Posts Tagged: folk music

Swinging Modern Sounds #82: Joni Mitchell’s Court and Spark: A Symposium

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…yet she did what she did, and in the process made the most successful album of her career.

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Finishing What You Start: A Conversation with Musician Matt Kivel

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Matt Kivel discusses his latest release, Fires on the Plain, the ways in which cinema inspires his music, and how he reads his critics.

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Swinging Modern Sounds #68: A Way of Life

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The thing about Scott Tuma is: the immense pathos of the recordings… Almost no one, frankly, is allowed to sound this sad and continue to have a musical career.

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Mark Rogers & Mary Byrne Bring Their Sly Soulful Music to WNYU

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Prior to leaving on their summer UK tour, Mark Rogers & Mary Byrne appeared on WNYU.org on May 4. Rick Moody wrote about the duo in his piece on “Stillness as Metaphor,” outlining the beautifully massive range their music exhibits in the course of its exploration of a folk sensibility. Their first official music video, […]

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Swinging Modern Sounds #59: Not a Folk Singer

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There is a lot to learn from Vashti Bunyan, therefore, about how to live a self-designed life, and how to be unapologetic and decisive about the habit of songwriting.

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RIP Pete Seeger

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Folk-music legend Pete Seeger passed away at 94 yesterday. In his memory, we’d like to highlight Nell Boeschenstein’s Rumpus essay about him, “Pete Seeger: The Voice That Belongs to the Body.” But lately it had become clear that Pete is no relic. This 90-year-old man who was straightening the piles of holiday cards in need […]

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Albums of Our Lives: Linda Ronstadt’s Heart Like a Wheel

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The cover was a black and white close-up of a woman, her hair windswept, her name scrawled above her in a font usually reserved for truck stops: Linda Ronstadt. I’d retrieved the album and its torn shell of Columbia Record Club packaging from a stack of unwanted mail on the credenza, and I stood now […]

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What’s behind the Music

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In his article “Forgetting the Roots: Does it Matter Who Makes Folk Music?” Taylor Coe explores the importance of history for folk musicians and how their creation stories can influence their effect on listeners. Some prefer a little more Strictly Bluegrass when it comes to Americana music. “Sometimes the music wins—sometimes ‘authenticity’ doesn’t matter. For instance, […]

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