Articles tagged folk

The Milk Carton Kids: Monterey

Monterey is an earnest, serious collection of minimalist folk songs that only comes to life when the Milk Carton Kids liven up those songs through lyrics or tempo.

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Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear: Skeleton Crew

If Madisen Ward’s singing surprises for its somewhat overt oddness, the lyrics sometimes surprise too -- not in big, powerful ways but in humble ones.

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21 May 2015 // 3:20 AM

The Acorn: Vieux Loup

Vieux Loup is more of a holding pattern than a great revelation.

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Ruth Moody - “Far and Wide” (video) (Premiere)

The talented banjo picker and singer Ruth Moody (Wailin' Jennys), who will be joining Mark Knopfler for his upcoming tour, urges for peace on "Far and Wide".

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Jeremy Loops: Trading Change

There's something for everyone in Trading Change, a record that altogether breaks down every conventional wall sustained by the music industry for the past several decades while maintaining a respect for the traditions of each.

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Fairport Convention: Myths and Heroes

In some ways, Fairport's new album, Myths and Heroes is a bit of a throwback to their hallowed legacy.

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The Henrys - “A Weaker One” (audio) (Premiere)

"A Weaker One" comes off of Quiet Industry, the first album in six years from the Toronto-based outfit the Henrys.

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Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino: Quaranta

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino marks its 40th anniversary with a portrait of Italy and its discontents.

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Jayme Stone: Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project

Presenting much more to its audience than simple background history, the album is a leap through time and an introduction to the life of a man worthy of being celebrated.

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18 May 2015 // 11:00 AM

20 Questions: Ryley Walker

The Chicago folk star is riding high on his daring, genre-bending new disc, but would much rather talk about Led Zeppelin III and that one perfect Mark Ruffalo movie that brought him to tears.

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Josh Gilligan - ‘Steady On’ (album stream) (Premiere)

Evoking the tunefulness of singer/songwriters like Paul Simon and Gordon Lightfoot, Josh Gilligan timelessly evokes the acoustic folk of the '70s with his new LP Steady On.

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18 May 2015 // 3:15 AM

Juan Wauters: Who Me?

Wauters slouches, sighs, and whines his way to goofy charm.

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Leo Bud Welch: I Don’t Prefer No Blues

On this latest album, Leo Bud Welch makes the blues sound like the future and, at 82 years old, his future is bright.

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13 May 2015 // 1:05 PM

Mt. Wolf: Red

As a first foray into the world of studio recording with a founding member lost, the collective does better than most in more than making up for a missing piece.

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13 May 2015 // 3:30 AM

The Weather Station: Loyalty

Taking up the mantle of great Canadian singer-songwriters, the Weather Station’s Tamara Lindeman delivers her masterpiece.

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Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys: Ionia

Michigan-based four-piece Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys routinely mix roots, bluegrass and Americana influences into their own distinct sound on new album Ionia.

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Lyal Strickland: Balanced on Barbed Wire

Before long, Strickland may not be just the Ozarks’ storyteller, but America’s. Balanced on Barbed Wire, both in its production and moxie, represents a strong step in that direction.

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11 May 2015 // 5:00 AM

Too Many Things on Josh Rouse’s Mind

"Exercise, don't drink too much, and call your parents. I don't practice these as often as I should but they are good ideas!"

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The Tallest Man on Earth: Dark Bird Is Home

What do you do when “the new Dylan” starts to sound like the old Don Henley? If you're wise, you'll dive in and listen more deeply.

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Sye Elaine Spence - “1964” (audio) (Premiere)

A simple and gorgeous lullaby, "1964" finds Atlanta artist Sye Elaine Spence paying tribute to her grandmother.

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

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"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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