In the time since the demise of local chaos-fueled folk rockers Dead End Armory, Wesley Hartley and the Traveling Trees saw Wesley’s Texas roots coming to the forefront in a more subdued setting. Now that project has dropped a member and turned up the volume as Splendora CÃ¶lt, a trio that rides the line . . . → Read More: Splendora CÃ¶lt Played Their First Gig + Show Announcement! [8.16.11]
Ferdinand is turning 10, so we made this video. Check it out, and go to their party this Saturday (8/20) from 5pm-8pm!
This fairly low key evening started out with a beautiful performance by Micah Blue Smaldone, accompanied by Colleen Kinsella. Guitarist (and filmmaker) David Camlin followed with some solo fingerpicking action, before An Evening With took the stage. Jeremy Alexander’s project has had a rotating cast of characters over the years, in an effort to . . . → Read More: An Evening With Played Empire [8.4.11]
For a while I wasn’t sure if The Baltic Sea were still active, but it turned out they were just hard at work on their new album, Period Piece (which was the featured album here recently). At last week’s TWO show at Port City Music Hall, the band made some of the best use . . . → Read More: The Baltic Sea Released “Period Piece” [8.02.11]
Two things I love are music and food, so this event was a chance to pair the two. Despite some threatening clouds and occasional drizzle (oh, and that sold out Beirut show across town), the pre-show backyard BBQ we set up at Mayo Street Arts on Friday went off without a hitch, and music . . . → Read More: HillyTown Presented: Mayo Street (+ BBQ) [7.29.11]
Last week, local promoter extraordinaire A Robot put on another excellent free show at Flask (careful with those Moxie Bombs!). If you haven’t been making it out to these, you’ve been missing something real special. For this occasion, the bands were all female-fronted, and I especially appreciated the increasing number of band members onstage . . . → Read More: A Robot Presented: Female-fronted at Flask [7.14.11]
Thursday night at Flask Lounge was one of those fun, low-key local shows that just feels so great. A Robot has been doing a great job putting together free shows, and everything aligned to make this one in particular especially fun. It’s no secret that HillyTown loves if and it and Butcher Boy, but . . . → Read More: A Robot Presented at Flask [6.9.11]
Portland has a new late night food option. Offering “Just good Italian food” and some of the most enthusiastic service I’ve seen after 1am, the Exchange Street Cafe is open until 2AM Thursday-Saturday, making it a new option for post-rock show snacking (yes, they’re open other times too).
Sure, the food is pretty straightforward . . . → Read More: Music Fans Need Food Too: Exchange St. Cafe
After catching most of Neon Trees at the State, I ran down to Port City Music Hall for a show that’s been a long time coming to Portland: from Alaska (by way of the other Portland), Portugal. The Man are one of those bands that have a way of capturing fans’ attention in a . . . → Read More: Portugal. The Man Played Port City [6.1.11]
Last night was a busy one for national acts in town. I started at the State Theatre for Neon Trees before heading down Congress Street (see my post on Portugal. The Man coming soon). I wasn’t actually too familiar with the headliner or openers The Limousines, but both acts pushed the electro/pop genre hard . . . → Read More: Neon Trees Played The State [6.1.11]
In the early days of HillyTown, Jerusha Robinson (of South China) kept telling me that I needed to look beyond Portland, particularly at Biddeford, for interesting creative things happening in Maine. At the time, Loving Anvil had a storefront and its proprietors, Gil and Coco Corral, were having some musical performances in the green . . . → Read More: Hogfarm Grand Finale Photos [5.26.11]
Back in July 2009, Dawes were scheduled to play a show at SPACE Gallery on their tour supporting Deer Tick (who were also just in town), but the show ended up getting canceled so the California band never got to make their Portland, Maine debut. Nearly two years later, they finally made it back . . . → Read More: Dawes Finally Played Portland [5.24.11]
Saturday night was a busy one for music, with lots of great events happening around Portland, but we headed out of town for some fun at the Oak + the Ax in Biddeford. Miniboone (who played one of our OFFStage shows last year) were up from NYC and joined by the excellent Bangor rock . . . → Read More: HillyTown Presented at The Oak and The Ax [5.14.11]
On Thursday, A Robot put together a show with the theme of co-ed bands at Flask Lounge. Rio Bravo, a NH band that reminded me of Be Your Own Pet (or you could say a cross between YYYs and Gossip, but something about their sound was a bit more punk than the artier rock . . . → Read More: Flask Co-ed Night Photo Recap [5.12.11]