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African trance jams: Nigerian superstars Tal National debut at SPACE

The first time I heard Tal National, I was stupefied. They had the mesmerising and treble-heavy guitars of West African highlife, the confounding syncopated rhythms of Yoruba music, and an autotuned singer. I’d never heard someone so effortlessly blend seemingly timeless, age-old styles with such a contemporary sound and actually have it all work. Their music was, and is, utterly trance-inducing. They were originally supposed to make their Maine debut in the fall of 2013,…

Three-finger salute from a Maine metal act

“It says a lot that we would rather play in Portland than our own hometown,” says Holyfilth guitarist Justin Hamm. “People in Portland actually care about music; that’s the difference between the two cities.” The Bangor area metal act will be playing Empire on Saturday night with Portland doom outfit Eastern Spell and New Hampshire rockers American Burn, all as part of the Bearded Brewfest’s epic afterparty. Growing up as a Bangorian myself, Holyfilth’s frustration…

Fright night: Hartford horror-inspired rock lumbers into Flask

Out of Hartford, Conn., THE AMPHIBIOUS MAN are one of New England’s best kept musical secrets. They’re six members deep, and have been together since 2011. They claim to be influenced by both Frank Zappa and the current garage rock revival, as well as The Bee Gee’s often-overlooked 1969 concept album Odessa. Their music sounds like a hybrid of The Seeds and Black Sabbath, but played at a drunken, lumbering tempo and smattered with a…

Featured show: Justin Townes Earle a new take on the outlaw country tradition

Who comes to Portland and sells so many tickets they can play two shows in a day? How often does that happen? Saturday, Justin Townes Earle, son of songwriting superstar and ex-convict Steve Earle, will play both a 4:30 and an 8pm show on the intimate stage at One Longfellow Square. There’s no better venue in town to catch an artist like Earle, middle-named after the late, great Townes Van Zandt and the second in…

New digital order: Taillon and company unleash psychedelic soundscapes

Superorder might be the most ambitious band in Portland. When asked to provide a simple description of the band, head visionary and guitarist Zak Taillon explained the group’s music as “sonic explorations of metaphysical topics in the style of dream-pop, prog-rock, power-metal, melodic-jazz, and shoegaze song structures that juxtapose live performance against walls of electronic sound design akin to guided meditations, underwater levels in 16-bit video games, and soundtracks to cult films of the ’70s…

Featured Show: God.Damn.Chan's Birthday Xxxtravaganza

TRVP NITE presents: God.Damn.Chan’s Birthday Xxxtravaganza God.Damn.Chan w/ Don Damiani and Che Ros Featuring MC Pensiiv and visuals from The Psychologist At Flask Lounge, Sunday, Feb 8 9 pm, 21+, FreeMost people in Portland will never see the inside of a crack house. Many of the drug dealers here are middle class kids pushing twenty bags to their friends. These are two reasons why having a Trap Night in a city like ours has always…
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