SONG THAT GOT US: “Bubble Guns” [mp3]"ON THE TUBES: MySpace, YouTube
RECORD LABELS: Grinding Tapes, Tract
WHY THEM? Endearingly lo-fi, minimalist acoustic campfire ballads about topics as disparate as romance and insects, all delivered with aching sincerity. There are a few embellishments from Casio keyboards, drums, and guest vocalists, but for the most part it is simply the work of Linc Halloran and his guitar. Sounds kind of like Cowboy Junkies if they junked their sister singer and replaced her with a pathologically shy entomologist. It’s the kind of thing that could seem affected, but because it’s so spare and straightforward, Halloran (er, Hello Shark) makes it work.
BONUS BIT! Halloran took part in the second installment of last year’s “Field Trip,” a Cambridge-based performance of guerrilla acoustic shows. His took place near Metropolitan Storage.
New Hampshire transplants live free — or die trying
Big bucks couldn't buy the viral awe and ire that the Free State Project (FSP) scored on August 11, when New Hampshire resident William Kostric arrived outside President Barack Obama's Portsmouth Town Hall meeting with a handgun on his right thigh — "open carrying" is quite legal in the Granite State — and a sign declaring IT IS TIME TO WATER THE TREE OF LIBERTY!
By CHRIS FARAONE | August 26, 2009
New England plays catch-up in the green-energy race
This past Earth Day, President Barack Obama, speaking at an Iowa wind-turbine factory, delivered a gusty peroration. "The nation that leads the world in creating new energy sources will be the nation that leads the 21st-century global economy," he said. "America can be that nation. America must be that nation."
By MIKE MILIARD | August 24, 2009
One woman's wait — and drive — for equality
remember the day Vermont legalized Civil Unions for same-sex couples. I was in college at the time and I remember thinking out loud that I could move there and get "Civil Union-ed" someday. It didn't sound the same as my previous dreams of getting "Married."
By JILL BARKLEY | August 04, 2009
Gay and lesbian Mainers revisit the last 25 years
Last weekend was Pride weekend here in Portland, and though rain made its own appearances occasionally, it didn't stop hundreds — even thousands — of people from, well, coming out and celebrating.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF | June 24, 2009
Minutes after President Barack Obama announced that he was nominating appellate judge Sonia Sotomayor for the vacant seat on the Supreme Court, battle lines were drawn on the pre-scripted questions of "post-racial" America.
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE | June 03, 2009
Maine: The other white state
It seems to be Maine's turn again to be the least racially diverse state in the nation.
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY | May 27, 2009
The New Collisions start things off right
It feels as if all the music people these days were rushing toward a hyper-electro-modern future where they'll be programming drum machines hard-wired directly to their erogenous zones.
By BARRY THOMPSON | May 27, 2009
Do you have pteridomania?
By DEIRDRE FULTON | May 13, 2009
A bright idea
As Alteris Renewables sees it, this is the game-changer.
By MARION DAVIS | April 29, 2009
Tell us your story at thePhoenix.com/Portland
By now, we've all heard what the people at Forbes magazine have to say about why Portland is at the top of its annual "America's Most Livable Cities" list. We apparently scored a lot of points on a "leisure index."
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF | April 22, 2009
The gay-rights movement took a chance on fighting for the right to wed. It's finally paying off.
While political analysts understandably regard elections and politicians as the key forces of social change, nongovernmental forces are the ones that most often actually influence and transform our culture.
By STEVEN STARK | April 21, 2009
Paul Dano gains stature
Of the recent spate of young-man-finding-himself movies, Adventureland may be the most fun, but Gigantic sticks to the ribs.
By BETSY SHERMAN | April 21, 2009
The genesis of the newspaper problems can be traced to Richard Nixon.
It's not news that newspapers are in huge trouble — victims of technological change and a mini-depression. What is news is the unadorned glee that is greeting the demise of newsprint.
By STEVEN STARK | April 19, 2009
Should foreigners -- like folks from NH -- vote in Maine?
I have nothing against people who've had the misfortune of being born in other nations. Unless they're from Chad.
By AL DIAMON | April 08, 2009
A public-health crisis; plus, gay marriage advances
A couple of weeks ago, David S. Bernstein wrote about the growing "state sovereignty" movement backed by anti-government conspiracy theorists and gun-rights extremists, and touted on the syndicated radio show and Web site of deranged agitator Alex Jones.
By EDITORIAL | April 08, 2009
The Books leave (almost) nothing to chance
The Books are, more and more, making their work something you can see.
By MICHAEL BRODEUR | April 07, 2009
Why has Rhode Island lagged behind the rest of New England on same-sex marriage legislation?
New England has made a pretty good case, in recent years, for America's capital of queer.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG | April 08, 2009
Fighting for a basic civil right without repeating other states' mistakes
From the podium at EqualityMaine's 25th anniversary dinner last Saturday night, former state senator Ethan Strimling posed a question to the 630 people in attendance: If gay marriage were allowed in Maine, how many of you would tie the knot?
By DEIRDRE FULTON | March 25, 2009
Many state benefits, and federal ones, too, are tied specifically to 'marriage'
Many people think civil unions might be a workable compromise. But after nine years in Vermont, there's evidence that enough is wrong with them to convince that state's Senate to back a civil-marriage proposal.
By DEIRDRE FULTON | March 25, 2009
Terrific actors acting like boobs
The title of this relevant but strained drama comes from the tale of Little Black Sambo, who's invoked in a series of anonymous threats to a black student at a progressive Vermont college.
By BETSY SHERMAN | March 25, 2009
Three restless souls try to settle down
Two of indie music's most popular and tortured songwriters, Will Oldham and Neko Case, try to reconcile encroaching middle age with a past of bad habits on their new albums.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY | March 18, 2009
FairPoint with state and federal regulators show that "stable" isn't exactly the right word for its current status
Two major safety valves in the financial house of cards that is New England's largest landline telecommunications service provider blew last week.
By JEFF INGLIS | March 11, 2009
Plus a mad money man, off-color comics, and a Laffey-Chafee gaffe
On the sadness front, while P+J missed our chance to say the sporting old boys hereabouts were grieved to learn of the passing of former Brown basketball star Eddie Morris on March 5.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE | March 11, 2009
Rhode Island's Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse had a Joseph Welch moment during last week's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.
By PETER VOSKAMP | March 11, 2009
Middle Cyclone is Neko Case's most fearless and arresting record, ruthlessly composed and beautifully recorded.
By ZETH LUNDY | March 02, 2009
Less weed, more speed
SONGS FOR THE DEAF AT AS220, COURTESY OF WITCH
By CHRIS CONTI | February 18, 2009
Not at all like the smooth-talking meteorologists on the air in Boston, Kaprielian looks more like an eighth-grade science teacher as he springs to life.
It's the coldest day of the winter so far and Al Kaprielian is excited.
By MIKE MILIARD | February 06, 2009
The Low Anthem return home — for just a little while
By CHRIS CONTI | February 04, 2009
Logan 5 and the Runners go beyond homage
There’s a song on Logan 5 and the Runners’ first album, Featurette, where Dave Berndt sings, “I wish I could see you at night/Naked through your window.”
By MATT PARISH | January 13, 2009
State budget cuts just make the recession worse
It seems as if there’s no light at the end of the state’s gloomy fiscal tunnel.
By LANCE TAPLEY | December 31, 2008