You can’t get far into writing a review of The Milk Carton Kids without mentioning Simon & Garfunkel. (I managed to make it just 14 words). Like S&G, they’re an acoustic duo that sings pristine ballads in tightly entwined voices of velvet and lace. But so facile a comparison sells these “Kids” short: Kenneth Pettengale and Joey Ryan have delicate, distinctive timbres, and the lyrics on this California duo’s second studio CD aren’t nearly as effete as they first seem. “Snake Eyes” deals with death, “Years Gone By” alienation, and both the title track and the closing one (“Memphis”) mourn a vanishing America. In the latter, they contrast Paul Simon’s view of that town. He sees it as a shrine; they view it as a mausoleum. The difference gives them extra distinction, as does the wandering melody, which has its own quavering beauty.
By Sasha Geffen on 06.23.14 in Features
Frontman Peter Silberman talks about the Brooklyn band's new album 'Familiars.'
By Brian Howe on 06.17.14 in Reviews
Brooklyn's the Antlers have come a long way since going from a solo project to a trio for 2009's Hospice. Though still built around Peter Silberman's vulnerable voice, bare-all lyrics and silvery guitar, the band's palet...
By John Everhart on 05.20.14 in Reviews
An excerpt of Jolie Holland's "Mexico City," from 2008's The Living and the Dead, ended up serving as the epigraph for Jack Kerouac's "lost" first book The Haunted Life earlier this year. It is an astonishing achievement...
By Philip Cosores on 04.18.14 in Live in Pictures
Photos of Tinariwen in Los Angeles