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Aimsel Ponti

Aimsel Ponti is a Content Producer at MaineToday.com and a music writer for MaineToday.com and the Portland Press Herald. She has been obsessed with - and inspired by - music since she listened to Monkees records borrowed from the town library when she was six years old. She bought her first Rolling Stones record at a flea market when she was in 7th grade and discovered David Bowie a year later. She's a HUGE fan of the local music scene and covers it along with national musical happenings in her "Face the Music" column and with artist interviews that appear in print in the Portland Press Herald and online at Mainetoday.com. You'll also find her out and about absorbing live music like a sponge and roaming around local record shops and flea markets. Aimsel is also the host of Music from 207 on 98.9 WCLZ and appears monthly on the News Center Maine TV show “207” to talk about...music of course.

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Posted: July 31, 2014

Be beguiled by Deerhoof’s pop and by Spielberg on piano

Written by: Aimsel Ponti
Deerhoof will play in Portland, at Space, for the first time in four years on Thursday. Courtesy photo

Deerhoof will play in Portland, at Space, for the first time in four years on Thursday. Courtesy photo

Deerhoof formed 20 years ago in San Francisco. In that time they have cranked out 11 self-produced records and toured all over tarnation. Wikipedia says the band plays “noise pop.” That’s one of those descriptors that rings vague to me. So I hopped on Spotify and listened to the first song that came up. Upon hearing “We Do Parties,” I decided that noise pop may indeed fit the bill and that’s A-OK with me.

The song was a high-speed chase that throbbed with synths and Satomi Matsuzaki’s vocals. Electric guitars hopped on the race track and drums too. In short, killer tune!

My next Deerhoof exposure came in the form of “There’s That Grin.” The song zigzagged over a steady beat with quirky sounds mixed in. It’s one part electronica, one part dance, one part experimental and even one part rock, courtesy of some electric guitar.

Deerhoof is a lot of things, but it’s definitely not boring.

“Super Duper Rescue Heads” is fun, poppy and musically odd, in a good way of course. “Me to the rescue/me to the rescue/hello you lucky so and so.”

Deerhoof is one of those bands I’ve heard of forever and am just now getting hip to. Better late than never, right?

I’ve heard rumblings that this show will likely sell out, so if you haven’t bought tickets yet, hop to it posthaste.

The band hasn’t played in Portland in four years and one can assume its fans are looking forward to this show. And if you’re new to the Deerhoof party, welcome.

Deerhoof with Krill. 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland. $15 in advance; $18 at the door; 18-plus. space538.org

Pianist Robin Spielberg has concerts at The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor on Thursday and at Jonathan’s in Ogunquit on Friday. Courtesy photo

Pianist Robin Spielberg has concerts at The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor on Thursday and at Jonathan’s in Ogunquit on Friday. Courtesy photo

Need something a bit more quiet? Something soothing and scintillating, calming and invigorating, lovely and expressive?

I could give you 88 reasons Robin Spielberg is such a distinguished pianist. Spielberg has released 16 albums with originals, arrangements of American standards, Americana melodies and even lullabies.

I began my foray into Spielberg’s world with “Anthem of My Heart” and experienced that surreal feeling of having a private moment in plain sight of the newsroom.

My eyes closed on their own accord and for six minutes I was transported by every note, every chord, every subtle nuance and every grand gesture of fingers flourishing over the keys. I spent another half-hour or so listening to several pieces and it was time well spent.

You’ve got two chances to see Spielberg this weekend and hear for yourself. The cost of a ticket will grant you access to a transformative musical journey. Bon voyage!

Robin Spielberg. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The Opera House at Boothbay Opera House, 86 Townsend Ave. $20. boothbayoperahouse.com and 8 p.m. Friday. Jonathan’s, 92 Bourne Lane, Ogunquit. $22.50. jonathansogunquit.com

 

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