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The Milk Carton Kids bring their Sad Songs Comedy Hour residency to the internet, today’s episode feat. Sarah Jarosz

THE MILK CARTON KIDS’
SAD SONGS COMEDY HOUR GOES DIGITAL
NEW EPISODE FEATURES GUEST SARAH JAROSZ
PREVIOUS EPISODES WITH ADAM SAVAGE (“MYTHBUSTERS”), SARA BAREILLES, CECILE MCLORIN SALVANT AND JOHN SMITH
WEST COAST TOUR WITH HALEY HEYNDERICKX THIS FALL

 

Grammy-nominated group The Milk Carton Kids are taking their critically acclaimed Sad Songs Comedy Hour residency—which typically takes place at Los Angeles’ Largo at the Coronet—to the internet. The new online series, which features interviews, live performances and more, recently premiered with episodes featuring guests Adam Savage (“Mythbusters”), Sara Bareilles, Cecile McLorin Salvant and John Smith. The pair’s newest episode featuring Sarah Jarosz debuts today and can be streamed/shared at https://youtu.be/raiQpqfXwZs.

Each episode promotes a different charity, chosen by that week’s guest.

“A song called ‘End Of The World’ might seem timely, but this is a Skeeter Davis song of lost love from 1962, and we sang it with Sarah Jarosz on our collaborative tour across the U.S. in 2014. It was much more fun to sing it together in person, but Sarah manages to make us sound good even in quarantine,” notes guitarist/vocalist Joey Ryan. Jarosz’s first solo album in four years, World on the Ground, is out June 5.

Of the new online series, Ryan goes on to explain, “When the quarantine started we got really sad about not singing with our friends for the next few months, so we’ve taken our regular Sad Songs Comedy Hour and moved it online. Sad Songs Quarantine Hour, if you will. Each episode is dedicated to a different charity associated with or chosen by our guest. If you can, please donate to the worthy causes listed at SadSongsComedyHour.com.”

In addition to the new digital series, The Milk Carton Kids have rescheduled their West Coast tour with Haley Heynderickx in celebration of The Only Ones, their critically acclaimed new record out now on the band’s own Milk Carton Records imprint in partnership with Thirty Tigers (purchase/stream the record HERE). The run of dates now kicks off at Los Angeles’ El Rey Theatre on August 30; previously purchased tickets remain valid, with tickets for the new dates on sale now at themilkcartonkids.com. See below for a complete list of shows.

“This is going to be a good one,” notes Ryan. “We and Hayley Heynderickx are coming to the West Coast. We’ll be in clubs, theaters, bars, and churches. We’ll each play a full set for you. You will cry, I would say, 70% for sure. Haley’s songs are gorgeous and unique and personal. We’ll be performing as a duo, so tell us what you want to hear and we’ll do our best to re-learn it.”

the milk carton kids bring their sad songs comedy hour residency to the internet today episode feat sarah jarosz
Photo credit: Daniel Mendoza

The new record continues to receive extensive critical praise:

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“Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan get back to the beautiful basics with  The Only Ones, an album of acoustic folk duets that hits just as hard as last year’s full-band effort, All the Things I Did and All the Things That I Didn’t Do.”
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“Even though Joey and Kenneth are not related, their voices together create a sibling-like harmony…the duo has a strong sense of respect and reverence for the musical traditions that they’ve grown from.”
“The Milk Carton Kids are heirs apparent to Simon & Garfunkel.”
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“Powered by acoustic guitar and the group’s trademark close vocal harmony, The Only Ones is an inherently intimate experience.”
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“The album is so quiet you can hear beauty in the smallest movements…it’s the kind of loneliness that can only come from two voices and two guitars, twinned but solitary, singing and writing with a haunting beauty.”
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The Only Ones does recapture [the group’s] rare duo magic, but it too is a stretch in a new direction.”
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The Only Ones emits a cozy fireplace glow that will no doubt transfer well to a live setting.”
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“Songs You Need To Hear: The Milk Carton Kids, ‘I’ll Be Gone’”
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“The Milk Carton Kids continue time honored sound on The Only Ones.”

Along with the new record, guitarist/vocalist Kenneth Pattengale recently surprised fans with his version of Bob Dylan’s epic new song “Murder Most Foul,” a 17-minute long delicate song about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, itself released just weeks ago. Listen to the track HERE and share it HERE.

Founded in 2011, The Milk Carton Kids swiftly emerged as a major force in the American folk tradition, blending ethereal harmonies and intricate musicianship with a uniquely powerful brand of contemporary songcraft. 2013’s ANTI-debut The Ash & Clay proved their national breakthrough, earning The Milk Carton Kids their first Grammy Award nomination for Best Folk Album. A second Grammy nomination for Best American Roots Performance followed in 2015 for the track “The City of Our Lady” from band’s acclaimed third studio album, Monterey, and their most recent album, 2018’s All The Things That I Did And All The Things That I Didn’t Do, was nominated for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

THE ONLY ONES TRACKLIST
1. I Meant Every Word I Said
2. I’ll Be Gone
3. The Only Ones
4. My Name Is Ana
5. As the Moon Starts to Rise
6. About the Size of a Pixel
7. I Was Alive

 

THE MILK CARTON KIDS & HALEY HEYNDERICKX LIVE

August 30
Los Angeles, CA
El Rey Theatre
August 31
Solana Beach, CA
Belly Up Tavern
September 1
Santa Barbara, CA
Lobero Theatre
September 3
San Francisco, CA
The Chapel
September 4
San Francisco, CA
The Chapel
September 5
Seattle, WA
St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral
September 7
Vancouver, BC
Venue
September 9
Portland, OR
Revolution Hall
September 10
Portland, OR
Aladdin Theater

 

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