Audrey Ryan BTR Video

While in Brooklyn for a show recently, Audrey Ryan – a Boston-based Maine native, did a Hear and There video session on the street with Breakthru Radio for her song “Way I Am.” Watch it below:

Audrey has a book out. The Need To Be Heard documents the challenges of independent music through . . . → Read More: Audrey Ryan BTR Video

HillyTown <3 Ferdinand

Ferdinand is turning 10, so we made this video. Check it out, and go to their party this Saturday (8/20) from 5pm-8pm!

New Farthest Forests Video

New Samuel James Video – “Nineteen”

Portland musician Samuel James has just released a new video for his song “Nineteen.” The clip was directed by local filmmaker Allen Baldwin and features a refreshing mix of live footage and studio shots for the sparse blues song.

Samuel James plays in Portland this Friday with G. Love at the Maine State . . . → Read More: New Samuel James Video – “Nineteen”

HillyTown Video Premiere: Hi Tiger “Wolves”

Easily one of the most compelling new live acts in Portland, Hi Tiger have just finished this video for their song “Wolves,” off their upcoming debut album. We’re excited to be able to share it with you here on HillyTown first!

Being local music nerds, we love how Derek references going to see (local instrumental . . . → Read More: HillyTown Video Premiere: Hi Tiger “Wolves”

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

New o’death Video + SXSW Photos

Band: o’death / Hometown: Brooklyn, NY Show: Panache + Ernest Jenning Records / Venue: Red 7 + 512 / Date: 3/17 + 3/20

Currently in the midst of a North American tour, with European dates kicking off April 27, o’death are on the road (dates here) in support of their fantastic new record, Outside. . . . → Read More: New o’death Video + SXSW Photos

Video: Foam Castles cover Metal Feathers’ “Glass Collector”

And the current Portland music scene goes 100% self-referential…

What next, will Sunset Hearts cover Brenda? (Actually, I like where this could go).

New Brenda Video – “Girl Don’t Grow”

Brenda is currently the band at the center of the Portland indie rock scene. With deep roots and infinite connections musically and socially that touch almost everybody who spends their nights practicing and playing shows in our many venues, the trio also happens to have a knack for writing catchy songs that share a piece . . . → Read More: New Brenda Video – “Girl Don’t Grow”

New Grand Hotel Music Video

Portland pop rock band Grand Hotel released a new video today for their track “Walken.” The storyline is pretty simple but fun and upbeat, much like the tune itself. Check it out.

The guys have two local gigs coming up – this Saturday, March 12, they’ll be at Yankee Lanes for the MAMM Slam, then . . . → Read More: New Grand Hotel Music Video

New Zach Jones Video – “Never Easy”

The new clip for “Never Easy,” the first single off Zach Jones‘ upcoming album Broken Record, starts out innocent enough, but hang in there to see things go in an interesting direction. The song itself is super catchy in that satisfyingly fuzzy way that makes us think of the Foo Fighters. Enjoy.

The “Never Easy” . . . → Read More: New Zach Jones Video – “Never Easy”

Thieving Irons Update

Back in December our friend Nate Martinez (Brooklyn-based Thieving Irons) came through town and played a special acoustic show we put together at Mayo Street Arts. Check out this video below of Thieving Irons as a full band (including members of The National, Takka Takka, and Rocketship Park) playing on the Serious Business show on . . . → Read More: Thieving Irons Update

HillyTown Video: Jacob Augustine

Back in December, we hosted a criminally under-attended show of excellent acoustic music at Mayo Street Arts. The final performance of the night was from Jacob Augustine, whose band – The House Of Fire – had just fallen apart. This was about as intimate as a public concert could get, and those in the room . . . → Read More: HillyTown Video: Jacob Augustine

Ray LaMontagne On Conan

There were a surprising number of good shows last night in Portland for a Wednesday, but while most of us were out rocking out at venues, I’m sure many more were at home watching a favorite of many Mainers on TV. Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs made an appearance on Conan O’Brien‘s show to . . . → Read More: Ray LaMontagne On Conan

Screamales Are Back

Screaming Females at Death By Audio (Brooklyn, NY) January ’08

I would say I can’t believe that Screaming Females just made their late night network tv debut (on Carson Daly), but I can believe it. I’m so glad that they just happen to love the city I left the NY/NJ area for and keep . . . → Read More: Screamales Are Back