Newport Folk Festival
Aug 9, 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 and comfort. Hear James perform as part of the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.
Aug 6, 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 Goats' Newport set, which includes a song unfamiliar even to diehards: "Animal Mask."
Jul 28, 2013 — The rising Brooklyn folk-pop band infuses its songs with charm, radiant hooks and intense emotions. Formed as a creative outlet for singer Zach Williams as his wife recovered from an accident that nearly paralyzed her, The Lone Bellow performs with a sense of necessity. Hear the band perform as part of the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.
Jul 30, 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 version of "Yankee Bayonet."
Jul 30, 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.
Jul 29, 2013 — See Beck groove, Jim James twist and fans dance in the rain in endlessly looped pixels.
Jul 30, 2013 — A young, Niger-born Tuareg guitarist inspired by the wizardry of Saharan rock bands like Tinariwen, Omar Moctar (a.k.a. Bombino) has helped make African music more relatable to U.S. Watch Bombino perform as part of the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.
Jul 28, 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 punk-bluegrass hybrids. Watch the band encore with "I And Love And You" and hear the full set.
Jul 29, 2013 — The final day felt like the last day of camp as folks came together to say goodbye.
Jul 27, 2013 — The New Orleans band exists as a vehicle for the powerhouse songs of singer-songwriter Alynda Lee Segarra, whose gigantic voice conveys the grit of bluesy soul while still fitting within the realms of rootsy folk and country. Hear Hurray for the Riff Raff perform as part of the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.