Dave Gutter shares his year's high moments

Rustic Overtones open for Matisyahu at the State Theatre on New Year’s Eve in an all-ages show. For Dave Gutter, the band’s frontman, it has been a year of collaboration and fruition for projects that highlight his wordsmithing for others and influence on their musical careers. “A lot of stuff I’d been writing the last three years culminated this year,” Gutter said in a recent interview with The Phoenix. Aaron Neville released “Apache,” with lyrics…

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…

Members of Jaw Gems reflect on the success of their latest album, Heatweaver

Get in shape for New Year’s Eve by grooving to local neolegends Jaw Gems, who open for Lettuce and Tauk at the State Theatre on December 30, a funky all-ages affair. We caught up with Andrew Scherzer, the band’s electric bass player to talk about their new album Heatweaver and its reception, their upgrade in venue size — hopping from a residency at Local 188 to Portland House of Music and Events to the State…

The Kaleidoscopic Life of Elliott Schwartz: A Maine music fixture passes away at 81

“If all the cards have been dealt,” wrote Elliott Schwartz in one of his many essays on post-modernism in music, “the job of the creative artist is to keep shuffling the deck.” Last week, Maine and the music world lost a pivotal figure in Schwartz, a pianist and composer of classical, experimental, and orchestral works and a fixture in Maine music pedagogy for half a century. Born in 1936 in New York, Elliott Schwartz was…

WBLM’s Tommy C - He’s Got What It Takes

I think about what my life would have been like without radio growing up. Kids today! Sure they have their cool shit going on. They can blink and make songs appear in their palm. That's too easy though. And no damn fun! Kids are missing important things in life, like patience leading to the payoff. Special moments with music. I think way back, sitting in my room, not doing homework, thinking about the girl I…

In Portland's music scene, there's a lot to be thankful for

I know this year hasn’t been a great one for most people. From conversations in person with folks about lost ones to swiping past other’s concerns for our country’s uncertainty on my handheld device, one things for sure, people are looking towards some fresh perspective at the turn of the New Year. I won’t disagree, but I’m also trying to give thanks and appreciate what has been good. With Thanksgiving upon us, I’d like to…

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…
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