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The English word “folk,” as we use it today, has Germanic roots and was at one time was defined as all of the following: “people”; “army”; “common people”; “men”; “tribe”; “multitude.” Antiquarian William J. Thoms invented the word folklore in 1986, reviving a modern sense of something that was “of the common people, whose culture is handed down orally”, and opened up a flood of related things, including folk art (1921), folk dance (1912), and folk music (1889). The nature of folk art is specific to its particular culture; varied geographical and temporal prevalence and diversity of folk art make it difficult to describe as a whole, though some patterns have been demonstrated.

The use of the keyword “folk” on REDEFINE can be used to describe:
     1. Traditional folk music (1889): Music that may be: transmitted by worth of mouth; music of the lower classes; music with unknown origins. Also known as “traditional music” or “roots music” in the United States.
     2. Contemporary folk music (1958): A evolved form of traditional folk music that reached a zenith in the 1960s. Also known as “folk revival music.”
     3. Folk art: Works of art that may be: produced from an indigenous culture or laboring tradespeople; utilitarian or decorative rather purely aesthetic; characterized by a style where “traditional” rules of proportion and perspective are not employed.

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Colombia Mixtape (#9) Stream & Download

Colombia's true sonic treasures from within, cultivated and enriched by an artistic population that is bridging the long-standing cultural divide between the nation’s European/indigenous Andean interior and its massive Afro-Colombian population along the Pacific and Caribbean coasts.
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The Dodos – No Color Album Review

I can’t help but want The Dodos to do well; they’re from my hometown, after all, and nothing’s cooler than picking up a copy of the SF Chronicle and reading “Local Band Makes Good.” After their initial success with 2008’s Visiter, the band gave San Franciscans another reason to be proud and smug. So, it...Read...
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Akron/Family Live Show Review

Neumos Seattle, WA 2011 – 03/24 Going to see Akron/Family is an exercise: literally. Besides never knowing how the freak-folk-rock band is going to blast out the versions of their songs — maybe a bit softer here, a bit harder there — when the band came out to the Neumo’s crowd, multi-instrumentalist Seth Olinsky led...Read...
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EARTH, Mount Eerie Live Show Review

Quite fittingly, EARTH’s record release show for the quite fantastic Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light: I was at Seattle’s Tractor Tavern — a venue known for swilling whiskey and boot-stomping folk/bluegrass sounds that usually tear through town in a tornado of good will and Southern leanings. EARTH, the almighty purveyors of Americana-influenced drone, are...Read...
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Bright Eyes – The People’s Key Album Review

So, Bright Eyes. It’s come to this. That The People’s Key came out somewhat overcooked in the studio cannot come as a shock to most long-time fans of Bright Eyes. Each subsequent album after Fevers And Mirrors (with the exception of I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning) has added exponential amounts of instruments, overdubs, and cutesy...Read...
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