Articles tagged folk

It’s Going to Get Dark: An Interview with the Milk Carton Kids

As they toured in support of their 2011 albums, given away for free online, Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan sat down with PopMatters to drink whiskey and discuss the folk scene, the Canadian Football League, The Simpsons, and the Rocky Mountains.

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25 Nov 2012 // 11:04 PM

Dana Falconberry: Leelanau

An exceptional, unique take on orchestral folk that's full of heart, beauty and nature.

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16 Jul 2012 // 11:08 AM

Baroness: Yellow & Green

With double album Yellow & Green, Baroness finally surface from the suffocating Georgian sludge-swamps to sit amongst the upper echelon of progressive rock royalty.

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The Weather Station: All of It Was Mine

Canadian singer-songwriter makes genuine folk record, and it's good!

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Yael Meyer: Everything Will Be Alright

Meyer’s just an average person. That’s her greatest strength and her greatest weakness as a performing artist.

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Benjamin Francis Leftwich: Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm

Featuring soulless nonsense where there should be songs, Benjamin Francis Leftwich's debut has grown no more impressive in the time since its U.K. release.

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Ólöf Arnalds: Ólöf Sings EP

The Icelandic singer-songwriter serves up a fine quintet of English-language songs; highlights include covers of Springsteen, Dylan, and Johnny Cash.

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The Olivia Tremor Control Reissues ‘Dusk at Cubist Castle’ and ‘Black Foliage’

Overall, there is much to admire and frown upon in equal measure when it comes to Dusk at Cubist Castle and, more especially, Black Foliage.

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8 Nov 2011 // 10:00 PM

Marc Carroll: In Silence

A couple of tracks stand out on their own, but In Silence, as a whole, is an awkward hodgepodge of Irish folk music and sappy piano ballads.

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Luke Roberts: Big Bells and Dime Songs

Luke Roberts, from Brooklyn by way of Nashville, makes quiet, plaintive music that speaks to a tried and tested American folk tradition.

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Catie Curtis: Stretch Limousine on Fire

Here's another genial, generic album of singer-songwriter stuff that wouldn't sound out of place on your local public radio station.

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John Wesley Harding: The Sound of His Own Voice

Bob Dylan and Joan Baez's self-proclaimed bastard son looks back in whimsy.

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Brown Bird: Salt for Salt

This album is a spectacular example of what can be done within the framework of traditional music to push it into the headphones of a new generation, without falling victim to incongruous stabs of modernity.

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Laura Marling: A Creature I Don’t Know

Laura Marling is just 21, but her new album confirms her timeless talent.

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26 Oct 2011 // 9:58 PM

The Migrant: Amerika

Incorporating blues, country, folk, and indie all into one well-made package, Amerika is a notable songwriter effort.

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Scott Matthews: What the Night Delivers ...

Singer-songwriter goes nocturnal, resurrecting the ghost of Jeff Buckley and layering up the violins, vocal effects and instrospection.

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16 Oct 2011 // 10:00 PM

Frigg: Grannen

Grannen finds its own level of happiness and nests there, immaculate.

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Crooked Still: Friends of Fall EP

Covers torn from other acts’ songbooks don’t generally sound as vital and vibrant as the arrangements Crooked Still gives to them.

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9 Oct 2011 // 9:59 PM

Dala: Everyone is Someone

Canadian folk-pop duo makes its bid for the mainstream with this fine but not flawless album.

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Sills & Smith: Uncertain Vista

Uncertain Vista is a bit of a mixed bag.

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