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Mum No More: Mumford & Sons

London’s underground folk movement has finally crossed over stateside with this year breakout folk stars, Mumford & Sons.

The band’s stunning debut album, Sigh No More, has already gone platinum in the U.K. and the band has sold out venues for their U.S. tour — which kicks off tonight in Cambridge, Mass. — and signed on to perform at Lollapalooza in August.

Led by singer/guitarist/drummer Marcus Mumford, the quartet has been playing together since 2007 and actually self-made their debut album.
“We made this record before we had a label,” bassist Ted Dwane tells RadarOnline.com. “Our aspirations are very humble. It’s really our record. So it way exceeded our expectations.”

Sonically, the guys weave together their varied influences, including country, bluegrass, rock and folk, while vocally they’re big on harmonies in the vein of Fleet Foxes. Lyrically, the album is literary gold, influenced by the likes of Shakespeare and Steinbeck. “We all read a lot,” says Ted.

The product is a gorgeous rootsy stroll through heartbreak. On Blank White Page, over stark instrumentation Marcus asks pointedly, “Tell me now where was my fault in loving you with my whole heart?”

The unforgettable single Little Lion Man looks inward after a love affair gone awry and Marcus strikes a relatable chord for most everyone when he proclaims, “Weep for yourself, my man, you’ll never be what is in your heart.”

When performed live, the songs swell with intensity. The guys stomp and harmonize in unison and get the crowd clapping along, proving they have nothing short of a promising career ahead.

And through it all they’ll do it together—a principle that their mom-and-pop name derives from. “It made it feel like a family business,” says Ted of the band’s unique moniker. “Because we’re all equally invested in it.”

Fri 05/14/10 Cambridge, MA Middle East Downstairs
Sun 05/16/10 Philadelphia, PA Theatre Of The Living Arts
Mon 05/17/10 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall Of Williamsburg
Tue 05/18/10 New York, NY Webster Hall
Thu 05/20/10 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Fri 05/21/10 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
Sat 05/22/10 Columbus, OH Wexner Center For The Arts
Mon 05/24/10 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
Tue 05/25/10 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
Sat 05/29/10 Quincy, WA Gorge Amphitheatre
Sun 05/30/10 Vancouver, BC 560 Club
Mon 05/31/10 Portland, OR Aladdin Theater
Wed 06/02/10 San Francisco, CA Slim’s
Thu 06/03/10 Los Angeles, CA Music Box
Fri 06/04/10 Los Angeles, CA Music Box
Sun 06/06/10 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern
Mon 06/07/10 Phoenix, AZ The Rhythm Room
Wed 06/09/10 Austin, TX Antone’s
Thu 06/10/10 Dallas, TX House Of Blues
Sat 06/12/10 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Music Festival
Mon 06/14/10 Bloomington, IN Bluebird Nightclub
Tue 06/15/10 St. Louis, MO Off Broadway Nightclub
Wed 06/16/10 Kansas City, MO The Record Bar
Fri 06/18/10 Telluride, CO Sheridan Opera House
Sun 06/20/10 Telluride, CO Telluride Town Park
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