folk

  • Laura Stevenson on “getting more mature and more confident” (10/22 at JB’s)

    While the pandemic has left many artists with latest releases that are several years old and upcoming releases that are still quite a way off, indie folk artist Laura Stevenson’s latest release seemed to drop at just the right time.  Her sixth and self-titled album was released August 6th...
  • Riddy Arman: “I’m happy I can travel for a living now.”

    *Update: Sadly, Colter Wall’s entire fall tour (including all of his dates with Riddy Arman) are postponed until next year. “I started writing music as a form of meditation and therapy, without realizing it at the time.  That’s what I was using music and songwriting for.  So, my music...
  • Half Gringa on Family, Separation, and The End of the World (9/28 at Johnny Brenda’s)

    “A lot of bands that are in our bracket have a checklist, like what venues they have to play or whatever but, for me, just being able to put out a second record was a big highlight for me,” says Isabel Olive, perhaps better known as Latinx indie folk...
  • Julien Baker, LPs and EPs Ranked (9/15 at Franklin Music Hall)

    All three of our beloved boygenius girls are gearing up to play their biggest Philadelphia shows yet… Up first is Julien Baker, the youngest and emo-ist of the trio, who will be headlining Franklin Music Hall on September 15th (Phoebe Bridgers will be at the Skyline Stage at the...
  • Andrea von Kampen: “Expect a lot of hilarious stories and some new songs as well.” (Tonight at City Winery)

    Andrea von Kampen should be your next folk obsession!  (Our friends The Ballroom Thieves and WXPN’s Bruce Warren are already fans!)  Earlier this month, the Nebraska-based singer/songwriter released the whimsically woodsy That Spell (courtesy of Fantasy Records), the follow-up to her debut LP, 2019’s Old Country.  The songs found...
  • The Booklights Revisited… Literally!!!

    Today New York-based Americana outfit, The Booklights, release their debut EP, Into a Ball, a release that likely wouldn’t have happened, if it wasn’t for the pandemic.  “It’s so wild to be releasing an EP right now.  We recorded almost everything last summer and, for the most part, it...
  • Frances Lion Talks Linda Perry, Home, and T-Shirts and Fishnets

    Last month a new partnership between legendary songwriter and producer Linda Perry and Repost released its first single, “Home,” by British singer/songwriter Frances Lion.  The song is a bold folk anthem recorded during lockdown and inspired by Lion’s hometown of Hampshire, England.  It was produced by her own brother...
  • Gone Gone Beyond and “psychedelic spirituality”

    “I think the album noticeably doesn’t follow any genre.  The binding thing is the spirituality of the music.  The psychedelic spirituality brought us all together,” says Danny Musengo of Gone Gone Beyond, whose sophomore album, 2030, dropped last month.  The album’s title is a reference to a period in...
  • Squirrel Flower: “I’d tell people to come see me play live.” (Tues. at WCL)

    It’s hard to imagine a bigger change in setting than going from a DIY/BYOB batting cage in Kensington to a dinner theatre listening room on the campus of UPenn, but that just happens to be the case for folky singer/songstress Ella O’Connor Williams — better known as Squirrel Flower...