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The Loop

everything you need to know, literally

  • Natalie Merchant brought an enchanting show to the State Theatre Thursday

    The show took on a second life with several encores, starting with a few whimsical bars from "I'd Do Anything" from the musical "Oliver!" Merchant took a surprise turn into an anthemic cover than had the entire audience singing at the top of its lungs. Read on

  • The Newsroom Sessions: Pugwash

    Direct from Dublin, Ireland here’s Pugwash. They’ve been a band since 1999 and are on their first US Tour, including a performance last week Empire in Portland. Read on

  • See who’s coming to town: Maine concert tickets on sale now

    Check out upcoming concerts in Maine and get your tickets now. Read on

  • Here’s a full-on swoon for the new Jason Spooner Band album ‘Chemical’

    The new album's first single is very different – a bright, lively tune called Fireflies. "Fireflies are burning bright/Follow the sweet sounds into twilight/Rocking chairs on a summer night/We may never wake up again." Such a perfect song as we hit October head on. Read on

  • Electronic dance music from Chile, Switzerland and France? It’s happening at Space!

    Hola! Bonjour! Hallo!International Electronic Dance Music descends on SPACE. Read on

  • Arborea breathes ghostly life into CCR’s “Bad Moon Rising”

    Forget what you think you know about "Bad Moon Rising." Thanks to Arborea. Read on

  • The Newsroom Sessions: Sara Cox

    Singer-songwriter Sara Cox has been writing some new songs and with any luck we just might see a new record in 2015. In the meantime, here’s something old and something new from her visit to the Press Herald studios. Read on

  • Lori McKenna on singing and writing – and how one fuels the other

    I, for one, am sure glad McKenna does what she does. See and hear for yourself on Sunday night in Portland. Read on

  • A family affair: Jeff Tweedy and son to play State Theatre in Portland Sunday

    Songs from Tweedy's bands Uncle Tupelo and Wilco will be on the set list, too. Read on

  • Max Garcia Conover, musician, and Sophie Nelson, writer

    They are setting off across the country in an RV- with a guitar, a poodle and each other. Meet Sophie and Max. Read on

  • Sun Kil Moon captured crowd with vivid storytelling, bellowing warmth

    Coming off conflicts elsewhere, Mark Kozelek awed the audience at Port City Music Hall on Thursday. Read on

  • Jason Spooner Band releases fan-inspired “Fireflies” Video

    Jason Spooner Band "Fireflies" video gets by with a little help from their fans. Read on

  • Aimsel’s guide to being a great concertgoer (and having a great time going to concerts)

    Whether you heed this advice or are simply amused by it, know that I'm coming from a good place, I promise. Read on

  • In search of vinyl: Aimsel’s epic record store crawl in Portland

    I love the smell of a record store. Sometimes I make a beeline for certain sections, other times I carelessly peruse and see what I find. Thank you, Portland, for having so much vinyl all within walking distance of my desk. Read on

  • Muddy Ruckus’ new self-titled album blends rowdy Saturday night with joyous Sunday morning: CD release party Friday at Empire

    Muddy Ruckus's self-titled debut album touches on the sacred, hints at the profane and encapsulates everything in between, all to the sound of an infectiously toe-tapping backbeat. Read on

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