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Summer Show season in Portland kicks off with Downtown Boys, Beach House and more

In case you didn’t notice, summer is fast approaching — or maybe it should already be here? June 21st seems a bit away to be the first official day of summer.

And with that fast approach has come the annual rush of summer show announcements for Portland which kicked off in a somewhat grand way when Beach House announced that they’ll be starting their world tour in support of their yet-to-be-released album, Depression Cherry, at the State Theatre on August 18th (the album comes out 10 days after that).

Oh, that Mac DeMarco show at Port City that was happening on August 12th? It just got a whole lot bigger as it was moved to the State Theatre from the original location — but don’t worry, your Port City tickets are still valid.

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Friday Roundup: Action Bronson, Builder of the House, Instagram and more!

Action Bronson at the State Theatre.

Action Bronson at the State Theatre. Photo by Andrew Foster.

Pop quiz, HillyTowners! If the Hilly Town Cinematic Universe had its own Avengers team, who would be in it? I want your most thought-out answers in the comments section, ideally in the form of a drawing that someone can use for a Hella Sweet . . . → Read More: Friday Roundup: Action Bronson, Builder of the House, Instagram and more!

Photo Recap: Action Bronson Played The State [4.29.15]

Photo recap of Action Bronson at The State Theatre on April 29, 2015. . . . → Read More: Photo Recap: Action Bronson Played The State [4.29.15]

Curbside Enthusiasm Preview

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This First Friday the art walk will be getting a dose of local stand-up comedy in an unconventional venue: the back of a truck. Portland Comedy Co-op, a collective of comedians performing together since 2013, will be bringing their sets outside of the dark bars and clubs usually frequented by stand-ups in the Maine comedy scene. . . . → Read More: Curbside Enthusiasm Preview

Leveret kick-off East Coast tour this Saturday at Bayside Bowl

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While they’ve been busy record shopping with local music blogs; releasing one hell of an album with Action At A Distance and playing local music showcases; Portland’s Leveret have also been plotting a seven-stop East Coast tour that starts at your favorite bar-and-bowling combo spot in Portland, and wraps-up at what is apparently the . . . → Read More: Leveret kick-off East Coast tour this Saturday at Bayside Bowl

Friday Roundup: Backlash, Record Store Day crackers and more

I am writing on a computer that has seen far better days. This was once a glorious laptop I could take to coffee shops, but now it’s hooked into an external monitor out of necessity. It’s as if the poor thing is on life support, except I’m totally ready to blast it into smithereens.

You . . . → Read More: Friday Roundup: Backlash, Record Store Day crackers and more

HillyTown Goes Record Shopping with Fur

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Before Friday night’s show, and a few days before their debut dropped, Tara and Brian Cohen (2/3 of Fur — minus bassist Greg Bazinet) visited the Portland Middle Street location of our very own Bull Moose to check-out their ever-growing and eclectic vinyl selection. . . . → Read More: HillyTown Goes Record Shopping with Fur

Jacob Augustine East Coast Tour

We’re big fans of Jacob Augustine and his unforgettable voice and songwriting around here, so this is a friendly reminder to catch him on the road over the next couple of weeks. He hits the road tonight with his band, traveling South all the way to Tennessee before making his way back up to Vermont for Waking Windows. Check out all of his albums on Bandcamp (where you can order one-of-a-kind hand-painted cds of any of them) and head out to a show! . . . → Read More: Jacob Augustine East Coast Tour

Recap: Sufjan Stevens @ Merrill Auditorium [4.14.2015]

Sufjan Stevens + Cold Specks @ Merrill Auditorium

Sufjan Stevens @ Merrill Auditorium 4.14.15 photo by Hannah Hays

Death is the elephant in the room of our lives. It’s one of the few universal inevitabilities we all face in our world, and yet we pretend it doesn’t exist and choose to ignore its impact until we’re directly faced with it. The thought . . . → Read More: Recap: Sufjan Stevens @ Merrill Auditorium [4.14.2015]

Record Store Day Maine 2015

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This Saturday, April 18th, record stores around the state will participate in the 8th annual Record Store Day. It’s no surprise that Bull Moose has the biggest list of events for this new holiday, since record guru/longtime Bull Moose employee Chris Brown actually invented the holiday. If you have about two . . . → Read More: Record Store Day Maine 2015

State Theatre nabs The Decemberists and a game of dream double bills

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It’s of course no surprise to anyone reading this that the State Theatre announced another member of the millennial indie rock’s graduating class (Neutral Milk Hotel, Death Cab For Cutie, Interpol et al.) with The Decemberists playing a show on July 29 at the theatre itself.

It’ll be a great show of course (this . . . → Read More: State Theatre nabs The Decemberists and a game of dream double bills

Fur drop a new video for “Bronze” and announce album release show

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I’ve made it pretty clear by now that I’m a huge fan of everything that Greg Bazinet, Tara and Brian Cohen have been involved with musically. From their scrappy roots playing (for the most part) acoustic-tinged punk, to their all-out epic and final album under The Rattlesnakes banner, Spine..

But as some famous . . . → Read More: Fur drop a new video for “Bronze” and announce album release show

Sufjan Stevens is playing at Merrill Auditorium tomorrow, but you already knew that

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This is a strange one for me – as I was lucky enough to catch Sufjan Stevens the last time he played in Portland, which was at Port City Music Hall in 2009 (seen in a clip above). It was during that period of dormancy following the immense aura and lore of Sufjan Stevens . . . → Read More: Sufjan Stevens is playing at Merrill Auditorium tomorrow, but you already knew that

Friday Roundup: RVIVR, Action Bronson, AFRAID and First Friday

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Lady Lamb performing at Port City last month, openers Cuddle Magic will take the stage at SPACE next week. PHOTO: HillyTown/Andrew Foster

It’s true — I’m not Dylan Martin, your usual HillyTown weekly Friday rounder-uper. Dylan is currently working on a more involved story for HillyTown that will be up next week (or so . . . → Read More: Friday Roundup: RVIVR, Action Bronson, AFRAID and First Friday

Tal National makes the journey from West Africa to SPACE this weekend

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A lot of things can be said about the effect of the Internet on music an it’s reach to potential audiences. Almost thirty years ago Paul Simon brought traditional Afropop music out of the incense heavy world of import clothing shops and thrust Graceland onto the main stage and record stores across the world . . . → Read More: Tal National makes the journey from West Africa to SPACE this weekend