((Joanna Newsom)) Band Profile and Upcoming New York City Concerts - Oh My Rockness

JOANNA NEWSOM PHOTOGRAPHED BY AMY COBDEN
21-year old anti-folk (the new hot term is "freak-folk," but that just sounds mean) harpist Joanna Newsom is suddenly everywhere. She has played shows with similarly sounding artists like Devendra Banhart, Cat Power and Bonnie Prince Billy (Will Oldham even mentioned that she is one of his favorite storytellers).

The San Francisco native recently released The Milk-Eyed Mender on Drag City. On the album, Newsom's Appalachian tales are alive with imagery of a dusty Americana. Her whimsical, almost child-like, voice (think Bjork meets Mirah) sings esoteric fairy-tales wrapped around homespun narratives. This is achingly heartfelt music. And if any instrument has historically been linked with true emotion, it's the harp. It's the new guitar.
Published August 23, 2006
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