Tag Archive | folk rock

Feature Review: Admiral Fallow, Tree Bursts in Snow

Admiral Fallow Tree Bursts in Snow [Nettwerk (2012)] Admiral Fallow‘s Tree Bursts in Snow is a versatile record thoroughly entrenched in modern British folk rock. The 5-piece begins the record with a surprisingly sparse male-female duet, “Tree Bursts,” and the first voice you hear is Sarah Hayes, though nearly all of the leads afterward on […]

Review: Bap Kennedy, Sailor’s Revenge

Bap Kennedy Sailor’s Revenge [Proper (2012)] When I heard that the raspy voiced troubadour Bap Kennedy had enlisted Mark Knopfler for his latest effort, it was pretty much guaranteed that I would be excited to hear it. But when I heard that Sailor’s Revenge was a collection of Celtic-influenced folksy material, I couldn’t cue it […]

Review: Andrew Luttrell Band, Paint by Numbers

Andrew Luttrell Band Paint by Number$ [Self-released (2012)] The opening of Andrew Luttrell Band‘s Paint by Number$ (yes, that’s a dollar sign in the title) is a minute and a half of guitar solo. It showcases the band’s most obvious talents: improvisational, retro, jammy folk rock with nods toward The Dead, Knopfler, Neil Young, and many […]

Feature Review: Dry the River, Shallow Bed

Dry the River Shallow Bed [RCA (2012)] Dry the River‘s first full length album is a work of supremely passionate material. The band draws musical tropes from indie arena rock (which despite the logical ingruity is a real thing thanks to Arcade Fire) and hymns (directly acknowledging the influence in song titles, like “Shaker Hymns”) and […]

Feature Review: The Lumineers, The Lumineers

The Lumineers The Lumineers [Dualtone (2012)] Though the most obvious comparison is The Avett Brothers, at its core, The Lumineers’ self-titled debut reminds me much more of the first Whiskeytown record: It’s a pure, raw record, played like the artists were in a rush, but they’re fresh off the road with songs they could perform […]

Review: The Decemberists, We All Raise Our Voices To The Air (Live Songs 04.11-08.11)

The Decemberists We All Raise Our Voices To The Air (Live Songs 04.11-08.11) [Capitol 2 CD or 3 LP Set (2012)] After nearly two decades of toiling as indie folk rockers and critic’s faves, the Pacific Northwest quintet The Decemberists hit mainstream rock stardom with their triumphant 2011 release, The King is Dead. Their latest […]

Reviews: Kami Thompson, Love Lies; Richard Thompson, Live at Celtic Connections

I’m a sucker for all things Thompson.