Category Archives: Rockin’ Out

Portland Lights Festival to bring Guster, Dr. Dog, more to Eastern Promenade in August

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Organizers today announced the Portland Lights Music Festival, a day-long celebration set for Saturday, Aug. 8, on the Eastern Promenade. Bands and artists officially announced for the inaugural festival include New England band Guster, Dr. Dog, Augustana, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, In The Valley Below and Portland’s own Dominic and the Lucid. General admission […]

Review: AFRAID, “Sinister Vibes” (Portland, experimental electronic)


The first 45 seconds of the first track, “Riverbank Summer ’75,” off Portland trio AFRAID’s second proper album, “Sinister Vibes,” sounds as if it’s coming towards you slowly, like a train arriving at a station, before snapping into some reverb-drenched programmed drums and, eventually, layers of sound, from keyboards to sirens to singer Jakob Battick’s […]

Review: New split singles from Maine songwriters Jacob Augustine, Earth Person

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Jacob Augustine: “Salvation,” backed with “Glory, Glory” by Bad Braids Big things — rawness in experience, octave-hopping singing, complex emotional states — seem to interest┬áMaine┬ásinger-songwriter-guitarist Jacob Augustine. If he’s seeking that kind of experience by using his voice, he pushes his vocals to their breaking point, from a whispered confession to a pained, wordless howl. […]