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Loki slim down, step up

And then there were three...
Well, it's not quite Genesis soldiering on following the departure of Peter Gabriel, but there was definitely some interest in whether Jonathan Taylor's departure from lead-vocal duties last year would spell the end of Loki, one of our local hard-rock roster's more enduring acts, with five studio releases to their name over 10-plus years.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 08, 2012


Oooh, la, la: ShaShaSha

A psyched-out solo effort from Dominic Lavoie
He may not have planned it this way, but Dominic Lavoie is definitely striking while the Internet is hot.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 31, 2012


A debut with Leave It to Believers

Cremains of the day
Not every piece of music has to aspire to intellectual heights. Sometimes, an easy bit of pop is all you need.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 24, 2012

Is there a difference between what you like and what is good?

Talking about ‘taste’
Charlie Gaylord is one of Maine's proprietors of what is good.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 17, 2012


Going down a Road feeling bad with Samuel James

Dark as a dungeon
Turns out those rumors about Big Black Ben were true: Not only has he "been with white women," but he's even fathered a child by the wife of the local police chief, who's now the prison warden intent on hanging Ben high now that he has him in his clutches after all this time.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 17, 2012


Just a bunch of Rogues, Outlaws & Drunks

Another round for the house
It takes true commitment to translate to the studio the kind of pub shout-along anthems in which the Pubcrawlers specialize.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 10, 2012


Nick ‘Danger’ Curran, 35

There was a little pocket of time in the late '90s and early 2000s when the Free Street Taverna was a place where the Piners and King Memphis and the Coming Grass and Diesel Doug and the Long Haul Truckers could play in the window and it all felt just a little bit like Nashville every once in a while. Better than that, actually.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 10, 2012


A conversation with Chris Pandolfi

Where is bluegrass going?
Because its musicians play with fiddles and banjos and stand-up basses, there is an idea out there that bluegrass is as old as dirt.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 10, 2012


Rebel without a band on Sunshine on Daemon Land

Here comes the Son
You can do a lot with Garage Band nowadays.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 03, 2012


Make a clean break with Borderlines

Leftover Magic
Should you have been wondering what became of the non-Kurt Baker Leftovers, wonder no longer: guitarists Andrew Rice and Matt Anderson, along with drummer Adam Woronoff, teamed with the Jetty Boys' Eric Mahnke on bass to create a back-to-basics project called Borderlines.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 03, 2012


This Way push their narrative forward

Every album tells a Story
It's clear This Way are a vastly improved band from their debut We Could All Make History in 2008.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 26, 2012


Have you heard Lenny?

The Maine-born guitarist some think was the best ever gets another day in the sun
As local legends go, Lenny Breau is among the most mythical.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 20, 2012


The debut solo effort from Dustin Saucier

To the Letter
People may not give the Postal Service record enough credit for being self-aware.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 19, 2012


Sidecar Radio to pull the plug

Legacy Place
It seemed like maybe they were rejuvenated by the addition of Walt Craven, but just a couple of shows into playing as a four-piece, one of Portland's longer-running rock acts announced this week they were calling it quits.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 19, 2012


Toughcats’ electrified third release

Some old days, some new
Damn if it isn't fun to watch a band evolve.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 12, 2012


Sparks the Rescue get back to basics

Do they cut and run? Nah.
You know you're doing something right when you launch a Kickstarter campaign for $6K and wind up with $12,570 with which to make your first post-label recording project.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 05, 2012


Get Grovenistic

The rapper with a knack for laughter
In crafting his sophomore release, the 11-track Grovenistic, rapper Cam Groves clearly focused on establishing his own singular sound.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 29, 2012


The Wrecking say: So Much for Love

God, or a girl
Rock and roll isn't known for its subtlety. Christian rock, even less so.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 30, 2012


Schemes for going back in time

Bones, roots, and harmony
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.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 22, 2012


Sara Hallie Richardson’s electric return

Restless, love
Much of how a musician is respected (and compensated) has swung back toward the live performance.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 16, 2012


It burns, it burns

C Money Burns releases his first full-length work
A presence locally with digital production efforts and a turn with Seekonk for more than a decade, C Money Burns releases this week his first full-length work under his own moniker, and its title is apt.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 16, 2012

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