Category Archives: Rockin’ Out

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

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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 Maine singer-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. […]