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Getting literary with There Is No Sin

For those of you bemoaning the loss of the LP and its attendant album art, Troy Keiper feels your pain.
Rooms made of notes
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 21, 2011
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The Big Hurt: Lep, Squire, Cee-Lo, and Sufjan duke it out

There's no end of lameness in music news this week, but here are a few of the highlights.
By DAVID THORPE  |  May 20, 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

Jeff Beam navigates the Flying Trapeze

Talk about a high-wire act. On his fourth full-length album in as many years, young songwriter/performer/engineer Jeff Beam has set out to make an important album that's listenable, a record that both challenges ideas about pop music and embraces them.
Without a net
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 10, 2010
Long suf'ran fans rejoice: Sufjan Stevens is back

Long suf'ran fans rejoice: Sufjan Stevens is back

Sufjan Stevens is back. No, he's not finishing the long-abandoned and ill-thought-out 50 state project (just two albums before you gave up that ghost, Stevens,...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  August 20, 2010


The Unthanks | Here's the Tender Coming

Rachel and Becky Unthank appear to have stepped out of another time and place.
Rough Trade (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  April 16, 2010

Review: Out on the town

Bars and clubs everywhere, 2009
Music Seen
By JEFF INGLIS  |  December 25, 2009

Ghost stories

For all of the excitement that surrounded Wilco on the Maine State Pier or Sufjan Stevens at Port City Music Hall or the various sold-out Ray LaMontagne shows of the past year, there is no question that last Sunday's Phish show at the Cumberland County
Phish return to Portland, and the crowds throng
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 04, 2009

Annie in Wonderland

There wasn't much to know about St. Vincent when I first happened upon her in concert, in the middle of July 2007.
St. Vincent gives an otherworldly performance on Actor
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 23, 2009

Music Seen: Sufjan Stevens + Marie Stella

The ironic thing about Sufjan Stevens's belated debut in Portland was that a big show for this town is an intimate event for him.
Port City Music Hall, October 2 | SPACE Gallery, September 29
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 09, 2009


Stars aligned

The days are growing shorter, the magazines are (well, barely) getting larger and meatier, and the first batch of cider doughnuts is on the way real soon: all sure signs of autumn, as is the bountiful crop of prestigious concerts coming our way this se
Cult heroes and superstars dot the region's fall concert calendar
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 18, 2009

St. Vincent's Actor gets a run-through

There were not one but two clarinets on stage at the Somerville Theatre on Tuesday night, and that gives you some idea of how intricate Annie Clark's chamber-pop compositions can be.
St. Vincent, live at the Somerville Theatre, May 19, 2009
By RICHARD BECK  |  May 29, 2009

Soundtrack of her life

"I think that I secretly wish I was a filmmaker." Annie Clark may consider this some real hush-hush info, but even a cursory listen to Actor , her latest album (as St. Vincent), makes clear her cinematic aspirations.
St. Vincent recasts the movies
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 15, 2009

The moving pictures

If one way that bands tie themselves to the past is through sonic reference — Fleet Foxes calling forth Crosby, Stills and Nash, or Animal Collective channeling the Grateful Dead — then there's been a number of bands who tie themselves to the past throu
Pattern Is Movement reanimate the past
By DEVIN KING  |  May 15, 2009

Solo contender

When Carl Newman walks down a New York City sidewalk and seizes some sudden flicker of inspiration by humming bits of melody into his Blackberry.
A.C. Newman adjusts to the limelight on Get Guilty
By ZETH LUNDY  |  March 10, 2009


Andrew Bird's whistled, wily works

"Steamy, fecund, decaying, kind of mossy, woodsy . . . cloudlike, thick, saturated."
Setting the mood
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  January 27, 2009

The future is blight

What with all the Devendras and Bonnie Princes and Phosphorescents and wanna-Beams dragging their unruly beards around the nation lately, it's getting harder and harder to keep your post-folk dudes with guitars straight.
The post-Americanan kicks of Castanets
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  November 18, 2008

Stars Kill Rock

With the Paper Chase coming to town (June 25, Middle East upstairs) in support of their new Kill Rock Stars disc, Now You Are One of Us , we decided to check out some of the other stuff the Olympia indie imprint and its sister label, 5RC, have put out l
KRS's latest
By WILL SPITZ  |  October 27, 2008

The Wee Trio | Capitol Diner Vol. 1

The up-front news is that this vibes-bass-drums trio include the now-obligatory post–Bad Plus contemporary pop covers, in this case Nirvana and Sufjan Stevens.
Bionic Records (2008)
By JON GARELICK  |  October 17, 2008

Lindsey Buckingham | Gift of Screws

The great thing about Buckingham is that even his experiments are catchy, and this ensures that Screws doesn’t buckle under the weight of his pop-savant ambition.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  September 16, 2008


Spring cleaning

Some find it remarkable, but it is nevertheless true that far more local CDs are released than there are weeks in a year.
A grab bag of discs buried by winter snow
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 26, 2008

The top 20 local albums of 2007

Whatever you may think of Portland’s live-music scene nowadays — I’d argue it’s improving.
Here’s to the cream of a very impressive crop
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 19, 2007

Twelve by 12

It’s before noon on a Saturday and I’m at the Glass Slipper.
A dozen local filmmakers weave a musical, a serial-killer parody, and 10 other short movies into a cinematic patchwork quilt
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  December 07, 2007

Covering Dylan

Dylan is his own cover band.
From Newport to I’m Not There
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  November 20, 2007

Are we still calling these ''podcasts''?

Each show features a music segment — usually a live in-the-studio performance and interview.
Fair Game music segment selections
By WILL SPITZ  |  November 06, 2007


St. Vincent

Clark’s soaring soprano is capable of hitting a Billie Holiday swoon just as easily as a sinister incantation.
Marry Me | Beggars Banquet
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 30, 2007

Loop dynamics

The warm, multi-layered drones of Area C are so lush and richly detailed, you could be forgiven for thinking they must be the work of multiple musicians.
The ambient experiments of Area C
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  July 18, 2007

Major threats

Ian MacKaye has set quite a model for how a punk rocker ought to grow up.
Indie-rock weekend: a play in three acts
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  June 20, 2007

Grin + Bear it

Panda Bear’s new album is built from striking found sounds and samples.
Panda Bear gets cuter; Andrew Bird grows fangs
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 28, 2007