/pop mingles with the works of Vikesh Kapoor, Dan Knudsen, and Strawberry All Stars. That's an 8...
| June 24, 2009
Jingle-writing cult figure BJ SNOWDEN makes her annual trip to Strange Maine, at an 8 pm show also featuring KEYBOARD CATHY, GHOST MICE, and Ireland’s...
| June 17, 2009
Symphony of buds
Apart from being an ephemeral player in the local music scene — he played at Strange Maine last fall, while living in Bar Harbor — New Hampshire-based upright bassist Nat Baldwin has some very influential friends.
Nat Baldwin and friends make a familiar but beguiling album
| April 16, 2008
An Arts District renaissance
If nothing else, 2007 was the year the Arts District found its footing in Portland nightlife.
The big idea
| January 02, 2008
White Light + Frank A.M.
Relaxation was the theme of the night’s Strange Maine performance, in concept if not in execution.
Music seen at Strange Maine, November 10, 2007
| November 20, 2007
On record, Baldwin’s songs are lushly arranged and well-populated with guitar and effects.
Music seen at Strange Maine, October 11, 2007
| October 24, 2007
Stringing us along
Time of Rivers is a two-day, two-venue exploration of what your guitar teacher told you not to do.
Nationally known guitarists descend on Portland
| August 29, 2007
Editors' picks 2007: Shopping
Strange Maine, and Old Port Wine Merchants
Best gifts for Uncle Fester, best second career
PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF
| April 19, 2007
No peninsula is an island
Lovers of the nightlife have a great range of choices amid the remarkable density of concert venues in our compact city, but there’s always room for more.
Leaving downtown? Portlanders’ music is everywhere you look
| February 21, 2007
Sounds like awesome
Citadel sound like every great psych-rock band from the late ’60s, and Modern Syndrome sound like every great indie-rock band from the ’90s.
Citadel and Modern Syndrome put their influences to bed
| February 07, 2007
“Hi. We’re three-fourths of Phantom Buffalo.”
Strange Maine, November 17, 2006
| November 21, 2006
Portland scene report, March 31, 2006
New music in the works for Now Transmission, Pete Kilpatrick, El Grande, Hi Fivin' White Guys, and Enchantments
PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| March 29, 2006
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