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TEENAGE DREAM: Andy Grammer, keepin' his head up, takes Portland to prom

While your face melts at various basement shows this week, pop prince Andy Grammer is coming to Portland to melt teenage hearts. We caught up with Grammer, touring with X-Factor winners Alex & Sierra, to talk about all of his hopes, dreams and aspirations. Are we ready for him? Depending on your tax bracket: If you're too young to pay them, you're probably amped for this show. However, is he ready for us? We're not…

BRAINING WITH GREAT WESTERN PLAIN: The glib realities of jam band life, emojis, and “Sandy Hammer”

For such an animated, hard-working bunch, who manage to appeal to the proverbial masses while staying weird enough for Portland, the three members of local rock outfit GREAT WESTERN PLAIN are surprisingly self-loathing. Gigglingly glib about their upcoming show at Port City Music Hall on Saturday, and bubbling over with blasé observations of the banality of touring life, they're downright dismissive of their career prospects as they come to terms with their ascent to jam…

The Phoenix Potpourri: Bringing down the house

LePage, Mills disagree even when they agreeIt turns out that Maine’s Republican governor and Democratic attorney general disagree even when they agree, because both said the state’s Supreme Judicial Court got it right this week when it comes to suing, largely over welfare cases.

LADY LESSONS: The indomitable Aly Spaltro on a new record, a new name, and old Maine roots

ALY SPALTRO, or, the artist formerly known as LADY LAMB THE BEEKEEPER, is slated to celebrate the release of her newest album, After, at PORT CITY MUSIC HALL on Friday. Lady Lamb has dropped “The Beekeeper” from her moniker going forth, but she's kept all the sass, the weird, and the whimsy that's fueled the 25-year-old's music career since she began experimenting with writing and recording at Bart's & Greg's DVD rental store in Brunswick…

Martian landscape: Five of the Eyes channels Mars Volta in self-produced debut

Five of the Eyes are one of the newest “rawk” bands in Portland to hit the scene: They’re direct, straightforward and unabashed in the way they just love to “rawk.” This isn’t to say their music is boneheaded, no, nor is it too simple. It’s just that their big, loud music is clearly and happily indebted to the classics, unpretentious and altogether unconcerned with being hip. It’s a refreshing vibe in a city that can…

Gonzo, but not forgotten

Our best friends make our best ghosts. But being haunted by Hunter S. Thompson can offer a few challenges, especially with this Friday marking the 10-year milestone of his death by suicide.

Crewe’s $3 million gift brings music-art studies front and center at MECA

Robert Crewe wanted to leave a legacy. The songwriter, dancer, singer and record producer has done just that, with a $3 million gift to the Maine College of Art that will allow the school to offer courses exploring the intersection between music and art.Crewe died last September, but he already had a memorandum of understanding in place with Don Tuski, MECA president.

Eulogy for a blue-collar tavern

Let's get something clear, Sangillo's Tavern did not shut down because of poor management or unruly patrons.Sangillo's shut down because the Portland Police Department wanted it so, and the Portland City Council did not have enough members with the backbone to stand up to them.In the April 7, 2014 hearing at City Hall, the council held the power to renew or deny the blue-collar establishment's liquor license, and they voted 5-4 in favor of denial.
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