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Top 10 albums of 2013

 And a couple other lists while we’re at it
I love albums. It remains predominantly the way I listen to music.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 19, 2013


Best Music Poll 2013

Spose wins big; raffish rapper recieves record awards
A new season and the same great energy.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 12, 2013


Coal futures

 Punk band's second album is out-of-control good.
Those with shattered faith will find a redeemer in The Border , the thunderous second album of rage, regret, and reprobation by the Coalsack in Crux.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 12, 2013


Just between friends

Local Music
Zach Jones shows breaking up is hard to do with The Days.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 12, 2013


Chicky Stoltz walks the line between camp and cool

 Return of the Roebuck
You remember Chicky Stoltz? There was a time when you couldn’t miss the guy in this town.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 04, 2013

Let’s take the show on the road

 Wax Tablet
One of our favorite punkish projects in these parts, the trio Great Western Plain, dropped a single this week.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 04, 2013


Add to life’s soundtrack with musical gifts

 Set holiday records
Loads of the great albums of the post-LP era are getting well-deserved (and usually remastered) reissues of modern-day classics.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  December 04, 2013


Animal Collective on families, memories, and Phish

 Doing it live
Anticipating their December 2 show at the State Theatre (originally scheduled for July 11), the Phoenix spoke with Animal Collective’s Brian Weitz, a/k/a Geologist, whose noisy production is a driving force on the group’s 2012 record, Centipede Hz.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 27, 2013


The Cult of Rustic Overtones continues

 The show must go on
Watching the seven-piece band, augmented by a four-piece string section, there were certainly signs of maturity.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 27, 2013


The winter of Essence’s Unseasonable Spring

 A certain je ne sais quoi
There’s a solid local contingent that will tell you Essence is the best MC in Maine.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 20, 2013

Mammoths, Porpoises, and more

 Wax Tablet
The city’s rap scene has finally found a home . . . or maybe two or three.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  November 20, 2013


Greetings from a great, and meh, music scene

 Going local
It's back. After three years of hiatus, Charlie Gaylord has brought the Greetings from Area Code 207 franchise back to its string of album releases with Volume 9.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 14, 2013


Listen to the Village People

 Wax Tablet
Down here in Portland, it’s easy to overlook the sub-surface burblings of TURNED WORD RECORDS, the magickal outer folk label from Belfast.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  November 14, 2013


Doom not gloom

 Wax Tablet
When you’re a doom band, nothing matters.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  November 07, 2013


The next great project featuring Chris Moulton

Introducing Policewomanwithfangs.
Portland hasn’t heard something this goth and relatively rock in a while.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 07, 2013

From the edge of the mountain

 Wax tablet
 Wax tablet


Spose writes an album for Outkasts everywhere

 Welcome to Dankonia
With the release of Dankonia , Wells, Maine’s most famous rapper lays it down on top of production originally used by Outkast, though not only Stankonia.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 31, 2013

Doctor Gasp’s Vampire Fish for Two

 Halloween treat
How is it possible that Doctor Gasp, Dan Blakeslee’s Halloween-loving alter ego, hasn’t put out an album in 10 years?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 31, 2013


Leaf Peeper’s noise-pop makes a Grande statement

 True believer
Adulthood is full of distractions. But if you can maintain your attentions on some type of throughline, the noise of life sometimes falls in line and harmonizes around you.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  October 30, 2013


Leveret contemplates Infinity

 Musical mourning
In an America steeped in postmodern self-consciousness and pop culture references, it’s pretty much impossible to pull off a first-order sincerity freed from the nagging, third-eye self-awareness of exactly how you’re processing your emotions.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  October 24, 2013


Rocky Mountain lows with the Coloradas

 Arm in arm with that Big Empty
 Arm in arm with that Big Empty
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 24, 2013

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