Curdo's Music & Stuff (61)

Kate Beever: Making music that feels great

If there’s one thing we can say about our music scene, it's that we are full of talent. Anyone could blow you away at any time, and that’s exciting! It could be the person front and center on stage. It could be the guitarist to the side. Or, it could be the person in back just behind the bassist, stepping side to side playing the vibes with a smile so wonderful that it should have…

Attention, shoppers! Reflecting on the subtle gift of in-store music

For so many years now, I’ve always found a simple peace when I shop for groceries. For a few minutes I TRY to not think about work, the political mess happening or how annoying traffic is on Forest Avenue.     I know grocery shopping is a wicked pain in the neck for most folks, and they find no joy in it whatsoever. Grumpy people shoving around their carts, cutting you off; kids screaming; long…

Band on the run: When SeepeopleS improvised a recording studio in Portland

Anyone who knows Will Bradford would say he seems like a longtime local here in Portland with his band SeepeopleS. While Portland has played a part in his and his band’s life in the last dozen years, he’s a musical gypsy when it comes down to it. Actually, he’s pretty much a gypsy, overall. Growing up (and with his band) he’s been everywhere. His life has been a world tour.   Born in NYC, he’s…

More fan to love!

I’ve aired this concern before in public, but I’m not sure it landed as well as I would have liked. It’s a concern many others share with me, I know. To be honest, it touches on life today and who we are as a people. The people we have become (or haven’t, depending on how you look at it). I’ll set the scenario here. You’re a big fan of the ____ band. They’re your top…

Scott Sorry: Sorry, but not sorry

Being at the right place at the right time… Somethings just have a way of working out...  While I do believe these cliché statements can be true in cases, I also believe there has to be something already in place. There has to be a basis for things to get to the level of “being at the right place” or “working out.” Because, after all. … There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Although…

Punk hardcore: Cruel Hand vocalist relishes 'a release fueled by my passion'

Cruel Hand is one of the best and most important bands in Maine. It needs to be said, folks. The reason for the slight oversight by still too many these days is that not enough people will step outside of the box for five minutes and pay attention to something that’s well done that might not be in their wheelhouse. I like to think whether it’s your bag or not, when something is good, it’s…

Lights, camera, music

Last week I made the foolish decision to waste two hours checking out the ultra-crazy, comic action movie, Suicide Squad. That was an insultingly rough one. I’ll be honest, I really wanted to eat a large quantity of popcorn and sit in a dark, cool place for a little while. It didn’t matter what I saw. I just wanted to hit a flick. I will say the trailer was better than the movie. I guess…

Rob Riccitelli of WCYY: An exit interview

Radio has certainly seen its ups and downs over the years. As radio (and the music) industry got tossed around relentlessly for the past 16-plus years like a puppy’s new squeaky toy, we’ve been pretty lucky around here that we’ve been able to hold on to some solid stations. To be able to flip the dial and still hear great people on our local airwaves. Great people who’ve become friends and co-pilots as we drive…

Braden Merrick: All these things that he’s done

When we think of success stories with local music, we tend to quickly zone in on musicians and bands – those who broke away from the stages of Maine and made a serious go of it. Rustic Overtones, 6Gig, Twisted Roots, Sparks the Rescue, Jeremiah Freed, Cruel Hand, Paranoid Social Club, Spose, Lady Lamb, Nick Curran, Samuel James, Ray Lamontagne, Coke Weed, Sydney Bullins, Brzowski & Moshe, Dave Mallett, As Fast As, Too Late The…

What's wrong with the Eagles?

In the musical journeys bringing me all around this wonderful world my friends, I always seem to find someone, somewhere with a stick up their ass about the Eagles. I never hear anyone’s full explanation, though, as to why they detest the band so much or locate people’s reasoning. Yet, folks always seem to say it with a bad taste in their mouth and a spoiled look on their face, “I hate The Eagles” or…
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