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Lumineers: Flapper Girl and Ho Hey

This is how Wikipedia’s entry for The Lumineers begins:

The Lumineers are an American folk rock band, based in Denver, Colorado. The core band consists of singer Wesley Schultz on guitar, Jeremiah Fraites on drums, and Neyla Pekarek on cello and vocals. Two fulltime touring members are added for tours.[1][2] Their self-titled debut album was released on Dualtone Records on April 3, 2012, peaking at number 8 on the Billboard 200 chart. As of December 2012, their debut album has been certified gold in the US, Canada and Ireland. (Continue Reading…)

NPR posted a story on the band late last year:

April was a great month for The Lumineers. In addition to releasing its eponymous debut, the band played a ton of sold-out shows across the U.S. The Lumineers’ open-hearted melodies, rousing acoustic folk sound and simple but raw lyrics have earned the group comparisons to Mumford & Sons, The Civil Wars and The Avett Brothers; still, The Lumineers’ members have a way of embedding fiery emotion into their music that’s all their own. Rollicking, incandescent and reflective, it’s music built on a foundation of classical training and roots-rock touring. (Continue Reading…)

The band’s site is here. Above is Flapper Girl and below is Ho Hey.

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