Tag Archives: folk-rock

Dalava Hauntingly Reinvent Grim, Timelessly Relevant Slovak and Czech Folk Songs

Source: New York Music Daily

Dalava reinvent dark, often grim, centuries-old Slovak and Czech folk tunes as intense, dynamically shifting psychedelic rock. Guitarist Aram Bajakian is arguably the greatest lead player ever to pass through Lou Reed’s band: only the late Robert Quine and Mick Ronson compare. Bajakian also plays with numerous other outfits including lavish Hungarian folk/art-rock band the Glass House Ensemble.

His wife, singer Julia Ulehla, is the scion of an important Moravian musicological legacy. Her great-grandfather Vladimir, a colleague of Leos Janacek, was a major player in that discipline and as she tells it, a pretty amazing guy. His exhaustive fieldwork ...

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Acoustic Guitarslinger R.D. King Brings His Richly Intertwining, Melodic Instrumentals to NYC

Source: New York Music Daily

First there was B.B. Then there was Albert, then Freddie. And now there’s R.D., the latest in a line of first-class guitar-playing Kings. Difference is that R.D. King plays acoustic, and that his style is not blues but his own intricate, meticulous, occasionally multitracked instrumental music that could be called pastoral psychedelia or cinematic folk. Either way, it’s a hell of a lot more energetic and epic than most music for the acoustic guitar.

King is bound to get comparisons to a whole slew of fingerstyle players who use unorthodox or open tunings – John Renbourn, Bert Jansch, Adrian Legg, ...

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Acerbic, Catchy LA Folk-Punks Las Cafeteras Headline This Thursday at Lincoln Center Out of Doors

Source: New York Music Daily

Sometimes Las Cafeteras come across as sort of the Mexican Pogues – with an infinitely better singer. Other times they could be a more rock-oriented version of New York son jarocho folk-punks Radio Jarocho. The bilingual Los Angeles band’s punchy acoustic sound has a fearless political relevance to go along with a spiky catchiness. Their latest album, Tastes Like LA is streaming at Bandcamp, and they’re headlining an excellent pan-latin bill at Lincoln Center Out of Doors this Thursday, July 27 at around 10. Fiery, dramatic belter Xenia Rubinos opens the night at 7, followed by trippy downtempo ...

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Deadfellow Hosts Record Release Show this Friday at Milkboy: Why You Need to Be There

Source: Rock On Philly

Deadfellow is one of the most exciting projects to come out of Philly recently. Lead singer and songwriter Hayden Sammak has only created this nom de plume a little over a year ago, but has already completed two albums and is in the process of recording another.

Deadfellow will be hosting a record release show at Milkboy Philly this Friday, June 9th for his second album, Mescalifornia: A California Dream. During the show, attendees can purchase a limited edition pink vinyl, compact discs, and t-shirts. I chatted with Sammak on a beautiful late afternoon near Kawari Sounds where he ...

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Rebecca Turner Brings Her Richly Jangly, Anthemic Songcraft Back to the East Village

Source: New York Music Daily

Songwriter Rebecca Turner earned a devoted following around the turn of the century for her catchy, anthemic blend of anthemic janglerock, Laurel Canyon folk-pop and the occasional detour into starker acoustic folk or more ornate psychedelia. In a lot of ways, she represents the vanguard of ex-Brooklynite musicians caught between the very tail end of the cds-and-college-radio era and the age of streaming and vinyl. She puts out albums at her own pace (she’s working on a new one, helmed in the studio by husband/bassist Scott Anthony, recently responsible for remastering the Feelies’ latest vinyl reissues). She also has an 8 ...

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Sofia Talvik Brings Her Poignantly Original Americana to Manhattan

Source: New York Music Daily

One of the most distinctively memorable Americana albums of recent years was made by a tirelessly touring, talented Swedish songwriter. Sofia Talvik‘s next New York show is at Scandinavia House at 58 Park Ave, south of 38th St., at 8 PM on April 27. Cover is $15. The following night, April 28, she’s playing Lara Ewen’s prestigious Free Music Fridays series at the American Folk Art Museum at 5:30 PM.

Talvik’s 2015 album Big Sky Country – streaming at her music page – couldn’t be more aptly titled. Its wide expanses and purist, rustic playing explore themes of regret, ...

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A Killer Triplebill Foreshadows a Great Psychedelic Show on the LES

Source: New York Music Daily

This Thursday, March 30 at 8 PM there’s a rare, intimate performance by second-wave Los Angeles psychedelic legends the Jigsaw Seen at Bowery Electric. They’re followed by the much louder New York Junk, whose retro sound moves forward in time another ten years to the Max’s Kansas City early punk rock scene. Cover is a ridiculously cheap, CBGB-era $8.

The Jigsaw Seen’s latest album, streaming at Spotify, is aptly titled For the Discriminating Completist. It’s a collection of B-sides and rarities. There’s an album of new material in the works, and frontman Dennis Davison has also recently immersed ...

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A Rare Music Impresario with Actual Talent

Source: New York Music Daily

Lara Ewen may be best known as the irrepressible impresario behind the Free Music Fridays series at the American Folk Art Museum, which with the ongoing disappearance of the downtown acoustic scene has arguably become Manhattan’s best listening room for folk and Americana sounds. But Ewen is also one of New York’s most magnetic singers, and a strong songwriter as well. Over the years, her music has gotten darker and gone deeper into gothic Americana, often in a Tom Waits vein. Her hardscrabble Queens roots may have something to do with that.

She’s playing the Scratcher Bar on 5th Street just ...

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Relevant Mexican Sounds, and the Hip-Hop Elite Salute a Chinatown Legend

Source: New York Music Daily

Fearless Mexican-American folk-rockers Las Cafeteras have a cool free download today just in time for President’s Day. If I Was President is off their forthcoming Tastes Like LA album. “We’ve got a different kind of party in the White House tonight.” For real!

And even if rap or stoner Chinese food isn’t your thing, and you’re a New Yorker, check out Narcotechs‘ great new video for their joint Chicken Lo Mein. They filmed it at Wo Hop. If you’re OG NYC, at one time or another you’ve indulged at the legendary Mott Street spot. This was filmed in the ...

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A Rare Chance to See Fearless, Intense African Rock Trailblazer Noura Mint Seymali

Source: New York Music Daily

The second track on Noura Mnt Seymali’s latest album Arbina – streaming at Bandcamp – is a psychedelic Islamic gospel song. It’s an incredible piece of music. Seymali’s husband and lead guitarist Jeiche Ould Chigaly plays warpedly blues-infused lines through a wah pedal in an offcenter scale that’s somewhere between American rock and an uneasy Middle Eastern mode, Seymali supplying elegant rhythm on her ardine, a kora-like, smallscale harp. The scion of a famed Mauritanian musical family. Seymali is a fearlessly feminist trailblazer from a part of the world where that kind of stance can earn you a death sentence, family ...

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Haunting Singer Carol Lipnik’s East Village Residency Takes On New Relevance

Source: New York Music Daily

This past Sunday evening at Pangea, Carol Lipnik reached for the rafters, with her voice and with her hand, as if trying to pull stars from the sky. It wasn’t as if she was imploring some unseen force, but there was a quiet desperation as her four-octave voice rose to the stratosphere. Behind her, Matt Kanelos built a twilit mist of electronics and then played steady, lustrous neoromantic piano chords to anchor his longtime collaborator’s uneasy flights upward.

“We’ve fallen backward into a strange event called imperfection,” Lipnik mused, in between songs. Iridescent in a shimmery midnight blue dress, she ...

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Smart, Cutting-Edge Tunesmithing at Manhattan’s Most Comfortable Listening Room

Source: New York Music Daily

Much as the world of singer-songwriters has shrunk, in the wake of the death of the big record labels – call it a market correction – Manhattan still has a great listening room for solo acoustic acts and small string bands. That venue is the American Folk Art Museum, just a few steps from the uptown 1 local to 66th Street, across the triangle from Lincoln Center. Their mostly-weekly Free Music Fridays series starts at 5:30 on the nose, goes to about quarter after seven and spans the world of folk music, from vintage Americana, gospel and blues to ...

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The Klezmatics Build Their Legacy With Yet Another Explosive, Eclectic Album

Source: New York Music Daily

This new album has a song about slavery. another about the joys of being out and gay in an oppressive society, one about the murder of an innocent immigrant, along with a pretty wild drinking song, a bunch of dance numbers and a handful of dirges. Pretty relevant stuff, right? Is this hip-hop? Blues? New wave? None of the above, It’s the new Klezmatics album, Apikorsom/Heretics, streaming at Spotify. And it’s one of the best releases of 2016.

The Klezmatics are the Clash of klezmer. Back in the 80s, the Clash were the one punk band that pretty much ...

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Nostalgia Ran Deep Last Week at the Keswick Theatre

Source: Rock On Philly

In the uncertain times we live in, it’s nice to revisit the past.

That’s exactly what I did this past weekend when I saw folk/psychedelic rock artist and countercultural icon Donovan on Thursday and singer extraordinaire Art Garfunkel (one half of the iconic duo Simon & Garfunkel) on Sunday.

After cancelling his show the night before in New Jersey due to illness, Donovan played a strong two-hour set celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Sunshine Superman.” He played an acoustic guitar the entire time while sitting on a rug in his colorful garb – quintessential Donovan. He performed ...

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Nostalgia Ran Deep Last Week at the Keswick Theatre

Source: Rock On Philly

In the uncertain times we live in, it’s nice to revisit the past.

That’s exactly what I did this past weekend when I saw folk/psychedelic rock artist and countercultural icon Donovan on Thursday and singer extraordinaire Art Garfunkel (one half of the iconic duo Simon & Garfunkel) on Sunday.

After cancelling his show the night before in New Jersey due to illness, Donovan played a strong two-hour set celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Sunshine Superman.” He played an acoustic guitar the entire time while sitting on a rug in his colorful garb – quintessential Donovan. He performed ...

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Music legends Donovan and Art Garfunkel head to the Keswick Theatre this week!

Source: Rock On Philly

Two music legends will be visiting the Keswick Theatre this week for once-in-a-lifetime shows.

This Thursday, December 1st, 60’s countercultural icon Donovan celebrates the 50th anniversary of his number one hit single “Sunshine Superman.” The single was originally featured on his landmark album of the same name. Donovan played a very influential role in the folk rock scene by incorporating Eastern elements and psychedelic sounds, as well as creating introspective and profound lyrics. His canon of music truly changed the world. He doesn’t tour often these days, so see him while you still can!

Then on Sunday, December 4th, another ...

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Music legends Donovan and Art Garfunkel head to the Keswick Theatre this week!

Source: Rock On Philly

Two music legends will be visiting the Keswick Theatre this week for once-in-a-lifetime shows.

This Thursday, December 1st, 60’s countercultural icon Donovan celebrates the 50th anniversary of his number one hit single “Sunshine Superman.” The single was originally featured on his landmark album of the same name. Donovan played a very influential role in the folk rock scene by incorporating Eastern elements and psychedelic sounds, as well as creating introspective and profound lyrics. His canon of music truly changed the world. He doesn’t tour often these days, so see him while you still can!

Then on Sunday, December 4th, another ...

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Music legends Donovan and Art Garfunkel head to the Keswick Theatre this week!

Source: Rock On Philly

Two music legends will be visiting the Keswick Theatre this week for once-in-a-lifetime shows.

This Thursday, December 1st, 60’s countercultural icon Donovan celebrates the 50th anniversary of his number one hit single “Sunshine Superman.” The single was originally featured on his landmark album of the same name. Donovan played a very influential role in the folk rock scene by incorporating Eastern elements and psychedelic sounds, as well as creating introspective and profound lyrics. His canon of music truly changed the world. He doesn’t tour often these days, so see him while you still can!

Then on Sunday, December 4th, another ...

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A Whale of a New York Debut by Stunningly Individualistic Korean Art-Folk Band Coreyah

Source: New York Music Daily

Last night at Flushing Town Hall, psychedelic Korean art-folk band Coreyah were three elegantly shapeshifting rainy-day songs into their New York debut when Halee Jeong launched into an ominous, misterioso,, tone-warping intro on her geomungo lute – a large, low-register instrument played with a stick – with an unhinged savagery. Overtones and wildly bent notes flew from the strings, to the point that it looked like she was going to break the thing. Was this a sign of things to come? Absolutely. By the end of about an hour onstage, people were dancing in the aisles and calling the band ...

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Hauntingly Poignant Folk Noir and Phantasmagorical Rock From Thee Shambels

Source: New York Music Daily

Thee Shambels have been one of New York’s best bands long enough to make it hard to believe that their new album, Lonely à la Mode – streaming at Bandcamp – is their first full-length release. Just in time for Halloween too! Frontman/guitarist Neville Elder’s wickedly literate, bleakly cynical existentialist narratives have never been more acerbically poignant, and the band behind him are onfire through a mix of noir cabaret, Nashville gothic, folk noir, retro soul and a Celtic-tinged ballad or two. Pound for pound, the album is somewhat less raucous than the band’s previous output. The production is lusciously ...

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Another Creepy Classic Album and a Couple of New York Shows from the Handsome Family

Source: New York Music Daily

Andrew Bird says that Brett and Rennie Sparks of the Handsome Family are this era’s greatest songwriters. He ought to know: he did a whole album of Handsome Family covers. Whether or not you agree with Bird – another one of this era’s best tunesmiths and wordsmiths –  you can’t argue with the Handsome Family’s iconic status in folk noir circles. They’ve got a new album, Unseen – streaming at Spotify – and a couple of shows this weekend. On Friday, Sept 30 they’re at the Mercury at 8:30 PM for $17 in advance; the following night, Oct 1 they’re ...

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Rachael Kilgour’s Soaring Lyrical Brilliance Holds a Lincoln Center Crowd Rapt

Source: New York Music Daily

“This is satire,” Rachael Kilgour grinned as she launched into He’ll Save Me, the spot-on-searingly funny centerpiece of her most recent ep, Whistleblower’s Manifesto: Songs for a New Revolution, at her headline debut earlier this month at Lincoln Center .She explained that there have been instances where booking agents heard snippets of her music and passed on her, thinking that she was a Christian songwriter. Testament to the power of that satire.

“Mothers on welfare? Healthcare? Don’t you think I know better than to hand out rewards to sinners?” she sang as laughter broke out everywhere. And the punchline,“I know ...

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Amanda Shires Brings Her Thoughtful, Vivid Nocturnes to SoHo

Source: New York Music Daily

Amanda Shires was already an established presence on the Americana circuit before she met Jason Isbell. No doubt that connection has given her career an extra boost, but she’s been a first-rate fiddler and a distinctive songwriter since the early zeros. Her latest album, My Piece of Land – streamng at NPR– is Shires’ shout-out to her Texas roots and the red dirt music that she grew up with. The songs are sparse, most of them on the slow and pensive side, building a dusky, mysterious ambience with lingering electric and acoustic guitars, washes of steel, acoustic bass ...

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The Led Farmers Bring Their Smart, High-Voltage Irish Sounds to NYC

Source: New York Music Daily

Smart, propulsive Irish folk-rock band the Led Farmers make stop at Arlene’s at 10 PM tonight, Sept 10 at 10 PM; cover is $10. Isn’t it cool when a good out-of-town band gets a prime weekend slot at a Manhattan venue with a good sound system? Everybody wins. The venue gets to show off their good taste, the band gets exposure to a new crowd and you don’t have to drag yourself to deepest, creepiest Bushwick on Tuesday night at 11 PM where you’ll have to figure out how to get home on your own afterward because the trains have ...

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