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Elvis Perkins

While Elvis Perkins' folk music has earned comparisons to the likes of Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan, he is also known as the son of actor Anthony Perkins and photographer Berry Berenson. Raised in Los Angeles and New York, he started playing guitar in high school and took lessons from Prescott Niles of the Knack. Perkins played in rock bands and learned classical guitar, but his forte became folk, and the unexpected deaths of his parents (his father died of AIDS in 1992, and his mother perished in the 9/11 attacks nine years later) lent a weary, melancholic tone to his first album. Ash Wednesday was released in early 2007 via XL Recordings. To tour behind the album, Perkins assembled a full band and billed his shows as "Elvis Perkins in Dearland," with bassist Brigham Brough, keyboardist/guitarist Wyndham Boylan-Garnett, and drummer Nicholas Kinsey rounding out the lineup. An album of the same name was released in 2009, and the Doomsday EP appeared before the year was up. ~ Kenyon Hopkin, Rovi
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I love the 'Elvis Perkins in Dearland' album. I can listen to it repeatedly over and over and not get tired of it. It's a very sad album dealing with death and loss, but also has a hopeful feeling to it. It's helped me get through some of my personal struggles. I wish he would do another album.
He sounds a lot like the singer in Neutral Milk Hotel
The song Shampoo was the one that made me a fan of his. I like the way he sings - he sort of halts in between singing on Shampoo.... Sweep up!
katylyst
I love this one... Makes me teary.
Loving it!!
Great. To me this stuff is classic.
cmart201
Ash Wednesday... so good! So his dad died of AIDS and his mom was on a plane during 9/11. No wonder his stuff is so beautiful and sad.
..never heard of him but interesting for sure!
totally agree that this is WAY neutral milk hotel esque...the trumpets, and singing swords... should be a "similar artist" suggestion. (STILL a good song)
quinn_dan
I love this song and would love it played at my funeral.
Seconded, 66pixie.
:)
you mean as opposed to the rest of us immortals?

shrug.
Why is it that every amazing musician dies?
His voice is VERY similar to Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel!! That should be added to the recommendati o n s for similar artists.
Thank you NPR for introducing me to the new Elvis!
chickengrrl
I thank the music gods every day for introducing me to Elvis Perkins.
They compared him to Leonard Cohen in his description. That's really not accurate. But he's good.
Just wonderful.
First extraordinar y thing Pandora has given me in the 4 hours i've been using it
icherrybombe d u
Elvis Perkins. Poor guy has a lot to live up to with a name like that. Son of Anthony and Berry? Is Berry a woman? Anyway.
jgoldenberg1 0
I made a station off of The Old Canes and half of the songs on his album Ash Wednesday came up. At first I didn't like it until I really listened to it. Amazing songs. 5/5.
Yes... brilliant. Brilliantly different.
bonnie.matte r n
Amazing how artists like this are still "under the radar." Absolutely brilliant!
:o amazing!
danpaquin
What a great time for music. The future feels wide open with artists such as Elvis here. We'll look back 20 years from now and say WOW!

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