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.
. . . → Read More: Father John Misty makes the jump from Port City to The State
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
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
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
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
Maybe you’ve noticed that one our featured albums for the last week has been Don’t Mean, the newest release from the Portland Dirigimus Cooperative noise-onslaught of Zach and Max Hansen, alongside Ian Gierhan and Sam Landry — better known as the four piece Mouth Washington.
Don’t Mean is everything you’ve come to expect . . . → Read More: Mouth Washington album release show and tour starts tomorrow night at SPACE
AFRAID – SINISTER VIBES
Honesty time — we’re huge fans of (nearly) everything that comes out of Jakob Battick’s mind (some of the later Jakob Battick and Friends albums still seem a bit too down still). And the AFRAID trio of Ryan Cutler, James Marcel and Battick isn’t any different with their upcoming . . . → Read More: AFRAID kicks off East Coast Tour to support debut LP
Things have changed a lot over the past few years at One Longfellow Square. The non-profit arts venue in downtown Portland has transformed from a respected but often low-key listening room to a vibrant stop on the ever-growing Portland nightlife scene. Looking at their calendar, one thing sticks out as a clear indicator of the newer directions in their schedule: for the past year, The Live And Local has been bringing local musicians who we may be more used to seeing at other rooms in town to the venue every Tuesday night for the low price of $5 . . . → Read More: Interview: OLS Live And Local Spring 2015 Season
Words by Jeff Beam / Photos by Andrew Foster
Lady Lamb @ Port City Music Hall – 3.13.15 – photo by Andrew Foster
On Friday the 13th, Port City Music Hall hosted Portland ex-pat Lady Lamb (RIP “the Beekeeper”) for her highly-anticipated record release show (we went record shopping with her the night before . . . → Read More: Recap: Lady Lamb / Cuddle Magic / Henry Jamison @ PCMH [3.13.2015]
Tara and Brian Cohen — maybe you remember them from The Rattlesnakes (RIP) — just dropped a bit of an exclusive for us at HillyTown about their new(ish) band, Fur. . . . → Read More: Portland’s Fur finalizing their debut LP
Welcome to HillyTown Goes Record Shopping — our regular feature where one of our staff members visits one of the many record shops around the city of Portland with musicians to find out just where their eclectic and personal tastes come from. This week we visited the Portland Bull Moose location with the one and only Aly Spaltro aka Lady Lamb — who will be playing a welcome home show at Port City Music Hall tonight starting at 8 p.m. . . . → Read More: HillyTown Goes Record Shopping with Lady Lamb
By Dylan Martin. Welcome to the first edition of Hilly Town’s Friday Roundup, as written by a recovering local music journalist who’s looking to get back into the game for some reason. So I’m a little out-of-touch, but I think this roundup can help give you an idea of what’s happened in the past week, between the daily posts by Kevin Steeves here and articles written elsewhere on the interwebs. . . . → Read More: Friday Roundup: Lady Lamb, GWP, HOME, Mama’s, and more!
Pardon our excitement, but it’s been over two years since Rhode Island’s Downtown Boys came to Portland. The group (which features members of the What Cheer? Brigade) played an extremely intimate show at Flask with Rattlesnakes side-project Fur, and the (currently dormant) trio The Outfits.
. . . → Read More: Portland Downtown Boys date announced — wait, Portland Downtown Boys date announced?!