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Grammy-nominated American indie folk duo The Milk Carton Kids comes to QPAC with their critically acclaimed new record The Only Ones.

Defying the conventions of melody and harmony, the band's unique sound is the perfect blend of nostalgia and innovation, breathing new life into the traditional folk genre with whimsical lyrics and unique melodies.

Founded in 2011 by Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale, The Milk Carton Kids swiftly emerged as a major force in the American folk tradition, blending ethereal harmonies and intricate musicianship with a powerful brand of contemporary songcraft. The Only Ones sees the duo return to their roots, with a sound steeped in the great duos of days gone by, like The Everly Brothers and Simon & Garfunkel.

The Milk Carton Kids have previously toured with acts like KD Lang, The Lumineers and Punch Brothers, with appearances on TV shows including Jimmy Kimmell Live! and Conan O’Brien. At their intimate live shows, the duo's generous sense of humour allows audiences to really connect with soul-stirring songs like “Michigan” and “Maybe It's Time”, making for a concert experience fans won't soon forget.

“Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan get back to the beautiful basics with The Only Ones, an album of acoustic folk duets that hits just as hard as last year’s full-band effort, All the Things I Did and All the Things That I Didn’t Do.” Rolling Stone
“Such charm, and prettiness, and pleasure.” Sydney Morning Herald
“Melancholy lyrics and vocal harmonies of breathtaking beauty.” The Times

Supporting artist for The Milk Carton Kids will be Vera Sola.

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  • Vera Sola

    The poet, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Vera Sola is hard to pin down. Attempts to define her music have had her cast as the ‘lost love child of Leonard Cohen and Nancy Sinatra,’ ‘Nick Cave in the role of Staggolee,’ ‘a mordant Patsy Cline,’ ‘PJ Harvey at her most irate, teeth-bared.’

    Described as ‘a living anachronism’, Vera Sola makes timeless, time-bending sound. In the words of the London Sunday Times, she’s a creature all her own, “an utterly singular talent”.

    All of this was a long time coming. Despite a background in poetry, a successful career as a stage and voice actor, years of touring in Elvis Perkins’ band, and a collection of hundreds of secret songs, it wasn’t until early 2017 that she began experimenting with the idea of recording her own material.

    Only then, when a series of life-altering events reframed her relationship to her music, did she book time at a studio in St. Louis and lock herself inside.

    From there came her debut album Shades – written, performed, and produced entirely alone. Instruments she’d never before touched – hand-made percussion, chains and breaking glass – were arranged meticulously around multi-part harmonies and brought to the fore her otherworldly vibrato.

    The result is a record both complex and sparse, lyrics full of sorrow yet arch and wry. Sincere but sardonic, self-aware and scathing. Poems and stories set to music. Songs of the present that conjure the past.