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Lily & Madeleine showcase the mature new sound of Canterbury Girls at World Cafe Live

Lily & Madeleine | photo by Emily De Hart for WXPN | dehartvisuals.com

The legacy of family bands in American folk music dates back as far as the genre itself. The story goes something like this: two (or more) siblings sing together around the house. It’s cute and maybe even in tune. Flash forward, and the family band secures a recording and releases it into the world. This is the basic origin story for folk-turned-pop due Lily & Madeleine. The Indiana-born singers recorded themselves singing cover songs in high school on YouTube and quickly caught the attention of producer, Paul Mahern. Their EP, Lily & Madeleine, was released in 2013 on Sufjan Stevens’ Asthmatic Kitty records, and they sold out their first live shows in their hometown of Indianapolis.

Zoom forward six years, and Lily & Madeleine have just released their forth album, Canterbury Girls, on New West Records with the help of co-producers Ian Fitchuck and Daniel Tashian who worked Kacey Musgrave’s Grammy-award winning album, Golden Hour. The sisters, now 21 and 23 years old, have crafted a poignant new record that reflects on life’s hard lessons and beautiful but fleeting moments. They weave narratives about falling in and out of love, leaving their hometown and feeling lost across the world, and how sadness is a reality of an empathetic life. Their career has pushed on the trope of the family folk band and has now raised the question: what happens when the family band grows up?

Lily & Madeleine performed at the World Cafe Live this past Friday, along with opening act Brother Bird. After taking the stage, Madeleine remarked that this they have performed at the World Cafe Live during every album cycle of the career. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Lily & Madeleine bring new album and lots of feeling to World Cafe Live

Lily & Madeleine | photo by Gabriela Barbieri for WXPN

Sister singer-songwriter duo Lily & Madeleine celebrated the release of their new album, Canterbury Girls, at today’s Free at Noon concert. The duo have released music together since 2013 and each of their albums since then sparkles with deeply personal lyrics, lush harmonies, and meditations on who they are in an ever-changing world. The album title refers to Canterbury Park in the sisters’ hometown of Bloomington, Indiana. However, the young songwriters — ages 21 and 23– have burst out of their hometown bubble this past year. They moved to Brooklyn and recorded their new album in Nashville in collaboration with Tashian and Fitchuk, the co-producers behind Kacey Musgraves’ Grammy-award winning album, Golden Hour. Their new album explores this experience of leaving home, loving and losing, and searching for who you are along the way. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Phantogram at The Fillmore, Lily & Madeleine at Union Transfer, and Har Mar Superstar at Underground Arts

Phantogram | courtesy of the artist
Phantogram | courtesy of the artist

Synth pop duo Phantogram is currently on tour in support of their brand new album Three, and tonight, they’ll make a stop The Fillmore. Featuring the singles “Cruel World” and “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore”, the album has a decidedly darker tone while still maintaining the anthemic pop sensibilities that makes them who they are. Read our interview with the band’s Josh Carter here, and find tickets and more information on the all ages event here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Little Big League at Johnny Brenda’s, Laura Stevenson at MilkBoy, Lily and Madeleine at World Cafe Live and more…

Little Big League
Little Big League | photo via Spin.com
Little Big League celebrates the release of Tropical Jinx at Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  The record marks a difficult several months for the band, and tonight’s show will be the last for a while as front-woman Michelle Zauner moves to the west coast.  The record, though, is Little Big League’s second overall and first for its new label Run For Cover Records.  The collection of cathartic personal songs explore themes of love, loss and growing-up over catchy, edgy indie rock.  Tickets and information for the 21+ release party can be found here.  Listen to the title track below.
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Download a 5 song sampler from Lily & Madeleine

Lily & Madeleine | Photo courtesy of the artist.
Lily & Madeleine | Photo courtesy of the artist.

Sisters Lily & Madeleine Jurkiewicz are set to release their sophomore album, Fumes, on October 28th, on Asthmatic Kitty records. The folksy pop duo from Indianapolis released their debut EP in 2013, and was followed by their self-titled debut full length. They also have collaborated with Son Lux on “Lost It To Trying,” one of our favorite songs from last year. Like The Roches and First Aid Kit, Lily & Madeleine have close, rich and beautiful harmonies that anchor the warmth and allure of their songs. Continue reading →

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Folkadelphia Session: Lily & Madeleine

It’s certainly easy to stay focused on the musical accomplishments and inherent talent compared to the respective ages of Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz, the sisters that make up the duo Lily & Madeleine. The accomplishments are grand – an LP and EP in the bag, a fantastic sophomore album Fumes to be imminently released by Sufjan Steven’s Asthmatic Kitty Records, the talent runs deep and strong in these two, and their ages, well, let’s just say teenaged. Instead of framing it like “look what these girls have accomplished and they’re only BLAH BLAH BLAH years old,” how about we say that Lily and Madeleine have just commenced on their hopefully long and fruitful musical journey. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Lily and Madeleine will perform at Boot & Saddle on 5/2

Lily & Madeleine | photo by Allister Ann
Lily & Madeleine | photo by Allister Ann

Sister duo Lily & Madeleine bring their self-titled debut LP to Boot & Saddle on May 2nd.  Having posted videos to YouTube, the sisters were picked up by Sufjan Stevens’ Asthmatic Kitty label for the release of their Weight of the Globe EP and subsequent full-length.  The folk-pop outfit out of Indianapolis stopped by the NPR Music offices of Bob Boilen and co. recently and filmed a Tiny Desk Concert, which you can watch below.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.

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My Morning Download: “Back To The River” by Lily and Madeleine

Photo by Allister Ann
Photo by Allister Ann
Here’s an indie-folk/singer-songwriter duo you need to listen to: Lily and Madeleine (last name: Jurkiewicz, however, they go by their first names). Described on their Facebook page as “sisters with distinct and ethereal harmonies reminiscent of a bygone era of popular music,” they just released their debut EP The Weight Of The Globe on Asthmatic Kitty Records. The sisters are from Indianapolis and cite Mumford & Sons, Arcade Fire, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and Simon & Garfunkel as some of their influences as well as being fans of the head of their label, Sufjan Stevens. Below, download “Back To The River,” and enjoy the magical harmonies of the 16 and 18 year old sisters.

Purchase The Weight Of The Globe here