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| December 07, 2012
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
| October 21, 2011
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.
| 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.
| 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
| December 10, 2010
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,...
| 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)
| April 16, 2010
Review: Out on the town
Bars and clubs everywhere, 2009
| December 25, 2009
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
| 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
| 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
| October 09, 2009
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
| 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
| 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
| 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
| May 15, 2009
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
| March 10, 2009
Andrew Bird's whistled, wily works
"Steamy, fecund, decaying, kind of mossy, woodsy . . . cloudlike, thick, saturated."
Setting the mood
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
| 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
| 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)
| 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.
| September 16, 2008
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
| 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
| 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
CAITLIN E. CURRAN
| December 07, 2007
Dylan is his own cover band.
From Newport to I’m Not There
| 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
| November 06, 2007
Clark’s soaring soprano is capable of hitting a Billie Holiday swoon just as easily as a sinister incantation.
Marry Me | Beggars Banquet
| July 30, 2007
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
| July 18, 2007
Ian MacKaye has set quite a model for how a punk rocker ought to grow up.
Indie-rock weekend: a play in three acts
| 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
| March 28, 2007
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