Chris Gervais enters the local scene like a bat out of hell

I love it when family members show up to a party and shake things up.  I’ve always been intrigued by bands with family members in them; Van Halen, Kings of Leon, The Kinks and CCR, etc. More times than not, drama comes along for the ride. It can fuel the writing and the music or it can kill everything dead in the studio and backstage. Brotherly love doesn’t always belong in rock n roll.  Locally…

What you should know about this week in local music

Jeremiah Freed fully let the cat out of the bag last week. After years of inactivity on a collective level, the band (with replacement drummer Andy Cosby) have a new EP of music on the way and now a show to celebrate that new music. It’s been 10 years since the band played live together — longer than that for any release of music — so this is a big return year for the fellas. Tickets…

The Subtraction of Music Plus In Biddeford

It has the things you want when you go into a record shop. Slight organization, newer and older stuff, below shelf stuff, a musty intake, various formats and all of it un-kept in the highest degree. Wedged tightly into the old Main Street shops in downtown Biddeford is Music Plus, owned for 27 years by Henry Vigue, the last 17 years at 140 Main Street in Biddeford.  I heard from another record store owner earlier…

It's Showtime For Aura!

I’m sure I’m one of many who drove down Free Street or up Center Street since last summer and started cursing after passing the Civic Center seeing all the road blocks and re-directions. At first, it was a barrage of loud unmentionables coming from my mouth. Then a nice peaceful realization crossed my mind as I saw the reason for the hold up. I stared up at a three story mountain of glass windows and…

Down the Path with a Flashlight: An Interview with Chad Clark of Beauty Pill

In 2015, the D.C. artist and musician Chad Clark released his band Beauty Pill's new album, Describes Things As They Are, a full 11 years after the group's previous release.   In that time, Clark was writing for NPR, composing musical scores for theater projects and art museum exhibitions, and recovering from surgery to fix a heart condition that nearly took his life. It was that event in particular that infuses Clark's sprawling and gorgeously…

Teach your children well

My folks are the best. I was extremely lucky to have the greatest parents growing up. They treated me so well, always looked out for me, taught me the right lessons and I think instilled a great perspective on how to go about life. I owe everything to my mother and father and I love them with all of my heart and soul. That being said, I’m still pretty pissed off they never put a…

Matt Cosby and Jeremiah Freed’s Light Flickering Life Change

Just prior to the starting collapse of the music industry as we know it about 15 years ago or so, our music community got to sneak a few acts in the door before all hell broke loose.  As some of you may remember, toward the end of the '90s we had a couple of shots. Unfortunately, the lack of follow through on some of those shots (Rustic Overtones, As Fast As, 6Gig) was no fault…

Joe Royland: Death of a Music Salesman

Earlier this week, Transworld (the music and DVD retail company that owned Tape World, Record Town, Coconuts and Strawberries) closed its FYE location in the Maine Mall after 34 years of business. The big “SALE” signs, the pop culture toys and the “Ask Me About Pre-Ordering The Fast and the Furious 27 dvd” name tag buttons are all packed up for good. The only thing that remains is the ghostly cries of a former customer,…

Myles Bullen urges Portland to Wake Up in latest music video

It’s probably easy for you to show compassion to someone who’s similar to you, pleasant, or successful. But are you willing to offer someone support when it’s difficult or uncomfortable? Most of us consider ourselves to be good people. To those that virtue signal on social media, or claim to be filled to the brim with positivity, do you extend those good vibes to a homeless person on the street or a refugee that can…

Foam Castles' Dark and Fluttery 'Bird Death'

Over the decade since Tyler Jackson began writing and recording as Foam Castles, his weird-ass songs and structures have evolved into something definitively his. Of course, the 10 songs and 29 minutes of Bird Death, Jackson’s eighth full-length album, have a lineage too. A Bob Pollard vibe is inarguable; thinner traces of Robyn Hitchcock show up. Portland’s sadly dead Metal Feathers made a dent. This album’s “Inside After the Gold Rush” betrays less Neil Young…
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