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Aimsel Ponti

Aimsel Ponti is a Content Producer at and a music writer for 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 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 of course.

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Posted: May 31, 2018

Indie icon Lou Barlow at Engine in Biddeford in Monday

Written by: Aimsel Ponti

Photo courtesy of the artist

The show was supposed to be a couple of months ago but then Lou Barlow broke his collarbone. The good news is that he’s recovered and the rescheduled show is happening on Monday night at the intimate space of Engine in Biddeford.

OK. So who is Lou Barlow? If you already know then you don’t need me to tell you but in case the name is either completely foreign to you or perhaps rings a vague bell, here’s the quick skinny on him:

Barlow’s one of the founding member of Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh AND The Folk Implosion.  He also has a trio of solo albums out in the world.

But let’s go back to those three bands for a second because OMG!

Dinosaur Jr!



The Folk Implosion!

If this isn’t the coolest song from 1995 I don’t know what is.

And here’s the word we got from the folks at Engine:

“2018 finds Lou without obligations to his bands and ready to bring acoustic guitars and his extensive back-catalogue on the road for a series of intimate solo performances. Requests will be taken, stories will be told and Lou will be in the best setting to share the emotionally direct, melodic songs he’s known for.”

Lastly, I had a hunch that if I walked over to the desk of my pal Shamus Alley he would tell me something key about this show because Shamus is way cooler than I ever hope to be when it comes to certain kinds of indie music. Here’s the official take on the show from him:

“I saw Lou Barlow like 7 years ago at the Cowgirl in Santa Fe, NM. He played solo with just some foot pedals and loops. His stage banter was on point… an amazing set peppered with plenty of stories from an extensive career.  A member of Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh and Folk Implosion playing at a venue as intimate as Engine in Biddeford, is not to be missed.”

So there you have it.  Go see Lou!


Lou Barlow

WHEN: Monday, June 4. Doors open at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Engine, 128 Maine St., Biddeford
HOW MUCH: $23 for general admission, $40 and $50 special packages available and for $100 you can attend the show and have dinner with Lou.

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