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Leonard Cohen: Old Ideas

“When Cohen calls this album Old Ideas, he means not just that these are the thoughts of a septuagenarian, but that he’s been turning over these cards for a long while: sex, love, God, and the way the three can be shuffled to relieve the pain of existence. The lyrics on Old Ideas reach for [...]

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First Aid Kit: The Lion’s Roar

“[Swedish] sisters Johanna and Klara Soderberg, aka First Aid Kit, blend autumnal folk and wistful ’60s Americana and have gathered a pretty illustrious following since their cover version of Fleet Foxes’ “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” became a YouTube hit back in 2008. The Lion’s Roar is a mesmerizing listen that — alongside recent releases from [...]

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The Chieftains: Voice of Ages

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“The Lion’s Roar is a mesmerizing listen that — alongside recent releases from the likes of the Tallest Man on Earth and Anna Ternheim — suggests the Swedish folk scene is currently hitting something of a purple patch.”–All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Highlights include British vocal powerhouse Adele (“Rolling in the Deep”), dubstep newcomer Skrillex (“Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites”), bearded hard rockers Foo Fighters (“Walk”), country-pop giants Taylor Swift (“Siren”) and Lady Antebellum (“Just a Kiss”), indie folk hitmakers Bon Iver (“Holocene”) and Mumford & Sons (“The Cave”), and stadium rock veterans Coldplay (“Paradise”).” –All Music [...]

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“In an era when bluster and overkill are the order of the day in both country and blues, Queen of the Minor Key is a reminder that this music at its best speaks to the wayward impulses of the human heart, and Eilen Jewell embodies that quiet, insistent voice as well as anyone making music [...]

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Gillian Welch: The Harrow & The Harvest

“The music is steeped in the early country, bluegrass, and Appalachian mountain traditions that are her trademark –though it engages rock and roll and blues motifs albeit acoustically–while the melodies and lyrics reflect the darkness and melancholy of Gothic Americana. The Harrow & the Harvest is stunning for its intimacy, its lack of studio artifice, [...]

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The Barr Brothers: The Barr Brothers

“Brad (vocals, guitar) and Andrew (drums) Barr team with Sarah Page (hammer dulcimer, harp) and Andres Vial(pump organ, vibraphone) as the Barr Brothers on this self-titled folk-pop effort, which is both a little rustic in its under-produced sound and also has the quality of chamber music.” –All Music Guide   Check Our Catalog

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Schooner Fare: Roots and Wings

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Jessica Lea Mayfield: Tell Me

“Tell Me manages to maintain the beautifully busted feel of Mayfield’s breakout record, but also succeeds in a new and ambitious sonic landscape. There are different ways, it turns out, to create this kind of crushing space, and this one has more variations and more surprises waiting to creep out of it…Mayfield is a convincing [...]

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“Early in the Morning is Irish singer/songwrtiter James Vincent McMorrow’s debut. He cut it himself over five months in a cottage by the sea. McMorrow claims his influences as Joni Mitchell, Band of Horses, and Sufjan Stevens, but one need listen no further than “If I Had a Boat” — the set’s opener and first [...]

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““City of Refuge’’ couches Washburn’s virtuosity — both as a singer and picker — in a contemporary context that’s equal parts indie folk, atmospheric twang, and rootsy pop… Washburn ended up making a modern classic, a folk album for people who claim they don’t like a such thing.” –The Boston Globe Check Our Catalog

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William Tyler: Behold the Spirit

“Behold the Spirit is an otherworldly recording. Certainly it is rooted in folk music, but it cannot be contained by it. It enters the culture from so many directions — both inside and outside the usual dialogues — it is by its nature something quite other, that is at once strange and almost unspeakably beautiful.” [...]

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The Mamas & The Papas: Icon

“Icon is an 11-track collection that features several greatest hits of the Mamas & the Papas: “California Dreamin,” “Monday, Monday,” “I Saw Her Again,” and “Dream a Little Dream of Me.”” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“The most successful folk-rock duo of the 1960s, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel crafted a series of memorable hit albums and singles featuring their choirboy harmonies, ringing acoustic and electric guitars, and Simon’s acute, finely wrought songwriting.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Williams lets the songs burn slowly and sensually until there’s nothing left but smoke and ash.” –Chicago Tribune Check Our Catalog

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“High-lonesome folk, bare-boned Americana, and old-timey harmony numbers are the name of the game, and although the band’s use of vintage instruments makes for some fun Wikipedia sleuthing (what are “crotales,” anyway?), the spotlight remains on the songs themselves.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“There was a time when Dylan’s voice still had a stunning, pre-burnout clarity, and that’s the case on this inspired performance at the Brandeis Folk Festival on May 10, 1963. This is a true discovery, plucked from a concert tape recently found in the archives of Rolling Stone cofounder Ralph Gleason.” –The Boston Globe Check [...]

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“Bowersox expertly works the territory between folk and country.” –Chicago Tribune Check Our Catalog

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In Volume II of his seminal work on the O’Farrell collections, master uilleann piper Jerry O’Sullivan is joined by baroque cellist Audrey Sabattier Cienniwa and harpsichordist Paul Cienniwa to reveal the symbiotic affinity between the Irish pipes and 18th-century baroque music. Check Our Catalog

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