Articles tagged indie folk

25 May 2016 // 2:15 AM

Cate Le Bon: Crab Day

Cate Le Bon shows the true extent of her powerfully versatile creative voice on Crab Day.

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18 May 2016 // 12:59 PM

Kacy and Clayton - “Strange Country” (Singles Going Steady)

"Strange Country" is folk music at its finest, and deserves to be heard.

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Darlingside - “White Horses” (video) (premiere)

Darlingside's most striking feature is those pristine, crystalline harmonies that the four-member band spin like the finest of weavers.

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Fruit Bats: Absolute Loser

The best stuff on the solid Absolute Loser makes for a welcome return of an underrated American band.

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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros: PersonA

Edward Sharpe's bombastic hippie-folk utopianism takes a darker hue in PersonA

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27 Apr 2016 // 12:00 PM

Aoife O’Donovan - “Porch Light” (Singles Going Steady)

Porch Light" dovetails folk-ballad moodiness with bustling bluegrass energy.

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Laura Gibson: Empire Builder

Laura Gibson's excellent fourth album is the cathartic sound of someone starting over.

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Woods: City Sun Eater in the River of Light

A slight step out of the comfort zone from Brooklyn's Woods, one of indie rock's most reliable and steady voices

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12 Apr 2016 // 11:20 AM

Kyle Britton - “Villain” (audio) (premiere)

Indie folk singer-songwriter Kyle Britton writes about the dark depths of the soul in a compelling and self-confessional manner.

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Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop: Love Letter for Fire

Sub Pop label mates Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop create some of their best songs to date on their new collaborative album.

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Damien Jurado: Visions of Us on the Land

A culmination of his stoner tryptich with fellow merry prankster Richard Swift, a spiritual narrative on getting lost to become found.

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Passport to Stockholm - “Better Days” (audio) (premiere)

London indie folk ensemble Passport to Stockholm knows their way around a hook. The group creates memorable, pristine, addictive folk pop.

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Andrew Bird: Are You Serious

Andrew Bird returns with the same sinuous, gypsy-folk style, but introduces a newfound thematic interest in love's complexities

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Marissa Nadler - “All the Colors of the Dark” (Singles Going Steady)

Somewhere between the dreamy folk-fiction of Joni Mitchell and the cine-pop balladry of Lana Del Ray, "All the Colors in the Dark" is a concentrated swath of emotionally charged atmosphere.

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28 Mar 2016 // 2:15 AM

Kiran Leonard: Grapefruit

Grapefruit revels in its difficulty and intelligence, but sometimes these are the very ideas that the music collapses on.

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Pete Yorn: Arranging Time

Reversing gears toward the guitar pop that originally kicked off his career, this record is late '90s/early '00s radio rock nostalgic and comforting.

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Emmy the Great: Second Love

The beloved itinerant wanderer finds herself expanding further into postmodern musicality.

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9 Mar 2016 // 3:19 AM

M. Ward: More Rain

If Ward isn't out of his comfort zone, he isn't stuck in the mud, either.

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Fairground Saints - “Can’t Control the Weather” (live video) (premiere)

Fairground Saints' virtuostic musicianship and heavenly harmonies drive their infectious brand of bluegrassy pop.

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Hop Along: Get Disowned

Get Disowned may share musical DNA with Painted Shut, but to see the former in the shadow of the latter is to miss an album with its own goals, personality, and raw-nerved epics.

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Cage the Elephant Ignite Central Park with Kickoff for Summerstage Season

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"Cage the Elephant rocked two sold-out nights at Summerstage and return to NYC for a free show May 29th. Info on that and a preview of the full Summerstage schedule is here.

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