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Contemporary Band — An Interview with Colin Newman of Wire

If you don't have a ticket to see Wire, the legendary English art-rock band formed in 1976 by Colin Newman, Graham Lewis, Bruce Gilbert, and Robert Gotobed, we don't know what to tell you. The show's been out since late spring. Still, we jumped at the chance to discuss the band's adventurous career in a surprisingly long and thoughtful conversation with singer and guitarist Colin Newman, who spoke to the Phoenix via Skype from his…

Never Gonna Be Enough — An Interview with Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara

Days before I spoke with Sara Quin, one half of the iconic Canadian folk-pop duo Tegan and Sara, the twins announced a fall 2017 tour celebrating the 10th anniversary of their standout album The Con. (Fans: See Chad Clark of Beauty Pill’s curated track-by-track tribute to the album published earlier this week via NPR.)   On Friday, the folk-turned-pop group return to the State Theatre, touring on last year’s Love You to Death, their eighth…

The Long Journey of Dan Stuart — Paisley Underground frontman comes to Portland

On the advent of Prism Analog's new live series, recording artists' live sets straight to tape, the Phoenix talked with Dan Stuart, the former frontman of legendary cult post-punk band Green On Red, who comes to Portland from Mexico this Friday, June 2. Stuart's new album, Marlowe's Revenge, is backed by the Mexican rock band Twin Tones, and serves as an excellent document of a long and storied life of reinvention and using rock music…

An Interview with Martin Barre of Jethro Tull

This week, the classic rock guitarist Martin Barre, who played with the iconic classic rock band Jethro Tull for 43 years, comes to Portland. Now 75, Barre is fully focused on his solo career, after tensions between band members of Jethro Tull — most notably lead singer and flute player Ian Anderson — have splintered the group. The Phoenix spoke with him about a life in music and reckoning with history.   Hi Martin. You…

Forget about politics at the Wicked Good, Halfway Decent Un'naugural Ball

What better way to celebrate the inauguration than to skip it altogether and spend the evening laughing, dancing and raising money for a great cause? The Mayo Street Arts Center is hosting the Wicked Good, Halfway Decent Un’naugural Ball on Friday, Jan. 20, to benefit Mayo Street Arts and the Maine Immigrant Musical Instrument Project, which helps new arrivals reconnect with their musical roots by finding them instruments and introducing them to local like-minded communities.…

The Mallett Brothers will end a busy year at PHOME

Coming off a whirlwind tour of the United States this past year and playing as many as 190 shows, the Mallett Brothers say it will be “cool to cap it off at home,” on New Year’s Eve at the Portland House of Music and Events. “In 2016, it turned into gigging harder than ever,” Luke Mallett said in a recent interview with The Phoenix, “playing five days a week throughout the summer. We’ve gone to…

Take Back Home: A benefit concert to help addicts and asylum seekers

With the many issues we all witness in the news these days regarding immigration, drug abuse and homelessness in our great state, many of us search for answers and ways we can help. Hope Acts, a non-profit organization located right here in Portland, works alongside addicts and alcoholics in recovery as well as immigrant asylum seekers to create a community where all people experience social, emotional, physical, economic and spiritual wellbeing. The organization also offers…

Picking the brains of songwriters during Mystery Mondays

Eric Bettencourt admits that his motivation for starting the “Mystery Mondays” sessions at Blue was to help further along his songwriting skills. “In Austin I took part in a lot of songwriting seminars,” he says. “It’s one of my favorite things to do. I love to pick the brains of people that I love to listen to and find out what their songwriting process involves.”  Folks in Portland now have an opportunity to do the…

The Wicked Woods release a new EP, Let It Be Known

For the past year and a half, The Wicked Woods have been writing music, practicing, recording and playing shows wherever they can, all over Portland. This Saturday, June 18, that hard work will culminate with a multi-act show at Empire where the band will celebrate the release of its latest EP, Let It Be Known. Other acts joining The Wicked Woods for the show will be Tall Horse and Elison Jackson. The Wicked Woods consists…

Four local bands help raise $6,500 for Go Big for Hunger

Not only does our beloved town of Portland possess an extravagant music scene with a pool of talented artists, our little slice of the Northeast also boasts some of the biggest enthusiasm from musicians and music lovers alike when it comes to supporting a worthwhile cause. On Friday, May 20, Portland came together for a sold-out show at Portland House of Music and Events (HOME) produced by Greg Martens, founder of Go Big for Hunger,…
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