Rockin’ Out


Rockin’ Out makes a move

By Emily Burnham on Sept. 05, 2011, at 2:30 p.m.
Change can be a good thing. I like it when things I previously appreciated are made bigger, better, faster, more efficient. It does take a little getting used to, however. So when my editor suggested we move Rockin’ Out to Tuesday, from its original run date of Friday, I was …
Mike Billings, pictured here in his studio in downtown Bangor, has a new album out, titled “The Loved Ones.”

Creative reinvention for longtime Bangor guitarist

By Emily Burnham on Aug. 18, 2011, at 12:27 p.m.
A couple of years ago, Mike Billings decided to change his tune. Billings, a staple of the Bangor area music scene since the late 1990s, needed to recharge his creative batteries. So he went underground. Literally. Starting in late 2009, Billings hunkered down in his basement studio at Main Street …
The Gay Blades perform at KahBang in 2010.

Suggestions to help you have a rockin’ KahBang

By Emily Burnham on Aug. 04, 2011, at 10:48 a.m.
Considering all nine days are jam-packed with bands, movies and other cool events, it’s easy to take a look at the KahBang Festival schedule and not know where to start. Where to go? What to see? Here are my personal suggestions for your KahBang week, ranging from dirty garage rock …
Dance Atlantic will perform at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12 on the Dispatch ME Stage at KahBang.

Electronic pop duo Dance Atlantic to have live debut at KahBang

By Emily Burnham on July 28, 2011, at 5:22 p.m.
It was the year 2000, and Drew Hooke and Tom Tash were freshmen at Mattanawcook Academy in Lincoln. It didn’t take long for the budding young musicians to realize that not only were they destined to be best friends, but that they also made a very good songwriting duo. “That …
The Kenya Hall Band

Portland’s Kenya Hall Band an old soul at heart

By Emily Burnham on July 21, 2011, at 12:54 p.m.
Kenya Hall is pretty satisfied if you call her music soul, or funk. R&B or blues, however, not so much. She knows what she is, and that’s smooth and funky, with a little bit of grit. The Kenya Hall Band, a seven-piece outfit with Hall, of course, on vocals, is …
Adam Nordell, seen here in a picture taken in his home state of Montana, is performing in multiple venues across the state next week.

Bluegrass musician to take pedal-powered tour of Maine coast

By Emily Burnham on July 14, 2011, at 6:40 p.m.
If you see a guy riding his bike somewhere between Lubec and Portland, hauling a trailer with a guitar in it, be sure to say hello. It’s probably musician and organic farmer Adam Nordell, whose mini tour of Maine next week is pedal-powered. Nordell, 28, spends much of his year …
Scott Weiland and Dean DeLeo perform at the Rolling Rock Town Fair in 2001.

Summer concerts from Portland to Bangor include Elvis Costello, Wiz Khalifa, Stone Temple Pilots

By Emily Burnham on July 07, 2011, at 11:35 a.m.
The worst thing about summer is that there’s just too much to do. I mean, come on — look at or your Facebook events feed. There’s something happening every day of the week. I know not everyone is like me and feels compelled to go to as many things …
The Tree Streets, seen here during a recent concert, will perform on Friday, July 8 at Zen in Bangor.

Tree Streets play ‘garage twang’

By Emily Burnham on June 30, 2011, at 12:07 p.m.
Bangor residents know the neighborhood called the Tree Streets — it’s the part of the East Side between Pine Street and Fern Street, bisected by State, Garland and Mt. Hope, where most of the streets are named after trees. It’s pleasant, quiet, and yes — there are lots of trees. …

These October Skies plays post-hardcore with a dash of pop

By Emily Burnham on June 16, 2011, at 4:59 p.m.
Even I, as someone who religiously follows music trends and styles, have a hard time keeping the hundreds of genre names that are out there in order. For instance, I feel like I’m safe in calling a band such as Orono five-piece These October Skies post-hardcore — hardcore punk, but …

Duo The Thriftways play amped-up blues rock

By Emily Burnham on June 09, 2011, at 11:10 a.m.
The hot genre of 2011 is the duo band. Two musicians; one raw, stripped-down sound. Bangor’s pop-punk duo When Particles Collide, Belfast’s fuzz-rock two-piece the Class Machine and Portland’s indie rockers The Milkman’s Union all bring new dimensions to the duo format. You now can add a fourth band to …
Aly Spaltro, aka Lady Lamb the Beekeeper.

Fiercely talented Lady Lamb to play West Market Festival

By Emily Burnham on June 02, 2011, at 2:31 p.m.
Aly Spaltro is from all over — Arizona, Nevada, New York — but she calls Maine home. At least, that’s where she went from being Aly the poet, the teenager and nascent creative person to Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, the ascendant indie-rock star. Spaltro just moved to New York City, …

Bangor’s Jacob McCurdy plays accessible acoustic pop

By Emily Burnham on May 26, 2011, at 9:08 p.m.
It wasn’t until he got to college at the New England School of Communications that Jacob McCurdy figured out that he really loved making music. And it wasn’t until he met his friend and later songwriting collaborator, Adam Hanson, that his songs went from bedroom noodling to actual, structured compositions …

Great Western Plain discovers the beauty of ‘Noise’

By Emily Burnham on May 19, 2011, at 4:34 p.m.
Tim Berrigan and Tony Bitetti met in first grade. Bitetti was a newcomer to the York Elementary School, while Berrigan was an old hand at it. As 6-year-old children often can do, young Tony was not happy about his new school and made himself heard on the subject. He refused …

May and June blooming with concerts statewide

By Emily Burnham on May 05, 2011, at 2:46 p.m.
On Wednesday, the residents of Bangor overwhelmingly voted to approve the construction of a new arena, to replace the aging Bangor Auditorium and Civic Center. So what does that mean for folks like us? The folks who travel far and wide and spend our hard-earned income on seeing live music …

Ellsworth songwriter Ross bares his soul on new album

By Emily Burnham on April 28, 2011, at 4:03 p.m.
Chris Ross saved up his pennies for the better part of six months, and in March, he flew to Nashville, Tenn., to record his debut solo album, “The Steady Stumble.” Though he had only parted ways a few months before his old, still much-loved band, Stiff Whisker and the Driftwood …
Dean Ford, the former frontman for the now disbanded Goodnight Process, will perform at WHSN-FM's annual Acoustic Showcase to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society on Friday, April 29.

Dean Ford plies power pop next weekend in Bangor

By Emily Burnham on April 21, 2011, at 10:12 p.m.
There’s a not-so-dark secret that many supposedly hardened rockers or know-it-all indie fans would have a difficult time admitting. You can listen to all the avant-rock noise or heavy metal you want, but sometimes, you just want to listen to bright, shiny, delicious pop music. Which is exactly why Dean …

Bangor rock duo When Particles Collide hitting the stage with a bang

By Emily Burnham on April 07, 2011, at 10:35 p.m.
When particles collide, new particles are formed. Put electrons, neutrons, protons or any of those other, more exotic particles like neutrinos in a place where they can come together at super-fast speeds, and the results are unpredictable but fascinating. Physics is fun! So it’s entirely appropriate that the Bangor rock …

Ellsworth’s Entropy takes rock ’n’ roll very seriously

By Emily Burnham on March 24, 2011, at 4:29 p.m.
Most of the members of the rock band Entropy weren’t even out of high school yet when they got their first taste of the thrill of rock success. In 2007 they won the Battle of the Bands at The Grand in Ellsworth, and in 2009 they won the statewide Maine …

The making of a band — Nevah

By Emily Burnham on March 17, 2011, at 1:58 p.m.
Twelve years ago, nobody who’s now in the band Nevah knew that they all lived within a few miles of one another, and that very soon they’d all be playing sweet, harmonious bluegrass-tinged country rock together. Winterport may be a neat little town, but how is anyone supposed to know …

Carolina Chocolate Drops to bring their distinct sound to Rockland theater

By Emily Burnham on March 10, 2011, at 7:36 p.m.
The Carolina Chocolate Drops has a little bit of everything going on in its sound. Though it is firmly rooted in acoustic blues, country and folk in the string band tradition, you can hear jazz, R&B, hip-hop and modern-day progressive bluegrass all hovering around the edges. You can hear the …