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Portland Lights Festival – [venue info in event description] – 08/08/15

Who Portland Lights Festival When Saturday, August 8, 2015 1:00pm – All Ages Where [venue info in event description] (map) Other InfoWCYY 94.3 Presents Guster, Dr. Dog, Augustana, Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers and In the Valley Below at the Inaugural Portland Lights Music Festival http://portlandlightsfestival.com/ At Eastern Promenade in Portland

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Curbside Enthusiasm Preview

This First Friday the art walk will be getting a dose of local stand-up comedy in an unconventional venue: the back of a truck. Portland Comedy Co-op, a collective of comedians performing together since 2013, will be bringing their sets outside of the dark bars and clubs usually frequented by stand-ups in the Maine comedy scene. . . . → Read More: Curbside Enthusiasm Preview

Recap: Sufjan Stevens @ Merrill Auditorium [4.14.2015]

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]

Friday Roundup: Lady Lamb, GWP, HOME, Mama’s, and more!

Great Western Plain

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!

The HillyTown Portland National Preview

Yes — the past few weeks have been filled with an onslaught of announcements of national acts coming to Portland (thanks to Lauren at the State Theatre and other bookers). Here are a few national acts coming to our city this spring and summer that we think you should checkout — unless it’s a sold-out show (looking at you, Neutral Milk Hotel). . . . → Read More: The HillyTown Portland National Preview

HillyTown Q&A: Lisa/Liza’s Liza Victoria

Lisa/Liza’s newest release The First Museum was released in November and is available on Bandcamp through Pretty Purgatory as both a physical and digital release. . . . → Read More: HillyTown Q&A: Lisa/Liza’s Liza Victoria

BTR Hear & There MAINE #3: Lisa/Liza – “There In The Water”

For this, the third installment of our collaboration with BTR Hear & There, we stopped by Lisa/Liza‘s apartment in the West End of Portland on a chilly, foggy day, for an intimate, solo performance of her song, “There In The Water.”

The video is also available on YouTube.

Upcoming tour dates: 2/14 @ Precinct . . . → Read More: BTR Hear & There MAINE #3: Lisa/Liza – “There In The Water”

Dirigimus brings heavy alternative to Old Port Festival

Concert preview/interviews by Kevin Steeves.

Despite the incessant rain and overcast skies that covered Portland last week, the 39th Annual Old Port Fest is still a go, as thousands of tourists and locals flock to the Old Port District to take in the sights and sounds of six stages and the resulting frustration of . . . → Read More: Dirigimus brings heavy alternative to Old Port Festival

New Kurt Baker Video – “Don’t Steal My Heart Away”

Poor Kurt Baker, somebody stole his heart!

Music Fans Need Food Too: Barbecue at Deux Cochon

On Monday I stopped by the grand opening of a new food vendor in the Public Market House in Monument Square right in the heart of downtown Portland. Deux Cochon is – and I need to breathe a sigh of relief every time I say this – an amazing BBQ joint. Yes, in Maine. Last . . . → Read More: Music Fans Need Food Too: Barbecue at Deux Cochon

Planets Around The Sun Get Watery, Dubtastic

Portland mind-expanding experimentalists Planets Around The Sun just unveiled the hypnotic new video for “Water Dub” that they’ve been hanging onto for a minute, so now we can all enjoy it.

This isn’t some fancy filter on the video – it was shot this way. The band’s Ian Paige filmed “Water Dub” at the . . . → Read More: Planets Around The Sun Get Watery, Dubtastic

Outdoor Concerts In Portland: the City and KahBang

Funny timing… today official word came in that folks at KahBang (the Bangor music and arts festival happening August 5-13) will be bringing a summer concert series to the Maine State Pier from June to September. The group plans to make announcements including the lineup and ticket sales info in the upcoming weeks. Refresh your . . . → Read More: Outdoor Concerts In Portland: the City and KahBang

HillyTown Presented: Acoustic at Mayo Street [12.9.10]

Last night, five songwriters participated in HillyTown Presents: An Evening Of Acoustic Music at Mayo Street Arts in Portland. Thank you so much to Blainor at Mayo Street and of course Marie Moreshead, D. Gross, Denise Dill, Nate Martinez, and Jacob Augustine for the excellent performances in what felt like the perfect setting for . . . → Read More: HillyTown Presented: Acoustic at Mayo Street [12.9.10]

No more LL in Portland

Normally I’d just post this elsewhere (like on my personal Tumblr) but since it’s in the middle of the Arts District and nearby so many Portland venues, it seems relevent. Today they removed the sign and fully shut down the L.L. Bean Outlet Portland. It’s quite a bit retail space – any guesses or . . . → Read More: No more LL in Portland

North Star Music Cafe Closing Sunday

Sad news in the Munjoy Hill live music, coffee, and good food world: North Star Music Cafe will be closing their doors for good this Sunday. The cafe asked for help from the community to keep their doors open earlier this year to much support, but it sounds like it just didn’t work out. The . . . → Read More: North Star Music Cafe Closing Sunday