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The Malletts know the lay of the Land

Rub some mud on it
On their new and third full-length release, Land , the Mallett Brothers Band alternate between boozy and anthemic ballads and boozy and anthemic sing-along stomps, always providing plenty of opportunity for just about anybody to find a personal touchpoint.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 24, 2013

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Get in the ring, kids

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By:  |  April 24, 2013

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Brown Bird are not a folk band

The Rhode Island duo cranks it up and gets cerebral on 'Fits of Reason'
Brown Bird's David Lamb and MorganEve Swain challenge themselves (and anyone who still insists on calling them a folk band) on their stunning new album, Fits of Reason .
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  April 17, 2013

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The eyes have it

Brenda find their identity on album two
The paradoxes in Brenda, the rock band of three (or sometimes four) members split geographically between Portland and New York, are hard to iron out.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  April 17, 2013

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Bangers and mish-mash

First thing with the English Breakfast
The order of operations used to be you played a bunch of shows, then you released an album. Now it's often the other way around. When the English Breakfast played Slainte last weekend, it was their Portland live debut. Yet their debut album, Shifting Seas , has been marinating on Bandcamp since March 1 — a 15-track affair, no less.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 19, 2013

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Arborea erect fortifications of light and darkness

And the horse they rode in on
"After the Flood only Love Remains" is stop-in-your-tracks beautiful, and what passes for a single for them. If you can slow yourself down to their pace, see the world in half-time for a bit (which is almost impossible when you try to keep up with the pace of things like the Internet), it becomes incredibly catchy, a sing-along.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 10, 2013



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Not like all the other folk

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The youth rock camps of MAMM get all the attention, but we're almost more charmed by their programs for adults.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  April 10, 2013

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Spring sounds a note

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By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  April 04, 2013

Cozy up to KGFREEZE

Songs for people who don't like people
When Kyle Gervais says he has a solo project in the works, people pay attention. A musician's musician, with a deep knowledge of and love for a wide spectrum of work, Gervais has a way of pushing boundaries and challenging the listener with songs that are familiar at their core.
By:  |  April 04, 2013

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Surviving winter with Max Garcia Conover

Gone to ground
Max García Conover's debut full-length, Burrow , has a starkness, like listening to music through an Instagram filter, that conveys a feeling of going to ground.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 04, 2013

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Nigel Hall goes Big Easy to Big Easy

Home and away
Nigel Hall, the pride of Bangor and one of the original Monday night soul players at Portland's Big Easy, was the featured attraction at one of the actual Big Easy's most respected local spots.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 27, 2013



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Let the blues rush in


If you must use something so silly as social media, be interesting about it.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  March 27, 2013

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Wisdom gets fired up on Flannabis

Smells like smoke
With so many odes to weed already out there, it's pretty hard distinguishing yourself this way, b ut Wisdom doesn't beat around the bush
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 27, 2013

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Just Duquette This Time

Playful solo work from half of Cactus Highway
The best thing about Rob Duquette's kid-oriented work is that it's not always obviously kids' music.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 20, 2013

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Endless Interstate gas up and get going

Reading the Roadsigns
You might expect '50s-style sock-hop fare, or maybe Highway 61 folk tunes for the American dream, but the band's sound is actually more in the '80s/'90s pocket.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 20, 2013

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Go Bang

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One band that has seemed perpetually under-the-radar the last few years is Bangor's CAPTAIN HOLLOW. Listening now to their newly released debut, the long-delayed Greatest Hits , we're wondering why.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  March 20, 2013



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As spring arrives, so do the Sun Gods

Returning from Exile
There's something in rock and roll that's tied up with those hetero-stereo male traits of bravado, carnal sexuality, and toughness, from Elvis's hips to Jimmy Page's tight pants to Lemmy Kilmister's grizzled face.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 13, 2013

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Whiskers in the dark

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How lovely it is to find LAMINATED CAT turn up at our doorstep!
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  March 13, 2013

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How To Destroy Angels | Welcome Oblivion

Columbia (2013)
Whereas the monsters and ghosts of NIN songs can scream in your face and rip you to bits with their fangs, Welcome Oblivion tracks like techno-folk haunter "Ice Age" and the doom-pop jaunt "How Long?" make uncredited cameo appearances in your nightmares until you go insane and eat your own hands.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  March 13, 2013

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The Mary Onettes | Hit the Waves

Labrador (2013)
Hit the Waves is so heartfelt as a pastiche of '80s alternative music that it almost muscles its way into being brilliant.
By: JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  March 13, 2013

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Marnie Stern | The Chronicles of Marnia

Kill Rock Stars (2013)
In the arena of charming and entertaining indie-music figures, Marnie Stern stands unopposed.
By: REYAN ALI  |  March 13, 2013


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