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02/21/18 - Guy has some talent

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Music: Otis McDonald Does Amazing Beatles Cover Of "A Day In The Life"



02/15/18 - So good.

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Music: Union House Releases Debut Album "Manifesto"


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07/30/14 - Buy Union House's latest album.

Union House is comprised of Maine natives Ric Bruns (vocals and guitar), Greg Lunn (vocal and guitar) and Chas Bruns (drums and bass). They have just released their debut album "Manifesto".

Click here for their Facebook page.

Click here to listen to samples and download the album.



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Music: KahBang Festival Leaving Bangor For Portland - Portland Accepts With Open Arms


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07/17/14 - The rumors have just been confirmed. Due to slow pre-sales and some budget constraints, the KahBang festival has decided to move to Portland, Maine. CEO, Josh Gass, says there were a variety of factors which led him to make the decision, but ultimately it was the City of Bangor's decision not to allow camping on the waterfront that finally pushed him to make the move.

So much for KahBang in Bangor becoming like SXSW in Austin. Looks like Portland is going to reap those rewards now...

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Music: Portland Hall & Oates Tribute


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04/14/14 - Buy Hall & Oates' latest album. Ticket Link

Mark Curdo presents some of Portland's best musicians and biggest Hall & Oates fans performing the duo's biggest hits! One night only!

Band includes: Kate Beever Max Cantlin Christopher Sweet Kris Rodgers Chris Chasse Tyler Card Matthew Day

Special Guest Singers: John Nels Walter Craven Anna Lombard Kyle Gervais Kenya Hall Loretta Allen Phil Divinsky Kris Rodgers Dominic Lavoie

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Music: Gaelic Storm To Perform In Portland, Maine


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04/14/14 - Buy Gaelic Storm's latest album. Ticket Link

GAELIC STORM on Friday, August 22nd, 2014. Tickets On Sale Friday, April 18th at 10AM $15.00 General Admission – 18+ PLUS ANY APPLICABLE FEES DEPENDING ON PURCHASE OUTLET. Tickets available via PortlandAsylum.com, TicketWeb.com and the Asylum Box Office

Gaelic Storm steps back into the ring with the dazzling #1 Billboard World Album Chicken Boxer, a heavyweight record that comes out swinging with a mix of empowering anthems and traditional ballads. With catalog sales of more than 1 million, the group has now had three albums debut at #1 on the Billboard World Albums Chart, 2008’s What’s the Rumpus?, 2010’s Cabbage, which remained parked in the top slot for three consecutive weeks, and 2012’s Chicken Boxer.

Chicken Boxer is the fifth album to be released on the band’s own label, Lost Again Records, and showcases the incomparable songwriting and accomplished musicianship of a band that has made their mark bringing fans to their feet two hundred days per year.

The group’s ability to deftly incorporate a rock sensibility into their sound affords them rare crossover appeal. In recent years, they’ve performed on the same bill with acts ranging from Zac Brown Band and the Goo Goo Dolls to Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett, at events as varied as the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Milwaukee’s Summerfest.

With their signature acoustic production, Gaelic Storm blends indie-folk and world grooves with Celtic tradition to serve up a ringside seat for fifteen rounds of pugilistic poultry pounding sound. In other words, Chicken Boxer will knock you out.

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Music: Taking Back Sunday To Perform In Portland, Maine


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04/14/14 - Buy Taking Back Sunday's latest album. Ticket Link

Taking Back Sunday with Tonight Alive and Sleepwave on April 17th at the State Theatre.

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Music: The Other Bones Premiere "Damage"


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04/14/14 -

Buy The Other Bones' latest album. Bands sound different in Maine.

Portland, specifically, has been collecting New England's slightly off-centered musicians. A mini-metropolis surrounded by wilderness, the city incubates a music scene informed by the proximity of the (modest) urban to the (extreme) rural.

The Other Bones is a female-fronted electronic pop/R&B trio formed in 2011. Blending powerful vocals with cutting guitars and smooth electronic elements, they create a sound described by one reviewer as "their particular stamp of retro-futurist complexity.”

The band began in a Somerville, Massachusetts apartment where vocalist Loretta Allen and producer/multi-instrumentalist Andrew Mead spent weekends recording demos. "It was all over the place," says Allen, who met Mead on a camping trip before their freshman year at Tufts University. "We recorded a full country version of a Killers song one night and spent the next night making tape loops... Unfocused, yeah, but formative." Following graduation, Mead moved to his home state of Maine and rented a practice space behind a local train station. Allen followed a year later.

As Mead notes, "We started from scratch. I had an MPC 1000 with two dead pads and a Moog Soft Synth on my iPad. Loretta had a microphone and a guitar loop pedal we 'inherited' from a friend. We were playing into a 50-watt PA my high school band had used. It was unpolished and invigorating."

After several weeks of writing and playing, the pair connected with Eric Bruce, who had grown up playing guitar and touring nationally with bands in New Jersey's rock 'n' roll scene. "We were playing the track that would become 'Feels Like Home' and Eric immediately started playing his chorus hook. It shouldn't have worked, but something clicked. We knew we'd have to start dealing with not knowing what to say when people asked what kind of music we play," says Allen.

In 2012, the band released their debut EP, "Hinges": a collection of electro-inspired pop tracks that told the story of the year Allen spent in Boston before joining Mead in Maine. The record peaked at #8 on the iTunes Top 10 Electronic Chart and led to a series of shows along the east coast.

"After 'Hinges,' we learned how to be a live band," says Bruce. "That record captured our creative momentum, and the next year was about slowing down and figuring out how to put on a seamless show and communicate effectively as musicians and as individuals."

Having won the Portland Phoenix Music Awards of "Best New Artist" and "Best Pop/Rock Act", and recently nominated "Best in Maine" for the New England Music Awards, the band is now deep into writing and recording their first full length record. As Mead comments, "The music is in some ways simplified and in others more fully-realized. It's our profession of love to R&B from the electronic world."

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Music: Big Data "Dangerous"



04/14/14 - Buy Big Data's latest album.

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Music: Redlight King To Perform In Portland, Maine


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04/14/14 - Buy Redlight Kings' latest album. Ticket Link

ROCK 106.3 PRESENTS REDLIGHT KING on Thursday, May 8, 2014

Tickets On Sale Friday, April 18th at 10AM $10.63 General Admission – 18+ PLUS ANY APPLICABLE FEES DEPENDING ON PURCHASE OUTLET Tickets available via PortlandAsylum.com, TicketWeb.com and the Asylum Box Office

There’s stubborn. And then there’s Kaz stubborn. The singer-songwriter of Redlight King refused to take no for an answer when music business suits denied his request to sample a Neil Young classic, pressing relentlessly until he got a “yes.” More importantly, Kaz held on to vanquish the inner demons that nearly wrecked him several years ago. Now, with “Something for the Pain,” Redlight King’s redemptive Hollywood Records debut album, Kaz relives both his darkest days and the turn-around, when he clawed his way back to the light.

A latticework of rock and hip hop, the album conjures old school sounds, thanks to Kaz and producers Wally Gagel and Xandy Barry, as well as the good vibes at Hollywood’s TGG Studios (now called Wax Studios, whose alums include Jimi Hendrix, the Doors and, yes, Neil Young). “I’m all about mixing in the old sounds,” Kaz says, “and giving it that warm, analog feel. There is sampling, hip hop grooves and beats, but I also wanted good old fashioned meat and potatoes: bass, guitar, drums.”

The sound may be warm, but his songs revisit the cold climate of Kaz’s native Hamilton, Ont., and the even chillier emotional landscape of his lost years. In the astonishing hip-hop flavored debut single, “Old Man,” Kaz offers a reluctant salute to his father, a larger-than-life figure who taught school by day and raced stock cars at night (“The life he demanded/Kept us all in a struggle/When he ruled with his fist/It kept us all out of trouble”). “No father issues here,” says Kaz with a laugh.

Hard-edged rockers like the blustery “Bullet in My Hand,” “The Underground” and the title track take listeners on a vertical drop into an abyss Kaz once knew all too well. “Most of it was written while the feelings were still there,” he recalls. “My songs are written about real issues, real experiences. I like to bring listeners in deep, and give them time to look around.”

Kaz starts “digging six feet up” (as he puts it) on songs like “Comeback,” “Built to Last” and the irresistibly melodic “Driving to Kalifornia.” Collectively, they describe the hard labor of rebuilding a life, then hitting the road, with the wintry east receding in the rear view mirror. The album ends with the acoustic-flavored “Past the Gates” and “When the Dust Settles Down,” the former a hope-filled forward glance, the latter a last look back. He may be whistling past the graveyard, but it’s such a pretty tune.

Kaz grew up in Hamilton, Ont., once a booming steel center on the shores of Lake Ontario, and now struggling in the global economic meltdown. He grew up in middle class home where his parents “struggled to pay the bills.” Like his dad, Kaz loved cars and drag racing (Redlight King is named for the light “tree” that signals the start of a race). As he grew, music also began to take hold. He loved Queen, Springsteen, Dylan and Lennon no less than A Tribe Called Quest, Rakim, Treach and Nas. He started writing early on, recording his first track at age 16. But in his teens, music took a back seat to judo. He was good enough for a shot at Canada’s Olympic training center to prepare for the 2000 Games. But he didn’t make the team -- a blow that would take a toll later.

Meanwhile, Kaz returned to music, landing a deal and releasing an album in Canada. That led to a Juno Award nomination for Best New Artist, but the affirmation wasn’t enough to halt a steep slide. “You know why it’s happening,” he recalls of his struggle with substance abuse. “You don’t know where the end is, you’ve lost all rationality. You’re borderline insane. But in the end, you make a decision to start again, and the only way was to forgive myself for my mistakes.”

It worked. Kaz came back strong, headed to California in a rebuilt ’49 Mercury pick-up and converted his two-year nightmare into the song cycle that became “Something for the Pain.” Says Kaz, “Writing songs when you’re in a dark place is dangerous. The songs I wrote for this album I won’t write again. I won’t have to.”

Just because he lives in Los Angeles now doesn’t mean he’s gone Hollywood. When the mood strikes, he takes his rebuilt 1950 Harley up the PCH, just to clear his head. Hot rodder that he is, Kaz is currently restoring a rare 1937 Lincoln Zephyr coupe, with plans to make “a film capturing the journey and process of bringing the car back to life,” he says. “Hot rod culture runs deep in my roots.”

Music runs even deeper, and with the release of “Something for the Pain,” Kaz will take the show on the road very soon. He knows his music touches a raw nerve, but that’s part of the appeal for him. “I hope people will be able to connect with it and take from it what they need,” he says. “It’s about the human condition. In the end, we’re all the same.”

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