25 Songs: Golem

Our featured artist for day #11 in our accordion advent calendar is neither an animated being created from clay, nor a character from Lord of the Rings. Led by singer/accordionist Annette Ezekiel Kogan, Golem is a klezmer/”Eastern European folk-punk band” (their own description) from New York City, and a damn good one at that. Combining Jewish folk music with a punk ethos, their music is rowdy, but reverent — Yiddish lyrics are often belted out in-between snarky English asides. Recommended for fans of Geoff Berner.

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