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USM gets a Grammy grade education

Posted on September 02, 2013 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture, Music

Adam Ayn has been busy mastering projects for nationally-known musicians. His goal to give his students a basic understanding of studio recording so they can begin to record and master their own work.

An ordinary day at the office for Adam Ayan at Gateway Mastering & DVD does not involve the usual Mainstreet login, BlackBoard navigation and class lecturing again and again grind that many professors here at the university experience. Instead, this USM School of Music adjunct lecturer finds himself working on two, three or even four […]

National Review: Indicud by Kid Cudi

Posted on April 29, 2013 by Sam Hill in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture, Music

Kid Cudi tweeted last June that his next release, Indicud, would be his own version of Dr. Dre’s 2001. Sounds like it’d be quite the undertaking, right? Well it seems Cudi forgot when he started this project that, unlike Dre, he’s a really weird dude. Indicud opens up with a heavy instrumental track titled “The […]

School of Music receives $1 million bequest to be used in music scholarships

Posted on April 22, 2013 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture, Features, Music

In a press release posted by the Office of Public Affairs on April 12, USM announced that the School of Music would be the beneficiary of a $1 million bequest from the estate of Anne Randolph Henry. But many music students are still stuck worried about the future of the music program. In the wake […]

National Album Review: Wolf by Tyler, the Creator

Posted on April 08, 2013 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture, Music

Tyler, the Creator has outdone himself with Wolf, which sounds like his most engrossing work yet. The eccentric, foul-mouthed Odd Future ringleader is still rapping without a filter, but he seems to be more focused in his third release (as focused as he can be, at least). A collection of misanthropic confessions and, of course, […]

Music education faculty halved due to university budget cuts

Posted on April 08, 2013 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture, Features, Music

Music students stood outside Corthell Hall on Wednesday evening to attract the attention of those in Corthell and other students passing by on the Gorham campus. They sang songs, chanted and waved hand-made signs for nearly two hours and then held a candlelight vigil.

Budget cuts at the university have affected all departments, but the School of Music may have taken a heavier blow. At the end of the semester, lecturer of music education Steve Bizub’s position will be cut, leaving the program to one professor. On Wednesday night the entrance to Corthell Hall was flooded with boisterous USM […]

Arts & Culture Recommends: USM Chamber Singers spring concert

Posted on April 01, 2013 by Francis Flisiuk in Arts & Culture, Music

Fresh off the bus from a three-day concert tour of Northern New England, the USM Chamber Singers are back at the university and are ready for their annual spring concert. The musicians of the USM Chamber Singers are chosen through a careful audition process and represent some of the most outstanding singers at  USM. The […]

National Album Review: Hummingbird by Local Natives

Posted on February 25, 2013 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture, Music

lt may be too early to call it, but I’m willing to bet that Hummingbird by Local Natives will be considered one of the best albums of the year. Local Natives’ 2010 debut, Gorilla Manor, was a hit. The melodic and energetic lyrics combined with the choir-style hooks left listeners in love with this Fleet […]

Local Album Review: Ripely Pine by Lady Lamb the Beekeeper

Posted on February 25, 2013 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture, Music

Even though she performs under the name Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Aly Spaltro proves with her debut album Ripely Pine the she is no lamb to be led around. Spaltro taught herself to write music and sing, and until now has been releasing music recorded out of her home in Brunswick, Maine, and selling her work […]

Portland Music Foundation’s CMJ showcase brings the best of Portland to NYC

Posted on September 30, 2011 by Anna Flemke in Music

Billy Libby has come a long way since fronting the local power-pop band Even All Out. Last year, Libby released his low-key solo debut “Little Bird” to universal critical acclaim, and recently released his ambitious sophomore album “Pitter Patter” on Portland’s Intrigue Music label. A perfect mixture of pop-music craftsmanship and candid intimacy, Libby is sure to be a huge hit at the conference.

An honor bestowed by the Portland Music Foundation, each act will receive a showcase spot, a consultation with a national public relations agency and a stipend. For many of the chosen bands, it’s considered an honor to be selected for the festival.