Newport Folk Festival
At 2014's Newport Folk Festival, 5 Discoveries To...07/18/14
The long-running festival has a tremendous history of testing its genre's boundaries. From Anais Mitchell to Death Vessel to the one-man band Reignwolf, download five songs from this year's lineup.
Sarah Jarosz, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013
Sarah Jarosz was still in high school when she signed her record deal, and she released her debut album (2009's Song Up In Her Head) shortly thereafter, but the versatile bluegrass star seemed to emerge fully formed. Hear Jarosz perform new songs as...
Jim James, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013
As lead singer of My Morning Jacket, James specializes in letting his gigantic voice ring out past the rafters in songs that boom and blare. But on his first solo album, he turns inward and recasts himself as a lost wanderer in search of redemption...
The Mountain Goats, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013
The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle spent the 1990s recording his songs solo on low-fidelity equipment like boom boxes. Darnielle now leads a full, versatile band, and his songwriting retains the capacity to stun. Watch excerpts from the Mountain...
Jason Isbell, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013
Jason Isbell was once one of Drive-By Truckers' great songwriting weapons. The Alabama singer-songwriter just released the powerful and profound Southeastern, which candidly addresses his hard fall and hopeful rise. Hear Isbell perform as part of the...
The Lumineers, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013
The Lumineers may have emerged on the pop scene suddenly — scoring a worldwide hit with the band's self-titled 2012 debut album — but the Denver group tooled around in obscurity for years. The Lumineers lead several sing-alongs for a rapturous Newport...
Rayland Baxter, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013
Nashville-bred singer-songwriter Rayland Baxter is your classic folk-rock rambler: He's traveled the world to find inspiration and written songs to reflect his observations along the way. Hear Rayland Baxter perform songs from his debut album as part...
Berklee Gospel & Roots Choir, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013
From Boston's Berklee College of Music, the talented, self-explanatorily named choir intertwines folk and gospel roots. Hear the group perform as part of the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.
Houndmouth, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013
All four members of the Indiana band share lead vocals throughout their warm, rambling debut, From the Hills Below the City. Hear Houndmouth perform as part of the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.
Iris DeMent, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013
Growing up singing alongside 14 siblings in rural Arkansas, the 52-year-old singer-songwriter emerges from another era entirely. After a 16-year absence, DeMent recently returned with a gorgeous album called Sing the Delta. Hear her perform as part of...
Colin Meloy, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013
After announcing that his band would take a long-term hiatus, The Decemberists' frontman focuses on writing, child-rearing and performing solo. Watch members of The Decemberists — at the festival as Black Prairie — and Laura Veirs join Meloy on a...
Andrew Bird, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013
Andrew Bird's records have grown quieter and more intimate in recent years, but he remains a remarkably dynamic live performer. Watch him collaborate with Tift Merritt as part of the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.
Michael Kiwanuka, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013
With a voice that brings to mind the grace of Marvin Gaye or Sam Cooke, the Londoner conjures up the feel of vintage soul in the service of breezily accessible, contemporary-sounding songs.
Tift Merritt, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013
Tift Merritt got her start as a country singer, but the North Carolina native has spent the years since wandering down far-flung side roads. Hear Merritt perform as part of the 2013 Newport Folk Festival
The Felice Brothers, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013
Though it first specialized in rowdy rock 'n' roll, the brother-band has spent the last few years exploring the more reflective side of its barroom-friendly, accordion-enhanced sound on albums like the 2011 hit Celebration, Florida. Hear The Felice...
Lord Huron, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013
The L.A. band Lord Huron has figured out a way to blend the choirboy folk of a Fleet Foxes with the more roiling, polyrhythmic pursuits of a Vampire Weekend. It's an appealing mix of surprisingly complementary sensibilities. Hear Lord Huron perform as...
Black Prairie, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013
When frontman Colin Meloy put The Decemberists on long-term hiatus to focus on other projects, the remaining members needed their own fresh musical outlet. Fortunately, two musicians were already spending their time with the instrumental roots-folk...
Spirit Family Reunion, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013
The Brooklyn band Spirit Family Reunion calls its sound "open-door gospel." It's another way of saying that the group plays wide-open songs of celebration. After a breakthrough performance last year, the sextet returns for two spots in 2013's lineup....
The Avett Brothers, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013
Led by North Carolina brothers Seth and Scott Avett, the band blends showmanship and poignancy. Their songs reflect thoughtfully on life and death and love, while toggling between swoonily pretty roots-pop ballads and frenetic, barnstorming...
Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013
It's not a stretch to call U.K. singer-songwriter Frank Turner a folksinger, especially when he performs solo with an acoustic guitar. But he's also a rocker, a punk and a storyteller. Hear Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls perform as part of the 2013...
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