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Tuesday, 07 January 2020 12:36

What's new (and coming soon) in music early in 2020

Written by Mike Dow

The beginning of the year is traditionally a quiet period for new music but 2020’s first quarter release list features some eagerly awaited titles in pop, rock, blues and country.

Monday, 06 January 2020 14:01

James Montgomery Blues Band to hit Portland

Written by Mike Dow

Blues legend James Montgomery is set for a return to one of his favorite venues, when the James Montgomery Blues Band performs at One Longfellow Square in Portland on Friday, January 10.

“It’s a great listening room,” Montgomery told The Maine Edge during an interview. “They do a lot of dancing there too, but you won’t find a better venue for listening than One Longfellow Square.”

It’s Hanukkah time, and with it comes the lighting of the candles, the abundant food, the fun gatherings and the celebratory music.

Funny thing about those Hanukkah songs: Christmas has had a corner on the holiday music market for decades. Where are the fun, rocking Hanukkah songs? The members of The LeeVees asked that question a few years back and decided to do something about it.

Maine-based singer and songwriter Joel Thetford has released three albums of original material since 2015, but says his muse took a hiatus for nearly a year when his family became embroiled in a shocking legal case that made headlines around the world.

The case itself is currently in the delicate appellate stage but it’s one that Thetford says he’s positive his family will win.

A television network that is available in 70 million homes in the U.S. and Canada has spent the last two years working on a documentary about this case that Thetford believes will finally reveal the truth about what his family has endured during this prolonged nightmare.

The genre-busting musical Maine institution known as Rustic Overtones has just released their most heartfelt and meaningful record. The LP represents the first new music from the band since the sudden passing of band leader and trombonist Dave Noyes last March at age 45.

A beloved figure on the New England music scene, Noyes joined Rustic Overtones in the mid-1990s. He was also a husband and a father to two boys, one of whom was born after his death.

The 14-track “Self Titled” is different to anything we’ve heard from Rustic Overtones to date, thanks to Noyes’s original vision for the record, and the commitment of his band mates to see the project through.

Sunday, 01 December 2019 13:46

Tom Rush to perform at One Longfellow Square

Written by Mike Dow

Legendary folk singer and guitarist Tom Rush is scheduled to take the stage at Portland’s One Longfellow Square with multi-instrumentalist Matt Nakoa on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 8:00 pm. The artist says he’s looking forward to connecting with fans in the smallest room that he plays.

“It’s fun to be in a room where you can really see the people you’re playing for,” Rush told The Maine Edge. “It feels like you’re carrying on a conversation.”

Wednesday, 27 November 2019 11:48

When XTC went psychedelic as The Dukes of Stratosphear

Written by Mike Dow

Some of the finest of all psychedelic rock originated not in the hippie-trippy 1960s, and not in San Francisco or London, but in the 1980s era of big hair and bright neon, in the town of Swindon, England, when the band XTC, with producer John Leckie, metamorphosed into The Dukes of Stratosphear for two outrageously fun albums.

The entire output by XTC as The Dukes of Stratosphear has just been released as “Psurroundabout Ride” - the latest installment of XTC’s ongoing series of reissues, remixed and produced by Steven Wilson.

The two-disc set includes a CD with a 2019 stereo mix and a Blu-ray disc containing Wilson’s wild new surround-sound mix in 5.1 audio, as well as the bonus equivalent of a boxed set’s worth of alternate listening options.

A rare opportunity to catch the leader of influential genre-defying band SeepeopleS in an intimate acoustic setting is scheduled for Friday, November 29, when Will Bradford performs a free show at Black Bear Brewery, 191 Exchange St. in Bangor.

Bradford says he loves performing in Bangor, where he grew up from the mid-1980s to the early ‘90s.

“I like to think that I lived in Bangor long enough to qualify as a local,” Bradford said with a laugh while his band took a break during the Boston recording sessions for its next record, “Field Guide For Survival in This Dying World,” due in 2020. It will be the first new SeepeopleS’ music since 2015’s 25-track double album “Dead Souls Sessions”

In what promises to be an evening full of hits, Pink Houses will perform the music of John Mellencamp live at Seasons Downunder Club, Main. St. in Bangor, on Saturday, Nov. 30, at 9 p.m.

A four-piece band from southern Maine, Pink Houses formed earlier this year after guitarist and singer Doug Hoyt gave some thought to an idea posed by his wife and some of their friends.

Hoyt has led a number of bands over the last 30 years, and many of them have performed a mix of his original music and some well-chosen cover songs. A committed lifelong fan of British and American rock and roll, Hoyt says The Who will always be his favorite band of all, but that the music of John Mellencamp has always resonated with him.

Santa’s gonna need a bigger sack. Fans of classic rock have a wealth of new material to wade through with this season’s explosion of exhaustive vault clearing box sets, either in stores now or on the docket for release over the next several weeks.

Among the sets already out: Sweeping multidisc collections from the Steve Miller Band (“Welcome to the Vault”), The Doors (“The Soft Parade 50th”), The Kinks (“Arthur”) and the latest edition of Bob Dylan’s ongoing “Bootleg Series,” with more to come through mid-December.

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