Tag: Anais Mitchell

  • Anaïs Mitchell

    Child Ballads, Anaïs Mitchell’s recent duo collaboration with folk singer-songwriter Jefferson Hamer, refers to a collection of English and Scottish ballads originating in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, compiled by folklorist Francis James Child. One portrays a marriage thwarted by a disapproving mother-in-law with the ability to prolong labor pains for up to eight years, […]

  • Anaïs Mitchell

    Earlier this year, alt-folk songstress Anaïs Mitchell played a covetable opening slot at Radio City Music Hall for Bon Iver. She has a close relationship with the lo-fi, folkish band over the years and has collaborated with their frontman Justin Vernon on a few songs in the past. But it’s on her own dusky, moody, […]

  • Into the Woods

    It’s been a little over a year since indie-folk troubadour Justin Vernon released Bon Iver’s self-titled second album of echoey, intricately orchestrated confessionals. Since then, the soft-rock-leaning Bon Iver won a Grammy, Vernon released a dubstep single (with James Blake), and he and his bandmates booked a four-night residency at Radio City Music Hall, which […]

  • Don’t Let Me Down: Paying Homage to a Working Class Hero

    Judging by the approximately 400 biographies—which cover the entire sinner-to-saint spectrum—there are almost as many versions of John Lennon available for public consumption as there are ways to mark the I-remember-where-I-was-when-I-heard-the-news-oh-boy moment on December 8, 1980, when a deranged fan, “inspired” by The Catcher in the Rye, assassinated the ex-Beatle in the archway of the […]