Forget the Monsters of Folk. The real underground neo folk act to keep an ear on is Emerald Triangle
. The group has a serious California soft rock pedigree: San Francisco's own Andy Cabic of Vetiver
, together with Farmer Dave
(Venice denizen who's played with tons of acts, most notably Beachwood Sparks), another So Cal cohort Jonathan Rice
(who plays solo and with Jenny Lewis), and Jonathan Wilson
(who plays with Black Crowes).
So far the fruits of their collaborations are a mystery, as the Emerald Triangle MySpace is heavier on pretty green coloring and information than it is on music. But these dudes are doing a California tour in November that hits the Independent
on Monday the 2nd. The show is being backed/presented by Monterey tastemaking promoter (((folkYeah)))
, so we have high hopes here.
On a related note, anyone see that the new Devendra Banhart
record (out on Warner Bros.) was the lead review in Rolling Stone
this issue? Crazy. And they gave it four stars. Although they gave some old Stones box set five stars, so not sure what that says about the mag, but hey, awesome for Banhart.