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OriginBoston, MA
GenresIndie Folk, Americana
Years active2009–present
Associated actsTall Heights, Caitlin Canty, David Wax Museum, Heather Maloney, The Ballroom Thieves
Past membersSam Kapala

Darlingside is a four-person indie folk band from Boston, MA. The band consists of Don Mitchell, Auyon Mukharji, Harris Paseltiner, and David Senft. Their style has been described as “exquisitely-arranged, literary-minded, baroque folk-pop” by All Songs Considered.[1] Their latest full-length album, Extralife, was released in February 2018 by Thirty Tigers.


Darlingside began as a five-piece touring Indie rock band in the fall of 2009. Members (Sam, Don, Auyon, Harris, and David) met as undergraduates while attending Williams College in Williamstown, MA.[2] A previous iteration of the band existed while they were students and included as many as seven members (other members were Eli Walker, Dan Wollin, and Shea Chen).

In 2010, the band went on their first national tour and released a self-produced six-track studio EP, EP 1. They released their debut full-length album, Pilot Machines, in 2012, which was recorded and co-produced by Nathaniel Kunkel (who has worked with Sting, Lyle Lovett, Graham Nash).[3] Writing about Pilot Machines, David Fricke of Rolling Stone praises the band as having “a rich line in acoustic textures and chamber-rock dynamics.”[4]

After Kapala's departure from the band in 2013, Darlingside moved toward a traditional bluegrass set-up (notable because they do not play bluegrass) with all four remaining musicians clustered around a single condenser microphone. Following additional national tours translating their indie-rock songs into quartet arrangements, Darlingside released their second full-length album, Birds Say in September 2015. After headlining across New England on a regional release tour, they further promoted the album on a national tour supporting Grammy Award-winner Patty Griffin at sold-out venues such as the Ryman and Fillmore theaters.[5] Birds Say received critical acclaim from NPR (“exquisitely-arranged, literary-minded, baroque folk-pop”),[6] Rolling Stone (“A ‘must-see’ act...locomotive folk-pop confections so richly executed it's hard to tell if it's one voice or 12”),[7] and The New Yorker (“Sometimes the sunshine breaks out in their harmonies and it feels like 1965 with David Crosby and the Byrds”).[8]

In 2016, Folk Alliance International named Darlingside “Artist of the Year.”[9] In October of the same year, Darlingside released its second EP, Whippoorwill. In 2018 the band performed at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival.[10]

Band Name[edit]

The band's name originates from a songwriting class taken by the band members at Williams College. The course instructor, Bernice Lewis, quoted British writer Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch in teaching the class to “kill your darlings.” Lewis applied this philosophy to songwriting, wherein a favorite line, lick, or riff (“a darling”) might compromise the balance and arc of the song as a whole. The name “Darlingside” is an homage to “killing one’s darlings.” It is spelled with an “s” instead of a “c” (like regicide, fratricide, or homicide) because the band felt the “s” is easier on the eye.[11]


  • EP 1 (2010)
  • Pilot Machines (2012)
  • Woodstock (with Heather Maloney) (2014)
  • Birds Say (2015)
  • Whippoorwill (2016)
  • Extralife (2018)
  • Look Up & Fly Away (2019)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "AmericanaFest Preview: Lucette, Whitey Morgan, Oh Pep! And More". NPR. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Darlingside - About". Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Darlingside - Store". Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  4. ^ Fricke, David. "Fricke's Picks Radio: Rush, Love, Sleaford Mods and Darlingside". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  5. ^ Finn, Timothy. "Darlingside brings violinist Auyon Mukharji back home to Kansas City". Kansas City Star. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  6. ^ "AmericanaFest Preview: Lucette, Whitey Morgan, Oh Pep! And More". NPR. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Americana Music Fest 2015: 27 Must-See Acts". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  8. ^ Seabrook, John. "Harmonious". The New Yorker. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  9. ^ "News - International Folk Music Awards". Folk Alliance International. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  10. ^ "41st Vancouver Folk Music Festival still true to tradition, still young at heart ". July 14, 2018, Vancouver Weekly, Paul Hecht and Elmira Kuznetsova
  11. ^ "Darlingside - About". Retrieved 17 October 2016.