Review: Laura Marling serenades the Fillmore

Words by Mark Spero At only 27 years old, Laura Marling has an astonishing six studio albums, the most recent of which, Semper Femina, explores the details and complexities of relationships between women.  She spent last Sunday night at the Fillmore, serenading a packed crowd of devoted fans, many of whom seemed to have followed Marling through the entirety of her brilliant career. Marling is soft-spoken, preferring to sing her powerful songs than speak during her set, and the crowd seemed happy to just listen to her play her new album and selections from past albums. The show opened with [...]

The emo kid’s guide to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

The first time I went to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass was 2010. This was the first time I saw Conor Oberst live. I had been a fan for 5 years, but I was barely 18 and barely going to shows on a monthly basis. My friends were more consumed by the fact that Kirsten Dunst could be seen backstage from where we were standing, while I was consumed by the fact that I was quickly becoming obsessed. Since then, I have seen Conor Oberst (in all his projects, except Monsters of Folk) 13 times, (which can either be the most impressive [...]

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