Articles tagged folk

Danny Schmidt: Man of Many Moons

Nocturnal and intimate album from the Austin based singer-songwriter.

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Mountain Man: Live at the Wiltern

RIYL: Garrison Keillor; that O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack you haven't dusted off since 2002; carpetbagging.

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Jens Lekman: An Argument With Myself EP

This EP cements and solidifies Lekman’s status as one of the most dependable and vital songwriters at work today.

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Joy Kills Sorrow: This Unknown Science

Quite simply, this is one of the best bluegrass-meets-folk albums you hear this year – if not in any given year.

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12 Sep 2011 // 9:00 PM

Big Harp: White Hat

While White Hat isn’t the most markedly original collection of character sketches that you might have heard, it is an album for the back porch with a beer in hand as the wind gently slams against the screen door.

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Pepper Rabbit: Red Velvet Snowball

It's got it's moments of sweetness, but Red Velvet Snowball turns cold after so many listens.

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Chris Bathgate: Salt Year

Four years later, the Michigan songwriter comes back swinging.

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The Wyld Olde Souls: Ensoulment

The New York quintet was last heard from in 2000, but Ensoulment makes it seem as though they time-warped from the late-'60s folk movement.

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3 Aug 2011 // 7:50 AM

Daniel Isaiah: High Twilight

Montreal’s Daniel Isaiah is a lot like a Canadian Iron and Wine, for a variety of reasons.

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20 Jul 2011 // 9:00 PM

Woods: Sun and Shade

The Brooklyn-based lo-fi outfit churns out another solid collection of crackly guitar-pop -- with a few more-than-gratuitous psych-jams for questionable measure.

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Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman: Union Town EP

Morello's political actions haven't stood in the way of his songwriting on this stellar EP full of folky yet often hard-rockin' anthems.

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Gillian Welch: The Harrow & The Harvest

Ten more examples of what make Welch & Rawlings great: high lonesome harmonies, beautifully judged musicianship, exquisite songcraft, and a relationship with tradition that is both serious and playful.

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Priscilla Ahn: When You Grow Up

Priscilla Ahn enters adult world with vibrant new effort.

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AgesandAges: Alright, You Restless

That the many voices not go to waste is crucial, since the instrumental parts are as unadventurous as the vocals are exciting.

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26 May 2011 // 9:00 PM

Peter Case: The Case Files

The Case Files is not a new Peter Case album per se, but rather an odds and sods collection of demos, outtakes, one live shot and other rarities recorded between 1985 and 2010.

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Thurston Moore: Demolished Thoughts

Thurston sounds like Thurston, even when he's acoustic. He's just not nearly as interesting.

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Various Artists: Folk Songs of Illinois #4: Chicago Since 1945

The most interesting tracks are the ones that reveal the shaping influences of American music itself.

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Bill Callahan: Apocalypse

Bill Callahan makes a record best experienced in the desert sun, worn leather boots on your feet and a lump in your throat.

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The Ash Lovelies: Ode to Arlington

Ode to Arlington is a cringe-fest that’s virtually unlistenable.

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17 Apr 2011 // 9:00 PM

The Unthanks: Last

The album’s thematic conceit is that we are experiencing the Last Days. There’s no reason to look ahead and every reason to reflect on the present and treasure the past.

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