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Bad Folk

Save for the occasional spurt of Mexican-jumping-bean stage moves, nearly everything about Bad Folk was understated. Vocalist Tim Rakel's gravelly monotone and strummy banjo, as well as plenty of noir-twang color fit the band's macabre-folk tales and desolate-road-trip revelries. It's not surprising, then, that the October 2008 split was just as low-key: With nary an official announcement, Bad Folk played its last show at Mangia Italiano and called it quits. The dissolution delayed the release of the band's highly anticipated Part of the Problem LP (although it saw a posthumous release online earlier this year). Bad Folk fans needn't worry about its members disappearing, though: Rakel, for one, continues performing in bands around town, including droning folkies the May Day Orchestra and harder-edged act the Union Electric.

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