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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.

Americana singer and songwriter Joel Thetford and his band entered Halo Studio in Windham last October with a mission to record a truly collaborative project with producer Jonathan Wyman. The resulting “Broken Things” is Thetford’s third and most impressive EP to date.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018 16:54

Spring ahead with some new music releases

Written by Mike Dow

Don’t let the fresh snowfall keep you from checking out some of the multitude of new music titles being released this month. With the arrival of springtime (at least according to the calendar), we’ve got your T-shirt weather soundtrack.

With two platinum-selling albums, eight gold records and seven #1 Billboard hit singles, Justin Moore is now a certified country music superstar. The Arkansas native is set to bring his “Hell on a Highway Tour” to the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Saturday, March 31, with special guest Dylan Scott.

Moore checked in with The Maine Edge during a tour stop in Park City, Kansas. He called from his bus where he was chilling with close pals Johnny and June.

BSO’s annual Pops concert to feature “The Wonderful Music of Oz”

While on a late December drive up to Aroostook County to see family, I started scanning the radio dial in hopes of finding some good music or a talk show to keep me company.

I was still a few miles south of the Houlton exit when I heard part of a song that nearly made me drive off the road. The music and static were fighting each other as I pulled over in hopes of finding a spot where I could pull in the distant signal.

I heard a burning rockabilly guitar solo, a driving rhythm section and a baritone vocal that demanded my attention. And then it was gone. I didn’t know if it was a brand-new song or something recorded decades ago. I needed to know the name of the artist. I kept the radio dial glued to that position as an announcer’s voice briefly rose from the white noise – “miles.” Did he just say “miles?” Maybe it’s a name.

And so began a search that ended just two weeks ago when I employed the Google machine to try a variation on the spelling - “Myles singer rockabilly.”

It was David Myles, a young Canadian singer/songwriter and performer, originally from Fredericton, New Brunswick and currently of Halifax, Nova Scotia. 

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 13:35

Warm up with these January music releases

Written by Mike Dow

Following what appeared to be a crowded but reasonably upbeat fourth quarter in 2017, a number of artists have readied new albums for January release. Take the chill off and fire up some of these titles in rock, alternative, bluegrass and country/Americana.

Beloved by generations of listeners, frequently cited as one of the most influential rock guitar albums of the 1960s and occasionally denigrated by its creator, Jeff Beck’s “Truth” has finally received its sonic due in a numbered, limited edition CD/SACD hybrid from audiophile label Audio Fidelity.  

Wednesday, 27 December 2017 13:38

The best of 2017's Maine-made music

Written by Mike Dow

I continue to be astonished at the high level of musical talent on display in Maine. Regardless of your preferred genre, this state has got it going on.

Some of Maine’s best artists chose to perform only in a live setting this year, while others headed into the studio (or in one case, a cottage and living room) to transform their latest ideas into a series of digital ones and zeroes.

From that latter group, here are the best homegrown musical releases I heard in 2017. 

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