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Anthony's Idol at Anthony's Italian Kitchen

Music Seen
Why settle for nationwide talent on the boob tube when you could see area singers competing in the flesh?
By: SONYA TOMLINSON  |  May 27, 2009

From the mouths of innocents

Modern poverty
It has become an unwelcome reality, living from paycheck to paycheck and worrying about job stability, but what about being born a guiltless young person growing up with a drug-addicted parent, no job skills, and no home?
By: SONYA TOMLINSON  |  May 13, 2009

Music Seen: All over

All over, April 27 to May 2
Last week we spent five of six nights out on the town. If anyone ever complains that we don't have enough venues or shows to attend we beg to differ.
By: SONYA TOMLINSON  |  May 06, 2009

Hogfarm Studios

Music seen: February 28, in Biddeford
Biddeford's Hogfarm Studios is a multi-media art space that occasionally serves as a small venue.
By: SONYA TOMLINSON  |  March 12, 2009

Music seen: Tony McNaboe

Live at The Big Easy, February 10
By the time you, dear reader, lay eyes on this, you will have one last opportunity to catch Tony McNaboe's month-long Tuesday-night residency at the Big Easy, which — according to his prediction on week two — is "only going to get better."
By: SONYA TOMLINSON  |  February 19, 2009


Music Seen: Anticon's 10th anniversary

Knitting Factory (Manhattan), December 18, 2008
Sure, Ray LaMontagne is huge and the Rustic Overtones saw their national time, but there is something to be said for a record label co-founded by Mainers that is more than a decade old and can still sell out the Knitting Factory in New York City.
By: SONYA TOMLINSON  |  December 31, 2008


On street level

As Katrina hit New Orleans, filmmakers went to work
It is impossible not to wonder how Louisiana might have fared after Hurricane Katrina, had Barack Obama been in office a term sooner. There are so many questions about what went wrong and how it could have been handled differently, which have gone unanswered for more than three years.
By: SONYA TOMLINSON  |  November 19, 2008


Music seen at the Station, October 17, 2008  
Atmosphere’s audience hasn’t changed in years.  
By: SONYA TOMLINSON  |  October 22, 2008


Picnic + Homecoming

Music seen at Lincoln Park and SPACE Gallery, September 13, 2008
We’ll hope that both of the first-time ever events that took place last Saturday will return annually, and be as successful in the future as their debuts.
By: SONYA TOMLINSON  |  September 17, 2008

The Scrapes

Music seen at SPACE Gallery, August 14, 2008
There is definitely a large niche in Portland that is unwittingly missing out on the fun to be had with the Scrapes.
By: SONYA TOMLINSON  |  August 20, 2008


Music Seen: The Dooryard, August 4, 2008
At its climax, those emotions were fully realized as Frederick broke into a three-part harmony, nearly screaming repeatedly, “Ready or not.”
By: SONYA TOMLINSON  |  August 05, 2008

Boondocks + Pore + Juba

Music seen at Empire Dine and Dance, June 27, 2008
Anyone in their late 20s and early 30s can appreciate what a golden era the ’90s were for hip-hop, R&B, and dancehall.
By: SONYA TOMLINSON  |  July 02, 2008

Cougars kill Cobras

Music seen at SPACE Gallery, May 17
Music seen at SPACE Gallery, May 17.
By: SONYA TOMLINSON  |  May 21, 2008

’80s night

Music seen at Bubba’s Sulky Lounge, May 2, 2008
Do you know what the Number One single was the day you were born?
By: SONYA TOMLINSON  |  May 07, 2008

MC Pallaso at the open-mic

Music seen at the Big Easy, March 17, 2008
Shade and Boondocks really know how to throw an Irish party.
By: SONYA TOMLINSON  |  March 26, 2008

Susan Werner

Music seen at Stone Mountain Arts Center, February 8  
She sang improvisational songs about converting vintage cars to hybrids, and turned familiar show tunes into pro-Obama ditties.
By: SONYA TOMLINSON  |  February 27, 2008

The Chickadees

Music seen at Amigos, January 11, 2008
Drony without being obnoxious, rocky without being too harsh.
By: SONYA TOMLINSON  |  January 16, 2008

Nuclear Waste Management Club + Bullyclub

Music seen at SPACE Gallery, November 29, 2007
I overheard someone in the crowd say, “Every time I hear Jose’s voice I feel like I’m home.”
By: SONYA TOMLINSON  |  December 05, 2007


Boot, we’re just not that into you

Getting the boot off of your car, or avoiding it entirely, has never been easier.
By: SONYA TOMLINSON  |  November 20, 2007

The Blob + Glue + Hangar 18

Music seen at the Asylum, November 2, 2007
Local MCs Altruistic and Bread are “The Blob.”
By: SONYA TOMLINSON  |  November 07, 2007
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