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BANGOR - The David Myles trio brought an enthusiastic audience to their feet several times during their premiere Bangor performance last Saturday evening in the ballroom at Bangor Arts Exchange.

Joining the Juno Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter onstage were longtime bandmates Alan Jeffries on lead guitar and Kyle Cunjak on standup bass. The trio offered an astonishing musical master class encompassing multiple genres, including pop, folk, rockabilly, bluegrass, soul and doo-wop.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018 12:16

The Guess Who to release first new album in 40 years

Written by Mike Dow

“We’re pumped up for this album just like the old days!” drummer Garry Peterson said about the upcoming release of the first new album from The Guess Who since 1978. “The Future is What It Used to Be” is set to be released via Cleopatra Records on September 14 on CD, digital formats and limited edition red vinyl.

Wednesday, 01 August 2018 08:39

David Myles and his band to perform in Bangor

Written by Mike Dow

Earlier this year, The Maine Edge featured a cover story about Juno Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician David Myles, bearing the headline: ‘He’s Hot. He’s Sexy. He’s Canadian.’

My variation on the title of an infamous late ‘70s Rolling Stone cover story about Doors lead singer Jim Morrison was designed to be an attention grabber. I had hoped that readers unfamiliar with Myles and his music would be intrigued enough to check out his latest release - “Real Love” – one of the most impressive records I’ve heard by any artist this year. And based on the volume of related comments and messages subsequently received from Maine Edge readers, you were and you did.

For a dozen years, Punch Brothers have been delivering a singular brand of progressive-bluegrass-Americana beyond compare, both on record and in concert.

About the band’s fifth full-length recorded effort - they’ve also issued two Eps - “All Ashore” (out July 20 from Nonesuch), lead singer and mandolinist Chris Thile says “We were hoping we could create a thing that would be convincing as a complete thought – sort of a nine-movement or a nine-song thought…”

It seems that I’ve always been drawn to bands whose music tend to be uncategorizable. Guster is one of them. Formed in Boston in late 1991, the alt-rock-pop-jammers (see what I mean?) have developed a global audience hungry for the group’s sublime songcraft, humor, and constantly evolving set-lists. Guster also has a deep connection to Maine. The band has just announced their second annual music festival, “On The Ocean Weekend,” to take place in Portland on August 3, 4 and 5.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018 15:06

New releases – 5 albums out this week

Written by Mike Dow

It’s a big week in music. Here’s a roundup of five new albums coming your way from a diverse and varied collection of artists.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018 14:27

New archival music: Part II

Written by Mike Dow

Our second installment of pending archival music releases previews upcoming boxed sets and deluxe anniversary reissues. In part one (May 8 edition of The Maine Edge), we checked out recent archival releases from The Who, Frank Sinatra, Jerry Garcia and Otis Redding.

Some of what’s coming soon:

Sometimes, rock and roll dreams really do come true. Just ask Yayo Sanchez, a 25-year-old guitarist and audio recording engineer from Austin, Texas.

Tuesday, 08 May 2018 14:58

The best newly issued archival music: Part 1

Written by Mike Dow

Vault plundering is still a big business for the music industry. As record labels and artist estates explore new revenue streams, archives are scoured for releasable tapes, resulting in a wealth of newly spiffed up catalog titles and specialty commemorative releases.

This is part one of our two-part sampling of some of the high-profile offerings due to be liberated from the archives over the next two months (and a couple that are out now).

What would it sound like if circa-1976 Queen time-traveled to 2018 to write and record with a trio of contemporary pop-craftsmen?

“Off To The Races” from Brooklyn-based Jukebox The Ghost is as close as we’re likely to hear. One of the most richly dynamic pop albums of the year so far, “Off To The Races” is a sonic wonder.

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