Newport Folk Festival
Jul 27, 2012 — Opening with Woody Guthrie's "Christ for President," Wilco played a two-hour career-spanning set that culminated in an encore featuring Guthrie's granddaughter, Sarah Lee. Hear the band at the 2012 Newport Folk Festival, recorded live on Friday, July 27 in Newport, R.I.
Aug 17, 2012 — Fans overflowed well beyond the point at which they could reasonably be expected to see the singer on stage, as Kristian Matsson blazed through songs from each of his records, with an emphasis on this summer's terrific There's No Leaving Now.
Aug 7, 2012 — On stage, backed by a full band and ace utility player Heather Broderick, Van Etten alternately exudes quiet confidence, sweet shyness and bold aggression, depending on a given song or moment, and never lets her audience's attention lag.
Aug 2, 2012 — Working off a blues-rock template, Clark infuses his gritty songs with soul, pop and even reggae. Don't be stunned if he blossoms into a next-generation blues icon in the next few years; he's already well on his way.
Jul 30, 2012 — tUnE-yArDs' strange, joyous concoction is wild, rhythmic, layered and swirling with surprises. Leader Merrill Garbus forms a cut-up collage of coos, howls and bold statements of purpose, but her live shows fan out into epic rave-ups, complete with a pair of saxophonists.
Jul 30, 2012 — Watkins' new album, Sun Midnight Sun, is a smart, surprising collection of sweetly hooky songs that rest within pop, country and folk on the Venn diagram of musical genres.
Jul 30, 2012 — Since expanding from a duo into a sextet, Blind Pilot has given its warmly catchy, charmingly delicate folk-pop a bit of a propulsive kick. Both of the band's albums are stuffed with ringers: It's never released a bad song, and that's some kind of wonder to behold.
Jul 29, 2012 — In concert, the soulful blues-rock band's music reached ecstatic, rafter-shaking heights. Singer Brittany Howard has the bearing, power and charisma of a star twice her age, but on stage, she's positively dominant.
Jul 28, 2012 — Early this year, the Swedish sister act broke through with a lovely album called The Lion's Roar, which mixes wearily winsome mountain music with a welcome sunny side in tracks like "Emmylou" — an ode to musical couples seemingly made for the Newport crowd.
Jul 29, 2012 — As much as Bradley exudes funky, live-wire energy — his years impersonating James Brown weren't wasted — what really fuels his music is perspective: Real-deal experience, and an understanding of hardship, infuses every note he sings.