Album Review: The Beast in its Tracks, Josh Ritter

Let's get something clear right off: Josh Ritter is the best singer/songwriter on the scene these days.  Best is a slippery term, but I stand behind my diction.  Argue as you probably should with such a bold statement, Ritter is the man who gave us "The Temptation of Adam" (Historical Conquests) and "The Curse" (So … Continue reading Album Review: The Beast in its Tracks, Josh Ritter

Is the Clash of the Titans Good for the Portland Music Scene?

This is a question I've been asking myself and fellow musicians for years.  I've heard emphatic yes's from musicians who claim it gives their talents an enthusiastic crowd they might not otherwise have access to.  I've also witnessed colossal rants from song-writers who demand that the tyranny of the Clash be ended because it waters … Continue reading Is the Clash of the Titans Good for the Portland Music Scene?

Concert Review: Trey Anastasio Band at the State Theater, Portland (1.20.13)

Confession: I don't have the stomach for jam bands anymore.  Growing up and going to college outside of Burlington, Vermont makes this a hard thing to confess.  I gave up smoking weed before leaving VT for Maine, so that might have something to do with it.  Mostly, though, my musical palate has changed.  I care … Continue reading Concert Review: Trey Anastasio Band at the State Theater, Portland (1.20.13)

What the Concept Album Can Teach Short Story Writers

In the summer of 2007 on a campus in the Bread Loaf Wilderness in Ripton, Vermont, I inadvertently incited an argument between two writers. While discussing Edwidge Danticat’s The Dew Breaker in a fiction writing workshop run by the patient and at times clairvoyant Patricia Powell she noted that Danticat’s book was a novel that … Continue reading What the Concept Album Can Teach Short Story Writers