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Music: Rubblebucket To Perform In Portland, Maine

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12/19/13 - Rubblebucket with Rich Aucoin and Contrapposto on Saturday, December 28th at Port City Music Hall. On Sale Now: http://tinyurl.com/pk3gtbc

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Music: Enter The Haggis To Perform In Portland, Maine

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12/19/13 - Enter the Haggis with The Band Apollo on December 29th at the Port City Music Hall. On Sale Now: http://tinyurl.com/q7aq9kz

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Music: Tonic And Vertical Horizon To Perform In Portland, Maine

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12/20/13 - Tonic and Vertical Horizon with Special Guest Dishwalla on Thursday, March 06, 2014 at 9:00 PM | $29.00 General Admission | 18+ at the ASYLUM [121 Center Street, Portland, ME]. Tickets on sale NOW. Ticket Link: http://tktwb.tw/1kZbVG0

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Music: Dr. John To Perform In Portland, Maine

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12/20/13 - DR. JOHN Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 9:00 PM | $55.00 VIP Seats |$39.00 General Admission | 18+ at the ASYLUM [121 Center Street, Portland, ME]. Tickets on sale :: Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:00am Ticket Link: http://tktwb.tw/1c4NZQs

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Music: Tiger Waves Premieres "Sundressed"

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12/16/13 - More From The Publicist Tiger Waves know the tyranny of distance, and they seemed to have tamed it for their purposes. In the spring of 2011, the foundation was laid online between two songwriters—James Marshall in Austin, Reid Comstock in Chicago. Tiger Waves is a band born of dropboxes, email attachments and CD-Rs and while the two principal songwriters living 1,000 miles apart. The music, however, isn’t necessarily the cold, detached product of two kids with MacBooks. It sounds more like a bit of cosmic sunshine-pop-flavored zeitgeist made by two music fans with some digital constraints and liberties. And one of them is a philosopher, sometimes you can totally tell. After Reid relocated to Austin, the duo expanded into a quartet—adding the guitar virtuosity and songwriting prowess of a young Tyler Wharen and the steady drum rhythms of an even younger Joshua Kerl.

On December 17th, Tiger Waves will release their debut single, "Weekends" on Canvasclub, the new singles series by Canvasback Music.

Canvasback Music is home to an eclectic roster of artists including Alt-J, Grouplove, The Joy Formidable, Frightened Rabbit and The Orwells. Canvasclub, a one off singles series will release music from an array of artists. For more information on future releases visit www.canvasbackmusic.com

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Music: Nightmare And The Cat Premieres "Blackbird Smile"

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12/13/13 - More From The Publicist Los Angeles-based rockers Nightmare and the Cat formed in 2010, but the musical powerhouses that lead the five-piece — 21-year-old front man Django Stewart and 23-year-old guitarist Sam Stewart — go way back. All the way back.

Growing up in England, Sam watched as his 6-year-old brother Django developed a fanatical love of James Brown. Django saw his older sibling pick up a guitar for the first time at age 12 and immediately master a Nirvana songbook. But while the two pursued parallel musical paths — Sam with Blondelle, Django with Midnight Squires — they didn't contemplate forming a band together until Sam rang up Django and asked his little brother to join him for a songwriting session in L.A. three years ago.

"I was just so fucking happy when he said that," Django remembers. "He came for 10 days, and we wrote five songs," Sam recalls, joking, "it was probably our most prolific period." The results were too good to ignore, and their new band, their first truly joint effort, was born.

Named after a track the brothers adore by obscure artist Anthony Harwood, Nightmare and the Cat quickly grew to a five-piece as the pair recruited Sam's girlfriend Claire Acey, an accomplished singer and multi-instrumentalist, and Spike Phillips, the drummer from Midnight Squires (Scott Henson, another Squires album, joined after the group's bassist Julie Mitchell relocated to Chicago). Sam says their original sonic plan was simple: "We wanted it to be a mixture of Jeff Buckley vocals and the Pixies' music."

In actuality, though, the brothers have never followed in anyone's footsteps. One of their earliest supporters was brilliant underground L.A. artist Gary Basemen, who has painted new compositions (and Django himself) during live performances and handled the band's striking logo and album artwork. One of their earliest gigs was a collaboration with the circus school where Django has been learning the art of the trapeze.

So when the time came to follow up their debut self-titled EP with their first full-length album, Simple, they headed for uncharted territory. They convinced producer Eric Valentine, who'd made one of their favorite albums (Queens of the Stone Age's Songs for the Deaf) to record "Blackbird Smile" for them as a favor, and charmed him into doing the full LP. Then they got to work putting their gorgeously dramatic, atmospheric anthems to tape.

Sam calls grand opener "Simple" the album's "defining track" because "it sets the tone for the whole record and everything it's about." (As listeners will soon find out, Nightmare and the Cat's music is anything but simple.) "It's about relationships within your family, how people are trying to hide stuff but it always comes out in the end," Sam explains. "Goodbye" is the group's version of a classic pop song inspired by '60s girl groups like the Ronettes and the Crystals. Django says every time he sings the track's chorus — "I've said goodbye so many times the words have lost all meaning / but I won't say it again if you keep me here believing" — "I find a new meaning for it."

"Mae" shows off a folkier vibe more akin to the music Sam was making on his own before Nightmare and the Cat started up. "It's got that old shuffle beat and acoustic finger-picking," Sam says, plus "a very Fleetwood Mac-influenced chorus with the harmonies." The stompy sing-along "Alvarado" is sort of love letter to Echo Park, where the brothers have lived. Django sang the melody into his phone and shot it over to Sam, who mimicked the line on guitar, Hendrix-style. "It's about opening your eyes to L.A., but the lyrics are kind of bittersweet," Django explains. "We do that a lot in our music."

Dualities and dichotomies play a large role in the Stewarts' writing, partially because they are "total opposites," as Django puts it. Born showman Django is the consummate performer onstage — loose, alluring, otherworldly — while Sam is the musical perfectionist, happy to spend days on end experimenting in the studio or composing the strings that adorn the lush, harmonic "Traditions." Sam is mostly inspired by Radiohead and the Beatles; while Django prefers the soulful singers he effortlessly recalls when he opens his mouth to sing, as well as brilliant writers like Lou Reed and Iggy Pop. (Both brothers cite David Bowie as hugely influential, too.)

But together they — and the full album — add up to complexly beautiful whole. "It's not a concept album, but sometimes when you listen to it from beginning to end there is kind of a narrative that carries through," Sam says, which may help listeners dig into the album's epic closer, "Breaking Down the Walls." It's built on two chords, and its power comes from layers of shifting melodies and rhythms — and wine glasses, which the group managed to tune to the right key ("That literally took six hours," Django laughs).

Writing music with a brother has its advantages — "We can be brutally honest with each other, that's the main thing," Sam says — but part of the challenge of making Simple was learning to open up their tight partnership to the rest of us. "I feel like our music is so atmospheric and dreamy," Django muses, "it's almost like stepping into our own world."

-Brought to you by Robert Thorn.

Music: The Beans Band Release "Carnal Constant"

The Beans Band Release

12/13/13 - More From The Publicist RIYL: Junior Kimbrough, The Black Keys, Led Zeppelin, and Townes Van Zandt

"[The Beans] have put an emphasis on incorporating psych-soul and " raw vocals into a frenzied sound that hovers on the line between engulfing the audience and simply falling apart." (Houston Press)

"The band is a bluesy, raw, raspy thing, effortless and intense at the same time." (Houston Chronicle)

"The Beans are what you've always wanted. Mined from the depths of the soul and scarred by the emotional complexity that life can inflict, spilled out on the stage for all to experience." (Examiner.com)

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/thebeans/sets/thebeans/s-Px2Vh

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Music: Carbon Leaf Perform In Portland, Maine

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12/13/13 - Carbon Leaf with Sarah Blacker on December 12th at Port City Music Hall. On Sale Now: http://tinyurl.com/muhf2ka

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Music: Ben Taylor To Perform In Portland, Maine

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12/13/13 - Ben Taylor with Caroline Rose and Amy Allen on December 12th at Empire 575 Congress St in Portland. On Sale Now: http://tinyurl.com/qhcv2ws

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Music: Jim Brickman To Perform In Portland, Maine

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12/13/13 - Jim Brickman: The Joy of Christmas on Friday, December 13th at the State Theatre. On Sale Now: http://tinyurl.com/oypceau

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