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Music: Blackberry Smoke To Perform In Portland, Maine


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02/04/14 - Blackberry Smoke with The Mallett Brothers Band on February 16th at the State Theatre. Ticket Link

-Brought to you by Robert Thorn.


 
Music: Big Gigantic To Perform In Portland, Maine


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02/04/14 - Big Gigantic with gLAdiator and Lidsky on February 19th at the State Theatre. Ticket Link

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Music: Blue Öyster Cult To Perform In Portland, Maine


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01/26/14 - Blue Öyster Cult on Saturday, April 19th, 2014 at 9:00 PM | $40.00 General Admission | 18+ at the ASYLUM [121 Center Street, Portland, ME]. Tickets on sale :: Friday, January 31st, 2014 at 10:00am. Ticket Link

-Brought to you by Robert Thorn.


 
Music: Bruce In The USA To Perform In Portland, Maine


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01/26/14 - Bruce in the USA on January 30th at the Port City Music Hall. On Sale Now. Ticket Link

-Brought to you by Robert Thorn.


 
Music: The London Souls To Perform In Portland, Maine


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01/26/14 - The London Souls with Whale Oil on Friday, January 31st at the Port City Music Hall. On Sale Now Ticket Link

-Brought to you by Robert Thorn.


 
Music: Snowbird - All Wishes Are Ghosts Video Premiere



02/04/14 - More From The Publicist: Born from love, musical empathy, a baby grand piano discovered on Gumtree and an expired visa, Snowbird duo Stephanie Dosen and Simon Raymonde have crafted an album of exquisite melody and mood that radiates the uncanny mystery of the object it’s named after: moon.

Released February 4th, 2014 on Bella Union, the label that Raymonde has curated and run since his former band Cocteau Twins went their individual ways in 1997, moon comprises 11 songs composed between two continents; Raymonde was in London while Dosen was in North Carolina after being based in the capital following her 2007 debut A Lily For The Spectre. Snowbird’s album was subsequently crafted via the wonder of technology, and yet moon has one unifying and intimate sound and vision, from gently pulsating, pop-centric trails to lingering, luminous ballads. Click HERE to listen to the track 'Porcelain' from the album.

moon album features a stellar castlist of guests lending their talents to proceedings: Radiohead drummer Philip Selway and guitarist Ed O’Brien, Midlake guitarist Eric Pulido and drummer McKenzie Smith and two more gifted guitarists in Paul Gregory (Lanterns On The Lake) and Jonathan Wilson all contribute.

"Having them add their magic to the record was a thrill, but really, I think this is very much Stephanie's record,” Raymonde points out. “She's a really special singer and I feel the simplicity of my music was the perfect backdrop for her stories and her incredible vocal arrangements."

The pair’s first connection was Raymonde’s discovery of Dosen’s music and subsequently producing her debut album and releasing it on Bella Union. 'Stephanie was the first singer I had worked with since Elizabeth [Fraser of Cocteau Twins] that I had a real musical empathy with,” he admits. “She could do anything. No one had ever sung with Midlake on record before Stephanie, while Massive Attack asked her to be their lead singer on tour - ironic really given that Elizabeth had too! She also sang with the Chemical Brothers. But we’d never written music together at home.”

Raymonde no longer had instruments or microphones in his flat until he saw an offer of a baby grand piano that was free apart from transportation costs. Once it was installed, he slowly began to play again. "I never intended Cocteau Twins to be my last band,” he says, “but frankly I wasn't just going to jump back on any old nag just for the sake of it.”

It was fortuitous that he had the baby grand for company when Dosen had to return to the US to reapply for a visa. Once there, she started receiving emails, “short piano pieces, every night for 12 days,” Raymonde recalls. “And each morning, I'd wake up to an email of my piano piece with these amazing vocals that she'd recorded in North Carolina. After two weeks, we had the basis for what now makes up moon.”

“I wrote every piece of music at night, in semi-darkness so that the space didn’t feel like my living room,” says Raymonde. “The moon was very important for the light it reflected.”

“All the stories on the record are night-time stories, forest-y and moonlit,” Dosen adds. “The moon only shines because it is being seen by the sun - I like the idea of that sort of illumination of an object or a person. It’s almost like being seen makes us shine.”

moon will be released in double-disc format complete with a bonus album. The second is called luna, an album of remixes (one for each 11 tracks) by Michigan’s electronic luminary RxGibbs, who expands, annotates and shines a whole new light on the wonder of Snowbird, adding and subtracting beats, creating otherworldly ambient passages, and building the other half of a distinctly beautiful, passionate whole that gives a whole new meaning to the term “moonstruck”.

moon will be released February 4th on Bella Union.

-Brought to you by Robert Thorn.


 
Music: Douglas Keith Streams "Pony" LP


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01/26/14 - More From The Publicist: “A pony will work, nonstop, until it physically cannot work anymore. I’m like that.”

If you’ve never heard of Doug Keith but think you’ve seen him somewhere, it’s probably because you have. Although he’s an accomplished solo artist—his first full-length album, Here’s To Outliving Me, was an NPR and Sirius XM favorite—he’s spent much of his musical career on the sidelines supporting other musicians. His first touring gig, playing bass for San Francisco-based punk band The Gods Hate Kansas, started his lifelong love of playing live and touring. After the band broke up Keith moved to New York City, lending his guitar and bass skills to various bands all the while pursuing his own music, described by NPR as “…richly textured, backed by sweet harmonies and beautifully layered instrumentation.” Although happily married and busy touring solo, he wanted to tour and collaborate with others again. Enter singer/songwriter Sharon Van Etten.

“It was 2009, right before her record epic came out. She needed a bass and guitar player. I honestly thought I’d only play with her for a tour or two. But we clicked, and I've been playing with her ever since.”

Van Etten’s star rose quickly, and Keith’s touring wish was answered tenfold: they’ve traveled consistently and all over the globe, playing shows with everyone from The National to The War on Drugs. It was always busy so to keep working on his own music, Keith had to get crafty with his time. He’d write on the road, then flesh out ideas during their few days off. After he’d gathered enough songs to record, he hunkered down for 6 days at Echo Mountain Studios in the mountains of Asheville, NC with engineer Jon Ashley. He enlisted fellow Sharon Van Etten bandmate Zeke Hutchins to play drums, and brothers Brad and Phil Cook from the North Carolina band Megafaun to play bass and keyboards. Says Keith, “Things just clicked immediately. It was one of the funnest weeks I’ve ever known.”

After tracking, a few things still needed to be added, so Keith enlisted his other SVE bandmate, the heavenly-voiced Heather Woods Broderick, to sing backing vocals. Wanting a J.Mascis-like solo for the song “Pure Gold in the ‘70s”, Van Etten herself dared Keith to go ahead and ask Mascis, who they recently met on tour. To Keith’s surprise, Mascis agreed to do it. Says Keith, “I know, right? Mindblowing. Mind blown. He played the most amazing solo that captures exactly what that song is about.”

Part storyteller, part rock and roller, Keith’s wide range of influences runs deep on each track, creating a unique patchwork of guitar-driven songs to get lost in. On “Pure Gold in the ‘70s” you’ll hear a bit of Neil Young and The National (and, of course, Dinosaur Jr.). On “Harvest Home” there’s traces of Dylan & The Band with slight nods to Keith’s love of Husker Du and Fugazi. His love of Elizabeth Cotten is evident at the top of the anthemic “I Will Burn For You”. On “The Apostles”, Keith’s yearning vocals are reminiscent of Drivin’ N’ Cryin’s Kevin Kinney.

Touchpoints aside, it’s a Doug Keith record through and through. His lead vocals are stacked and laid-back, adding signature sheen to his warm growl. Layers of driving keyboards give even more vibe and depth to Hutchins’s rollicking beats. You can hear the closeness of the band on every track. It’s an energy that was captured during those 6 perfect (and long) days in the mountains. “It’s a pretty personal, intense record, without being just me and an acoustic guitar. I wanted it to have feeling, a backbone.”

And, like the animal it’s named after, the album has just that—and continues to show strength with each listen.

Pony will be released February 11th on The Village Label.



-Brought to you by Robert Thorn.


 
Music: Aan Premieres "Bubble Bath Bop"


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02/04/14 - More From The Publicist: Aan is a fearless experimental pop band from Portland, Oregon, mixing richly textured guitars and acerbic lyrics with sugary three-part harmonies and sprawling soundscapes. Aan began as a once bedroom pop project of freakish folk balladry, but as of late, its more straightforward side has given way to deeper sonic explorations of more subliminal (and occasionally animalistic) territory.

Aan tours and performs as a four piece, often turning versions of their recordings upside down. Frontman Bud Wilson reaches octaves of the late Jeff Buckley, while maintaining a grittier timbre. The rest of the band follows suit by matching Wilson's caterwaul with cooing harmonies and a measured rhythmic pulse.

Aan's blend of discordance and harmony has earned the group touring support with alt rock juggernauts like The Smashing Pumpkins and indie legends Built to Spill. Aan has also performed alongside indie stalwarts like Wye Oak, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Red Fang, Gardens & Villa, Bosnian rainbows and many others.

The band's debut record, Amor Ad Nauseum, will be released on Portland imprint Party Damage on February 4. Recorded over two years in various studios and a cabin on the Oregon coast, the album explores themes of the devotion, desire, complacency, loneliness, and desperation. Though the locations vary, a thick sonic thread runs track to track through the release's nine songs. More confident than most debut albums and more urgent than albums from most of Aan’s peers, Amor Ad Nauseum is a sticky, lush labor of love and lust.

Aan has performed at SXSW, Noise Pop, MusicFestNW, and countless dates across the United States. With the release of the band’s new LP, Aan will resume it’s hectic touring schedule.

Listen here

-Brought to you by Robert Thorn.


 
Music: Rise Above Festival Coming To Bangor, Maine


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01/28/14 - Saturday, May 10th, 2014 Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion-Bangor, ME

Individual Show Tickets On Sale Friday, January 31st at 10:00AM

SEETHER ANNOUNCES THE SECOND ANNUAL “RISE ABOVE FEST”

All Day, Multi-Stage Music Festival Set To Take Place In Bangor, ME In Support Of Suicide Prevention & Mental Illness

Avenged Sevenfold Seether, Motorhead, Hellyeah, And More Confirmed To Participate

Bangor, ME – Multi-platinum rockers Seether are thrilled to announce the second annual Rise Above Fest with one of the best rock festival line ups for 2014 and it’s all for a great cause. The festival featuring Avenged Sevenfold, Seether, Motorhead, Hellyeah, Black Stone Cherry and others, will take place in Bangor, ME on Saturday, May 10th at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion as part of the Machias Savings Bank Concert Series and will also be the kick-off event for the 2014 Concert Season. It will raise money for SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education), one of the leading national not-for profit organizations dedicated to raising awareness and educating the public in order to SAVE lives. Tickets for the event go on-sale Friday, January 31st and will range from $43.75 to $73.75 with exclusive VIP packages offered.

The festival’s name is taken from the song, “Rise Above This,” which Seether front man Shaun Morgan wrote as a message to his brother. His brother took his own life six years ago before he ever got a chance to hear it and it was that experience that brought about the creation of Rise Above Fest. The inaugural event was held over Labor Day weekend 2012 in Gilford, NH and raised nearly $20k for the New Hampshire chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) thru ticket sales, a special Rise Above Fest auction as well as a limited edition T-shirt which sold out in less than two hours.

“The fact that so many people supported our first event, along with all of those who have shared how we helped get them through their own tough times, makes us want to continue reaching out and educating people. No one is alone and no one should ever feel that way. Plus, with bands like Avenged Sevenfold, Motorhead and Hellyeah willing to support, it will definitely be a show to remember!" - Shaun Morgan (Seether)

Multi-million selling artist, Avenged Sevenfold will be headlining in 2014 alongside festival founders and multi-platinum artist Seether and world-renowned rockers Motorhead. Other fellow artists confirmed to participate include Hellyeah, Trivium, Kyng, Devour the Day, Black Stone Cherry, Muckler’s Circle & Skindred. This will be an all-day, multi-stage festival that will feature local artists throughout the day as well.

In the US, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death and worldwide someone dies by suicide every 39 seconds (World Health Organization). Yet, more people survive suicide attempts than actually die. In 2011, roughly 487,770 people received medical care for suicide attempts at emergency departments in the US. SAVE strives to eradicate suicide and use their funding to educate nearly 14,000 people every year through various events and programs set up across the country.

General Public ticket sale begins FRIDAY, JANUARY 31st AT 10:00AM. Tickets prices range from $43.75 to $73.75

General Admission & Pit Tickets – Additional VIP Packages Available - PLUS ANY APPLICABLE FEES DEPENDING ON PURCHASE OUTLET -

Tickets available via waterfrontconcerts.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or locally at Mark’s Music in Brewer.



-Brought to you by Robert Thorn.


 
Music: Sebastian Bach To Perform In Portland, Maine


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01/26/14 - SEBASTIAN BACH on Sunday, April 27th, 2014 at 9:00 PM | $22.00 General Admission | 18+ at the ASYLUM [121 Center Street, Portland, ME]. Tickets on sale :: Friday, January 31st, 2014 at 10:00am. Ticket Link

-Brought to you by Robert Thorn.


 
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