Jacob Augustine Released Three Albums [11.4.11]

We were already well-aware of the power of Jacob Augustine‘s songwriting and voice, as you can see here, but what does it take to properly celebrate the unveiling of three albums at once? Apparently, an epic show full of talented guest musicians and a whole lot of support. That’s just what Jacob got this past Friday at Port City Music Hall. As our friend Dylan V. made abundantly clear, there were a whole lot of positive vibes going around with the exemplary display of the powers of Portland’s supportive local music scene. Billy Libby (who we just caught at the Portland CMJ showcase) and This Way opened for Jacob Augustine, as he was joined by a backing band including members of Dominic and the Lucid (note: they’ve gone back to the original name, no longer just The Lucid), the Milkman’s Union, and others. Do yourself a favorite and go get Frontier, Goldyhymns (this was the one recorded at Mayo Street Arts, which we got to stop by and check out and make the “Hallelujah Banks” video), and The Original Love (all available for “name-your-own-price”) and enjoy the music while you check out the photos below from the show. All photos by Andrew Foster. Continue reading Jacob Augustine Released Three Albums [11.4.11]

The Pixies Played The State [11.1.11]

Last night, the Pixies brought their Lost Cities tour (hitting places they’d never played before and running the entirety of their now 20+ year old album Doolittle) to the State Theatre in Portland. Opening with a selection of B-Sides before tackling the album and a few bonus hits – complete with synched video projections and a light show – the band sounds as solid as if that whole 11-year breakup never happened. All reports indicate that the Pixies fans of Portland – who had been waiting a VERY long time to see this band in their state – had a great time. Read on for some photos of The Pixies (Surfer Blood opened but we were only allowed to get photos from a few songs by the headliners) by Andrew Foster and a video of the band playing “Hey” from Shawn Saindon, as well as the remaining tour dates. Continue reading The Pixies Played The State [11.1.11]

Halloween = Metal @ SPACE [10.31.11]

That was a f#%cking rock show! Quite possibly one of the best metal/doom/rock shows I’ve been to. – HillyTown photographer.

Sure, there were plenty of parties and shows happening around Portland this weekend with various spooky themes, but you’ve gotta give it to the true believers who hit SPACE Gallery on Monday for sticking to the holiday’s dark nature with a solid metal show. Sylvia opened with one of their first few shows, but were reportedly very tight. La Otracina followed and brought the metal and psych with a drummer who’s also the lead singer! Danava kept it rocking with epic guitars before Thrones (Joe Preston’s solo project) rounded out the night. Check out the full gallery below to relive it (or see what you missed). Photos by Erika Johnson. Continue reading Halloween = Metal @ SPACE [10.31.11]

Flaming Lips Took Over the State [10.24.11]

There’s no denying it, the Flaming Lips put on one of the best shows out there, and this week they brought it back to Portland for a long-awaited return to the State Theatre. Were you there? What’d you think of the openers, Talkdemonic and Kurt Vile & the Violators? Have you gotten all that confetti out of your hair yet? Read on for a full photo gallery from Conall O’Brien. Continue reading Flaming Lips Took Over the State [10.24.11]

PMF CMJ Showcase Photo Recap [10.20.11]

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, and the Toughcats) to play at Sullivan Hall on Thursday, October 20. Read on below for a full gallery featuring all of these acts. It was an incredible night and we were glad to be a part of it. Continue reading PMF CMJ Showcase Photo Recap [10.20.11]

Lady Lamb and o’death Played Brooklyn [10.9.11]

It’s totally just a coincidence that 75% of our live music coverage here on HillyTown lately has been about Lady Lamb the Beekeeper and o’death (that other 25% apparently goes to Astronautalis – a trend that will likely continue), but we happen to love both of those acts so no complaints here. This weekend, o’death played their first Brooklyn show in about 6 months, and the crowd at The Bell House in Gowanus was ready for it. Portland to Brooklyn transplant Lady Lamb the Beekeeper kicked off the night with a strong solo performance, filling the room with her huge voice even when stepping away from the mic. The Woes kept things moving between the two and as if the lineup wasn’t strong enough to ensure a night of all-out-fun, the Hungry March Band came out to join o’death for their set-closing song “Down To Rest” before leading the crowd out to the front room for an afterparty. Read on for a full gallery from the show. Continue reading Lady Lamb and o’death Played Brooklyn [10.9.11]

Astronautalis + Lady Lamb Sold Out SPACE [9.24.11]

Sounds like this was a pretty great show, as expected. Photos from David Zwickerhill below. Look for more coverage on both Astronautalis (and his Portland-based bandmembers) and Lady Lamb The Beekeeper in the coming weeks, as they have shows in NY that we’ll plan to be at as well! Continue reading Astronautalis + Lady Lamb Sold Out SPACE [9.24.11]

Lady Lamb Brooklyn Studio Visit, SPACE Saturday!

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 also happened to move to Brooklyn, and just a couple days later got word that more Portland friends – The Milkman’s Union – would be heading this way to do a special recording session with Lady Lamb. As it turns out, the studio happened to be around the corner from my new apartment and run by my friend Nadim Issa, so of course I had to stop by. Check out the photos below and keep an eye on the blog Brooklyn Based for when they release the very cool track that came from that session. Aly and the TMU boys were joined by Andrew Futral (Field Mouse/The Age of Rockets) for the session.

For those of you in Portland, don’t miss Lady Lamb The Beekeeper’s big show tomorrow, Saturday 9/24, at SPACE Gallery with Astronautalis (who we are big fans of as well). It’s her first show back after almost a year and sure to be huge. Continue reading Lady Lamb Brooklyn Studio Visit, SPACE Saturday!

HillyTown Presented: o’death [9.18.11]

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 at SPACE Gallery. Thanks to o’death, Butcher Boy, and Splendora Cölt and everybody who came out on a Sunday night to go a little crazy together. It was great to spend the night among so many friends. Read on for photos. Continue reading HillyTown Presented: o’death [9.18.11]

Cut Copy Played The State [9.14.11]


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 the State Theatre. Read on for the massive photo gallery featuring all three bands. Continue reading Cut Copy Played The State [9.14.11]

One Longfellow Square Nonprofit Launch [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 designed the new logo and hand-painted “wallpaper” in the lobby, while the interior got a splash of new color to liven up the room. For this celebration, Pai Men Miyake provided food and music during a cocktail hour was played by Bob Hamilton. OLS’s Ellie Chase, Tom Rota, and Rob Ellis gave a few words about the new nonprofit status and programs, while music was provided by Putnam Smith and a closing performance from Jonathan Edwards and Rex Fowler. Read on for photos, and check out some of their upcoming shows! Our pick for this week is Pree (Tuesday, 9/20) – the project of May Tabol (formerly of the band Le Loup) which will be releasing their debut full length next month on one of the best indie labels around, Paper Garden Records. Continue reading One Longfellow Square Nonprofit Launch [9.14.11]

HenryFest Photo Recap [9.11.11]

On Sunday we took a short drive outside Portland to North Yarmouth, where 317 Main Street Community Center was holding their 7th annual HenryFest at Skyline Farm. The festival included a lineup of folk and bluegrass bands, plus food from Otto Pizza, Mr. Sippy BBQ, Maple’s Organic, and pies and cakes donated by volunteers. We arrived in the afternoon and enjoyed performances by Heather Masse, The Quartet (featuring Joe Walsh), and a closing set by Joy Kills Sorrow (who will be at One Longfellow Square on Thursday, October 6, and we highly recommend checking out). Read on for a photo gallery from the festival! Continue reading HenryFest Photo Recap [9.11.11]

A Robot Presented: 4 Bands at Flask [9.8.11]


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) is just an added bonus. On Thursday I got back into town just in time to get out to this show. Conveniently, some NYC friends of mine – The Whisperians – were on the bill, along with three of Maine’s most animated, tight, and exciting underground bands: Powers (playing their last show?), Pamola, and Captain Hollow. Read on for a full photo gallery. Continue reading A Robot Presented: 4 Bands at Flask [9.8.11]

HillyTown (+ A Robot) Presented [8.27.11]

Since we had a few bands coming up from NY to play Picnic, we wanted to give locals a chance to catch a longer performance than the daytime festival allowed, so we worked with A Robot Booking to throw the Official Picnic Afterparty at Geno’s on August 27. Portland’s The Deliberates and Vanityites joined NYC’s Clouder and Weird Children for a soggy night of good, messy fun. Read on for photos by Bryan Bruchman. Continue reading HillyTown (+ A Robot) Presented [8.27.11]

Picnic Festival Photo Recap [8.27.11]

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 happened to be when Hurricane Irene was gearing up to pound the east coast (thankfully the damage was less than anticipated – though still nothing to ignore) and one of the NYC-based bands scheduled to play (The Bandana Splits) was unable to make the trek due to the weather. The weather in Portland held up nicely, and we enjoyed a great day in the sun with excellent music from Mango Floss, Mouth Washington, Weird Children, the Toughcats, Henry Jamison, Butcher Boy, The Outfits, Clouder, and Sunset Hearts. Thanks to Picnic and all the bands! Read on for a photo gallery. Continue reading Picnic Festival Photo Recap [8.27.11]