Category Archives: Folk

An Exclusive Interview with Lena Laki

interview by Michael McCarthy I was recently introduced to the music of London-based singer/songwriter Lena Laki, whose magical music is dreamy folk but with a hint of jazz elegance. Her debut EP, Take Me With, opens with a song called “Another Woman” and it’s easy to imagine Nina Simone singing it back in...
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An Exclusive Interview with Kavus Torabi of Knifeworld

interview by Michael McCarthy Have you ever seen a magic show by one of the masters – like David Copperfield – and swore it was real? Well, I saw Copperfield perform a few decades ago and still can’t fathom how he did anything that night. The finale is the illusion that especially boggles...
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KILLER SINGLE: Miner – “Better Instincts”


"Against my better instincts / I go against my better instincts," sings Justin Miner during LA band Miner's uppity, new folk rock single "Better Instincts." At first, it sounds out like it's going to be subtle electronica then it shifts to folk and then folk rock, by...
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REVIEW: BOSTON CALLING: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2015

Boston Calling kicked off its sixth edition of the three day, 23 artists festival last night at City Hall Plaza and it was spectacular.  People were calling it “folk night,” since the line up consisted of Gregory Alan Isakov, Of Monsters and Men, who performed at the inaugural BC during May 2013, and The Avett...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: Angéline: BACK TO PIKE PLACE

Singer/songwriter Angéline was originally from Loire Atlantique in France but is now based out of London, which is where she earned her music degree. Although most of her songs are now in English, there’s clearly a French folk music influence to her sound. Additionally, she’d just visited Cuba — she loves Salsa dancing...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: THE BALLROOM THIEVES’ Martin Earley

I first encountered The Ballroom Thieves’ music when I was preparing to cover the Boston Calling music festival last month, checking out the bands I wasn’t already  familiar with on Spotify.  I was so impressed with their debut album, A Wolf In The Doorway, that I promptly bought their album from iTunes, as I...
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VIDEO: NATALIE PRASS: BIRD OF PREY


I love Natalie Prass. Her self-titled debut, released earlier this year, is a fine example of how to do folk pop perfectly. If you're a fan of Jenny Lewis, I think you'd love her, too. Their songwriting and vocal styles are similar enough that if...
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BOSTON CALLING: MAY 2015: DAY THREE

Special thanks to Maia Kennedy, contributing editor, for her excellent photos. Connect with Maia Kennedy Photography: maiakphotography.com facebook.com/maiakphotography instagram/maiakphotography DAY THREE: SATURDAY, MAY 23, 2015 THE BALLROOM THIEVES Boston’s own band The Ballroom Thieves were formed in 2011.  On Facebook they describe the genre of their music as “alternative rock & folkin’ roll.”  And they...
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