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!
This is some pretty fun news to share. While I was in Maine for the recent week of HillyTown shows, I caught up with José Ayerve, aka A Severe Joy, to shoot a performance video in Portland for BreakThruRadio‘s video series, Hear & There. Check out the video of the song “Inside Out and Hand . . . → Read More: A Severe Joy on BTR Hear & There
Some very good friends of ours (David Meiklejohn and Sonya Tomlinson) have produced a video documenting the stories of the 15 immigrant teens in the Telling Room‘s Young Writers & Leaders program. Watch the trailer below, and go see the whole thing at SPACE Gallery this Thursday, May 24.
. . . → Read More: The Whole World Waiting (Thursday at SPACE)
When The Milkman’s Union were in town to record with and do a short tour alongside Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, I stopped by the studio to make this quick single shot video with frontman Henry Jamison. The track, “Bright and Future,” was recorded during a break on the Lady Lamb project at Let ‘Em In . . . → Read More: Henry Jamison video – “Bright and Future”
Noticing a theme here? On Wednesday, December 15, Lady Lamb and The Milkman’s Union (who have been recording together in Brooklyn) kicked off a brief tour at Union Hall in Park Slope along with their local pals Cuddle Magic. All just a couple days before Brenda hit the borough to play a diy show. . . . → Read More: Lady Lamb and The Milkman’s Union Played Brooklyn [12.15.11]
As promised, we made it out to Littlefield in Brooklyn, NY to catch the last night of a short run of dates shared by Coke Weed (from Bar Harbor), Trummors (new project from a former member of Ted Leo and the Pharmacists), and A>G>E (a project from members of the French Kicks and the . . . → Read More: Bar Harbor’s Coke Weed Played Brooklyn [11.8.11]
Last week, thousands of musicians headed to New York City for the CMJ Music Marathon. For the second year in a row, Portland, Maine got its very own showcase. This year, the Portland Music Foundation brought 7 bands (Spose w/Sly Chi, Sunset Hearts, The Milkman’s Union, Billy Libby, Kurt Baker, the Mallett Brothers Band, . . . → Read More: PMF CMJ Showcase Photo Recap [10.20.11]
It’s that time again! Last year we threw a day party and coordinated the official Portland, ME showcase during the CMJ Music Marathon in NYC. It was all so much fun that we couldn’t resist getting in on the action again.
We’ll start with the free party (what better way, right?). Wednesday night, . . . → Read More: HillyTown Returns to CMJ!
One of the first acts to really land on our radar at HillyTown and make a big impact was Lady Lamb The Beekeeper. It’s been a couple years now since that first show we caught at Slainte, and Aly Spaltro has since toured extensively, gotten amazing press, and moved to Brooklyn. This week, I . . . → Read More: Lady Lamb Brooklyn Studio Visit, SPACE Saturday!
There isn’t much I can say to express the overwhelming fun of this show. I may have downplayed the significance of it being my last night in town leading up to the show, but the all-out-party that the evening brought was a perfectly fitting end to 3 years of living in Portland and working . . . → Read More: HillyTown Presented: o’death [9.18.11]
o'death poster by Kris Johnsen
This is a big weekend for parties with “o” bands at SPACE Gallery. Tomorrow there’s SPACE co-founder Jon Courtney’s birthday celebration with Oneida and Company, and then on Sunday it’s a HillyTown shindig (which the Free Press recommends) featuring o’death, with Butcher Boy and Splendora Colt (read a PPH . . . → Read More: o’death Show This Sunday
Last night was one of the more fun shows I’ve shot in Portland. From the fun disco funk dance party of openers Midnight Magic, to the blissed-out synth-and-sample-heavy chillwave of Washed Out, to the face-melting dance jams (with a refreshingly hefty amount of noise guitar work) of Cut/Copy, this was an incredible show at . . . → Read More: Cut Copy Played The State [9.14.11]
Last night, one of Portland’s premier music venues officially celebrated a milestone. One Longfellow Square has become a nonprofit organization (you can become a member here) and they celebrated with a special event to introduce their board of directors and welcome members and friends into their renovated space. Local artist (and musician) Pat Corrigan . . . → Read More: One Longfellow Square Nonprofit Launch [9.14.11]
I know I keep saying it, but A Robot has been doing a great job throwing awesome free shows at Flask Lounge. If you’re into fun, loud, diy-style shows on the floor of a neighborhood bar, these are for you. The fact that it’s the home of the Moxie Bomb (careful with those, kids) . . . → Read More: A Robot Presented: 4 Bands at Flask [9.8.11]
While the focus of Picnic Music + Arts Festival for many people is clearly the arts, with tons of great vendors selling handmade crafts, vintage finds, and tasty food all around Lincoln Park, we were focused largely on the music side of things, considering that HillyTown curated that portion of the festival. August 27 . . . → Read More: Picnic Festival Photo Recap [8.27.11]