Zachary Cale @ Baby’s All Right, 8/28/15

Do you recall Zachary Cale from our last episode of Beet Box? The long-tenured Brooklyn folkster just put out a new album, Duskland, his first on No Quarter Records, and played a release show at Baby’s to commemorate the occasion as part of a US tour supporting its merits. It’s his most well received record yet, cultivating a choice mood […]

The Decemberists @ College Street Music Hall, 7/27/15

When Colin Meloy took the stage at College Street Music Hall last week sipping on red wine and getting a read on his surroundings, you could just tell that some brilliant things were about to happen. In one of the first high profile indie shows at the infantile New Haven venue, The Decemberists charmed the […]

Villagers, Zachary Cale @ Union Pool, 3/25/15

Villagers, the project of Irish singer-songwriter, Conor O’Brien, has been well known among fans of the indie folk scene for his two stellar records in the past five years. He’s about to add to that discography with his third album, Darling Arithmetic (via Domino, 4/13.) In advance of its release, he traveled across the pond for […]

Glass Elephant @ Knitting Factory, 11/11/14

Brooklyn folk band Glass Elephant, who we caught back in June, released a self-titled EP last week and played a show at Knitting Factory in support of it. The four tracks that comprise Glass Elephant continue their earnest take at folk music, spearheaded by a new single, “Toledo“. However, those songs, plus the older ones from Atlantic […]

Musée Mécanique @ Cake Shop, 11/5/14

The Musée Mécanique out of Portland, Oregon were a very pleasant discovery for me. The folk quintet, helmed by songwriters Micah Rabwin and Sean Ogilvie, were a trio live, all with a bent on multi-instrumentation. We saw banjos, xylophones, and accordion utilized, but perhaps most fascinating to watch in the red-saturated basement of Cake Shop was how […]

Kopecky Family Band @ Bowery Ballroom, 10/16/14

Nashville, TN was represented in a big way at Bowery Ballroom on a Thursday evening in October when Kopecky Family Band brought their multidimensional folk-pop act to NYC. The musical sextet headlined by Kelsey Kopecky and Gabe Simon started their journey back in 2007, but made their splash into the mainstream music scene last year […]

Boy & Bear @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, 10/15/14

Brooklyn was home to an enjoyable, indie folk-rock extravaganza in the middle of October, where Boy & Bear featured themselves prominently during their current fall tour. This Sydney, Australia-based band brought their music to a packed audience at Music Hall of Williamsburg and proceeded to play a very healthy set of nearly 20 songs, which […]

Slow Club @ Bowery Ballroom, 9/17/14

Sheffield, England’s Slow Club are a folk pop duo who are master pullers of heartstrings. The twosome, Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor, just put out their third record, Complete Surrender, earlier this year to acclaim. It’s an epic sounding pop album, with a lot of loudness and sincerity, as well as a paucity of thumping electronics that […]