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The Milk Carton Kids, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013

Adam Kissick for NPR

When they perform onstage as The Milk Carton Kids, Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale are half Simon & Garfunkel, half Smothers Brothers: Their melancholic harmonies intertwine beautifully, while their playful, deadpan banter is worth the price of admission on its own. The two got their start together self-releasing albums of lovely folk-pop — even going so far as to make their first two full-length records available for free download on their website — but put out this year's The Ash & Clay through more traditional means.

For musicians whose music can be so quietly delicate, Ryan and Pattengale have ways of grabbing the attention of unwieldy crowds, as recent tour dates with The Lumineers and Old Crow Medicine Show proved. Hear The Milk Carton Kids perform as part of the 2013 Newport Folk Festival, recorded live on Friday, July 26 in Newport, R.I.

Set List

  • "Hope Of A Lifetime"
  • "The Ash & Clay"
  • "Honey, Honey"
  • "Charlie"
  • "Michigan"
  • "Girls, Gather 'Round'
  • "New York"
  • "Snake Eyes"
  • "I Still Want A Little More"
  • "Memphis"
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    Stephen Thompson is a writer, editor and reviewer for NPR Music, where he speaks into any microphone that will have him and appears as a frequent panelist on All Songs Considered. Since 2010, Thompson has been a fixture on the NPR roundtable podcast Pop Culture Happy Hour, which he created and developed with NPR correspondent Linda Holmes. In 2008, he and Bob Boilen created the NPR Music video series Tiny Desk Concerts, in which musicians perform at Boilen's desk. (To be more specific, Thompson had the idea, which took seconds, while Boilen created the series, which took years. Thompson will insist upon equal billing until the day he dies.)
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