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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: April 22, 2019

Satoko Fujii, Seepeoples and In Utero: femme Nirvana tribute

Written by: Aimsel Ponti

Satoko Fujii with Joe Fonda

8 p.m. Friday. Meloon Chapel at Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland, $15 in advance, $20 day of show, $10 seniors, $5 students.

Avant-garde jazz pianist Satoko Fujii first sat down at a piano when she was 4 years old, and after an initial focus on classical music, she shifted to jazz at age 20.
Fujii’s discography is staggering, and last year, to celebrate her 60th birthday, she released an album a month. For this Portland show, she’ll be joined by stand-up bass
player Joe Fonda.
Photo by Bryan Murray

Seepeoples with Sunset Hearts and Death By Piano

9 p.m. Saturday. Portland House of Music, 25 Temple St., Portland, $10 in advance, $15 day of show, 21-plus.

Portland’s Seepeoples refer to themselves as “anti-genre indie pranksters,” and they’ve been serving up their tunes for more than 17 years. Sunset Hearts, also based
in Portland, is a scintillating synth pop outfit. Death By Piano, out of Brooklyn, New York, is an an ethereal duo, and their sound is rife with electronic beats, strings,
synths and haunting vocals. Solid trio of bands if ever there was one.
Will Bradford of Seepeoples. Photo by Lauryn Sophia Photography

In Utero: Femme Nirvana Tribute

9 p.m. Saturday. Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland, $10, 21-plus.

Twenty-five years after the death of Kurt Cobain, the love for grunge band Nirvana is as strong as ever. Here’s a chance to hear a Portland-based all-female trio
called In Utero play an entire evening of Nirvana tunes. The band is Amanda Bonnevie (guitar, vocals), Olive Twombly-Hussey (bass, vocals) and Sarah Lapointe (drums, vocals).
The trio formed last December, and all three hold Cobain in high regard. They’ve put together a two-set, 24-song show full of Nirvana hits and deep album cuts. Hello, hello,
hello, how low …
Photo by Ada Bonnevie

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