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The Milk Carton Kids

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Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

The Milk Carton Kids are a contemporary folk duo from Los Angeles, California. Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan formed the group in early 2011, shelving their solo careers in favor of a collaborative project that focused on harmonized vocals, entwined acoustic guitars, and rootsy songwriting. From the very beginning, the Milk Carton Kids worked fast, releasing a live album (Retrospect) in March 2011 and returning three months later with their full-length studio debut, Prologue. Both recordings were released for free via the band's website. The guys toured heavily, too, pulling double duty as Joe Purdy's opening act and backing band during a spring 2011 tour before launching a headlining tour of their own after Prologue's release.

Despite earning comparisons to Simon & Garfunkel, the Civil Wars, and the Everly Brothers, the Milk Carton Kids' minimalist, down-home material had more in common with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings' duets. As a result, Pattengale and Ryan smartly marketed themselves to the Americana crowd. After closing out 2011 with a performance on NPR's roots rock concert program Mountain Stage, the two spent most of 2012 on the road with other folksy acts, including Old Crow Medicine Show and the Lumineers. The Ash & Clay, the duo's sophomore studio outing, arrived in 2013 via the ANTI- record label.

Tour Dates All Dates Dates In My Area

Date Venue Location Tickets
10.06.16 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO US
10.09.16 Rococo Theatre Lincoln, NE US
10.11.16 Sheldon Concert Hall Saint Louis, MO US
10.12.16 Pabst Theater Milwaukee, WI US
10.13.16 Vic Theatre Chicago, IL US
10.14.16 Massey Hall Toronto, ON Canada
10.16.16 Berklee Performance Center Boston, MA US
10.18.16 Town Hall New York, NY US
10.19.16 Merriam Theater Philadelphia, PA US
10.21.16 Lisner Auditorium Washington, DC US


  • 09.21.16 Excited for another year at Americana Music Awards. It's an honor just to be nominated. Watch it live, 7:30 pm ET https://t.co/drJzdzEpiv
  • 09.14.16 We've played in NC 4 times in the last 12 months. We just love you though, no h8. https://t.co/l676ZCnDHg
  • 09.13.16 Excited to have @misslaneyjones with us for the next few days in California starting tonight at the Rio Theater in Santa Cruz.
  • 09.13.16 Kenneth is eavesdropping on some guy's texts and also possibly having a mental breakdown. Should be a good tour. https://t.co/JMwoBZkxw8
  • 09.13.16 RT @kpattengale: Have been thinking about trying to conjure some really bad plane farts so that I can punish the CREEP in the only way I ca…
  • 09.13.16 RT @kpattengale: Headed to California to play multiple Sans without even scratching the Sans surface. Also, homeboy next to me on plane is…
  • 09.10.16 Great record store in San Jose has free tickets for our show in Santa Cruz this week. https://t.co/U2qmXMfio4
  • 09.07.16 California: we're coming to SLO, Santa Cruz, Grass Valley, and Rohnert Park next week! https://t.co/XsAzYlidQ1
  • 08.31.16 If someone tries to start a wave, you gotta go with it no matter what. https://t.co/mZ3OUlyj82
  • 08.30.16 Headed to Sokol Auditorium tonight in Omaha. Here's another picture @GregoryAIsakov took of us at Fayetteville Roots https://t.co/7MdA9tGdtP
  • 08.29.16 High-octane. https://t.co/75oy0LvzQW
  • 08.29.16 Took a verse with @GregoryAIsakov at @FayRoots. Big fun with him, @joepurdy, @ShookTwins, et al. 📷: @JessieMcCall. https://t.co/Igx9SYww1U