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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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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: NATALIE PRASS: NATALIE PRASS

Natalie Prass is a singer/songwriter based out of Nashville who used to sing backing vocals for Jenny Lewis. Her album has already received heaps of praise from TIME, Pitchfork, Q and The Guardian, and that’s actually how I came to discover it. I read a few positive reviews and then I had to...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: THE WIND + THE WAVE: COVERS ONE

The Austin, Texas-based folk duo The Wind + The Wave are Dwight “The Wind” Baker and Patricia “The Wave” Lynn. They met in 2009 when Dwight’s wife forced him to stop hiding in the studio and get out of the house, prompting him to go check out a friend’s band. And Patty’s last...
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