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Music: Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, Maine gets nominated for the "Best Large Capacity Venue" in the US by the Academy Of Country Music Awards

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01/29/14 - Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, Maine gets nominated for the "Best Large Capacity Venue" in the US by the Academy Of Country Music Awards. We're up against the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. We're gonna win!Click here to watch video.

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Music: Drowners' Self-Titled Debut LP Out Today On Frenchkiss Records


01/28/14 - In the late summer of 2011, Drowners frontman Matthew Hitt found himself in New York City. He’s from a small town in rural Wales but New York is where Hitt feels most at home. “I just like the way things look here. I like the way things are done here. I like how late everything happens,” he says. New York’s signature up-all-night energy courses through Drowners’ self-titled debut, but there’s a sweet melancholy to the album as well.

In his down time, Hitt began writing songs that reflected this renewed interest in angular, compressed rock and roll. “The early songs came out really short – I thought, well, I’ve already sung the chorus twice I don’t need to do it again, that’s what makes it a chorus! I think that being in New York influenced what I was trying to do with economy in song structure and instrumentation. It’s like, here’s what I’m trying to say. Okay, I said it. Now it’s over. Onto the next one.” Gallivanting around downtown, Hitt also met likeminded souls, including future bandmates, Jack Ridley III (guitar, vocals,) Erik Lee Snyder (bass,) and Lakis E. Pavlou (drums).

It would take the better part of the next six months to secure the right record deal, but during that time the band gigged like crazy, ratcheting up their live prowess. They also released a well-received EP, Between Us Girls. By the time Drowners were in a recording studio to record their full-length debut, with producers Gus Oberg and Johnny T., they were ready. The first single off Drowners’ eponymous debut, “Luv, Hold Me Down,” is a propulsive slice of perfect garage pop. “It brings across this sort of jovial misery,” says Hitt, “It’s kind of pop, like a lot of the rest of the record, but lyrically, it’s not as shiny as seems.”

The other side of coin, according to Hitt, comes courtesy of the melodic and melancholy track “A Button on Your Blouse” which changes up the pace of Drowners’ self-professed brand of romantic aggression. “I always think of this one as our ballad even though it’s not even that slow,” says Hitt with a laugh. But it’s the cheeky grime of “Long Hair” that really showcases the easy, dirty thrill of Drowners.

While Hitt is responsible for the elegantly understated lyrics throughout the album – the kind that adhere to his Salinger-esque economy of words – he professes that everything changed as soon as recording began. When Hitt, Ridley, Snyder, and Pavlou began to play, Hitt’s initial blueprint and the band’s extensive punk music background melded, giving the album its true form. The group wanted to present something slightly different, says Hitt. “Our live shows are a lot more aggressive,” he adds, “With the album, we wanted to create like a sort of layered, fleshed out live show.”

The result is an album that’s equal parts playfulness and disquietude, toeing the line between music that sweeps the listener up, and lyrics that beg for their deep sensitivity and understanding. “Whether you think something is good or not is if you respond to it,” says Hitt. “I wanted to ellicit a response, but I want them to get whatever they want from it.”

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Music: Horse Thief Announce "Fear In Bliss" LP, Out April 14th On Bella Union

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01/28/14 - More Info From The Publicist: Bella Union is excited to announce the release of Fear In Bliss, the debut album from recent signings HORSE THIEF. This youthful band is a purveyor of a panoramic yet nuanced sound, flowing from intimate to anthemic, the mood from vibrant to contemplative, with front-man Cameron Neal’s lyrics ranging from confessional to metaphorical. The result evokes the wide-open spaces of America’s Midwest but infuses the sense of grit and wonderment with edgier emotions. Click HERE to check out new track "Devil".

Horse Thief, originally founded in Denton, TX, moved to Oklahoma City to attend the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma, from which they recently graduated. The band subsequently signed with the Flaming Lips’ management and soon came to the attention of Bella Union. Though Fear In Bliss was conceived at Horse Thief’s Oklahoma headquarters the band decided to record the album in LA, “to leave our comfort zone of Oklahoma”, and producer Thom Monahan (Devendra Banhart, Vetiver) has helped the band fuse their renowned stage performance with studio quality.

The over-arching theme to Fear In Bliss is “finding yourself and what you believe in, and finding the comfort in acknowledging fear. I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression which comes out a lot on the new album. But when everything gets rough, I think there’s always a way to fix it. The biggest thing for me is to give comfort to people, to shed light on the truth that someone is feeling the same way as them.

Somewhat appropriately, having originated in Denton, TX, Horse Thief will be touring with their fellow Dentonians and label mates Midlake throughout February, joining them as special guests on their forthcoming UK / European tour.

Fear In Bliss will be released 14th April on Bella Union.

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Music: The Montauk Project - 'Belly of The Beast' Review

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01/28/14 - The Montauk Project 'Belly of The Beast'

90's Alt Blues, Psych Rock, Grunge. Really enjoying the Kyuss-esque riffs throughout most of the record. The singer's voice is a meld of Scott Weiland meets Chris Robinson (does that even make sense?)

The band itself sounds awesome (sick guitarist and a great drummer). I'd imagine it'd be pretty great to see them perform live.

"Good As Gold", "The Beast" & "Black As Night" are my top picks. "The Beast" is definitely the standout track but "Black As Night" follows as a very close second.

Overall a B for 'Belly of The Beast'. Hope to be hearing more from these guys soon.

RIYL: Kyuss, Dungen, RATM, Soundgarden, Black Crowes

-News, tips and advice by Betsy Draper.

Music: Break Science To Perform In Portland, Maine

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01/26/14 - Break Science with Paul Basic on January 29th at the Port City Music Hall. On Sale Now: http://tinyurl.com/kv35l7l

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Music: Mac Demarco - Salad Days

Mac Demarco - Salad Days

01/27/14 - i just looked at the archives and realized that i had never told you humans about this man before.

fact #1: not sharing him with you prior to this is prolly one of the dumbest thing that i've done in a long while.

fact #2: (the most important fact of all) this man, mac demarco, he is THE MAN.

his newest record 'salad days' is coming out on captured tracks - on april 1 and he's released a lover-ly song for us all to keep in our dreams until then.

play this one LOUD. immediately.

after that listen to all of his older records. "2" is everything that i've ever been wanting to hear. all mac, all the time.

RIYL: fucking music, people. real fucking music.

-News, tips and advice by Betsy Draper.

Music: Sevendust To Perform In Portland, Maine

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01/22/14 - An Evening With SEVENDUST Acoustic set on Friday, May 9th, 2014 at 9:00 PM | $25.00 General Admission | 18+ at the ASYLUM [121 Center Street, Portland, ME]. Tickets on sale :: Friday, January 24th, 2014 at 10:00am. Ticket Link: http://tktwb.tw/1jzbG5x

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Music: 2014 Country Megaticket Announced For Bangor, Maine

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01/22/14 - Get the same great seat and see all your favorite country stars in 2014!

SUNDAY, JUNE 15 BRAD PAISLEY with Randy Houser, Charlie Worshum & Leah Turner

SATURDAY, AUGUST 30 LADY ANTEBELLUM with Billy Currington & Joe Nichols

SUNDAY, AUGUST 31 JASON ALDEAN with Florida Georgia Line & Tyler Farr

Waterfront Concerts is proud to present the 2014 Live Nation Country Megaticket as part of the Machias Savings Bank Concert Series! This is your season ticket to three great country shows this summer. See the biggest superstars in country music, plus the superstars of tomorrow! This year, you will get to experience Country Megaticket right in your backyard at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, ME! Everyone who buys a Reserved Seat Country Megaticket will guarantee themselves premium seats for all three must-see country shows and the Country Megaticket lawn packages will allow you to enjoy the show from our General Admission Lawn area. All price categories including, first time ever, General Admission Pit tickets at the very front of the stage are available!

Megaticket buyers from our 2012 Megaticket will get the first opportunity to purchase tickets for this year's Megaticket in an exclusive presale! The previous buyer presale begins Tuesday, January 21 at 10:00am and ends Thursday, January, 23 at 10:00pm. You will need the presale password which was emailed to all customers who purchased a country show ticket in 2012. If you did not receive this email, please reach out to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Machias Savings Bank customers will also have the opportunity to purchase tickets through a separate pre-sale. The MSB presale will begin on Wednesday, January 22 at 9:00am. You will need the first six digits of your credit or debit card to use as the code for the presale. If you have any further questions, please reach out to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

General Public ticket sale begins FRIDAY, JANUARY 24th AT 10:00AM

Tickets prices range from $95 – $233 Lawn, Reserved Seating & General Admission Pit Tickets - PLUS ANY APPLICABLE FEES DEPENDING ON PURCHASE OUTLET - Tickets available via waterfrontconcerts.com, all Ticketmaster outlets and charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000

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Music: The Straits To Perform In Portland, Maine

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01/22/14 - THE STRAITS - Dire Straits' Alan Clark and Chris White with five hand-picked, world-class musicians: Terence Reis, Steve Ferrone from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Mickey Féat, Adam Phillips and Jamie Squire - performing the music of Dire Straits. Sunday, March 2md, 2014 at 9:00 PM | $25.00 General Admission | 18+ at the ASYLUM [121 Center Street, Portland, ME]. Tickets on sale :: Friday, January 24th, 2014 at 10:00am. Ticket Link: http://tktwb.tw/1joOK9f

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Music: John Brown's Body To Perform In Portland, Maine

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01/18/14 - John Brown's Body with The Pimps of Joytime January 23rd at the Port City Music Hall. On Sale Now: http://tinyurl.com/kx785gk

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