It’s mid-April, so that means that we’re back with yet another (our third, in fact) HillyTown Belfast Free Range Fest Sampler! This year, we’ve collective tracks from 21 bands playing next weekend’s festival (April 27) to make this free album for you to stream, embed, and download! Check it out below or at Bandcamp. (If you just want a zip of the MP3s, go here).
Here’s the fourth – and final – installment in our BTR Hear & There video collaboration with BreakThru Radio. For this one, we joined Tyler from Foam Castles in the band’s basement practice space in Portland for the song, “Underground Interiors.”
For this, the third installment of our collaboration with BTR Hear & There, we stopped by Lisa/Liza‘s apartment in the West End of Portland on a chilly, foggy day, for an intimate, solo performance of her song, “There In The Water.”
Sometimes we just like to spring fun things on you. Today marks the beginning of a series of video collaborations as part of BreakThru Radio‘s BTR Hear & There series, presenting bands performing in interesting locales. For this MAINE-themed series, we spent a week in and around Portland working with some of our favorite local acts. Check out the first episode, featuring if and it playing “Undone” at Bunker Brewing Co. in East Bayside.
Look for more about this series in the coming weeks!
Predictably, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper had an excellent, crowded show at SPACE Gallery, which she always talks about as being her home venue (we’ll never forget that time she hushed a sold out, talkative crowd there before she was even very well-known locally). It’s always great to see her back on that stage, and last night was no exception. Solo and playing a borrowed guitar (from Jeff Beam), she tore through a set of favorites and newer songs to a hyper-attentive audience, and even announced that she’ll be back to play the venue in March to celebrate the release of her first studio album.
Headliner Kaki King may not have had the hometown advantage, but that didn’t get in the way of playing a strong set with numerous guitar changes, and even sharing a performance using a new Moog-crafted acoustic guitar. Check out some photos from the show below.
We’re starting to really get used to – and enjoy – these shows where bands take it to the crowd, be that on the floor, or on chairs, benches, bars, etc. Last night at SPACE Gallery was certainly one of those. Though Brooklyn band Lucius had to cancel, the two acts still on the bill truly made the most of the night. You Won’t opened and won the crowd over, going off-mic and singing from the middle of the room for a portion of their set. Later, headliners Pearl And The Beard did the same, even inviting their friend Lady Lamb The Beekeeper (who opens for Kaki King at the same venue tomorrow night) to close out the night with a song she’d helped the band to write. It was definitely a fun night with a room full of friendly, appreciative (and attractive, according to PATB) people. More of these, please.
What, did you think that just because it’s Sunday and a soggy day that you get to stay in for the night? Think again. Two shows in the Arts District are sure to get the crowds out. Port City has Trampled By Turtles (whose name we just can’t get past, but they do seem quite popular) with the excellent Spirit Family Reunion opening.
If you prefer a little more indie pop with your folk, down the street at SPACE Gallery is a triple bill of some of our favorite bands, all of whom have a knack for putting a big smile on audiences’ faces. Pearl and the Beard have become a Portland staple over the last few years, and You Won’t have made a number of trips up to the area from Massachussetts, but Brooklyn’s Lucius are new to Maine, and definitely worth checking out. (Unfortunately we just heard that Lucius won’t be able to play due to sickness). Watch the BreakThru Radio videos below to get a preview of what’s in store for tonight.
Dinosaur Jr are back in town tonight, headlining a show at the State Theatre. You probably already knew that.
Now for a bit of shameless self-promo: If you’re still up for fun (and have some hearing left) head over to Slainte after the show for a free party with Mount Sharp (ex-Marie Stella and Mango Floss) and CHRY. Things should start there around 10:45.
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Metal Feathers playing Dreary Beats at Mayo St. Arts on February twenty second, two thousand and thirteen.