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Anna Lombard teams with Adam Agati

All the Bells and whistles
Truly good singers don’t need to pop the veins from their foreheads to transmit emotion and talent. It comes easy, as though the song is just flowing out of them when they open their mouths.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 30, 2013


Setting fire to your friends (and other social gaffes)

 Nobody puts Tiger in a Box
 Nobody puts Tiger in a Box
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 08, 2013


Cam Groves rolls ’em up and mows ’em down

 Bitches’ Brews
Even at the close of his newly released third album, Backwoods & Bitches , Cam Groves still feels the need to introduce himself.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 01, 2013


Going 10 rounds with eyenine

 Disguised in plain sight
It’s hard to call a guy who’s won the Ruckus Cup MC battle at the Big Easy two of the last three years “low profile,” but eyenine is our local hip-hop scene’s version of the artist who’s more popular outside his hometown than in it (see also: Arborea, Falls of Rauros, Kurt Baker, et al.). Dude trounced Spose in the first round this year.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 01, 2013


Slaid Cleaves is still fighting the good fight

 It’s a war on war
With as good a claim as anyone else to the title of Best Songwriter Ever To Come Out Of Maine, Slaid Cleaves has produced with his fourth full-length yet another group of songs alternately powerful and smart — and often both
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 25, 2013


Spencer being Spencer

 The rise of the super-ego
Think of all the things Spencer Albee has been. But has he ever been Spencer?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 18, 2013


Dueling Swarm Theories from Class Machine

Two is enough
Two is enough
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 10, 2013


Stay Seventeen are big on Promises

Everything but the girl
Stay Seventeen's new album sure is huge in the headphones and full of big guitars and a punishing snare.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 10, 2013


A Raccoon worth talking about

Shifty in the shadows
If and It, who released Raccoon this month, as if celebrating the one-year anniversary of last year's double album release, Sparkly Gold and Bleeding Moon , are lyrical and charming even if they aren't always obviously embraceable.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 26, 2013


Eight songs from Jay Caron & Slop

Poetry in Slow Motion
Poetry in Slow Motion
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 20, 2013


A debut short from Lovers of Fiction

The Bear and the composer fair
The Bear and the composer fair
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 20, 2013


Trails (and Kool G Rap, which is crazy)

Dropping things from way up high
Twenty-eight seconds. That's the length of Kool G Rap's contribution to Trails' new Anvils & Pianos , the hip-hop duo's third release (and it might as well be their fourth release, too — at 19 songs, it's a monster).  
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 13, 2013


Kings and queens of summer

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


Like Tristram and Isobell

Sea Spells and love songs
Isobell are now a tight five-piece, with Bekah Hayes's piano and keyboard work providing alternately crisp melody lines and echoing organ atmosphere, and Chris McKneally's electric guitar tone moving between airy psychedelia and precise prog.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 30, 2013


Robert Stillman returns with the Archaic Future Players

Station Wagon ride with John Fahey
For a guy who plays the saxophone the way people talk about, Robert Stillman is an awful good drummer. And keyboard player. He does a fair bit of impressive composition, too.  
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 23, 2013


Joe Farren’s countrified second release

South by southeast
It's been more than five years since Joe Farren's last record, a debut number on which he showed off his multi-instrumental chops and riffed on Americana themes.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 23, 2013


Filling up with Putnam Smith

Kitchen, Love, and Emily Dickinson
Putnam Smith wishes he could trade places with Emily Dickinson.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 16, 2013


Tricky Britches are in Good Company

 Don’t call it a throwback
Tricky Britches lean pretty heavily toward the old-timey end of the spectrum, with a deep and abiding respect for the body of American stringband work, manifesting itself in original songs that are instantly familiar.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 10, 2013


Four new works from Whitcomb

The free Conqueror
Part of Whitcomb's appeal is that the material and the performance are of a piece, everything placed just so and meticulously machined.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 10, 2013


A vibrant and forward Worried Well

Baroque me, Amadeus
There's something baroque, something emotional and primal, vivid and stark about Luck, the band's first proper full-length release.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 03, 2013

Dancing? You'll need a license

Papers, Please
Papers, Please
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 24, 2013

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