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Unmasking African relics

Flesh and spirit collide at the Museum of African Culture
An evocative, transportive exhibit of icons, artifacts, and spirit masks from some of the many, many cultures and “kingdoms” of West Africa, what is now Cameroon and Nigeria.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 26, 2014

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The tequila odyssey

An epic journey to 13 Portland bars
Each of the city’s drinking establishments has its roots in some primordial myth.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 20, 2014

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True effin' artistry

Admiring Mousa, a man of many names
Mousa is the new recording alias of Vince Nez, a/k/a Aleric Nez, the name by which he released a nimble, unpredictable record in late 2010.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 20, 2014

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The state of sea salt

Local waters impart superior texture and flavor
A surfeit of salt manufacturers have cropped up in the state over the last few years.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 12, 2014

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Not your auntie's doom

Sylvia melds ancient fury with new energy
Sure, it may be Latin for “forest of trees,” but Sylvia more readily conjures some wiseacre aunt, not a burly group of veteran musicians trying to carve new notches in well-trod forms of heavy metal.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 06, 2014

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Join the Labor party

Post-Le Tigre, JD Samson gets vulnerable
Months after the release of the electrifying, politicized dance album Labor, artist and musician JD Samson brings her post-punk dance project MEN back to SPACE Gallery this week.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 06, 2014



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Creative genius(es)

Parsing the Chomsky-Foucault debate
Held in the Netherlands in 1971, the discussion is seen as a touchstone in philosophy circles, spanning human nature, creativity, politics, and more.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  January 23, 2014

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Heavy songs for slaying foes

Wax Tablet
Deporter Records, Pigboat, Sunrunner, Oscar Romero, and more.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  January 16, 2014

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Road ahead still pretty long

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Wax Tablet
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  January 10, 2014

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Five humanities

Exploring Pollack's latest group show
An inspired collection of contemporary Portland artists features all month at Ed Pollack’s Fine Arts gallery, and to the willing, their collective energies could slice through the cruelties of the season.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  January 10, 2014

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Peering into the stocking

Wax Tablet
In this time of thankfulness for what’s behind us and wishcasting for the months ahead, we thought twice of the major strides made in 2013 by the Dirigimus Cooperative, the avant-garde punk and noise label based in Portland.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 26, 2013



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Some wild assemblies in store for Maine art

Turning on the news
Nearly three years have passed since protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square sparked the Egyptian Revolution, enough time for a generation of the region’s art to frame the insurgence in its incipient stages and aftermath.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 26, 2013

A year in crucial changes for common people

 Time’s up for the little guy
As 2013 prepares for an exit, I looked at just a few of the developments that were perhaps underreported, and could present game-changing significance to the everyday worker, citizen, and Mainer.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 19, 2013

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Singular artists and significant works in 2013

 A year of making do
The year in Maine art seemed to amplify the work of the visionary, the aesthetic pioneer, and the tirelessly laboring maker.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 19, 2013

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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

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Steven Laxton’s photos of Salvadoran circus performers ring false

 Distorted lens
We should be prepared for some twists and turns at the pretty yet ultimately depressing show at PhoPa Gallery.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 27, 2013



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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

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Contemporary Chinese women contemplate progress at Bowdoin

Something must break
The march of progress isn’t always positive.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 14, 2013

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Derek Jackson transmutes early memories into brilliant paintings

 Intro to color
Memory may be notoriously spotty with the facts, but it’s a lot more reliable summoning a long-forgotten feeling.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 07, 2013

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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
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