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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: 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: honeyhoney

Newport Folk Festival: honeyhoney

The staff at WERS have been more or less stalking honeyhoney for a few months now. It started at SXSW this past Spring in Austin, Texas, and soon after that, we invited the folk duo for an in-studio performance in Boston. Now we found Suzanne Santo and Ben Jaffe at the Harbor stage at Newport […]

Newport Folk Festival: Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Newport Folk Festival: Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Lift your top hat and shake out your black cane; when the Preservation Hall Jazz Band take the stagem you’ll want your tap shoes to be shined and ready to dance. Armed with classic jazz instruments (but spruced with paint and spirit), the band took the main stage this Saturday afternoon to deliver Newport’s famous […]

Newport Folk Festival: Jonny Corndawg

Newport Folk Festival: Jonny Corndawg

Jonny Corndawg drew a huge crowd for his second year at Newport, completely filling the Quad Stage’s several hundred seats as well as several layers surrounding the edges of the tent. Onlookers eagerly edged forward to try and get a closer look at Corndawg for his live set that shocked listeners wide awake better than […]

Newport Folk Festival: Exclusive Dawes Interview

Newport Folk Festival: Exclusive Dawes Interview

It’s Saturday at Newport Folk Festival and who better to chat with than with the WERS favorite Dawes? I sat down for an exclusive interview with Griffin Goldsmith, Taylor Goldsmith, Tay Strathairn, Wylie Gelber and before they hit the main stage this afternoon to hear about their thoughts on Newport, how they perform, and their growing fame. Nina: What’s it […]

Newport Folk Festival: Spirit Family Reunion

Newport Folk Festival: Spirit Family Reunion

Spirit Family Reunion were the second band to play Newport’s Harbor stage this weekend, and even with being so early in the lineup, they delivered a performance I’m sure to be using as a standard for others for the remainder of the festival. The six-piece New York City group induced much hand-clapping during their set […]

Newport Folk Festival: Brown Bird

Newport Folk Festival: Brown Bird

Rhode Island natives David Lamb and Morgan Eve Swain of Brown Bird kicked off the festival at Newport’s Fort Stage early Saturday morning. While this was not Brown Bird’s first time at the festival, it was Lamb and Swain’s great pleasure to be featured on this year’s main stage. “It feels so great that Newport has faith in […]

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