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With a little help from friends: Delta Spirit embarks on tour heavy with collaboration

Delta Spirit is a band like your best friend. They sing songs that would be better listened to at 2am when you can’t sleep and yearn for a mistake to make. They write heart-scorching songs that are at once thundering and intimate. They question you, they stand by you, they’re stories that are realistic and beautiful and entrenched in a state of pained growth.

Suspects at HOME: City to get the Big Easy star treatment

Some of the biggest names on the New Orleans music scene will play a special concert at Portland House of Music & Events on Sept. 4, ringing in the First Friday crowd with a musical work of art. The New Orleans Suspects are in Scarborough on Saturday to play a private wedding, so Greg Martens, legendary deadhead and local promoter, rang up his friends and got them to play in Portland the night before.

Psychic Roots: Twisted Roots drummer prepares for ‘Dinner with a Psychic’ at Rivalries

“Life isn’t short, chapters are,” Maine psychic medium Sonny Robinson told me recently as I interviewed him at Rivalries. He was referring to his deeply held belief that our souls come through this life many times and that while each life in the physical form on earth, each “chapter,” may be rather brief, our souls are immortal.

Shango Afrobeat Orchestra pumps up OLS

Shango, the 20-plus-member orchestra dedicated to playing Afrobeat music, was founded by percussionist, keyboardist, dancer, composer and arranger Jonny Peiffer two years ago. Last Friday night, most of the band filled the stage at One Longfellow Square and turned the intimate venue into an indoor street party. The tables and chairs were pushed back to make room for the band that makes people dance.

Whimsy worth gold: Gustafer Yellowgold stirs childlike wonder

Have you met Gustafer Yellowgold? He’s a small, bright yellow little creature that used to live on the Sun, but has since landed in the Minnesota woods and been getting himself in all sorts of absurd situations with his pet eel, well, at least in our imaginations. This cone-headed character is the bizarre, but whimsical creation of Morgan Taylor, a self-made, award-winning cartoonist and songwriter that pairs his psychedelic animated adventures with warm, heartfelt pop…

Ghoul of rock: MAMM’s all-ages affair cranks up the volume

For the younger crowds this Halloween, the Maine Academy of Modern Music is hosting a rock show at One Longfellow Square. Several teen bands will be “melting faces at the creepiest all-ages costume party in town,” according to a press release.Several young rockers will perform, including The Mean Faces, Yard Sail, and Work In Progress.
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