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Up-and-Coming Folkies Kacy & Clayton Play Mercury Lounge Friday

June 23rd, 2017

Canadian cousins singer-songwriter Kacy Anderson and Deep Dark Woods guitarist Clayton Linthicum grew up just a few miles apart in Saskatchewan with a keen interest in British folk music. Initially they began performing together in a local bar, but as the word got out, their stages grew larger. Their debut album, The Day Is Past & Gone (stream it below), arrived in 2013. “We can indeed be very glad for this disc. It’s remarkable to think that Kacy is just 16 and Clayton 19. Let’s hope they get to take this act on the road,” said Exclaim. That’s exactly what they did. And last year, Kacy & Clayton (above, doing “Brunswick Stew” for CKUA FM) returned with their sophomore release, Strange Country (stream it below). “On this set, Kacy & Clayton have melded the rootsy overtones of vintage North American folk-revival albums of the ’60s with the passionate traditionalism of British folk-rock,” offered AllMusic. “Strange Country is a mysteriously and profoundly pleasing piece of work, and if Kacy & Clayton can create a few more albums this strong, they have the potential to be the new heroes of the North American folk community.” Jeff Tweedy was such a fan of the LP that he produced the duo’s upcoming release, The Siren’s Song, out in August. Catch them live tonight at Mercury Lounge. As an added bonus, Nashville singer-songwriter Andrew Combs opens the show.

 

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The Milk Carton Kids Sound Right at Home at Town Hall

September 14th, 2015

Milk Carton Kids – Town Hall – September 11, 2015

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To get to Town Hall in Manhattan, you first have to navigate your way through the glitzy, flashy capitalistic minefield that is Times Square. Stepping off the street into the simple, historic theater is to experience two facets of this city in stark relief. That dichotomy perfectly set the stage for the Milk Carton Kids show there on Friday night. The duo flipped between goofy, hilarious comedy and simple, gorgeous Americana music with the ease of just stepping off the street and into a comfortable theater seat.

After a warm-up set from Kacy and Clayton, sounding like two-thirds of Peter, Paul and Mary and a fun, surprising intermezzo set of jazz, the Milk Carton Kids—Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale—took the stage with two acoustic guitars and a single microphone between them. They reeled off beautiful folk tunes, like “Shooting Shadows,” from their recently released LP, Monterey. Town Hall was originally a venue for conversations, dialogue and debate, which was a good fit for the Milk Carton Kids. Their music felt like a conversation: voices going back and forth in sweet two-part harmony, the guitars engaging in searching dialogue, and Pattengale’s long, flowing solos finding counterarguments in Ryan’s accompaniment. While Ryan played the straight man during the beautiful guitar parts, the roles were flipped for the between-song banter, which was more vaudeville comedy routine than “How ya doin’” pleasantries.

Expounding on the duo’s children—born and unborn—the proper intro to “Poison Tree” and a host of other topics, Ryan drew hearty laughs from the crowd. Still, it was the music that kept the audience in an awed hush over the course of a set highlighted by “The Ash & Clay,” “Asheville Skies” and the new record’s excellent title track. A standing ovation brought back the pair for an encore that opened appropriately with “New York,” off 2011’s Prologue, their sound at its most Dylan-esque. After effusive thanks, the Milk Carton Kids closed with a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here.” Ryan and Pattengale made the well-known material their own, drawing out its heart and beauty. While the song may be one of the all-time sing-alongs in the history of the acoustic guitar, the crowd barely stirred, sitting as attentive, pin-drop silently as they had been all night. —A. Stein | @Neddyo