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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]

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]

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]

All Roads Music Festival Recap + Interview

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

Mirah And Maia Made A HillyTown Mixtape

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

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

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

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

Record Store Day Maine 2015

By Anders J. Nielsen

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

Arootsakoostik/Eurekakoostik/A-Roots Ramble Preview

By Anders J. Nielsen

Tricky Britches at Arootsakoostic – photo by No Idea Productions

 

Arootsakoostik, the ninth annual outdoor music festival in New Sweden, ME, is growing in the natural way (see our coverage of previous years here). What began as a project of passion for Aroostook County native Travis Cyr, has blossomed . . . → Read More: Arootsakoostik/Eurekakoostik/A-Roots Ramble Preview

Interview: OLS Live And Local Spring 2015 Season

Things have changed a lot over the past few years at One Longfellow Square. The non-profit arts venue in downtown Portland has transformed from a respected but often low-key listening room to a vibrant stop on the ever-growing Portland nightlife scene. Looking at their calendar, one thing sticks out as a clear indicator of the newer directions in their schedule: for the past year, The Live And Local has been bringing local musicians who we may be more used to seeing at other rooms in town to the venue every Tuesday night for the low price of $5 . . . → Read More: Interview: OLS Live And Local Spring 2015 Season

New Maine Music On Bandcamp

There’s a ton of music from Maine out there – here’s a selection of what we found recently over at Bandcamp that was uploaded in the last month or so (though the music may not actually be new, it’s all new to us). Dig in and enjoy – there’s a ton of variety here . . . → Read More: New Maine Music On Bandcamp

The Lone Bellow and Odessa Played PCMH [2.23.15]

Last night at Port City Music Hall, Odessa and The Lone Bellow kicked off a winter tour with a sold out show. Check out some photos by Cait Kimball (full gallery here) and the rest of the tour dates (continuing tonight in Burlington, VT) further down.

. . . → Read More: The Lone Bellow and Odessa Played PCMH [2.23.15]

This Weekend In Videos

You’ve got some fine choices for live music in Portland between now and Monday…

TONIGHT: Sinkane / Cookies / Mosart212 @ SPACE

TONIGHT: Tall Horse / People Skills / Gin Lab @ Empire

TONIGHT: Aesop Rock / Rob Sonic Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall

SATURDAY: DOUGFEST 2015: The Ghosts of . . . → Read More: This Weekend In Videos

Jenny Lewis and Kurt Vile (and the Violators) Played The State

Hi folks, it’s been a while, huh? We’ve missed you. Maybe you’ve missed us. Or maybe you’ve been out enjoying your life and going to all sorts of amazing concerts. We sure hope so. Anyway, last week, our photographer Andrew Foster hit The State for the great Jenny Lewis + Kurt Vile & The Violators . . . → Read More: Jenny Lewis and Kurt Vile (and the Violators) Played The State