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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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Mount Eerie – Wind’s Poem Album Review

Phil Elverum of ex-Microphone’s fame is one of those artists who has garnered enough legitimate respect throughout his music-making career that when he says something rather off the wall — such as how the decidedly not-black metal whatsoever project of Mount Eerie is going to make a black metal album — well, you just have...Read...
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Megafaun – Gather, Form & Fly Album Review

Listening to Megafaun for the first time is like seeing a Disney movie on acid… for the first time. There is so much genre jumping, and so much background noise, it would throw the casual listener for a very large loop. Gather, Form, & Fly is Megafaun’s sophomore release, and their first for Portland’s fledgling...Read...
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John Vanderslice – Romanian Names Album Review

Upon first listen, it’s not surprising to see how John Vanderslice has achieved acclaim in the indie rock world. He has all necessary ingredients — a soft, sweet voice and well put together instrumentals — of a non-religious Sufjan Stevens, without the concept albums. Reminiscent of Simon & Garfunkel mixed with modern Jim O’Rourke, or...Read...
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SXSW 2009 Festival Review: Hyperpotamus, Scissors For Lefty, Freeland, The Everyday Visuals, Port O’ Brien

Perhaps I’m jaded these days, but out of the 30+ bands I saw this year at SxSW, only one truly astounded me. HEALTH, Constantines, and Anavan won my heart last year, but this year, my heart goes solely to Madrid’s Hyperpotamus, brought to SxSW by SonicBids. Nonetheless, there were definitely other enjoyable acts – albeit...Read...
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Foreign Born – Person To Person Album Review

When it comes to pop music, bands can try to “defy convention” in a myriad of ways. Some reach for far off musical influences, seeking to add some contrived spice to their normally pedestrian songwriting. Some try to create jarring textures that say to the listener, “Hey! I really hate music. You should too.” Some...Read...
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