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Jacob Augustine East Coast Tour

We’re big fans of Jacob Augustine and his unforgettable voice and songwriting around here, so this is a friendly reminder to catch him on the road over the next couple of weeks. He hits the road tonight with his band, traveling South all the way to Tennessee before making his way back up to Vermont for Waking Windows. Check out all of his albums on Bandcamp (where you can order one-of-a-kind hand-painted cds of any of them) and head out to a show! . . . → Read More: Jacob Augustine East Coast Tour

Recap: Sufjan Stevens @ Merrill Auditorium [4.14.2015]

Sufjan Stevens + Cold Specks @ Merrill Auditorium

Sufjan Stevens @ Merrill Auditorium 4.14.15 photo by Hannah Hays

Death is the elephant in the room of our lives. It’s one of the few universal inevitabilities we all face in our world, and yet we pretend it doesn’t exist and choose to ignore its impact until we’re directly faced with it. The thought . . . → Read More: Recap: Sufjan Stevens @ Merrill Auditorium [4.14.2015]

Record Store Day Maine 2015

By Anders J. Nielsen

This Saturday, April 18th, record stores around the state will participate in the 8th annual Record Store Day. It’s no surprise that Bull Moose has the biggest list of events for this new holiday, since record guru/longtime Bull Moose employee Chris Brown actually invented the holiday. If you have about two . . . → Read More: Record Store Day Maine 2015

State Theatre nabs The Decemberists and a game of dream double bills

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It’s of course no surprise to anyone reading this that the State Theatre announced another member of the millennial indie rock’s graduating class (Neutral Milk Hotel, Death Cab For Cutie, Interpol et al.) with The Decemberists playing a show on July 29 at the theatre itself.

It’ll be a great show of course (this . . . → Read More: State Theatre nabs The Decemberists and a game of dream double bills

Fur drop a new video for “Bronze” and announce album release show

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I’ve made it pretty clear by now that I’m a huge fan of everything that Greg Bazinet, Tara and Brian Cohen have been involved with musically. From their scrappy roots playing (for the most part) acoustic-tinged punk, to their all-out epic and final album under The Rattlesnakes banner, Spine..

But as some famous . . . → Read More: Fur drop a new video for “Bronze” and announce album release show

Sufjan Stevens is playing at Merrill Auditorium tomorrow, but you already knew that

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This is a strange one for me – as I was lucky enough to catch Sufjan Stevens the last time he played in Portland, which was at Port City Music Hall in 2009 (seen in a clip above). It was during that period of dormancy following the immense aura and lore of Sufjan Stevens . . . → Read More: Sufjan Stevens is playing at Merrill Auditorium tomorrow, but you already knew that

Friday Roundup: RVIVR, Action Bronson, AFRAID and First Friday

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Lady Lamb performing at Port City last month, openers Cuddle Magic will take the stage at SPACE next week. PHOTO: HillyTown/Andrew Foster

It’s true — I’m not Dylan Martin, your usual HillyTown weekly Friday rounder-uper. Dylan is currently working on a more involved story for HillyTown that will be up next week (or so . . . → Read More: Friday Roundup: RVIVR, Action Bronson, AFRAID and First Friday

Tal National makes the journey from West Africa to SPACE this weekend

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A lot of things can be said about the effect of the Internet on music an it’s reach to potential audiences. Almost thirty years ago Paul Simon brought traditional Afropop music out of the incense heavy world of import clothing shops and thrust Graceland onto the main stage and record stores across the world . . . → Read More: Tal National makes the journey from West Africa to SPACE this weekend

Stop doing what you’re doing and listen to High Spirits

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Okay, in all honesty sometimes we miss some pretty great local releases when they come out and just get to (hopefully) cover the subsequent touring following a release. Well, this is sort of like that — but sadly, not enough of the later.

I’m talking about High Spirits here — and specifically their most recent . . . → Read More: Stop doing what you’re doing and listen to High Spirits

Father John Misty makes the jump from Port City to The State

Hey, remember how totally great that Father John Misty show was back in 2013 at Port City Music Hall? Times were simpler then — and as recently announced — Father John Misty has hit the big time in the Portland market, supporting his newest album I Love You, Honeybear.

 

 

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Cuddle Magic goes from Lady Lamb opening to SPACE headliners

First of all, apologies for the lack of updates over here the ol’ HillyTown home — between the flu, SXSW, and multiple full-time jobs, things have been a bit busy at HQ. But no worries: we don’t want Hilly to fade into a Portland myth like The Taxis or Marie Stella.

Let’s start with one . . . → Read More: Cuddle Magic goes from Lady Lamb opening to SPACE headliners

Friday Roundup: Outdoor shows, new Belfast festival, Poopin’ Louie and more

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Apologies, y’all. I took the day off last week because of an unplanned vacation to BEING SICK IN MY BED, so we have some catching up to do in the Hilly Town Cinematic Universe. . . . → Read More: Friday Roundup: Outdoor shows, new Belfast festival, Poopin’ Louie and more

Arootsakoostik/Eurekakoostik/A-Roots Ramble Preview

By Anders J. Nielsen

Tricky Britches at Arootsakoostic – photo by No Idea Productions

 

Arootsakoostik, the ninth annual outdoor music festival in New Sweden, ME, is growing in the natural way (see our coverage of previous years here). What began as a project of passion for Aroostook County native Travis Cyr, has blossomed . . . → Read More: Arootsakoostik/Eurekakoostik/A-Roots Ramble Preview

Metal Feathers come out of hiding tonight at SPACE

Metal Feather’s performing at 2011’s HillyTown Party Barge

We hope you’ll forgive us for forgetting momentarily about Portland’s Metal Feathers — but we are quick to forgive lapses in activity for anything that we know has a proven track record in Portland over here at HillyTown.

So yes, the fact is that it’s been . . . → Read More: Metal Feathers come out of hiding tonight at SPACE

AFRAID drops new album — playing Poland Street show on Friday

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Oh no — is HillyTowncore becoming a thing again? We’ll slow down that descent soon and promise that we’ll be expanding our coverage as the winter hibernation of Portland starts to shake-off and new releases come our way.

For example, check out the new Haru Bangs Mixtape; or dare we consider . . . → Read More: AFRAID drops new album — playing Poland Street show on Friday