Beth Orton

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The historical strum of Bert Jansch

There was a time not too long ago when British folk-music titan Bert Jansch would have been remembered mostly as a footnote in pimple-faced Led Zeppelin mythology.
Folk lure
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  December 10, 2010

Sam Amidon | I See the Sign

Sam Amidon is fascinated with the songbook of old Americana, and his radical yet tasteful reimaginings of traditional folk ballads and hymns breathe new life into a form often seen as quaint and old-fashioned.
Bedroom Community
By MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  April 16, 2010

The Unthanks | Here's the Tender Coming

Rachel and Becky Unthank appear to have stepped out of another time and place.
Rough Trade (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  April 16, 2010

Two for the road

Most music fans discovered the Watson Twins — 31-year-old identical sisters Leigh and Chandra — via their backing vocal appearance on Rabbit Fur Coat , the 2006 solo debut from Jenny Lewis.
The Watson Twins escape the shadows
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  July 07, 2008

Slideshow: Beth Orton at the MFA

Beth Orton at the Museum of Fine Arts, July 2, 2008
By CARINA MASTROCOLA  |  July 03, 2008

Folk heroics

“Why is he such a big deal right now?” a friend asked with some exasperation earlier this month when I mentioned that I had a phone date with M. Ward. M. Ward, "To Go Home" (mp3)
Or, how M. Ward became such a big deal
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 19, 2007


Local motives

As is tradition (well, four years old, anyway), I’ll sum up my wishes from last year before I get to wants for 2007.
Wishes for the year in local music
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 27, 2006

Rare, please!

The Internet and all it represents has never struck me as fitting very well into the faux Appalachian, outsider-artist æsthetic that Will Oldham has cultivated for himself in his various Palace incarnations and, of late, as Bonnie “Prince” Billy.
Versions found only on the web
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 26, 2006

Broken Social queens

Since rising to indie prominence with 2002’s You Forgot It in People , Canada’s Broken Social Scene have famously perfected the art of spreading themselves far too thin in all the right ways.
Feist reveals her avant side and Stars’ Amy Millan goes solo
By SIMON W. VOZICK-LEVINSON  |  September 11, 2006

Various Artists: Accepted: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

The Pixies kick things off with, appropriately, “U-Mass,” and an A-list of alterna-indie artists (Modest Mouse, Le Tigre, Weezer, Ryan Adams, the Chemical Brothers with Beth Orton) all provide top-notch if familiar cuts.
Shout Factory/Universal
By MATT ASHARE  |  August 15, 2006

Ane Brun

The second album by this Norwegian singer-songwriter blands out into coffeeshop background blur a little too often to earn a place next to more dynamic records by fellow folk-pop females like Beth Orton and Feist.
A Temporary Dive | V2  
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  July 18, 2006


On the Racks: May 30, 2006

Plus, Jamie Lidell and Herbert get in the mix.
Sophie Barker, Les Claypool, and Peeping Tom  
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 31, 2006

Vocal musings

“My voice is a bit like a piano with a dodgy key on it or something,” Beth Orton chuckles quietly over the phone as her tour bus rumbles toward the Canadian border.
Beth Orton finds her comfort zone
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  April 04, 2006

30 songs to spill beer on your iPod to

No song captures the quiet desperation of a hard-drinking, hardscrabble nowhere town better than this one.
The greatest drinking songs of all time
By MIKE MILIARD  |  March 16, 2006

Spring break

Spring rules
The best of what's to come in March, April & May
By WILL SPITZ  |  March 09, 2006

Beth Orton

Over the past decade, British songstress Beth Orton slowly shed the electronic ornaments that marked her early collaborations with big-beat biggies like William Orbit and the Chemical Brothers.
By SIMON W. VOZICK-LEVINSON  |  February 22, 2006

Beth Orton - side

By  |  February 21, 2006

Going on sale: February 3

Coming soon: James Blunt, the Cult, Jenny Lewis, and more.
Breaking news in the concert-ticket trade
By WILL SPITZ  |  February 04, 2006