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Ben Howard, "Old Pine"

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Mickey Smith-directed video provides lovely backdrop to Ben Howard's rustic folk.

23 Ben Howard's brand of gorgeous, stripped-down folk has people drawing comparisons to the likes of Nick Drake, Bon Iver and Jose Gonzalez. None of which are off base. Howard, who grew up on the rugged shores of western England, makes nostalgic, rustic music that conjures memories of crackling campfires. Take "Old Pine," for example. The title track off his upcoming debut EP......read more

Eat LACMA: Tomato Hootenanny

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Eat LACMA hosts a folk music jam celebrating growing food.

In the second installment in our series on Eat LACMA — Fallen Fruit and LACMA's a year-long investigation into food, art, culture and politics — Fallen Fruit throws a hootenanny centered around activities ranging from folk-music and square dancing to a salsa cook-off. During the event, participants experience and celebrate collective sustainability....read more

Lighten Up: The Honey Brothers, Part 2

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Brooklyn folk-rockers discover green touring ain't all that hard.

When the Honey Brothers took their new wave folk sound to the road, they made a commitment to minimize their tour's impact on the planet. Traveling in a biodiesel Sprinter van, the bandmates hit up local farmers' markets for grub and LEED-certified hotels for shelter. In this episode of Lighten Up, made possible by the good people at Stonyfield Farm, the Brooklyn five-piece inform us that touring......read more

Monsters of Folk "Dear God"

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Director Laura Faggioni gets cosmic for indie supergroup.

The video for "Dear God," the soulful first single from Monsters of Folk, featuring Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), M. Ward (She and Him), and Jim James (My Morning Jacket), is a kaleidoscopic affair. Directed by Laura Faggioni, the semi-animated film opens with a view of earth from space, zooming down on a man laid out on the ground. The perspective then goes microscopic, into the......read more

Bowerbirds "Northern Lights"

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Minnesotan lakes and forests provide the perfect backdrop for duo's earthy folk-pop.

North Carolina band takes a trip to the northern wilderness in new vid filmed at Ten Mile Lake in Minnesota. Directed and edited by Matt Amato of The Masses....read more

Arborea, "Seadrift"

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Music vid assembled from nature footage captured on folk duo's U.S. tour.

Based in Maine, psych-folk duo Arborea are inspired by the rugged, natural landscapes of their home state. For the official video for "Seadrift," the banjo-driven single off their self-titled 2008 album, the band traveled to the other coast, capturing images of nature in northern California and the Oregon coast while on tour. The footage was shot and edited by Shanti Curran, who makes......read more

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