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It may be obvious, but we’re back in the hiatus zone again.

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Photo Recap: NoshBow @ HOME [6.28.15]

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About two weeks ago now (sorry for yet another delay on a photo gallery, seems to be a trend around here, eh?) the annual NoshBow Festival was scheduled to hit the streets of Portland, but due to some incessant rain, the festivities had to be moved inside to the recently-opened Portland House Of Music . . . → Read More: Photo Recap: NoshBow @ HOME [6.28.15]

Photo Recap: Lower Dens Played Asylum [6.23.15]

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Photo recap of Lower Dens at Asylum on June 23, 2015 by Dylan Verner. . . . → Read More: Photo Recap: Lower Dens Played Asylum [6.23.15]

Show Recap: Real Estate at Port City Music Hall June 23, 2015

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Real Estate @ Port City Music Hall – photo by Grace Hager

Real Estate @ Port City Music Hall – photo by Grace Hager

It would be hard to believe that Tuesday night’s show at Port City Music Hall was Real Estate’s first outing to the somehow-still-growing coastal city of Portland (when was the . . . → Read More: Show Recap: Real Estate at Port City Music Hall June 23, 2015

All Roads Music Festival Recap + Interview

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It’s been about a month since the inaugural All Roads Music Festival happened in Belfast, ME (May 16, 2015). HillyTown photographer Conall O’Brien was there to catch the action, and we checked in with festival director Meg Shorette for her thoughts on the experience, and to find out what lies ahead.

Interview by Bryan Bruchman.

. . . → Read More: All Roads Music Festival Recap + Interview

Lower Dens Interview 2015 + Ticket Giveaway!

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A few years back, we had the chance to do an interview with the talented Jana Hunter of Lower Dens. Now, with the band’s third full length record fully absorbed into our systems and an upcoming show next Tuesday at Asylum (along with locals Snaex and harmony-loving indie poppers TEEN), we talked to Jana . . . → Read More: Lower Dens Interview 2015 + Ticket Giveaway!

Mathew’s 4th Annual Rooftop Show Preview and set times

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Every year an ominous specter of fried food, tweens and (somehow more) paintings of lighthouses completely shut down an entire city as Portland’s Old Port Festival beats it into our heads that yes, summer is fast approaching. And a plea that we have bands that can make a nice crossover hit or two.

This of . . . → Read More: Mathew’s 4th Annual Rooftop Show Preview and set times

Mirah And Maia Made A HillyTown Mixtape

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Remember the days before social media, when there were just a few ways you’d usually hear about a great new band? One was to catch them opening for another band you already liked. That was how I first heard the indie rock singer-songwriter Mirah – in 2002, opening for Sleater-Kinney (along with the Yeah . . . → Read More: Mirah And Maia Made A HillyTown Mixtape

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 . . . → Read More: Summer Show season in Portland kicks off with Downtown Boys, Beach House and more

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