Curdo's Music & Stuff (61)

Music and stuff: Walt Craven's Something Slithery This Way Comes!

Walt Craven is one of the all-time greats in the local music scene. He’s been the modern rock king since the later '90s. In line with bands like Failure, Foo Fighters and Jimmy Eat World, his bands have brought always massive, melodic rock front and center. Over the years Walt has pumped out gigantic rock songs in Maine and beyond with his bands: Gouds Thumb, 6Gig and Lost on Liftoff. He also took part in…

Lenny’s: The great taste of Maine music history

If you’ve ever headed north on Route 302 towards Windham, you’ve seen him. Right there on the outskirts of Westbrook. That giant serviceman holding a toolbox that used to swing back n’ forth. He’s one of the most recognized landmarks in Maine. Everyone knows that guy!    The legendary serviceman was the handiwork of a young Al Hawkes who had been running a radio/TV sales and repair shop at that location when he was still…

Who’s in a name?

One sign that better weather is on the way is seeing the summer concert schedule unfurl quickly. It got me thinking of all the bands that make a killing touring in the summer. Classic bands are being Frankenstein’d together as we speak! Years ago, the mid-’90s I believe, my folks went to see “The Platters” in concert. For those unaware, The Platters were one of the greatest vocal and song groups ever. They had dozens…

Rap Night and its long-running lineage in Portland

  Jesse Wagner is one of the most important people in our local music scene. Along with his partner in rhyme, (Nate) Shupe, they’ve powered “Rap Night,” one of our longest-running music traditions. It has become a weekly gathering for anyone involved or interested in hip hop. From that night came The Annual Ruckus Cup Classic, a rap battle between the sharpest tongues and most clever minds around. (The ninth cup is happening this Friday…
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