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The best of the best! One song from each of my favorite indie artists, especially folk/singer-songwriters, with many from Boston/the Northeast. The cream rises to the top.

About mel

A concert junkie and all-around music nut, I grew up in a house filled with records by The Beatles, Pink Floyd, CSNY, Simon & Garfunkel, and Blondie. Buffalo Springfield was our standard road music. Whether in the background or front-and-center, music was always playing in my house, so it's not surprising that throughout my childhood I worked as a babysitter just to earn money to buy cassettes. (The later transition to CD was painful and expensive.)

After growing up in New York, I lived for ten years in Tennessee, but my true home is in Boston--a city whose rich music scene includes some of my favorite singer-songwriters, including Rose Polenzani, We're About 9, and Anne Heaton, and great indie pop/rock bands like Choo Choo La Rouge, so+so, and Wallcreeper. You will often find me at Cambridge's legendary Club Passim (which now has comfortable chairs!), at the Lizard Lounge (where the majority of the chairs face the size of the stage), or at Toad (which only has two benches and about 10 chairs).

I also have a theater review blog, Two-Show Days.

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FOLKS WHO ROCK features the best folk/singer-songwriter, indie pop, and indie rock music from Boston and the Northeast. A smattering of great music from outside the Northeast fills out the broadcast schedule, along with the highly eclectic "Grab Bag" show.

Artists in regular rotation: 27, Adam Ezra, Alan Garr, Amusia, Amy Kuney, Anais Mitchell, Anne Heaton, Antje Duvekot, Athens Boys Choir, Blanketeer, Bourbon Princess, Brian Webb, Catie Curtis, Chelsea on Fire, Choo Choo la Rouge, Chris O'Brien, Chris Pureka, Cordero, Dan Shuman, Deb Talan, E. Cooper Seay, Emergency Music, Erin McKeown, FDR, Garden Verge, Girl on Top, Girlyman, Gregory Douglass, Jennifer Kimball, Jennifer O'Connor, Jess Klein, Jim's Big Ego, Jordan Caress, Josh Caress, Josh Cole & The Household, Juniper's Daughter, K's Choice, Kate Klim, Kris Delmhorst, Le Tigre, Liz Clark, Lori McKenna, Mary Lou Lord, Matt Morrow, Meg Hutchinson, Melissa Ferrick, Mittens, Moonlight Cellar Band, Mr. Airplane Man, Nate Borofsky, Nathan McEuen, Nini Camps, OK Go, Paul Melancon, Rachael Cantu, Rachael Sage, Rachael McCartney, Ramona Silver, Rose Cousins, Rose Polenzani, Scotch Rocks, Session Americana, so+so, Swinging Steaks, T/The Troubadours, Tegan & Sara, The Dresden Dolls, The Great Unknowns, The Heart Strings, The Judybats, The So and So's, The Story, The Weepies, Three Finger Cowboy, Throwing Muses, Twinemen, Universe Narrows, Voices on the Verge

Additional "Grab Bag" artists: Amy Ray, Ani Difranco, Beck, Bob Dylan, Bruce Cockburn, Carbon Leaf, Chuck Berry, Concrete Blonde, CSN, Edie Brickell, Elliott Smith, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Indigo Girls, INXS, Jen Foster, Jenny Lewis, Joan Osborne, John Lennon, Jonatha Brooke, Lisa Loeb, Magnapop, Paul Simon, Pretenders, R.E.M., Sam Bisbee, Sarah McLachlan, Scissor Sisters, Shivaree, Simon & Garfunkel, Sinead O'Connor, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Sting, Suzanne Vega, The Beatles, The Black Keys, The Cure, The Eagles, The Everly Brothers, The Kinks, The Mammas and the Pappas, The Monkees, The Polyphonic Spree, The Rolling Stones, The Temptations, They Might Be Giants, Three Dog Night, Violent Femmes, Wilson Pickett, Yo La Tengo

Feedback: Let us know what you think about these Folks Who Rock! Are we overlooking your band (or your favorite band)? Email comments and requests to folkswhorock [at] gmail [dot] com.

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