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We did the thing, and got the thing. Our username is now the (more obvious) “insomniacfolklore” instead of “if_music”. Follow us and see what we’re up to! Or at least what our turtles are up to...June 14, 2015

New Shows Up!

We are only planning a few shows this summer, so that we can focus on making our album the best that in can be. Keep an eye out for news about our extra-special engagements here and on our Facebook page! June 14, 2015


The last year has been full of changes and challenges, as well as new opportunities. As it has been a while since we've seen most of you, here is a little about what we've been up to and our plans for the coming months.

Tyler and Adrienne recently moved into a modest townhome in Nashville, Tennessee. After nearly four years of marriage, it is our first home together. While we enjoy traveling and staying with our families, after several years of that life, it's a delight to finally have space to unpack our bags, relax, and create together, as well as focus on our own relationship a bit! Amanda is currently mastering the arts and sciences of coffee back in St. Louis, but don't worry - she still plans to record and tour with us!

We never expected to end up in Nashville, but we are excited to build friendships, collaborate with other artists, and grow as musicians, performers, and people here.
In the coming years, we look forward to making recordings that will surpass in quality and scope anything we have done so far.

We are currently in the process of recording our next album, Everything Will Burn, slated for release this winter. We are so excited because this is going to be our best-sounding album yet! This is a later release than we initially planned for this album, but we're pleased to be taking extra time to make sure it's just right, developing the themes, arrangements and moods, and seeking out the right tools and the right people to get the best results possible.

The album itself examines 2014 and 2015 through a prophetic, apocalyptic lens, while calling out individuals' identities, authorities, and gifts. It explores the interplay of technology, humanity, and creation through the imagined eyes of a modern-day Moses. Musically, this album will be a bit of a departure from our last couple of releases as we wander into deeper and darker territory, flirting with such brooding influences as Leonard Cohen and Johnny Cash.

We're hard at work crafting a dynamic new live show to accompany this album, along with top-notch artwork and all kinds of spiffy new posters, t-shirts, coffee mugs, and more.

And here's where things get really interesting.

Over the years, many of you have asked for ways to support us and help us continue to travel and make music. We appreciate your desire to partner with us very much and have given the matter careful thought, because we absolutely do need help to grow, and because you genuinely matter to us.

Right now we're working on some ideas to help us cultivate a closer relationship with our supporters, while enabling us to create, record, and perform at higher level of quality with - hopefully - reduced dependence on crowdfunding. Watch for more announcements on these exciting developments coming soon.

All the best,
Insomniac Folklore
May 20, 2015

Sweet Summer Treats!

Hot new items are now available in our online store! We are working hard to get ready for summer tour. Your orders help! May 29th, 2014

Recollections & Premonitions Tour

Booking booking booking. We can't wait to see you! We're especially excited about Audiofeed Festival this year. Come hang out with us! May 29th, 2014

Show this Weekend!

Hello again friends! We are excited to play this weekend with our full lineup at Laughing Horse Books in Portland. How fun! In other news, we have also started booking our summer tour. We can't wait to see you this summer! Email us if you want us to come to your town! (P.S. Happy Birthday to our awesome nephew Malachi!) April 2, 2014

With or without "With or Without U2"

Tyler recently came across this article wherin the author claims to have baked a delicious pecan tart whilst listening to "With or Without U2" from our aptly-named b-sides album, What a Mess. We've spent the last several years denying that this song exists. But if it inspires pie....Jan. 17, 2014

Happy New Year!

Hello friends. We hope the holidays have treated you well. Now we are bumming around coffeehouses in Portland, sipping warm beverages, booking shows and watching the rain. We have some exciting plans for this year, and some awesome shows in the works. More news as it develops. We hope to see you soon :) Jan. 9, 2014

Making Progress on Everything will Burn!

We are making headway on our new record, polishing songs and getting ready to record! We are really excited about where this project is going, and we think you'll like it, too. It's not too late to pre-order your copy through our Kickstarter, and even get your name in the album credits! Remember, on Kickstarter you won't be charged a dime until we have enough pledges to meet our goal. Visit our fundraising page to listen to demos of our new songs! November 14, 2013

New Album Announced

Dear friends, we are very pleased to announce our latest project, Everything will Burn. This record, coming Spring 2014, will deal with themes of prophecy, history, love, and apocalypse. It will also be our first ever release on vinyl. This month, we are raising money on Kickstarter to help cover the costs of pressing the album. More details available on our fundraising page! Thanks for your support and love! November 5, 2013

Free Download - “Listen to your Parents (but don't trust the government)”

You can now download our popular educational children's song for FREE at Bandcamp and practically anywhere else you like. It features guest appearances by the impish and delightful Fable Cry siblings. Pass it around! October 4, 2013

Gearing up for Steamcon V!

We are pleased to announce we are playing the Cabaret stage once again at Steamcon V in Bellevue, Washington, October 26.

Welcome to the West Coast

Hello friends! We just arrived back in Oregon a few days ago after 6 months of touring! We had a great time and even got to spend a few days among the buffalo in Yellowstone National Park. We are almost done unpacking and washing our clothes. We have also ordered some new recording equipment and can't wait to try it out. (In between finding someplace to live and getting, you know, regular jobs.) We're also shopping around for a hollow-body guitar. If you'd like to help us out...let us know. September 4th, 2013

On the Home Stretch!

Only 6 weeks of tour left and things are going great! We had a wonderful time at Audio Feed, and we are looking forward to Wild Goose. Lots of wonderful shows coming up in: MO, KS, IA, NE, MN, IN, NC, TN, CO, ID, WA and more! We can't wait. July. 19th, 2013

Ohio means Good Morning

and tonight we're playing at Ghostlight Coffee in Dayton. We are still looking for shows around the Midwest in June! Please write us on facebook or at insomniacfolklore at hotmail dot com if you can help.
June 1, 2013

Hello from Nashville!

Greetings, Folk Family! Today we are hanging out in Nashville, TN after an exhilarating weekend of shows with the darling Fable Cry siblings. We are looking forward to playing the 2013 Steampunk World’s Fair in just a few weeks (May 17-19)!
May 7, 2013

“You Have Died” Tour

Hi friends! We are currently staying in St. Louis, MO on a temporary break from our exciting tour! We have welcomed a brand-new nephew into this world, and are spending time with friends. We'll be back on the road soon. You can check our schedule here to see where we’re off too next, and, as always, please contact us if you’d like to see us in your town. :)
Apr. 4, 2013

Kickstarter page up for New T-shirts!

Hey friends, we have only a couple days to fund our Kickstarter and print new t-shirts before we leave on tour! Please visit our page and pre-order something! You guys rock. Jan 23, 2013

Happy Holidays from Insomniac Folklore

It is that time of year again, and we are pleased to announce the release of our first ever Christmas EP! You can download it absolutely FREE of charge at our Bandcamp page.
This is our gift, from us to you. Happy Holidays! Dec. 18, 2012

Back in the Great Northwest

As of September, Insomniac Folklore is officially back in the Northwest. We had a great time with all of you at X-Fest Northwest, and are looking forward to playing more shows around Oregon! Be sure to write us if you would like us to play in your town! Sept 15, 2012

SteamCon & More!

We are looking forward to playing SteamCon IV’s Phantom Cabaret in a few weeks, and we hope to see you there! We are also thrilled to be playing some shows before and after SteamCon with the lovely Unwoman, so if you can’t make it to the steampunk convention, console yourself at Cottage Grove’s Axe & Fiddle on Oct. 24th or Portland’s Jade Lounge on the 29th.
In other news, we have two new music videos in the works, for “The Scariest thing in the Dark” and “Sleep in Your Car”.
Oh, and E.P. and Oh Well are back in stock. Oct. 10, 2012

The Scariest Thing in the Dark is a hit with kids!

The reviews are in - our new E.P. has become quite popular among our friends’ children (perhaps because they are naturally more aware of the biological oddities lurking in the dark corners of every home). If you often experience the pitter patter of little feet creeping about in the twilight, our delightfully devious collection of bedtime stories and lullabies may be just the thing for you. June 5, 2012

Insomniac Folklore Summer Touring

We areA happy to be back on the road! We will be touring most of the summer and fall. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and check back here for updates! A list of shows we need help with can be found here. We appreciate your support! June 5, 2012

Gearing up for Festival Season

Insomniac Folklore is set to play Cornerstone Festival this summer as well as XFEST Northwest. We hope to see you there!

Phantom Tollbooth gives Runaways 4.5 out of 5

Writer Matt Crosslin describes the album as “one fun, dark, twisted, and challenging ride through some equally interesting musical territory . . . one of the more original sounds I have heard in a while.” You can read his entire review here. Feb. 2, 2012

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New E.P. The Scariest Thing in the Dark is now available!

Featuring a short story by Amanda (narrated by Tyler) several new and previously-unreleased songs, and additional spoken word bits by the renowned Daniel Otto Jack Petersen. Album art by Adrienne. The Scariest Thing in the Dark is now available on Bandcamp and at our shows! March 12, 2012

T-shirts are now available online!

Both of our t-shirts are now featured in our online store, to keep you feeling both comfy and rad. In other news, Bandcamp now allows us to sell real things! CDs and t-shirts can be found there as well. Feb. 3, 2012

Tyler to tour with Kevin Schlereth in March

That’s right, friends, Tyler is planning a solo Midwest tour with Friend Kevin in March. Keep an eye on our upcoming shows, and be sure to write if you want to see them in your town! January 20, 2012

New E.P. in the works

Between summer booking, working, continuing development on Hands, Lips, & Eyes, and missing Oregon, Tyler and Amanda have begun writing songs for a fanciful new E.P., tentatively named The Scariest Thing in the Dark. Check back often for more information. January 2012

Dr. Folklore’s very own (only somewhat musical) Blog

After a very long hiatus (Xanga, anyone??), Dr. Folklore himself has returned to the realm of blogging. If you desire to read words from his head, you can read them here.January 2012

Destroy Nate Allen needs your help!

Our good friends Destroy Nate Allen need your support to help them put out their best album yet! We think it would be super cool of you to visit their Kickstarter page and pre-order some stuff.January 5, 2012

Insomniac Folklore wants to hear from you!

We want to put together a video interview made up of questions YOU submit! You can ask us about ANYTHING! Music, hair styles, turtles, religion, etc... Make a note if you have a question for a particular band member. If you would like to submit some questions, please email them to Tyler at We look forward to hearing from you! December 9, 2011

Vintage Vinyl

Runaways, L.P., and E.P. are all available at Vintage Vinyl on the Delmar Loop. When you get a chance, stop on over and show your local record store some love. Sept. 2011

Insomniac Folklore announces the release of our brand-new music video!

That’s right, folks! Insomniac Folklore has finally produced a music video. You can see the “Useless” flick here or on YouTube. Nov. 3, 2011

Runaways hits

We have been discovering internet radio and loving it! Our recently updated profile on now features our latest album, Runaways in addition to a slew of older stuff.
Add us to your library to make us smile! Sept. 2011

Solo Tour with Kat Jones

If you live between Nashville and Portland, keep an eye out for Tyler and Kat later this month! More information as it materializes. Booking inquiries can be sent to Tyler.Sept. 10, 2011

Runaways hits stores in St. Louis!

If you haven't had a chance to pick up our latest album, you can now find it at Euclid Records in downtown Webster and at Apop Records on Cherokee Street. It should soon be available at Vintage Vinyl, as well. Aug. 2011

Folklore, Narcissism, Destruction split now available on Bandcamp!

Visit Bandcamp to download the recent triple split with Destroy Nate Allen and Self-Proclaimed Narcissist. The album is available for a donation, but you must visit all three pages to collect all the songs. Happy hunting! August 2011

Home from Tour

Thanks to everyone who made this summer awesome. More. Aug. 7, 2011

The Traveling Mandolin

Wonder how we are doing on tour? Our violin player Lisa is documenting our adventures on her blog July 2011.

New album release!

We are proud to announce the release of our brand-new album, A Place Where Runaways Are Not Alone! This album features some of our favorite songs like “Bodies and Arson” and an extra-special guest appearance by Dr. Otto NoBot. You can find Runaways at Cornerstone Festival this week or at any show on our Summer Tour! If you can't make it out or just can't wait that long, you can always download a digital copy from Bandcamp. June 24, 2011

Dr. Folklore on the Upcoming Album

Check out the cover art and find out more about IF's upcoming album, A Place Where Runaways Are Not Alone in this note from Tyler. May 13, 2011

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