Tuesday 29 Jul
 
 

Planting the seed

Chelsey Cope’s new band, Elms, is as earthy and native to Oklahoma as the trees that are their namesake. The soulful folk four-piece’s debut EP, Parallel Lines, was recorded at Bell Labs Recording Studio in Norman and is on its way in September. But the band has already given us a tease, with its first single, “Burn,” going live on SoundCloud on July 14.
07/22/2014 | Comments 0

Commercial rock

Center of the Universe Festival featuring Capital Cities, Young The Giant, AWOLNATION & more
Friday-Saturday
Downtown Tulsa 
centeroftheuniversefestival.com 
$35-$50 

07/22/2014 | Comments 0

Mack truckin’

Swizzymack
9 p.m. Friday 
Kamp’s Lounge 
1310 NW 25th St. 
lndrnrs.com 
819-6004 
$10-$15 

07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Chevy cruisin’

Chevy Woods with Kevin Gates & more
9 p.m. Sunday 
Vibe Night Club 
227 SW 25th St. 
$20-$40 

07/16/2014 | Comments 0

Rock steady

Tesla
7 p.m. Saturday
Frontier City
11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road 
frontiercity.com
478-2140
Free with park admission 

07/16/2014 | Comments 0
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Matt the Electrician — Accidental Thief

Maybe the Avetts’ long-lost brother?


Folk

Stephen Carradini
Banjo-playing Matt the Electrician actually was an electrician before he took up music full-time. This sort of earnest, workingman’s dignity powers his pop folk.
 
Thursday, July 7, 2011

Paleo — Fruit of the Spirit

Outsider folk with gems to unearth


Folk

Stephen Carradini
Paleo’s acoustic guitar songs on “Fruit of the Spirit” call to mind a lot of different artists, for good or for ill.
 
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Brandi Carlile — Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony

Singer/songwriter's powerful voice successfully gets the 'with strings!' treatment


Folk

Stephen Carradini
Brandi Carlile’s singer/songwriter tunes subsist on two things: her powerful voice and pop sensibility.
 
Monday, May 16, 2011

Robert Johnson — The Centennial Collection

All of the blues great's tunes on two CDs.


Folk

Stephen Carradini
I don’t like blues. I appreciate that it beget most music I listen to, but I just can’t stand to hear the repetitive form.
 
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Unthanks — Last

Brilliant when brooding, and greatest when gloomy


Folk

Stephen Carradini
“Disappointment is everywhere,” an Unthank sister sings in “Give Away Your Heart,” one of the many highlights of The Unthanks’ new album, “Last.”
 
Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Chris Bathgate — Salt Year

He's in the ring with folk's heavy hitters, but he's not a knockout yet


Folk

Stephen Carradini
Close your eyes. Clear your mind. Turn on Chris Bathgate’s “Salt Year.” Let it wash over you. Don’t think about it — just do it.
 
Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Emily Arin — Patch of Land

Baffling, awe-inspiring and calming all at once


Folk

Stephen Carradini
Many artists do what they do within a framework that’s easily named: pop, folk, country, metal, etc.
 
Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Bob Dylan — In Concert: Brandeis University

A must-have for Dylan collectors


Folk

Rob Collins
A year before The Beatles exploded on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” Bob Dylan planned to perform “Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues” in the spring of 1963 for a national TV audience.
 
Monday, March 28, 2011

Elephant Revival — Break in the Clouds

Family-style folk that's sure to please


Folk

Stephen Carradini
Remarkable consistency marks “Break in the Clouds” from Colorado-by-way-of-Tahlequah folksters Elephant Revival. Although the album is 14 songs long, there’s not a bad tune in the bunch.
 
Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Rural Alberta Advantage — Departing

More somber than its beloved predecessor


Folk

Stephen Carradini
The Rural Alberta Advantage wrote two of my favorite songs of 2009: “Don’t Haunt This Place” and “The Dethbridge in Lethbridge.”
 
Monday, February 28, 2011

Wellfleet — The District

A great big slice of Southern music


Folk

Stephen Carradini
Some days are stressful. On those days, LCD Soundsystem just isn’t going to cut through the hectic atmosphere and produce some clarity of mind. The District’s “Wellfleet,” however, totally will.
 
Monday, February 14, 2011

The Low Anthem — Smart Flesh

Almost the model of a brilliant folk band


Folk

Stephen Carradini
A lot of bands out there today think a snare shuffle and a banjo makes a folk song. They are wrong. A folk song requires a timeless, rustic feel that can’t be defined so neatly as that.
 
Thursday, February 10, 2011

Starlings, TN — How Dark It Is Before the Dawn

Easily the most crushingly sad album I've heard this year


Folk

Stephen Carradini
I love depressing music, but nothing prepared me for this. 
 
Thursday, February 3, 2011

Jonny Burke — Distance and Fortune

Folk fares better than rock


Folk

Stephen Carradini
Ever since Dylan went electric, folk and rock have had an uneasy back and forth relationship. Some who excel at one find they fail at the other. Some can do both.
 
Tuesday, January 18, 2011

U.S. Royalty — Mirrors

Vital folk celebrating the Midwest


Folk

Stephen Carradini
One of the best love letters I’ve ever heard to the beauty of the Midwest is Rich Mullins’ “Calling Out Your Name” (who, despite being a solidly Christian artist, counts indie mainstay The Mountain Goats among his many fans). Quickly climbing the list is “Equestrian” by U.S. Royalty, off their new album, “Mirrors.”
 
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
 
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