High-energy misfits: What Cheer? Brigade and friends prepare to enliven August

PUNKS WITH HORNS! PUNKS WITH DRUMS! PUNKS WITH MORE HORNS! What Cheer? Brigade is in town and I guarantee you will not have more fun at a show this summer. Bombastic music influenced by a variety of different cultures and backgrounds is brought together with emphatic shouting and the kind of energy that you would expect from a hardcore act … but friendlier. A band of misfits from Rhode Island, these people are truly a…

Gervais unleashed: KGFREEZE spans continents of sound with little repetition

It may be the dog days of summer, but the new KGFREEZE album is icy-cool. HYPOCRITE is a beautifully written and recorded album. Minutiae ring through with the weight they’re intended, and Kyle Gervais’ dreamy voice pierces through the waves of jazzy bass and experimental guitar work. Clocking in at 17 tracks, this album has quite a few different genres and sounds to offer the listener, all of them authentic. Gervais’ uses a huge collection…

From Niger to Maine: Tal National delivers beats, soul at SPACE

Portland has a vibrant music scene with local acts that create their own space and hold steady in it. However, there is a definitive lack of a few different genres. World Music is one of those genres. There are small venues that occasionally will bring an act to town that provides a perspective or sound or timbre that we Mainers are not accustomed to. Well, this Thursday SPACE Gallery and Portland Trading Co. are teaming…

Fan fare: Tables set at music venues, but crowds thin and musical appetites meager

Four venues in four hours last Thursday night yielded a cornucopia of musical talent but a dearth of fans for this reporter. One night doesn’t equate to a trend or even a troubling short-term pattern, but one of the side effects of live music fever might be a headache caused when performers cannot fill the halls in which they perform. From location to timing to the cover charge, venues are shuffling their offerings to find…
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