Milk Carton Kids
Calvin College Chapel, Grand Rapids
May 7, 8 p.m.
$15 public, $5 students with ID
calvin.edu/sao, (616) 526-6282
We don't think the world really ever have enough eccentric, folksy mellow dudes. Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan, better known as the indie guitar duo Milk Carton Kids, were astute enough to perceive of the never-ending demand for a gentle guitar lick over an introspective lyric. And so far, their endeavor into contemporary rock land has paid off: MCK has only been in business since 2011, yet has garnered comparisons to venerable fore-bearers like the Everly Brothers, Simon & Garfunkel and Gillian Welch. Now three albums deep and almost continuously on tour, Pattengale and Ryan are hitting up Calvin College on May 7, setting out to prove what they’re always setting out to prove: a solid set of classic, low-key folk melodies will never find itself wavering without an eager fan base. Don’t expect to see these Kids on a dairy-sponsored roster of missing persons any time soon.