Photos by Joe Dantone
Folk duo The Milk Carton Kids performed at World Cafe Live in Philly on 4/22 (Aoife O’Donovan opened the show). They are currently touring in support of their latest LP The Ash & Clay, which was just released on 3/26 (listen on Spotify). FYI, their first 2 albums (Prologue and Retrospect) are currently available to download for FREE on their website. After finishing out their national headlining tour in May, they’ll play several Australian dates before returning to the States to support Josh Ritter on his summer tour. See all of The Milk Carton Kids’ upcoming tour dates here.
Formed in LA in 2011, The Milk Carton Kids consists of Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan. They have drawn comparisons to such renowned duos as Simon & Garfunkel, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, and even the Everly Brothers. Comparisons aside, there is currently no finer example of modern folk music featuring man-on-man harmonies. In addition to their flawlessly performed music, they also add an element of deadpan stage humor to their show, speaking on topics such as tour bus shenanigans (e.g., cookie-related knee injuries), photographer disappreciation, and the inspiration (real or imagined) behind their songs.
Below is a video of The Milk Carton Kids performing a 3-song set (“Michigan”, “Stealing Romance”, and “I Still Want A Little More”) for NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concerts in 2012 – it is a 100% accurate depiction of what to expect from one of their shows. Here is a recent “delightful” live video of them performing “Honey Honey” on Conan O’Brien – FYI, Amanda Seyfried likes to listen to this song while she’s driving.
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