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Hangout

Alabama's Hangout Music Festival returns from May 15-17, and the lineup's just been expanded. Joey Bada$$, Sylvan Esso, JEFF the Brotherhood, Sam Smith, Natural Child and more were added to the fest, joining Foo FIghters, Beck, My Morning Jacket, Spoon, TV on the Radio, Jenny Lewis, Future Islands, Father John Misty and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Updated lineup below...

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Sasquatch

Sasquatch! Music Festival will return to Quincy, WA on Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-25, at The Gorge. This year's lineup includes Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey, Ryan Adams, The Decemberists, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, Spoon, James Blake, Hot Chip, SBTRKT, Schoolboy Q, The New Pornographers, The War On Drugs, Little Dragon, Father John Misty, Run The Jewels, Jenny Lewis, Real Estate, Future Islands, Ab-Soul, Sharon Van Etten, Action Bronson, Perfume Genius, Rustie, Courtney Barnett, Strand of Oaks, Merchandise, Ex Hex, and more.

Tickets go on sale at 10 AM PST on Saturday (2/7). Full lineup below...

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Primavera

The 2015 Primavera Sound Festival goes down in Barcelona, Spain from May 28 - 30. We knew The Strokes and recently reunited shoegazers Ride were playing and now the line-up is being announced via the festival's mobile app, which is a not-so fun 8-bit game you have to play to reveal names. The whole lineup is in the poster above and includes The Replacements, James Blake, Sleater-Kinney (who apparently are playing festivals after all) Patti Smith performing Horses, Spiritualized, Interpol, Antony & the Johnsons, OMD, Mineral, Brand New, Panda Bear, Run the Jewels, Sleaford Mods, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, The Black Keys, New Pornographers, Jose Gonzalez, Shabazz Palaces, Kevin Morby, Ought, Disappears, Pharmakon, Baxter Dury, Death From Above 1979, Spiritualized, tUnE-yArDs, Twin Shadow, Swans, Iceage, the Juan MacLean, Dan Deacon, Viet Cong, Sun Kil Moon, Antony, Hiss Golden Messenger, Fucked Up, Kelela, Ariel Pink, Voivod, Electric Wizard, Mikal Cronin, alt-J, Sunn O))), the Thurston Moore Band, Underworld (performing dubnobasswithmyheadman), Pallbearer,  Tobias Jesso Jr., American Football, Jon Hopkins, DIIV, Caribou, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, My Brightest Diamond, HEALTH, Babes in Toyland, Thee Oh Sees, Single Mothers, Ex Hex, Shellac and Twerps. Full line-up is below.

That fake poster wasn't too far off. Tickets are on sale now....and apparently traveling to Europe hasn't been this affordable for Americans in a long time.

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Shaky Knees

We're officially in Music Festival Announcement Season, and the latest one is Atlanta's annual Shaky Knees Festival, happening May 8-10. This year includes The Strokes, The Avett Brothers, Wilco, Pixies, Social Distortion, Ryan Adams, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Tame Impala, Brand New, Mastodon, Neutral Milk Hotel (supposedly one of your last chances to see them for a while), Interpol, Flogging Molly, TV on the Radio, Manchester Orchestra, James Blake, Death from Above 1979, Dr. Dog, Spiritualized, Panda Bear, American Football, Clutch, Black Lips, The Mountain Goats, Best Coast, Real Estate, Wavves, Built to Spill, The Both, Mac DeMarco, Minus the Bear, Old 97's, FIDLAR, METZ, THe Bronx, Speedy Ortiz, Palma Violets, VIet Cong, Strand of Oaks and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full initial lineup (even more TBA) below...

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photo: fans at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Roo

Bonnaroo returns in 2015 from June 11-14 in Manchester, TN and the lineup is now announced.

It includes Billy Joel (!?!), Mumford and Sons, Deadmau5, Kendrick Lamar, Florence + the Machine, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, My Morning Jacket, Bassnectar, Alabama Shakes, Childish Gambino, Flume, Slayer, Belle & Sebastian, Spoon, The War on Drugs, Ben Folds, Atmosphere, Atomic Bomb! (William Onyeabor tribute), Flying Lotus, Earth Wind & Fire, Caribou, SBTRKT, Run the Jewels, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Jamie xx, Against Me!, Rudimental, Mac DeMarco, Tears for Fears, Tycho, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Shabazz Palaces, Courtney Barnett, Woods, Iceage, Between the Buried & Me, Rustie, Strand of Oaks, Pallbearer, Dej Loaf, Hiss Golden Messenger, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard and many more.

Tickets will be available Saturday (1/17) at noon on bonnaroo.com.

Full lineup below...

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GovBall

Yesterday was Coachella, and today another spring 2015 festival lineup is announced: Governors Ball. The fest takes place on NYC's Randall's Island from June 5-7 and includes Drake, Bjork, The Black Keys, Lana Del Rey, My Morning Jacket, Ratatat, The Decemberists, St. Vincent, Weird Al Yankovic, The War on Drugs, Hot Chip, Death From Above 1979, SBTRKT, Conor Oberst, Flying Lotus, Tame Impala, Future Islands, Sharon Van Etten, DIIV, Rustie, White Lung, Ryan Adams, Florence + the Machine, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Chromeo, Flume, Sturgill Simpson, Kiesza, Strand of Oaks, Bishop Nehru, Kate Tempest and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full lineup below...

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photo: The Felice Brothers @ T5 in 2013 (more by Robert Altman)
St Vincent

In addition to releasing their fifth studio album, Favorite Waitress, last summer and following it with a US tour this past fall, members of The Felice Brothers were just among the guests Deer Tick hosted for six nights at Brooklyn Bowl. Now they'll headline the 2015 edition of the annual "Shine A Light" benefit show which this year happens at Long Island's Cannon's Blackthorn on February 7.

Philadelphia's Strand of Oaks will also be on the bill, who just toured with Torres and whose last album Heal was listed on a bunch of 2014 year-end lists (including Torres'). Tickets for the "Shine A Light" show are on sale now.

Deer Tick played "Shine a Light" in 2013; Phosphorescent played last year. As always, "Shine A Light" is presented by The Tommy Brull Foundation, an organization that assists a wide variety of disabled people on Long Island. 

The Felice Brothers and Strand of Oaks both have other tour dates coming up and all are listed, along with videos from each, below...

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Torres

Grunge-folk singer Torres wrapped up a short tour with Strand of Oaks earlier this month that hit NYC on 12/4 at Bowery Ballroom. Anyone catch that? That's a picture of her and Strand of Oaks hanging out the NYC show, above. Her next NYC show is a free one, happening January 30 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Mainland and Ancient Ocean (aka John Bohannon, who's in Torres' live band). That's her only announced date at the moment.

She also posted a list of her favorite albums of 2014, which (like Strand of Oaks' list) includes her friend/collaborator Sharon Van Etten. (While we're talking about collaborators, both Sharon Van Etten and Strand of Oaks also happen to be J Mascis collaborators.)

Find out who else made her list, and watch a video of Torres & SVE's 2014 single "New Skin," below...

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Tigers Jaw
Photo: Tigers Jaw at MHOW in June (more by Mimi Hong)

As discussed, The Menzingers have an upcoming tour with Taking Back Sunday that includes night 1 of TBS' holiday shows at NJ's Starland Ballroom (12/27), NYC's Best Buy Theater on 3/18 and Long Island's Paramount on 3/24. Starland is sold out but tickets for the other two are still available.

Before those shows, the Scranton natives will headline their own holiday show in their old hometown (they live in Philly now) with an all-Scranton lineup of Tigers Jaw, Captain We're Sinking (The Menzingers' literal "brother band"), Okay Paddy (reunion), The SW!MS (reunion), Three Man Cannon (ex-Tigers Jaw), Petal (ft. mems of Tigers Jaw), Esta Coda and The Red Barons. The show takes place December 20. Tickets are on sale now and all proceeds benefit youth arts programs in Scranton. Updated Menzingers dates and show flyer below.

The Menzingers were also featured, along with Mineral, Touche Amore, Into It. Over It. and others, in AltPress' recently-completed Fest documentary. You can watch all three parts here, here and here.

In other news, Ben Walsh of Tigers Jaw, who released the excellent Charmer earlier this year, was nice enough to give us a list of his favorite albums of 2014. It features Scranton holiday show-mates The Menzingers and Three Man Cannon, as well as other things like Stephen Malkmus and Ryan Adams. Find out who else made Ben's list below.

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by Andrew Sacher

Foxing at Webster Studio in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Foxing

The totally stacked Modern Baseball / Knuckle Puck / Foxing / Crying / Somos tour lands in NYC for its first of two shows tonight (12/12). Tonight's show is at Gramercy Theater and then they play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday (12/15). You can still get tickets to Monday's show but tonight is sold out. Updated dates are listed below.

If you haven't seen Foxing live, they're the kind of band you really have to see for yourself to get the full experience. But to at least get an idea of what to expect, you can check out the band's new live video for "Rory" that they filmed at The Fest this year. Watch it below.

Four Foxing members also gave us lists of their favorite albums of 2014. One of the lists includes Cymbals Eat Guitars who also included Foxing on their own list and also play NYC tonight. Check those out lists and the Fest video below...

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Best of Lists Season continues, here with AV Club's favorite records of 2014. As it's a cumulative list with ballots from the site's music writers (most of whom are in their 30s), you get a pretty typical list but we'll leave the suspense of whether The War on Drugs, Sharon Van Etten or St. Vincent landed at #1 for you to check out below.

For a little more flavor you can check out the individual ballots and AV Club's annual "Least Essential Albums" list which is always entertaining.

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Strand of Oaks at Bowery Ballroom - 12/4/14 (via Scott Taylor)
Strand of Oaks

Strand of Oaks just wrapped up their tour with Torres in NYC at Bowery Ballroom last night (12/4), after playing their hometown of Philly a day earlier. The Philly show included a cover of The Replacements' "Alex Chilton," which you can listen to below, via Stereogum. It's a pretty straightforward take but Strand of Oaks sound great doing it.

They're hanging around NYC and before they leave, they'll play a free 5 at 5 show at Ace Hotel tonight (12/5). Like all shows in that series, they'll be playing five songs at five o'clock. RSVP is open.

Show flyer and Replacements cover below...

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Torres at the Seaport in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Torres

Philly folk rockers Strand of Oaks are on tour now and about to headline their largest NYC show yet on Thursday (12/4) at Bowery Ballroom. Since we last spoke, the similarly-minded Torres was added to a few dates including last night's Toronto show (12/1), the upcoming Philly show, and the NYC show. You can still get tickets to both NYC and Philly. Updated dates are listed below.

In other news, Strand of Oaks main man Timothy Showalter just told Philly.com that his favorite albums of 2014 are Sun Kil Moon's Benji, Marissa Nadler's July, Sharon Van Etten's Are We There and Ryan Adams' self-titled, the latter of which includes the song "My Wrecking Ball" that Strand of Oaks recently covered. You can stream that below. Strand of Oaks' own 2014 LP, Heal, was a favorite of his Philly neighbors, Restorations.

Hear Ya also just put out a live session video of Strand of Oaks playing "Shut In" from their new record. You can watch that, with the Ryan Adams cover and list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Torres on tour w/ Strand of Oaks, who included Ryan Adams in his top albums of 2014 & covered him (listen)"

intro by Andrew Sacher

Restorations (photo by Mitchell Wojcik)
Restorations

Philly rockers Restorations put out LP3 earlier this year on SideOneDummy. It's an excellent record; one you'll probably see on a handful of year-end lists this year thanks to its superior take on heartland/blue collar rock that rivals a lot of the stuff it was likely influenced by (Lucero, The Hold Steady, Hot Water Music, etc). The band's singer Jon Loudon was also nice enough to give us his own 2014 year-end list, which includes 10 pretty diverse picks.

Check it out for yourself, with commentary on each one from Jon and honorable mentions, below...

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Strand of Oaks at Town Hall in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Strand of Oaks

The new rock version of Strand of Oaks are currently on a tour with Chris Denny, which hits NYC on Monday (9/15) at Rough Trade. That show is sold out, but Strand of Oaks have already announced their return to NYC, playing the larger Bowery Ballroom on December 4 at the end of their tour. No opener announced for the newly-added show yet, but tickets are on sale now. Updated dates are listed below.

Current Strand of Oaks drummer Mike Sneeringer is also playing in Dark Blue alongside singer John Sharkey III (Clockcleaner) and bassist Andy Nelson (Paint It Black, Ceremony). Their debut album comes out in October via Jade Tree. Listen to its newest single here.

Updated list of Strand of Oaks dates, and a video, below...

Continue reading "Strand of Oaks on tour, add Bowery Ballroom show (tickets on sale), playing sold-out Rough Trade show on Monday"

by Andrew Sacher

Dark Blue

Dark Blue, the new-ish Philly band of Clockcleaner's John Sharkey III, Paint It Black/Ceremony's Andy Nelson and Strand of Oaks' Mike Sneeringer, recently signed to Jade Tree, and they've now announced that they'll release their debut album, Pure Reality, on the label on October 7 (pre-order). The album was produced by Jeff Zeigler (War on Drugs, Nothing) and its first single, "Here On My Street," is out now. Like the previous material we've heard from the band, it's a punked-up take on late '70s/early '80s post-punk/goth, as catchy as it is mopey. For a modern comparison, Merchandise fans will probably dig this.

Stream the new song, with the album tracklist, below...

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St VIncent

Fred Armisen has been busy indie-fying the late night world with his stint as bandleader of Late Night with Seth Meyers' 8G Band, and when he took some time off last night (8/11) the show didn't miss a beat. Fresh off a huge Celebrate Brooklyn show, St. Vincent filled in as bandleader (as was announced) for the band which included Marnie Stern, who often sits in with the band. The musical guest for the evening was Strand of Oaks, who played "Shut In" off his new full-band rock-oriented album, Heal. Unfortunately though, J Mascis who has guested with Meyers' house band before and is on Strand of Oaks' new album, did not show up for this one. Below, check out the full episode of "Late Night" of Annie doing her thing, as well as Strand of Oaks' performance.

Strand of Oaks is currently on tour with Christopher Denny and as previously mentioned, they'll hit NYC on Rough Trade on September 15. Tickets for that show are still available.

St. Vincent will be continuing her reign as bandleader tonight, so look out for that. Videos from last night, below...

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Strand of Oaks @ Mercury Lounge, 6/24/2014 (photo by @zangl19)
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"After the show, I'm jumping into the crowd and hugging you all because this is one of the most spectacular nights in my life."

True to his word, Timothy Showalter did just that, after his sold out performance at Mercury Lounge Thursday night. Fans packed into the 250 capacity venue to hear him and his band mates perform songs from his fourth album, Heal, which was released this past Tuesday, as well as deeper cuts. This was one of those nights where everyone in attendance saw and heard something special; a talented musician on the rise baring his soul onstage through his guitar and lyrics. It was enough to make his wife shed a few tears, and undoubtedly some in the audience as well. [Zumic]

Timothy Showalter put out his new Strand of Oaks LP HEAL last week (6/24) and he and the new full band version of the band celebrated with a release show in NYC on 6/26 at Mercury Lounge. (If you went, what did you think?) Strand of Oaks have since expanded their tour to include another NYC show happening September 15 at Rough Trade. That show, and most others on the tour, will be opened by Christopher Denny. Tickets for the Rough Trade show go on sale Wednesday (7/2) at noon.

It's been a while since we heard from the unique country singer Chris Denny, who interviewed Lucero for us in 2009, played with Deer Tick in Prospect Park in 2009 and played a BV CMJ show the same year. Denny has an album coming out on August 5th via Partisan Records. It's called If The Roses Don't Kill Us and you can hear the title track below.

All dates are listed along with the new Chris Denny track, below...

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Strand of Oaks -- full band @ Pianos -- 5/6/14(photo via)
Strand of Oaks

We hope everyone who won tix to the private BrooklynVegan-presented Strand of Oaks show at Pianos last night had a good time. It was the debut of Strand of Oaks' (aka Timothy Showalter) new full band. That band will be joining him on a just-announced North American tour this summer. All of those dates, including the previously announced 6/26 NYC record release show at Mercury Lounge, are listed below.

One of the songs you may have heard at the show last night was Heal's first single "Goshen '97," though J Mascis wasn't in attendance to play on it like he does on the record. Check out that song's video, which was directed by by Rick Alverson (director of 'The Comedy' starring Tim & Eric, as well as videos for Sharon Van Etten, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and more), along with the tour dates below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Strand of Oaks at Town Hall in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Strand of Oaks

Strand of Oaks, the project of Tim Showalter, already has a few albums of bare bones folk music under his belt (he recently toured and collaborated with The Tallest Man on Earth to get an idea), and he's now signed to Dead Oceans (also home to Tallest Man) for his next album, HEAL (due out 6/24), which sees him changing things up a bit. The first single, "Goshen '97," features guest guitar work from Dinosaur Jr frontman J Mascis, and it's not so far removed from the fuzzy, melodic rock that Dino Jr have become known for. Tim's voice is still shaky like a folk singer's (he reminds me a bit of Chad Vangaalen on this one), but now he's piling on layers of distortion and dueling guitar solos that are a far cry from the somber sounds of his last record. Listen to that song, with the album artwork and tracklist, below.

Strand of Oaks will announce more tour dates in the future, but at the moment he does have two shows scheduled, both happening in NYC. First, he plays a rather intimate show at Pianos on May 6 at 7pm sharp. That's a private show, but if you'd like to go, we've got a few pairs of tickets to give away, and more details on that are below.

Then, he plays a public show on June 26 at Mercury Lounge, two days after the album's release. Tickets for that show go on sale today (4/4) at noon.

Song stream, album artwork, tracklist and contest details, below...

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Overseas
Overseas

FrontRow: I wanted to ask you about the project with the Kadane Brothers and Will Johnson. Who does what in the band? Or is it everyone sharing everything?

David Bazan: Everyone kind of does everything. You know, generally speaking, live, when we would play shows, I play bass. It seems like Matt (Kadane) and Will (Johnson) alternate on drum duties. Then they play guitar if they're not playing drums. Bubba (Kadane) plays guitar generally. Then in the studio, we all did a lot of everything. The writing is very like ... somebody comes up with this little bit, somebody adds this little bit. The lyrics are a real hybrid of everybody's thing. It will just say who's in the band. It won't really differentiate between who did what.

Overseas is a new indie rock "supergroup," whose lineup includes David Bazan (Pedro the Lion), Will Johnson (who played with David in Undertow Orchestra and also is/was in Centro-matic, Monsters of Folk, New Multitudes, etc), and Bubba & Matt Kadane (Bedhead, The New Year). They released their self titled debut LP this past June, and you can stream that, along with the video for its opening track, "Ghost To Be," below.

Overseas will be doing a short west coast tour in October, but this week they'll be in NYC for two shows: TONIGHT (8/19) at Mercury Lounge and Tuesday (8/20) at Knitting Factory. Opening both shows is folky singer/songwriter Strand of Oaks (aka Tim Showalter), who has opened for and collaborated with Yellow Ostrich and The Tallest Man On Earth in the past year. Tickets to the Mercury Lounge and Knitting Factory shows are on sale now.

All dates are listed, along with the video and album stream, below...

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Tallest Man on Earth in the Moog Sound Lab
Tallest Man on Earth

The Moog Sound Lab is a video series where bands and artists are invited to perform in the Moog Music factory in Asheville, North Carolina. With an arsenal of Moog equipment at their disposal, the musicians offer radically new takes on their material.

Most of the artists this series are already in the electronic world (like Toro Y Moi, Diamond Rings, Zola Jesus, and Washed Out), but here's a case where it's a truly radical rework. Swedish folk artist The Tallest Man on Earth (aka Kristian Matsson) usually keeps it unplugged, but offers up a new look on his song "There's No Leaving Now" with help from 2012 tourmates Strand of Oaks. The original is a spare piano number; here Matsson uses the Moog Guitar to great, ethereal effect. Strand of Oaks' Timothy Showalter and Chris Ward fill out the sound with, respectively, a Minimoog Voyager and Trap-Kit midi percussion.

You can watch video of their performance and check out a few more pictures from Moog Sound Lab, below.

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photos by David Andrako

Yellow Ostrich's Jon Natchez at Bowery Ballroom - 11/14/12
Yellow Ostrich

Yellow Ostrich returned to NYC last night (11/14) for the last club date on their fall tour (they play Bard College tonight (11/15)) at Bowery Ballroom. The tour started in October just a few days after member Jon Natchez returned from his trip around the country with David Byrne and St. Vincent (he plays saxophone, flute, clarinet, and flugelhorn in their band).

Yellow Ostrich's setlist at Bowery was pretty modest in length compared to the amount of material they've released in the three years they've been in a band, but they included material off most of their releases, not sticking to one album in particular. Opener Strand of Oaks (aka Tim Showalter) joined them for "Ghost," the title track on their new EP, and Darby Cicci of The Antlers came out for "Won't Fade Away," off that same EP (Peter from the Antlers will join Sharon Van Etten on stage at Town Hall tonight).

In addition to an opening set by Strand of Oaks, who we also saw opening for The Tallest Man On Earth this year, and whose new self-released album, Dark Shores, has gone undeservedly overlooked, Glass Ghost (who have opened for Sharon Van Etten at the same venue) provided support at the show. More pictures of all three bands and Yellow Ostrich's setlist are below.

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Wanda Jackson at Newport Folk Fest 2011 (more by Jim Brueckner)
Wanda Jackson

As mentioned, queen of rockabilly Wanda Jackson is releasing a new album, Unfinished Business, this year and supporting it with a tour which brings her to NYC for a show on October 12 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available.

She's since expanded her tour and it now includes another date in the NYC area even sooner, which happens at Maxwell's on August 17. Tickets for that show are on sale now. The Maxwell's show is one day before Wanda heads to Philly for the Philadelphia Folk Festival which goes down from August 17-19 with sets from Steve Earle and the Dukes, Lucinda Williams, Deno Band, Pokey LaFarge, Strand of Oaks, Arborea and others. The full lineup is listed below. Tickets for the fest are on sale now.

A list of updates dates, Philadelphia Folk Fest lineup, and an album teaser for Unfinished Business are below.

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words and photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

The Tallest Man on Earth at Town Hall - 6/20/12
The Tallest Man on Earth

In December of 2008 I ventured to Town Hall to cover Bon Iver. At the time, For Emma... had blown up over the summer and Justin Vernon and company were holding down two dates a stone's throw from Times Square. Opening for them was Kristian Matsson, The Tallest Man on Earth.

When you cover show after show the opening acts tend to run together. A great deal are forgettable, a bunch impress and you feel they're on to something but not quite there. And then there are those few that stay with you. Lykke Li opening for El Perro Del Mar, Fleet Foxes opening for Blitzen Trapper and Tune-Yards opening for Dirty Projectors are the easiest ones for me.

And then there's Kristian Matsson.

His opening set to a half-filled Town Hall had me riveted. He owned every piece of that stage, his energy and musicianship caught the attention of everyone who had the good sense to arrive early.

On June 19th and 20th, Matsson returned to Town Hall but this time as the headliner. Not so much a triumphant return as a deserved one for arguably the most talented singer-songwriter to come along in the past five years. Nobody performing today can match his output of three flawless full lengths and an EP in that time.

Matsson was flanked by a line of guitars to his right and a grand piano to his left, but everything else was very much the same as that winter night a few years back. And the sold out crowds were his. Shunning the static singer-songwriter schtick, Matsson was at ease as he stalked the stage, buzzing from one end to the other, leaning out over the crowd or staring up into the balcony as he strummed his guitar in between verses. The crowd clapped rhythmically along at the start of "King of Spain" and gave an appreciative applause as the opening strains of "Where Do My Bluebird Fly?" echoed out into the hall.

Matsson's voice was at its plaintive, pleading best on the gorgeous piano ballad (and title of his new record), "There's No Leaving Now," nearly cracking as he shouted the last refrain, "Your fear of the leading light / if they are with you and your heart won't fail." It was the night's most affecting moment. Despite his leanings toward the guitar, the man can write a stirring piano song and it would be great to hear more of them as he continues to evolve his sound, as he does on the new record.

During the encore Matsson played a piano rendition on the night's penultimate song "The Dreamer." And as the show reached its conclusion Amanda Bergman, Matsson's wife, came out to sing on "Thrown Right At Me," both of them inches away from each other as they sang. She departed before the song ended leaving Matsson to soak in the second standing ovation of the night.

Strand of Oaks opened both nights at Town Hall. We posted pictures from the first night HERE. More pictures from last night, the second, below...

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