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The 20 Best Folk Albums of 2020

The artists in this year's list all use their music to create a sense of unity. Whether it is the acknowledgment of shared oppression, or in contrast, the visibility of identity, Best of Folk Music 2020 is defined by its ability to form a musical common ground.

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South By Southwest Music Festival 2015: Wednesday

BØRNS, Ryn Weaver, and Stromae all stand out as artists poised to break out big in 2015 after their stellar performances at SXSW.

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Various Artists: Song Reader

Interesting concept, failed execution.

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Johnny Flynn: Country Mile

Despite some minor quibbles, this is a very accomplished album and one that shows Flynn well on his way to becoming the U.K.’s next great folk troubadour.

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Telluride Bluegrass Festival: 21 June 2012 (Day 1)

Mandolin wars, fire on the mountain, Levon love, and John Fogerty: The 39th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival brings the heat in Colorado.

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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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Dharohar Project, Laura Marling and Mumford & Sons: EP

A British musician sings a line, an Indian picks up the line and shoots it off into a Sufi-esque corkscrew.

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Johnny Flynn: Been Listening

An impressive contribution to the UK folk revival canon from an ably voiced upstart.

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Laura Marling: 4.May.2010 - Chicago

Even just 45 minutes of Laura Marling can leave a beautiful impression.

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Part 2: Katzenjammer to Xiu Xiu

From Katzenjammer to Xiu Xiu, PopMatters presents our second batch of Slipped Discs, 40 great albums that didn't quite make our year-end list in 2008, but our writers thought belonged there.


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