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The Mountain Goats Announce Tour

The Mountain Goats Announce Tour

The Mountain Goats have released tour dates for their TUTTLINGEN WARRIORS TOUR 2013, but this time around, there will only be two members on stage. Jon Wurster, originally the drummer of Superchunk, joined John Daniel and Peter Hughes in 2007, but Daniel explained through the band’s site, that Wurster will not be able to make […]

Newport Folk Festival: Jackson Browne

Newport Folk Festival: Jackson Browne

It’s always sad to see the weekend-long events of Newport Folk Fest wrap up on Sunday evening, and there was one more performance to go before the festival officially concluded. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jackson Browne was scheduled as the headliner for Sunday, and it was a fitting way to end the […]

Newport Folk Festival: The Tallest Man on Earth

Newport Folk Festival: The Tallest Man on Earth

It seems Newport has a sweet spot for the Swedish. Folk duo First Aid Kit delicately sang on Saturday and folk singer The Tallest Man on Earth performed this Sunday to close out Newport Folk Festival’s Harbor stage for the weekend.  The Tallest Man on Earth, whose real name is Kristian Matsson, is actually not that tall. […]

Newport Folk Festival: Punch Brothers

Newport Folk Festival: Punch Brothers

Progressive bluegrass band, Punch Brothers, were introduced as the final set of the night and festival for the Quad stage inside of Fort Adams as “a band that has great songwriting skills or just a band that can really play their instruments.” Vocalist and mandolin player Chris Thile was accompanied by his band: Gabe Witcher […]

Newport Folk Festival: Conor Oberst

Newport Folk Festival: Conor Oberst

My expectation for Conor Oberst’s set on Sunday was that the entire audience would be bawling their eyes out to every song as they sung along. But as I glanced around the crowd at the Fort stage, I was surprised to see that everybody appeared dry-eyed and content– no emotional breakdowns here. Known as being […]

Newport Folk Festival: tUnE-yArDs

Newport Folk Festival: tUnE-yArDs

Judging a book by its cover is generally frowned upon; it steals the book’s chance of telling you what the story is about before you even pick it up and read the summary. The downside is that we’re human and almost always make this mistake. The upside is that it isn’t necessarily always bad. Just look at […]

Newport Folk Festival: The Head and the Heart

Newport Folk Festival: The Head and the Heart

The cool afternoon breezes made Seattle folk rockers The Head and the Heart feel right at home on the Fort main stage on Sunday. Lead vocalist Josiah Johnson took the stage with guitarist Jonathan Russell, violinist Charity Rose Thielen, bassist Chris Zasche, and drummer Tyler Williams. This was the band’s second year performing at Newport, […]

Newport Folk Festival: Tom Morello

Newport Folk Festival: Tom Morello

With his signature black and red cap and dark aviator shades mysteriously hiding his eyes, Grammy award-winning musician Tom Morello took the Quad stage at Newport Folk Festival this Sunday afternoon to an anxious and loving crowd. Before Morello even showed his face, the audience cheered just when the stage crew was checking his equipment. […]

Newport Folk Festival: Gary Clark Jr.

Newport Folk Festival: Gary Clark Jr.

On-air DJ and Assistant Program Director Ben Holt took the stage introduce and get the crowd excited for Gary Clark Jr., who played a late afternoon set at Newport’s Quad stage on Sunday. The 28-year-old bluesy guitar wizard–  based out of Austin, Texas– has performed at an event at the White House with greats like […]

Newport Folk Festival: Charles Bradley

Newport Folk Festival: Charles Bradley

If there’s anything I love about funk and soul, it’s when the bass and vocals collide. If you stopped by the Fort stage this Sunday to see Charles Bradley, then that’s exactly what you got. His group, The Extraordinaires, started things off with a jamming track the featured all of their instruments: trumpet, saxophone, drums, […]

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