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Watch Vikesh Kapoor’s new video for “Bottom of the Ladder” (playing North Star Bar on 12/5, World Cafe Live on 1/31)

 

Vikesh Kapoor | photo by Parker Fitzgerald
Vikesh Kapoor | photo by Parker Fitzgerald

Folk singer Vikesh Kapoor has released a video for “Bottom of the Ladder” in support of his recent debut LP The Ballad of Willy Robbins.  As a sort of overture to the record, “Bottom of the Ladder” introduces us to a narrator who is weary of the obstacles of life but, at the same time, determined to overcome them.  The shadowy black and white video shows Kapoor climbing an endless ladder, edited in a surreal, fever dream style that contrasts the song’s realist narrative.  Tickets and information for Vikesh Kapoor’s December 5th show at North Star Bar and January 31st show at World Cafe Live can be found here.

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Chris Forsyth and The Solar Motel Band, The Lawsuits, Reek

Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com
Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com

Chris Forsyth and his Solar Motel Band recorded this week’s Key Studio Session.  Drawing from the experimental guitarist’s latest record, the set of three songs includes two off of the album and a new one.  Download “I Ain’t Waiting” below and get the full set here.

Philadelphia native Vikesh Kapoor (now based in Portland) released his beautiful debut LP The Ballad of Willy Robbins last week.  The singer-songwriter was a recent guest of Folkadelphia and recorded a live session.  Below, get a free download of the studio versions of “I Dreamt In Blues” from Kapoor’s new record, and see him live at Kung Necktie on November 8th.

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My Morning Download: “I Dreamt Blues” by Vikesh Kapoor (playing Kung Fu Necktie on November 8th)

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Portland based singer-songwriter, Vikesh Kapoor, a recent guest on a Folkadelphia studio session, just released an exquisite new album, The Ballad of Willy Robbins. Vikesh will be playing at Kung Fu Necktie on November 8th. Go here for tickets. Below, download the gorgeous “I Dreamt Blues.”

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Amos Lee, Vikesh Kapoor, Mean Lady

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Buried Beds offered up a free download of “Oh Lonely Fortress!” this week for their Unlocked profile.  The song comes from the local band’s new LP In Spirit, an album that “was inspired by both fairy tales and fantastical real-life events.”  Download the track below and dig into the new album with a review, interview, new video and more here.

Mean Lady, an electro-pop band that draws from a potpourri of influences, recorded this week’s Key Studio Session.  The duo comes from Newark, DE and released their debut LP Love Now on Fat Possum earlier this year.  stream and download “One Big Family” below and check out the rest of the set, including some new songs, here.

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Folkadelphia Session: Vikesh Kapoor

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Vikesh revealed to me that although he grew up in Pennsylvania, he had never played a show in Philadelphia. Now based in Portland and returning to the area, the songwriter made up for lost time, performing a total of four sets in a single day (including a “secret” SoFar Sounds Philly show) as part of Philadelphia’s first (and hopefully annual) Make Music Philly day, an initiative to create and share music throughout the city, at any location and by anyone on the summer soltice, the longest day of the year.

Vikesh Kapoor also carved out time on his short Philly stint to visit WXPN and track a session of solo acoustic songs – just a man, a guitar, his voice, and a harmonica. In our set, a bit road weary and all by himself, Vikesh gives off an eremetic impression, isolated by design, but with a powerful latent devotion and energy. This is used to great effect in conveying the emotional and narrative content and spirit of his storytelling. And of his playing and singing, they are reminiscent of a young Bob Dylan or some of the other traveling troubadours of the ’60s era folk revival, sometimes so much so that you might think you’re listening to a lost gem from the Newport Folk Festival.

In fact, Vikesh is currently preparing his debut album entitled The Ballad of Willy Robbins, an ambitious first record that American Songwriter discusses is about “a working class man as he loses everything.” You’ll soon be able to hear the record in full when it is released on October 15th via Mama Bird Recording Co..

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Make Music Philly Spotlight: Vikesh Kapoor

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Accompanied by just his guitar and harmonica, folk singer Vikesh Kapoor is a storyteller with a captivatingly gentle and unassuming stage presence.  His poignant tales of ordinary men and lost love are told through a voice that seems borrowed from another era, falling in line with Johnny Flynn in its ability to be at once soothing and striking.  The Philadelphia native worked the Boston music circuit before moving to Portland, Oregon where he recorded his full-length debut with Adam Selzer (M. Ward), Nate Query (The Decemberists) and Jeff Ratner (Laghorne Slim); The Ballad of Willy Robbins is set for release later this year.  Vikesh Kapoor will perform at Nakey in Passyunk Square on Friday for Make Music Philly.  Learn more about the day-long, multi-venue festival here.  Below, watch Kapoor perform “Careless Love” and “Willy Robbins.”

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