Articles tagged folk

The Westies: West Side Stories

Michael McDermott's newest project is off to a promising start. If only it was a little more difficult.

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22 Apr 2015 // 2:03 AM

Ron Sexsmith: Carousel One

Blandness sometimes encroaches, but Sexsmith’s 14th record proves, at its strongest, to be a typically warm, reassuring, and likeable piece of work.

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20 Apr 2015 // 2:04 AM

Bombadil: Hold On

Hold On is full of perky, precocious and thoroughly engaging intent, an album with a more experimental nature that doesn’t diminish ample accessibility. Consider it a must-hear, even if for its sheer ingenuity alone.

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Seth Glier abstains from pretense and offers instead an album filled unbridled pop perfection.

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Sufjan Stevens Shone With Sorrowful Genius at Philadelphia’s Academy of Music

Stevens goes for a transformative, pensive, and atmospheric live presentation. Ultimately, that’s what makes his artistry so one-of-a-kind and invaluable.

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Folk Family Revival: Water Walker

Americana's band of brothers expand their sonic horizons in Water Walker.

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Eilen Jewell - “My Hometown” (audio) (Premiere)

The jazzy folk noir of "My Hometown" finds singer/songwriter Eilen Jewell paying tribute to her hometown of Boise, Idaho.

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MilkDrive: Places You’ve Not Been

MilkDrive becomes an Americana band to watch with their genre-defying new release full of pop-ready jams.

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8 Apr 2015 // 1:25 PM

April Verch: The Newpart

All in all, The Newpart represents Verch in tip-top musical shape, albeit in ex post facto force.

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Becca Stevens Band: Perfect Animal

Becca Stevens makes a giant leap into pop music complexity with her latest, an exhilaratingly fun listen.

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Mary Epworth - “Sweet Boy” (audio) (Premiere)

Mary Epworth may be English, but the gentle, vocal harmony-led tune "Sweet Boy" evokes American folk revival greats like Gillian Welch.

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Ryley Walker: Primrose Green

A headphone trip for the ages, Primrose Green is a diaphanous tapestry that envelops our musical history.

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Janet Devlin: Running with Scissors

An Irish singer-songwriter learns how the shine of her voice can transform angst into maturity.

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Le Vent du Nord - “Confédération” (audio) (Premiere)

For a catchy Francophone folk jam, look no further than "Confédération", a tune by Québéc's own Le Vent du Nord.

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Lowland Hum - “Olivia” (video) (Premiere)

The husband and wife duo Lowland Hum type their heart's song on a typewriter in the new lyric video for "Olivia".

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Tom Brosseau: Perfect Abandon

Perfect Abandon seems to try and fit as many people into a tiny corner as possible. It's a straight-ahead folk record, but it walks that straight road with a crooked walk.

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These Tall Trees: And All Things In-Between

These Tall Trees veers towards a psych-lite sound, mostly upbeat and effervescent.

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26 Mar 2015 // 2:06 AM

Laura Marling: Short Movie

The eclectic guitar becomes a tool that complements Laura Marling's lyrics on this pivotal album, at times articulating visceral anger and, at others, obliterating psychic barriers and clearing space for something new.

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The Weather Machine - “Wannabe Cowboys” (audio) (Premiere)

The newest tune by this Portland, Oregon band is a fine encapsulation of the genre-melding going on in the Pacific Northwest music scene.

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The Show Ponies - “Run for Your Life” (video) (Premiere)

Watch the Show Ponies take their blend of old-timey folk and pop harmony to the hills of southern California with "Run for Your Life".

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