The always reliable English songwriter Laura Marling is back with her new album Semper Femina, which she recently released via her own label, More Alarming Records. The album is amazingly the sixth album that she’s released in just nine years, a truly impressive ratio.
On March 1 Marling was in New York making the press rounds, concluding a long day of interviews with a special intimate performance at Rockwood Music Hall that was being taped for a live WFUV session. Read the rest of this entry »
In early August, Brit folk-rock darling Laura Marling returned to New York for a performance at the prestigious Town Hall. The show came in support of her rather lovely new album Short Movie, which Ribbon Music released earlier in the year. Support came from both Johnny Flynn and Marika Hackman.
Earlier in the year English folk darling Laura Marling released her great new record Short Movie, which was released via Ribbon Music.
I caught Marling for the first time ever (it was long overdue) in March at Warsaw. Aside from the outdoor setting, Marling delivered an equally winning and lovely performance at Newport Folk Festival that reminded me of what a pure and unique talent she is.
Laura Marling has established herself as one of the best folk-rock artists that Britain has to offer. Her latest album, Short Movie (released yesterday via Ribbon Music) is a testament to that. It’s very much a Laura Marling record, but it takes a new, more rock and roll infused approach to bring its ideas of self-discovery to life. On Monday night she played to a sold out crowd at the always wonderful Brooklyn venue Warsaw, leading the way for a totally enchanting night of music. Read the rest of this entry »
â€œSophiaâ€ is the first single from Laura Marlingâ€™s third album, A Creature I Donâ€™t Know. I’m not familiar with Marling’s stuff but this single is doing the trick right now. It takes a little bit for it to hit its stride, but when it does, its’ quite good.
2015 was one of the best years for music in recent memory with many established artists releasing great new work, while tons of brand new artist made the sort of introductions that we will look back fondly once they’re leading the way in the future.
I had such a hard time narrowing down my top 50 albums list that I still had plenty of quality stuff left over to make up my honorable mentions list. So without further ado, here are some honorable mentions for best albums of 2015 that are plenty worth your time Read the rest of this entry »
2015 was one hell of a year for music. Naturally, there were a ton of great shows to be found. We saw as many as ever last year, and we look to attend even more shows in 2016. With that said, we’re finally giving a look back to 2015, selecting some of our favorite moments from the year.
Along with my small but trustworthy team of friends who happen to also be photographers, we took hundreds if not thousands of photos last year. I went through the ever-growing archives and selected just a handful of favorite photos taken throughout the year. It was hard and nearly impossible to narrow it down, but here are just some of my favorite photos that we shared on this blog in 2015, in chronological order taken throughout the year. If not taken by me, credit is given along with the posted caption below the photo. Read the rest of this entry »
After years of wondering what I was missing, I finally decided to make the trip to the Newport Folk Festival this year. Man, am I kicking myself for missing out on this great festival all these years. I’ve been to almost all of the major festivals in the East Coast, and I have to say, Newport Folk Festival is as good as they get. There’s just something so different about it. It doesn’t feel like a giant event or major festival, but rather a large community coming together to enjoy music.
I mean, really, what other festivals can you see people enjoying music while sitting on folding chairs? There’s just a positive energy to be found at Newport, one of the only festivals I’ve attended that truly only seems to be about the music. The entire weekend I was there I didn’t see any go pros, selfie sticks, flower crowns, or vintage NBA jerseys. Now that’s saying something.
All jokes aside, the environment is basically a music festival heaven, full of positive energy and love from every corner. The lineup, carefully curated with respect to the well beloved genre of folk rock, was pitch perfect at every point of the weekend, with special guests such as My Morning Jacket and James Taylor keeping us on the toes. Anything can happen at Newport Folk Festival, which is why I will make sure I find myself there every weekend at the end of the July from now on (as long as they’ll have us back).
Below, I’ve posted a list of all the performances we saw over the weekend, which you can click through to find the individual recap and photo galleries of. You can also find some of our favorites photos from the weekend, along with a list of the top 10 sets we saw at the festival, as tough as that was to make. Read the rest of this entry »
I’ve heard nothing but great things from friends who have gone, who have called the festival one of the best out there, and a very relaxing festival experience. That’s not to mention an impressive lineup that includes Roger Waters, Sufjan Stevens, The Decemberists, Tallest Man On Earth, Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell, Courtney Barnett, Leon Bridges, Angel Olsen, Blake Mills, J Mascis, Hozier, Jason Isbell, First Aid Kit, Jose Gonzalez, Laura Marling, Lord Huron, The Lone Bellow, Calexico, Shakey Graves, Heartless Bastards, Hiss Golden Messenger, and many more. Read the rest of this entry »
After only a few listens to Villagers’ new album Darling Arithmetic, I’m positive it’s going to end up as one of my favorite albums of the year. It’s not a surprise, as Irish native Conor O’Brien has given us nothing but great folk-records in his short, but impressive career. Darling Arithmetic will be released next month (April 13 via Domino Records), so O’Brien is in town to start the promotion of the new record, which included two shows in New York. The first came on Monday where he opened for Laura Marling at Warsaw. The second came on Wednesday night where he headlined the intimate Union Pool.
Union Pool was the perfect venue for a intimate performance from O’Brien, who was accompanied by only a harpist, who also played keys and added backing vocals. His new album is his most sparse and bare yet, which he wrote, recorded and produced at home. It resulted in some of his most personal and affecting recordings to date, which you can feel pouring out him with every lyric shared. New songs such as “Courage” and “Everything I Am” fit snugly alongside cuts from previous albums like show-opener “Nothing Arrived” and “Ship Of Promises.”
The 2-song encore of “27 Strangers” and Darling Arithmetic was a gut-wrenching finale, with a good bit of humor involved for the former, when O’Brien realized that he unintentionally wrote in a sexual innuendo (“So I walked home / Just feeling nothing on my own / noticing that tree of yours / I’ve been watching it grow”). He paused in the middle of the “tree” line, laughed and explained: “Every time I sing it now, I realize it’s an euphemism for a penis. There goes that song…bye bye.” After both the crowd and he recovered from a shared laugh, he kicked back into gear and somehow managed to finish the song, with some help from the crowd during the sing-along bit of “oooohs.”
It was great to be able to see Villagers play in what felt like a one-on-one experience rather than a show. He’ll be back soon for a proper tour for the new record, and while I’m sure the shows will be great, I doubt they will be able to reciprocate the personal nature of his Union Pool performance from Wednesday night. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Find photos of the show posted below, along with Villagers setlist. Be sure to pre-orderDarling Arithmetic, it’s fantastic.
Villagers – “Hot Scary Summer”:
Villagers – “Courage”:
1. Nothing Arrived
2. Everything I Am
3. Dawning On Me
4. So Naive
5. My Lighthouse
6. Hot Scary Summer
7. The Soul Serene
8. Ship Of Promises
10. Darling Arithmetic
12. The Waves
13. That Day