Water Is Life: Local Musicians Send Aid To Standing Rock

I’m not a political person. The past week, and year to be honest, has been almost unbearable for me. I would never bring flat out politics to my radio show or to this weekly article where music is always at the core. I have causes and things I believe in surely, but I also believe in a time and a place for everything.   One thing I will do though is talk about the great…

Kathy Kave: Like a second mother in the hardcore scene

Sometimes people are only aware of the things right under their noses. For whatever reason, they don’t sniff around and learn foreign scents. It’s always good to at least know what else is happening. You don’t have to fall in love with it and write love poems about it, but understand what’s out there and what’s going on beyond your space. You’ll be the better for it. You never know, you might find something or…

Wheeling out the welcome wagon again

It’s a crap shoot, really. You just don’t know what’s gonna happen when you see a UHaul in your parking lot. As you get close to your place you see the trail of scuffed walls, wedged open doors and absorb the scent of another. Yup, that UHaul is someone moving in right next to you. Anything could happen! After the boxes are emptied and the bubble wrap has been popped, you could find that the…

Chriss Sutherland: The ultimate circus clown car

One thing we should always do as a proper music scene is respect and appreciate those who knocked down doors and influenced the uprising. We need the young upstarts to get a sense of who sweated on the stages in town and unloaded their ideas in local studios before them. It’s incomprehensible to me for bands today to not know about the intergalactic, cosmic, surf genius of Eggbot. The power, thump and pulsating slam of…

Home on the Grange: Nirvana bassist gets political vibes from community group, endorses ranked-choice voting

It’s the 25th anniversary of “Nevermind,” the seminal Nirvana album that pushed grunge music into the mainstream. The band’s bassist Krist Novoselic, of Washington state, is touring the northeast, singing and speaking on behalf of ranked-choice voting, to help raise money and awareness for the initiative (Maine’s Question 5), and to trade on Nirvana’s enduring popularity to reach out to millennials. He arrived in Portland over the weekend to speak with the press and practice…

Things ain’t what they used to be

As each day of this music life passes, I retreat to thoughts of a better time. Recently, I was thinking of when I used to buy cassette tapes at Strawberries in Nashua, N.H., where I grew up. For those younger readers, back then cassette tapes (which I might also have to explain to you at another time) were like gold to record stores. That was their product and they couldn’t have people stealing their gold.…

Chinese music and the political culture: A phone call alarms and enlightens

October 3, Monday. As on every Monday morning for the past three months, I walked into the WMPG studio in Portland, ready to host my Chinese music show, “Ba Yin Box.” For this week’s program I had prepared a collection of Great Wall themed music.  At 10:30, a zither rendition of a folk song started off the show. I introduced the ancient lore behind the song and its historical background, which is centered around China’s…

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…

The Maine Dead Project's End of Residency Bash

In September and October of 1980, the Grateful Dead completed a concert tour of shows containing three sets each, one acoustic set followed by two electric sets. The acoustic sets were the first the band performed since the early 70’s aside from a few rare one-off acoustic sets in special circumstances. The tour was comprised of 15 shows at The Warfield in San Francisco, two shows at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, and eight…

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…
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