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Cult Following


I went to Maine for the weekend to see my family for a Saturday night Easter. While there, I also wanted to meet up with two of my best friends, each of which run in separate circles. After some wild games of phone tag, I was able to fit everyone in - dinner with my family, followed by beers and the Marquette game with Brian, followed by a Cult Maze show with Amanda.

[Yes, Amanda's name is linked, and yes, that is her on that album cover.]

It was the Cult Maze show that I was especially excited for - the band is native to Portland, but recently played the Monkey with local act Husbands and former local act, Pretty & Nice. They also played an even more recent show, also at the Monkey, that I was sad to miss. So I already knew I liked their music.

Plus, they were playing at The Space, my favorite Portland venue, and comparable to... well pretty much nothing we have here in Vermont. That is, unless any of you can name for me an alternative arts venue that serves as both gallery and music space and carries Pabst Blue Ribbon in bottles.

Yep, PBR in a bottle. If you thought there was no way to class up PBR, well, you would be wrong.

[Side note: My parents' friends Ted and Marty were on their honeymoon when Marty accidentally set her negligee on fire with her cigarette. Always practical, Ted grabbed the nearest bottle of PBR and put her out. I'm totally including that story in a novel someday.]

Amanda and I were running a little late, so we missed opener Baltic Sea, but luckily arrived just in time to see Cult Maze take the stage.

And imagine my surprise when they started one song with a shout to the audience, "THIS ONE GOES OUT TO WINOOSKI, VERMONT!"

They rocked it. The songs available on their myspace page are good, sure, (I especially love "Treble Treble"... probably because it sounds like a product of Saddle Creek), but their live show is just really amazing. Made all the more amazing by the fact that they were all wearing plaid flannel. GOOOOO MAINE!

And since a little scenester... errr... birdie told me that the band might be breaking up soon, you might want to make a point to check them out while you still have the chance. They're playing Friday April 4 at Geno's in Portland, and I just might make the drive.

On a totally different note, have you all read the recent interview with DMX regarding our presidential candidate-hopeful, Barack Obama?

It's... priceless. You can see a good recap here.



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