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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 show. All accounts indicate that it was an excellent night. Check out our exclusive photos below!

2013 Northside Festival Showcase Recap

Lisa/Liza at Northside 2013

For the second year in a row, we put together an official showcase as part of the Brooklyn-based Northside Festival. This time, we teamed up with our friends at StereoActiveNYC (full disclosure: HillyTown was sort of an offshoot/Maine-companion of SANYC in the beginning) and had some help from BreakThruRadio to put together a free, all-day show featuring 12 bands. Maine acts included Sunset Hearts, The Coalsack In Crux, and Lisa/Liza, sharing the stage with some familiar Brooklyn bands such as Miniboone, Clouder, and Weird Children (all of whom have done various HillyTown/Maine things over the past couple years) – among others.

Thanks so much to all the bands, the venue, Northside Festival, and everybody who came out to spend their Sunday/Father’s Day with us in Brooklyn!

Head over to the BTR flickr for the whole photo gallery!

Lady Lamb and Kaki King Played SPACE [12.4.12]

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.

Photos by Bryan Bruchman.

Pearl And The Beard and You Won’t Played SPACE [12.2.12]

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.

Photos by Bryan Bruchman.

Girl Talk Did It Again: Photo recap [8.16.12]

Can we just make this happen once a month or so? Girl Talk has come to Portland a couple times now, and it’s a reliably fun, sweaty, ridiculous affair of a party. Read on for photos from the latest visit, shot by Tom Couture. Continue reading Girl Talk Did It Again: Photo recap [8.16.12]

Free Range Festival Photo Recap [4.28.12]

It’s hard to believe that it’s already been three months since this year’s excellent Belfast Free Range Music Festival. The growing fest has quickly become one of our favorite musical moments to look forward to each year in Maine, and we’re proud to be a part of it (through our annual afterparty at Three Tides and compilation album). This year, we had three photographers (Bryan, Conall O’Brien, and Steven J. Gray) on hand running around to document all the fun. Read on for a massive photo gallery featuring almost every band that performed (photos from the afterparty will come later) and start making plans to attend next year, when the 4th Annual Belfast Free Range Festival happens on Saturday, April 27, 2013. We can’t wait to see you there. Continue reading Free Range Festival Photo Recap [4.28.12]

Photo Recap: HillyTown at Dirigimus [4.27.12]

Sure, this was almost three months ago, but that sounds like a good time to reminisce a bit. On Friday, April 27, we took over the great Dirigimus warehouse space in Portland for a massive party featuring What Cheer? Brigade, Callers, the Milkman’s Union, and the Nogar Family Band. It was a fun, surreal evening, and we hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did. Tonight at that same space there are two shows, one of which should be getting underway any minute now. Gregg Gin (of Black Flag) & the Royal We are joined by NYC’s Cinema Cinema (who played one of the first ever HillyTown Presents shows at Geno’s back in 2008!) for the show which was set to kick off at 5pm. Hurry up over there! Immediately following this loud rockin’ show is a bit of a more downtempo affair, as if and it celebrate the release of their excellent new record, Bleeding Moon with the help of Wesley Allen Hartley & the Traveling Trees and Aleric Nez at 8pm. Read on for our photos from the show back in April!

Bowerbirds Played SPACE Gallery [6.20.12]

As promised, Bowerbirds played SPACE Gallery on Wednesday with opening sets by Basia Bulat and local favorites The Milkman’s Union. Check out the full gallery of photos by David Zwickerhill below! Continue reading Bowerbirds Played SPACE Gallery [6.20.12]

Tonight, And What We’ve Seen So Far

First things first: tonight, we’re presenting a free show at Slainte Wine Bar. Kicking off with Rural Ghosts, then Max Carcia Conover, Even Parker (if and it), and Greg Jamie (o’death/Blood Warrior, with Jeremy Robinson). See you there at 7pm?

Bonus: it’s already been a few very busy days, but at the end of this ride we’ll have tons of photos for you to see. For now, here’s a shot of one of our current favorite Maine acts, Coke Weed, joined by Micah Blue Smaldone, taken during our Free Range Fest Afterparty on Saturday night.

Coke Weed and Micah are on tour, with a stop in NH tonight before continuing on to NYC. Here are their upcoming dates:

Monday, April 30 – Portsmouth, NH @ The Red Door w/ Micah
Tuesday, May 1 – Providence, RI @ AS220 w/ Micah, Tig & Bean
Wednesday, May 2 – New York City, NY @ The Cake Shop w/ Micah, Steve Gunn
Thursday, May 3 – Williamsburg, Brooklyn @ Cameo Arts w/ Micah, A>G>E, Sun Watchers
Friday, May 4 – Northampton/Amherst, MA @ The Montague Bookmill w/ Micah
Saturday, May 5 – Hudson, NY @ The Spotty Dog w/ Micah, A>G>E
Sunday, May 6 – Boston, MA @ Gay Gardens (Allston) w/ Micah

Week Of Fun Underway. Free Range Fest Today!

Last night we kicked off a week of Maine shows with What Cheer? Brigade (photo above), Callers, The Milkman’s Union, and Nogar Family Band at the Dirigimus space in Portland. Now we’re heading up to Belfast, Maine for a full day of great music, thanks to the Free Range Fest (including the two headliners from last night). Don’t miss our festival afterparty at Three Tides, kicking off at 10pm. Get there early to make sure you can get in the show to see Great Western Plain, A Severe Joy, and Vistas at this free party! Full schedule for the day is here.

Don’t forget to get the sampler we put together for the Fest!

HillyTown Presented NYC [3.8.12]

Thursday night was our first time working with the Williamsburg, Brooklyn music venue Cameo Gallery. It’s an interesting spot, hidden in the back room of a restuarant in a pretty highly trafficked part of the neighborhood. That said, it feels like you’re walking in on a secret party, and that’s exactly what we liked about the night. All four bands (Weird Children, Diehard, Quiet Loudly, and – of course – Bangor’s When Particles Collide) were so much fun to work with and put on a great show. Nights like this are why we do these things. Read on for photos.

Jane’s Addiction Packed The State [3.3.12]

Alt-rock legends Jane’s Addiction played a sold out show (with openers Black Box Revelation) at the State Theatre in Portland on Saturday night. Read on for a full photo gallery from photographer Conall O’Brien below. Continue reading Jane’s Addiction Packed The State [3.3.12]

HillyTown Presented in Brooklyn [2.22.12]

Great Western Plain @ Union Hall

Great Western Plain @ Union Hall

Wow. Another awesome show with Maine and Brooklyn bands last night. Sometimes we feel like we’re getting away with something having this much fun. A great turnout and top notch performances from Field Mouse, Great Western Plain, and Shark? (plus some killer jams from the WHAT DJ?! team of I Rock I Roll and Battering Room) made for a memorable night at Union Hall. Thanks to everybody involved! Check out the photos below, and remember to snag tickets for our next NYC adventure: Thursday, March 8 @ Cameo in Williamsburg! Continue reading HillyTown Presented in Brooklyn [2.22.12]

Thurston Moore Sold Out SPACE [1.30.12]

I mean, of course he did, right? He’s Thurston Moore. That’s how that should work. All reports indicate an amazing show, openers MMOSS included. I have no doubts. Huck Photography was on hand to deliver these beautiful shots of the show for you. Continue reading Thurston Moore Sold Out SPACE [1.30.12]

HillyTown Presented (in Brooklyn) Again [1.31.12]

Two masks, two duos, a dance contest, and flowers? Yup, sounds like a HillyTown Presents show. At least on Tuesday night at Union Hall in Brooklyn, NY it was. A Severe Joy came down from Maine to play a show along with locals Genghis Hans and Mitten, and Poingly kept things fun with jams at the DJ booth, including an impromptu performance of one of his own songs/dance contest. The grand prize was an iron. And that’s just how we do it.

Check out photos from the whole show after the jump! Continue reading HillyTown Presented (in Brooklyn) Again [1.31.12]