REQUIRED LISTENING #62:
A NO RISK EVENING OF DISCOVERY?

Saturday, April 13, 2002


THE BE GOOD TANYAS

The young, sassy Canadian trio of Frazey Ford (guitar), Samantha Parton (mandolin) and Trish Klein (banjo) play old-time Americana-roots music with the art of the Carter Family, but without any of their generation's irony. But it is the pitch-perfect beauty of The Be Good Tanyas' voices -- solos and harmonies -- which are reminiscent of another trio (Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris).

FELIX McTEIGUE

Folk-rock singer-songwriter Felix McTeigue combines literate lyrics with a left-of-center sensibility and a presence that makes you want to bring him home to meet your parents. His musical arrangements and layered harmonies prove that he has learned a thing or two from his mom, Maggie Roche (of the Roches), and according to The Village Voice, Felix is a mix between "Phil Ochs and '60s Paul Simon."

ANDY STOCHANSKY

Andy Stochansky calls his music "techno-folk," which explains the presence of influences as varied as Bjork and Jeff Buckley. Andy's songs bring to life the strangers he spots on the street as readily as evoking intimate anecdotes from his own life. Either solo or with his band, his music is both atmospheric and hauntingly beautiful - think Radiohead with a Canadian sense of humor.

THE WAIFS

High-energy Australian trio The Waifs formed when sisters Donna and Vicki Simpson got "itchy feet," headed out in an old Campervan, met Josh Cunningham, and took on the lives of traveling troubadours. All three wear the hats of songwriter and lead singer, which gives the audience a chance to be charmed by the distinct personalities of these quirky, funky, and deeply melodic folk-popsters.