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Heads In Harmony Festival Moves to Last Breath Farm in Norridgewock, ME

The 2012 festival season is almost here! Heads in Harmony will be announcing their line up in less than a week for the Heads in Harmony 2 Festival “Energy Joins All” being held the weekend of September 27th-30th. Heads in Harmony and Greenbean Productions have decided to move this year’s event to Last Breath Farm in Norridgewock, ME (same location that Maine Electronic Music Fest was held last year). The farm has been owned by the Rogers Family for the past 250 years! It consists of 3 huge fields, a motor-cross track, a stage of it’s own, and great camping sites in the woods.

HIH2 “Energy Joins All” will be hosted by Greenbean Productions, a grass-roots promotional company out of Boston, MA. Greenbean Productions brought over 50 bands to last year’s Heads in Harmony festival at the Freedom Field in Harmony, ME including Otis Grove, The Breakfast, Dopapod, Wobblesauce, and Goosepimp Orchestra!  So far, this year’s line up for HIH2 “Energy Joins All” consists of The Jerry Garcia Band feat. Melvin Seals, Viral Sound, and Jammin’ Toast.

On Tuesday, March 13th, those three bands will be playing the Official Line-up Announcement Party at The Middle East (Downstairs) in Cambridge, MA! Tickets for Heads In Harmony 2 “Energy Joins All” will be buy 1 get 1 FREE at this show. The show starts at 8:30 and is 18+. Get your tickets for the Official Line-up Announcement Party Here! This will be an awesome show, and a great opportunity to save money on tickets to the festival you will have to attend this year!

Head over to the Heads in Harmony Website for more information about the “Energy Joins All” Festival in Norridgewock, ME
Grab your HIH2 tickets Here! (presale is only $50! $60 at the gate)
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Review: Eyenine’s New Album “Afraid to Dream” (Releasing Oct. 7th)

 Afraid to Dream is an album Eyenine has been working on since 2004. Seven years spent working on an album had me skeptical; I was thinking it would sound overdone, irrelevant. After spending a few days listening and assessing, I think he nailed it. That time spent wasn’t necessarily all rooted in obsessive scrutiny…

Photo by Joe Giusti

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Rap Night! Every Wednesday at The Big Easy

Rap Night has welcomed me with open arms, so I’m feelin’ the need to extend an invitation out to ya’ll. It seems as though I’ve stumbled upon some of the hardest working kids on the scene, delivering intellectual content over beats to kill.

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MartyParty at Port City Music Hall 7/23 THIS SATURDAY!

The party in Portland on Saturday (7/23) will definitely be at Port City Music Hall. MartyParty comin’ our way and he’s bringin’ us his Purple Opera for one intense dance party!

MartyParty’s live “Purple Opera” is a seamless voyage through an original music collection taking the audience on a the roller coaster ride of emotion and dance. Intense bass, huge beats, emotional melodies and cutting edge sound design all come together for a wild trip – unique to every performance. There are no “disks” and he is no “jockey.” Working without headphones using Ableton Live on a laptop, the ability to mix more than two channels creates an entirely new audio experience for the audience. The live set is a show… a high energy dance party!

“It’s all about experimentation and invention – that’s why I make music the way I do. The new tooling in digital music production allows me to sit alone in my room on my iMac with two KRK Rockit monitors and a subwoofer, and produce original music from the first chord, right through to mastering and release on the internet – in one day. This freedom and power make it easy to explore the limits of the audible sound spectrum, including sub bass, poly-melodic harmonics and sound design, with incredible speed, productivity and without complying to any convention. My mission is to change the way people think about electronic music and to bring the art of musical composition back into popular music. My dream is that I inspire others to do the same. We live in a digital world, I’m not interested in emulating anything that has been done before.” – MartyParty

Lost between SounD (Check them out on Facebook or some of their tracks on SoundCloud) will be opening. We’ve seen these guys a few times, and are never disappointed. They originated in the Orono area, and just recently started slingin’ their jams around the Portland area!

Tonas Peaks will be there was well!

DONT MISS THIS! Tickets are only $15!! Hope to see you there 🙂

Get some more info here:

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Port City Music Hall

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Dopapod in Portland at Empire Dine & Dance Thursday 7/14!

Dopapod is coming back to Portland for the 2nd time ever to play a show at the Empire Dine and Dance on Thursday July 14th!
Coming out of Brooklyn, NY, Dopapod is Eli Winderman on keys, Rob Compa on guitar, Chuck Jones on bass, and Neal Evans on drums. Their music has many different aspects to it, attracting a wide variety of fans. And with influences ranging from Primus, Gwar, Lettuce, and Phish..they seemed to have carefully constructed a tasty musical goulash! Music nerds, untz fans, funky dancin’ fans, jam band fans…they can all find somethin’ to dig about these guys.
We got some words from guitarist Rob Compa about the band and their first experience in Portland. The first time they played in Portland was a couple  of months ago at The Big Easy: