tunesday: monsters of folk

i saw the monsters of folk last night at the academy of music in philly, and i was so impressed that i felt compelled to write about them today. MOF is a “supergroup” consisting of jim james (frontman of my morning jacket), m. ward, conor oberst and mike mogis (brighteyes), all of whom have had great success in their respective careers. so it seems odd then that they’d put their main projects on hold to record an album and tour together, but seeing them live makes it clear why, as they have amazing chemistry together on stage. they each bring something different to the table, and they feed off of each others talents to create a sound that is incredibly unique – sometimes folky, sometimes it rocks out, sometimes you’re not really sure what it is (“dear god”)…but it’s always good. what i also really enjoy is that they don’t lose their individuality, and seeing them live is almost like seeing several shows in one, as they play a mix of their new music along with my morning jacket, conor oberst and m. ward songs.
i highly recommend checking out their album, monsters of folk, which was released this fall, and seeing them if they play in a town near you! in the meantime, you can watch this video for the song “the right place.”

Comments

kathryn -November 10, 2009, 10:58AM

this show was amazing. :)

g! -November 10, 2009, 1:24PM

i heard of them for the first time a few nights ago, they were on one of the late night shows.

Kate -November 10, 2009, 4:08PM

This is such a great album! I saw the show in Phoenix and absolutely loved it. Thanks for posting this! :)

caitlin -November 10, 2009, 4:27PM

that show was incredible. the music was phenomenal and the atmosphere couldn’t have been more beautiful. the lights! the smoke! the curtains! i was completely enthralled the entire time. worth. every. nickel.

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