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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!

Great Western Plain on BTR

Maine dudes Great Western Plain recently stopped by Serious Business in NYC for this brand spankin’ new episode of Serious Business On BTR! Check it out!

Hello 2014. HillyTown Presents NYC + more!

We know. It’s been a while. Again. Before we get ahead of ourselves, let us direct your attention to the HillyTown Songkick calendar (aka the current form of our showlist) for all the recommended concerts we think you should know about.

In a bit of exciting news, we’re finally putting things in motion for the future shape of HillyTown, which you’ll be hearing more about in the coming months. What you can expect will be regular updates, more live show coverage, and – of course – more events. We’re excited and we hope you will be too.

Before all of that, we have an announcement! HillyTown Presents NYC is back in action, pairing Maine bands up with local and national acts for shows in NYC (see also WHAT BLOG?!, our collaboration with a few of our music blogger friends). It’s been a while since we’ve done these regularly, so we’re psyched to get back into it on February 1st at Union Hall. Read on for details!

Saturday, February 1st, 2014
HillyTown Presents @ Union Hall [702 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY]
Iska Dhaaf + The Tablets + Contrapposto + Beat Radio
8pm, $8 advance / $10 day of show, 21+

Iska Dhaaf (Seattle, WA)

Contrapposto (Portland, ME)

Beat Radio (Bellmore, NY)

PICNIC Holiday Sale This Weekend!

It’s here! The 5th installment of the Picnic Holiday Sale is happening this Sunday 12/15/13 at the Portland Company Complex at 58 Fore Street in Portland, ME from 11am to 6pm. Once again we’ve put together a lineup of DJ’s to keep you entertained and shopping all day! You can RSVP on Facebook (but the event is free and open to the public of all ages).

Picnic DJ lineup, presented by HillyTown:
11am – tbd
12pm – Matt Little-Farmer
1pm – DJ Squishybunny
2pm – Sonia Box Tiger
3pm – Favrit Foodz
4pm – Dewey Decimal Sound System
5pm – DJ Leaf Peeper

See you there!

Lady Lamb: Return To Maine documentary

We produced this video in collaboration with Aly Spaltro (Lady Lamb) and BreakThru Radio. Thanks to Jeff Beam, SPACE Gallery, WCYY, Bart & Greg’s, Bull Moose, and everybody else who helped out or let us film on those whirlwind couple of days back in March.



Our BFF’s in Biddo are right in the middle of their second annual OAK AND THE AX FESTIVAL, which we hope you already know about and are attending. To sweeten the pot, tomorrow at 1:30pm, they’ll be screening a video we (err, I, or whatever) made with Lady Lamb The Beekeeper back in March when she went up to Portland for her record release show at SPACE Gallery. It’ll be the first time anybody sees it before it hits the internet next month. But that’s all besides the point, because O+A have put together an amazing weekend-long lineup of goodness for your eyes, ears, and heart and we hope you’re there sharing the goodness with them.

PICNIC 2013 Music Lineup

For the third year, HillyTown Presents is curating the live music lineup at Picnic Music + Arts Festival in Portland, Maine. The annual free festival is happening on Saturday, August 24th in Lincoln Park (corner of Congress + Franklin).

The festival itself is in its sixth year, and one of our favorite things about the music is that the lineup has consistently featured local acts (often including brand new bands playing some of their first gigs), alongside some touring bands. This year, we’re going heavy on the locals in the 10-band lineup, with new acts Leveret, High Spirits, and Gimme Goldar, recent favorites Rural Ghosts, Lisa/Liza, Conjjjecture, Forget,Forget, and Contrapposto, NYC-based Yoni Gordon bringing some city soul to the park, and the triumphant return of a reformed Good Kids Sprouting Horns. Read on for videos and streams to get to know the bands, and remember to make it a whole weekend of great music by picking up tickets for More Hot August Night, On A Boat, AKA Party Barge (Sunday, August 25, $15, 21+, available at Pinecone + Chickadee).

Contrapposto – Cousinfriends (official music video) from Contrapposto on Vimeo.

See you in Lincoln Park!

When Particles Collide – “Ego” official video

Our favorite rock ‘n roll duo from Bangor, When Particles Collide, returns to the stage and the screen (they seem to have a thing for choreographed dance moves) with this brand new video for their track, “Ego.” Watch it now:

HillyTown Presents In Brooklyn! Peter Squires + more

We’re back at it! This Friday, July 19, HillyTown Presents brings you Peter Squires, Hey Anna, and Mission Drift at Union Hall in Brooklyn, NY!

Get tickets / RSVP on Facebook.



Can you believe it’s already that time of the year again? Denmark Arts Center Presents: DAM JAM 2013!

Once again, they’re featuring a few of our favorite Maine acts: Sunset Hearts, Coke Weed, and Jacob Augustine, as well as Mountain Animation, Burlington Taiko Ensemble, and a special set from Kristin Hersh (for the record, we’re big fans of her bands Throwing Muses and 50 Foot Wave, so we find this pretty awesome).

To make the whole thing even better for all of you Portlanders, this year they’re running a bus to get you from the city to the festival! For $20 you get a ticket to the festival and a ride out – leaving from in front of Joe’s Smoke Shop. Get your tickets here (just the festival ticket is $10)!

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!

HillyTown Northside Festival Showcase Sunday!

While we’ve been keeping things a bit quiet here on the site, we’ve been busy prepping for a full summer of events! Things start off this weekend, as The L Magazine’s Northside Festival takes over North Brooklyn, and we’re back for our second annual HillyTown showcase.

On Sunday, June 16, HillyTown is teaming up with StereoActiveNYC (which you may or may not be familiar as the NYC-based blog/showlist precursor to this site, in a way) for a FREE, ALL DAY official Northside showcase featuring bands from NYC and Maine, all at Spike Hill in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

1pm – JPK (with band) >>> http://jpkisjpk.bandcamp.com/
2pm – LISA/LIZA >>> http://lisalizas.bandcamp.com/
3pm – OWEL >>> http://owel.bandcamp.com/
4pm – COALSACK IN CRUX >>> http://thecoalsackincrux.bandcamp.com/
5pm – LEDA >>> http://leda.bandcamp.com/
6pm – BALL OF FLAME SHOOT FIRE >>> http://ballofflameshootfire.bandcamp.com/
7PM – CULTFEVER >>> http://cultfever.bandcamp.com/
8PM – WEIRD CHILDREN >>> http://weirdchildren.bandcamp.com/
9PM – SUNSET HEARTS >>> http://sunsethearts.bandcamp.com/
10PM – MINIBOONE >>> http://miniboone.bandcamp.com/
11PM – SHARK? >>> http://sharkquestionmark.bandcamp.com/
12AM – CLOUDER >>> http://clouder.bandcamp.com/

co-sponsored by BreakThru Radio


RSVP on Facebook

2013 Belfast Free Range Fest Sampler!

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).

Get your Free Range Fest passes here!

New video: “The Flattest Of Country” Jesse Pilgrim & The Bonfire

Check out more from Jesse Pilgrim & The Bonfire at Bandcamp.


Kyle Gervais (Grand Hotel, Cosades) has a new project called KGFREEZE Here’s his first video, for the song “Can’t Get My Mind Off Of You,” of the debut album, Sociopath.