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Girlyman performs on Folk Alley.

Watch Girlyman: This Song's Status Is 'It's Complicated' FolkAlley

November 10, 2012 – The folk band explores the middle ground between loving and leaving in "Empire of Our State." FolkAlley

Two legendary 19th century Finnish murderers grace the cover to Kimmo Pohjonen's Murhaballadeja.

Read Squeezebox Brutality: Murder Ballads From Finland

November 9, 2012 – Accordion renegade Kimmo Pohjonen collects a series of gruesome tales on Murhaballadeja.


Ben Sollee

Watch First Watch: Ben Sollee, 'A Few Honest Words'

November 5, 2012 – A moving video, shot by the Lincoln Memorial, issues a bipartisan plea for honesty from politicians.

Tift Merritt performed on WFUV.

Watch Tift Merritt: Reflecting On Little Luxuries WFUV

November 3, 2012 – Watch the veteran singer-songwriter perform "To Myself" at WFUV's studios in New York City. WFUV

Iris DeMent's new album is titled Sing the Delta.

Read 'Singing Is Praying' For Iris DeMent

October 28, 2012 – Raised Pentecostal, DeMent has mostly left religion behind, but says it surfaces in her songs.


Pete Seeger released two albums this year: Pete Remembers Woody (a Woody Guthrie tribute) and A More Perfect Union, a collaboration with guitarist Lorre Wyatt.

Read At 93, Pete Seeger Keeps The Fire Burning Low

October 27, 2012 – The folk singer, environmentalist and activist remains active and busy with new projects.


Martha Redbone's new album is The Garden of Love: Songs of William Blake.

Read Blake's Poems, Reborn As Bluesy Folk Tunes, Burn Bright

October 11, 2012 – Martha Redbone sets 12 of William Blake's poems to music on her new album, The Garden of Love.


Thomas Bartlett, a.k.a. Doveman.

Read World Cafe Presents: The Burgundy Stain Sessions WXPN

October 11, 2012 – Download five songs captured at intimate, minimally rehearsed New York salons hosted by Doveman. WXPN

Milo Greene in the studio at KCRW.

Watch KCRW Presents: Milo Greene KCRW

October 10, 2012 – Watch the rising L.A. folk-rock quintet perform a harmony-rich rendition of its song "1957." KCRW

Daniel Bachman.

Read Song Premiere: Daniel Bachman, 'Copperhead'

October 10, 2012 – The acoustic-guitar instrumental rattles and burns like hot iron on leather, buzzing with brimstone.


Read Iris DeMent's Emotionally Complex 'Sing The Delta'

October 10, 2012 – Sing the Delta is the roots-folk singer-songwriter's first album of new songs in 16 years.


Spirit Family Reunion performs at Tiny Desk concert on Sept. 18.

Watch Spirit Family Reunion: Tiny Desk Concert

October 8, 2012 – The group plays fiddle, banjo, guitar and washboard, all gathered around a single microphone.


The Tallest Man on Earth.

Read The Tallest Man On Earth On World Cafe WXPN

October 8, 2012 – Hear Swedish singer Kristian Matsson perform songs from his new album, There's No Leaving Now. WXPN


Martha Wainwright's new album, Come Home to Mama, comes out Oct. 16.

Read First Listen: Martha Wainwright, 'Come Home To Mama'

October 7, 2012 – Loss, hope and rebirth flow through the veins of Wainwright's first studio album since 2008.

Josephine Foster's newest album is titled Blood Rushing.

Read Josephine Foster: A 'Vibrating Voice' To Shake The Soul

October 6, 2012 – The eclectic performer says she's inspired by singing styles that rattle the listener physically.


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