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The Sun Parade rides into Portland fresh off ‘Heart’s Out’ debut

The Sun Parade plays Portland Wednesday, Feb 18, at a residentialvenue that looks a lot like a well-kept frat house. The Northampton-based band is hot off the video premiere of “Heart’s Out,” the title track from the new album of “love collisions, the casual sandwich obsession, and psychedelic, basement guitar licks,” according to Christopher Marlon Jennings, lead singer. Last Friday night, at the Parlor Room in Northampton, the band held a viewing party of the…

Roller derby ‘elite’ alternative emerges

When Amy Martin walks into Roller World these days, it’s a bittersweet experience. The Topsham rink was the birthplace of Maine’s modern roller derby scene back in 2006 when 20 women laced up their skates, strapped on some pads and got down to forming what would become Maine Roller Derby.Since those first practice sessions at Roller World back in 2006, Maine Roller Derby has grown into a league encompassing four teams, joined the Women’s Flat…

Analysis: The Tenant Coalition lacks organization

As a lawyer specializing in landlord/tenant issues, Regan Sweeney thought he could be of use to the recently formed Portland Tenant Coalition.But when he arrived at the the group’s second meeting last week in the basement of City Hall, he was met with a cold reception from organizers.At issue was the fact that Sweeney himself is a landlord as of two months ago, when he moved to Portland from the Washington, D.C. area and purchased…

Foot-dragging charged in struggle for military soles

There’s apparently more trouble brewing in an ongoing struggle over the soles of America’s military.The U.S. Department of Defense last year finally ruled that a 1941 law requiring American-made products “where possible” applied to athletic footwear used for training — really, running shoes.

Obama acknowledges transgender people in State of the Union

[embed]https://www.flickr.com/photos/whitehouse/15215884889/[/embed]Of the 6,718 words President Obama used during his State of the Union address last week, three had the distinction of making history.“We … condemn the persecution of women or religious minorities or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender,” said Obama, becoming the first sitting president to ever use the term transgender (as well as lesbian and bisexual) in such a significant forum.

Think more, tweet less

One expects a column, or at least a column that is framed somewhere between pop culture and politics, to be timely and reflect on the events of the recent weeks. This demand, which has existed since the invention of the printing press, has only increased with its digital mutation. Opinions on the latest crisis appear as quickly as recaps of our favorite TV shows — and social media has only democratized the real-time analysis. Status…
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