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Passion Pit Cancel More Shows

Passion Pit Cancel More Shows

About two weeks ago, Passion Pit announced that they would be canceling the shows leading up to their performance at Lollapalooza. On the band’s website, frontman Michael Angelakos posted this: On behalf of the band and myself, I would like to greatly apologize for the show cancelations. In order for me to ensure that there […]

Newport Folk Festival: My Morning Jacket

Newport Folk Festival: My Morning Jacket

So the rain cut My Morning Jacket off about ten minutes before their set was scheduled to end, but look at the bright side: Newport folks still got in an entire day of great music, and the weather only turned sour with minutes to go till the end of the day. And My Morning Jacket still […]

Newport Folk Festival: City and Colour

Newport Folk Festival: City and Colour

Juno award winner Dallas Green – otherwise known as City and Colour – closed out Saturday night on the Harbor stage. Canadian singer and songwriter Green was the former vocalist for post-hardcore band Alexisonfire and has since been active in the acoustic and folk music scene. Green typically tours with a full band but tonight […]

Newport Folk Festival: Guthrie Family Reunion

Newport Folk Festival: Guthrie Family Reunion

There was one act on Saturday that was cheerful and fun despite the heavy amount of sorrow it carried beneath the music. The Guthrie Family Reunion group took the stage, armed with all sorts of folk instruments, for a tribute to their father and grandfather (respectively), Woody Guthrie. Made up of several of his children […]

Newport Folk Festival: Patty Griffin

Newport Folk Festival: Patty Griffin

She’s won a Grammy award, has had her songs covered by Emmylou Harris and Kelly Clarkson, and she sung what was perhaps the most intriguing lyric from day one at Newport: “You could cry or die or just make pies all day.” But while the meaning to her song “Making Pies” can be disputed, it’s […]

Newport Folk Festival: Blind Pilot

Newport Folk Festival: Blind Pilot

Portland-based folk rockers Blind Pilot trekked all the way from Oregon and took the Harbor stage by storm tonight in Fort Adams. With overcast skies and a looming gloom of potential rain upon us, Blind Pilot sure kept spirits high. The band was introduced by WERS’ own music director, Kendall Stewart; as a long-time fan […]

Newport Folk Festival: Dawes

Newport Folk Festival: Dawes

The sky had turned from bright and sunny to a discouraging grey as LA’s Dawes took the Fort stage this afternoon, but the main lawn remained dry, barring any repeats of the previous night and allowing for interrupted dancing amongst the audience members. WERS was lucky enough to score an exclusive interview with the band […]

Newport Folk Festival: Sharon Van Etten

Newport Folk Festival: Sharon Van Etten

It seems right for Sharon Van Etten to join the Newport Folk Festival. Given the slightly moody weather when she went onstage – warm winds, humid air, and clouds that were winking out tiny rain drops every few minutes – it was natural to hear music that has one foot in a wandering sadness and […]

Newport Folk Festival: First Aid Kit

Newport Folk Festival: First Aid Kit

Swedish sister duo First Aid Kit stopped by Newport for a set at the intimate Harbor stage on Saturday afternoon. Johanna and Klara Soderberg garnered a mass of attention from Newport goers and filled the tent beyond capacity long before the two stepped on stage. The crowd, with loud cheers, warmly welcomed the band. The […]

Newport Folk Festival: Alabama Shakes

Newport Folk Festival: Alabama Shakes

Alabama Shakes were probably the most hyped band to step foot on the main stage, Fort, today at Newport Folk Festival. This past year has been nothing but buzz for the band. In fact, it’s really more the past eight months or so. The Alabama natives put out their first EP in November of 2011 […]

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