The Lumineers

2013 Newport Folk Festival: Day Three

All photos by Joy Asico (joy@chunkyglasses.com / www.asicophoto.com)

Day three dawned warm and sunny at Newport Folk Festival as the early crowd ambled in and made their ways to various vendors and stages. For many, it was a perfect morning to check out the Paste Ruins — a small stage in the depths of Fort Adams sponsored by Sennheiser and Paste Magazine — where festival goers could catch intimate sets from most of this year’s performers

Long before her set proper, Beth Orton took the “ruins” to play three songs, and as water dripped from the ceiling, she and her acoustic guitar created moody, atmospheric sounds. Contrasting with the much more rowdy mood outside, particularly on her song “Magpie”, her voice rose and cracked a bit with the emotion of the song. As one of the few completely solo artists (that is, no backing band) to play the festival, she later proved she could hold her own on the Harbor Stage, with humor and just two guitars.

One group who did not have a lack of band members was Black Prairie. Featuring artists from the Decemberists:  Chris Funk (guitar), Nate Query (bass), John Moen (drums) and Jenny Conlee (accordion) and joined by Jon Neufeld (guitar) and Annalisa Tornfelt (violin), the Harbor stage was full, and their choice of songs varied to highlight each player resulting in a triumphant set from this minor super group.


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INTERVIEW: The Milk Carton Kids

On Friday, August 3rd, I was lucky enough to be able to sit down with Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale of the Milk Carton Kids and ask them a few questions. A favorite of the ChunkyGlasses crew (read the accounts of our previous run-ins with them here and here) the acoustic guitar duo was in the middle of a two-night stand at the 9:30 Club on their tour with Old Crow Medicine Show and The Lumineers. Now, for your enjoyment, we present the fruits of that hang session where the “Kids” opened up about their current tour, upcoming album, fried chicken sandwiches, and attempt to start a West Coast v. Rocky Mountain folk music battle with The Lumineers. 


To start off, I know you guys are only a couple days into the tour so far, but tell me how it’s going and how you’re enjoying.  I know last night at the show you said you’ve only been on the tour one day, but you feel like you’ve known the guys for three or four already. 

JR:       At least.  It’s the most fun I’ve had on a tour that we’ve been on in a while.  We’ve played more music on this tour than on any tour we’ve done.  I think it’s because Ketch and the Old Crow Guys were insistent from even before the tour and they followed through on it the first night that we would be up on stage with them.  We ended up on stage with them for two or three songs for the encore the first night.  So we’ve been learning their songs and have been doing a lot more backstage strumming than ever before.  Which is good because it keeps us out of our heads and makes it more fun.  It doesn’t feel like work because we’ve been playing so much music. 

So The Lumineers were somewhat of a last minute addition to the tour….

KP:      Yeah, nice guys, terrible music. 

JR:       I love the music, but think they’re terrible people. 


LIVE: Old Crow Medicine Show w/The Lumineers AND The Milk Carton Kids @ The 9:30 Club - 8/2/12

Last Thursday and Friday night, DC’s 9:30 Club was transformed into a barn and the spirit of the South was alive in an all-out hootenanny. Tennessee’s Old Crow Medicine Show played their characteristic blue grass, country, and folk songs while the crowd conducted a ruckus hoedown, dancing and smiling throughout the set.

With the band was Los Angeles’ Milk Carton Kids. The acoustic guitar folk duo was an interesting choice for a crowd clearly there to drink whiskey and party. While it was apparent that the group’s music would be best enjoyed in a quiet setting where their wit and lyrical aptitude could be better appreciated, they certainly held their own and gained new fans.  A highlight of the set was “Charlie,” a song written to a yet-to-be-born daughter. Band member Joey Ryan followed up this touching number by letting the audience know that the his counterpart, Kenneth Pattengale, is currently in the hunt for a baby momma and that we might put an asterisk next to our name on the email list in order to audition. They also advertised that both their CDs are available for free download on their website….or that you can let your conscious guide you to buying the album at the merch table.


LIVE: Brandi Carlile and Josh Ritter w/The Lumineers @ Wolf Trap - 6/28/12

Photos by Joy Asico (joy@chunkyglasses.com)

Thursday night at Wolf Trap was exactly what a perfect summer night looks like-- warm weather, a serene setting, and beautiful, beautiful music. From start to finish, Brandi Carlile, Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band, and The Lumineers put on show that had the crowd singing along, dancing, and at times, sitting spell-bound.

The evening opened at exactly 7:00pm (Wolf Trap runs a tight ship) with The Lumineers. It’s always fun to watch a crowd discover a new band. People chatted and found their seats through the opening songs of “Submarines” and “I Ain’t Nobody’s Problem But My Own,” but by the time the Denver-based band started “Classy Girls,” the crowd had warmed up, tapping their toes, intrigued to hear more. As they closed up the catchy “Flowers in Your Hair,” lead singer Wesley Schultz thanked the crowd, saying that even with all the seats that were yet to be filled by latecomers, this was the largest crowd to whom the band had ever played.

Unlike their show at Jammin’ Java in April, which was at a small venue filled with fans who already knew all the words to their songs, this time, The Lumineers had to work for it a bit more. They used their hit song “Ho Hey” mid-set to pull people in, and later drummer Jeremiah Fraites stood up during “The Candidate,” encouraging to people to clap along.

Before their last song of the night, “Stubborn Love,” The Lumineers taught the audience the words to the chorus so they’d be prepared to sing along. After a weak practice round, Schultz chided, “I know we’re not Josh Ritter, and I know we’re not Brandi Carlile but if you could help us out a little bit more during the real song, we’d appreciate it.” Emulating the energy coming from the stage, the crowd joined in, enthusiastically singing, “Keep your head up, keep your love!” to close out the set.


TO DO LIST: Brandi Carlile and Josh Ritter w/The Lumineers @ Wolf Trap THIS THURSDAY!

If you haven’t made a summer trip out to Wolf Trap yet this summer, you should seize this Thursday.  Not only will you have the chance to see songstress Brandi Carlile and folk rocker Josh Ritter, but the opening band—The Lumineers—is worth the trip themselves.  

Brandi Carlile hails from Seattle and has been featured on “artist to watch” type lists since she debuted on the scene in 2005.  You may know her from singles such as “The Story” and “Turpentine,” the former of which was featured on Grey’s Anatomy.  She’s touring in support of her latest album, Bear Creek, which was released earlier this month.  


LIVE MUSIC: The Lumineers @ Jammin Java - 4/22/12

Words: Aubrey Photos: Haris/Aubrey

As a band, you know you’re doing something right when within weeks of releasing your debut album you’re selling out shows to crowds who already know the lyrics to all your songs because they haven’t been able to stop listening to your recordings on endless repeat.  But, there’s always the hanging question of whether a great album can translate well to a live show—will the same energy, sound, and accuracy that can be produced by multiple takes in a studio find its way to the stage? 


ChunkyGlasses THE PODCAST - Episode 5: Taking Off The Sock

In which the team seeks answers to universal mysteries like catfights at a Magnetic Fields show, Star Wars disco, and  Kevin offers up tips on how to prevent a bear attack PLUS new music from M. Ward, Alabama Shakes, Eidolons, Chromatics and Colorado's Lumineers. 

So grab a seat, grab a beer and strap in, because this might get ugly.