Mike Dow

Mike Dow

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The music you love speaks volumes about the kind of person you are. Those who are most passionate about their music also tend to spread the word about why that music is important to them. It can be a revealing method of social networking.  

A new app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch from Stereotypes makes it possible to not only share favorite music videos from YouTube, it allows users to become a 'VJ' by recording a short video introduce it. Think of it as a new take on MTV for the YouTube generation.  

Boston-based radio talk-show host and Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr has spent a considerable part of his career exposing the thugs and mobsters of Boston's organized crime scene.   

Regular listeners to 'The Howie Carr Show' (3 to 7 p.m. weekdays on WVOM 103.9 in Bangor and WVQM 101.3 in Augusta) know that crime kingpin Whitey Bulger was at the top of Carr's list - and, as Carr will explain, he was on Whitey's list. Now that Bulger has been captured and tried (Carr attended the trial), Carr has announced an all-new 'Evening of Crime' billed as a night of 'spellbinding tales of organized crime in Boston,' coming to Bangor on Friday, Aug. 16 at Spectacular Event Center, 395 Griffin Road. 

Eli Young Band is unquestionably one of the most popular country bands on the planet today. The group's impressive track record includes eight hit singles to date (including two #1 hits), the most played song on country radio in 2011 ('Crazy Girl' also the 2012 ACM song of the year) and a new single currently racing up the charts ('Drunk Last Night') from their upcoming fifth studio album. They could easily be headlining their own tour at this moment but when Kenny Chesney calls and invites you to go out on the road for the summer, you don't say no.  

Eli Young Band, all Texas boys, will be special guests during Chesney's concert at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion on Wednesday, Aug. 7. Part of Chesney's 'No Shoes Nation' tour, this show features an additional opening Texas export, Kacey Musgraves ('Merry Go Round' and 'Blowin' Smoke'). At the time of writing, the website for Waterfront Concerts had a 'sell out warning' banner for this show. In other words, get your tickets now before it's too late. 

Richard Williams, guitarist for Kansas, says that it doesn't seem possible that his band is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. 'It really is incredible to me,' Williams told me in a recent phone interview. 'I feel like I've lived 10 lifetimes over the last 40 years.'  

From the start, the members of Kansas were unified in the belief that they had what it took to reach the big time. From their humble beginning as a local Topeka band playing proms and bars to (a few years later) racking up huge radio hits like 'Carry on My Wayward Son' and 'Dust in the Wind' and selling out two nights at Madison Square Garden, Williams says that when 'the big time' arrived, the members of Kansas had no idea how popular they had become.

It's difficult to imagine a concert packed with more fun than this year's 'Last Summer on Earth' show, Sunday night at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion.  

Barenaked Ladies returned to Bangor for the second summer in a row and brought with them Ben Folds Five and Guster, two other bands who came of age in the 1990s.  

The concert opened with an unannounced set by British singer-songwriter comedian, Boothby Graffo, a longtime collaborator of Barenaked Ladies.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 16:08

Captain Sig' Hansen of The Deadliest Catch'

Fishing first, camera second' 

As captain of the fishing vessel 'The Northwestern,' Sigurd 'Sig' Hansen thought he had seen it all. He's witnessed the lives of friends and crew permanently altered in a split-second. He's broken up vicious on-deck fights. He's weathered Bering Sea storms that came close to sinking his boat, and he has seen rival fishermen seemingly forget the most basic rules of humanity. What he didn't see coming was the fame he has attained for doing a job that has been part of his Norwegian ancestry for generations.

Friday, 28 June 2013 08:15

Catching Phish in Maine: A look back

As Phish prepares for the first show of their summer 2013 tour, at Darlings Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor on July 3, a look back at some of the legendary band's Maine visits is in order.   

Although details surrounding many of Phish's early shows remain sketchy, most authoritative accounts agree that the band's first three Maine appearances took place in January 1989 with an initial stop in Bar Harbor at College of the Atlantic's Gates Center Auditorium on January 20th.  

On the following evening, Phish headed up route 1A for a show in Orono at the now defunct Oronoka restaurant and motel, famous for their "Food You'll Remember" and meals that were seemingly never-ending.  It is believed that the group spent the night upstairs at this venue where they returned for another show almost exactly one year later.

Saturday, 22 June 2013 06:21

Phish: in the groove on 'Ventura'

Most Phish fans have a favorite era of the band's evolution and can eloquently state their case by citing specific shows and jams.   For many, it's the groove that hit the group in the mid to late 90s when a certain funkiness began to permeate Phish shows, a welcome ingredient that fit their music perfectly.  That fact is made abundantly clear on the band's new archival release, 'Ventura,' a 6-CD box set comprised of two complete concerts performed a year apart at Ventura County Fairgrounds in Ventura, California in 1997 and 1998.  

For 'Ventura,' Phish archivist Kevin Shapiro has selected two vastly underrated performances that reveal the band in top form, delivering a master class in improvisation and showmanship with the emphasis on groove.

If this were an episode of VH1's 'Behind the Music,' we would now be watching the jubilant career revival that typically follows the meteoric rise and devastating crash in the arc of that series's formula.   

Adam Ant (born Stuart Goddard) has returned with his first album of new material since 1995 actually, make that a double.  The new record, 'Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter,' offers 17 bold and brash songs, each written or co-written by Ant.  

Mick Jones, guitarist and founding member of Foreigner, laughs as he thinks of some of the changes he and the band have gone through since forming. 'These days we have nice, comfortable busses and nice, comfortable jets for traveling,' he said with a chuckle during a recent phone interview. Those busses and jets will bring the band to New Hampshire's Hampton Beach Casino for a sold out show on Saturday, June 29 as part of a tour that has kept them on the road since the beginning of the year.  

The accommodations are not the only changes since 'Feels Like The First Time' broke the band in the United States in the spring of 1977. Foreigner arrived in the era of excess, when bands of their stature weren't exactly encouraged to live like monks. 'The requirements in the dressing room are certainly different now,' he said. 'Where we used to have crates of champagne and all kinds of stuff in the old days, we now have health drinks and water. We don't have a big party to look forward to when we come off the stage,' he said laughing.

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