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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 5, 2015

Punk, indie-folk, rock from Hop Along, Painted Shut and Aloud + more live music this weekend

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You don’t need to hop, unless you really want to, but do find a way to get to SPACE to see Hop Along, a punk act out of Philly who are on the verge of releasing their record “Painted Shut.”

The band is Frances Quinlan (vocals, guitar,” “Mark Quinlan (drums,) Tyler Long (bass) and guitarist Joe Reinhart.

If the songs “Waitress,” “Powerful Man” and “Texas Funeral” are any indication, this should prove to be a hell of good live show. Quinlan’s voice is two parts grit and one part pretty. Opening the show is Philly-based hook-heavy lo-fi act Thin Lips and Buddusky from Mexico, Maine.

Hop Along with Thin Lips and Buddusky, 8:30 p.m. Thursday. SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, $8 in advance, $10 at the door, 18-plus,

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ZOË RANDELL AND STEVE HASSETT both come from the land down under and met by chance at a folk festival in Edinburgh, Scotland a number of years ago. Musical sparks immediately flew and the indie-folk sound of their duo Luluc is making waves on the strength of last year’s record on the Sup Pop label, “Passerby.” The album’s opening track, “Without a Face” has logged almost a million plays on Spotify and after just one listen, the reason is obvious. The song is luminous with sweeping acoustic guitar, subtle horns and vocals by Randell that Lucinda Williams said made her cry. Think Linda Thompson to get an idea of purity. Randell’s voice can cure whatever ails you. Luluc also has a way with words that will tug at your heart strings without leaving scars. Take “Reverie on Norfolk Street” as one example: “Looking at the light and dust of pretty golden stone, I can’t help but wonder, do you miss me at all?” Hassett’s backing vocals add to the song’s mystique and the rest of the record follows along this entrancing, swoon-worthy path.

Luluc. 8 p.m. Friday. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $12 in advance, $15 day of show,

YOU DON’T NEED to throw a strike to have a blast at Bayside Bowl because there’s plenty of music to take your mind off of any stray gutter balls. Aloud is a four-piece rock act out of Beantown. They’ve released four albums since 2006 with the latest one, “It’s Got To Be Now” dropping last month. “A Little Bit Low” comes out its corner fighting and doesn’t look back. Jen de la Osa sings lead on this one and her vocals pack a satisfying punch. “Back Here With Me Again” has de la Rosa sharing vocals with fellow guitarist Henry Beguiristain. Charles Murphy plays bass and Frank Hegyi is on drums. Portland band Gin Lab will be serving up their electronic indie rock and Dustin Saucier and the Sad Bastards, also out of Portland, will be bringing their indie-rock, acoustic and offerings to the lanes.

Aloud, GinLab, Dustin Saucier and the Sad Bastards. 9 p.m. Saturday. Bayside Bowl, 58 Alder St., Portland, no cover,

more upcoming live music

Slaid Cleaves
7:30 p.m. Friday, The Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St., Bath, $25 in advance, $30 at the door,
A Maine native living in Texas, Slaid Cleaves is a folk singer-songwriter twenty years into his career. He’s known for a musical style of gripping narratives, catchy melodies and a warm, textured voice. “Still Fighting the War” is his most recent record and many came before that one so expect a rich evening of tunes.

Jason Bonham Led Zeppelin Experience
8 p.m. Tuesday, The State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland, $30 to $65, reserved seating,
Jason Bonham is a British drummer and the son of the late legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. The Led Zeppelin Experience features Bonham and his band performing the albums Led Zeppelin I and II in their entirety and other hits and deep cuts from one of the most storied bands in rock history.

Open the Door for Three
8 p.m. Saturday, One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $20 in advance, $25 day of show,
Open the Door for Three has been touring internationally for years and have recently decided to call Maine home. Their bag is traditional Irish music and the line-up is fiddler Liz Knowles, Kieran O’Hare on uilleann pipes, flute and whistle and Pat Broaders on bouzouki and vocals. The band draws their inspiration from books, collections and recordings where they find old and new times and then add their own twists and arrangements.

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