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Newport Folk Festival expands its scope

Indeed much has changed since the historic and genre-defining Newport Folk Festival resumed in 1986 after a 15-year hiatus.
Plugged into 2011
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  July 29, 2011
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Review: Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel

You might expect that a sycophantic documentary about Hugh Hefner would suggest that Hef invented tits and ass. Brigitte Berman's Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel goes farther.
Rabbit run: Hef poses as a history maker
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  August 13, 2010
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Review: Suzanne Vega at Sanders Theatre

At the request of former Czech President Vaclav Havel, folk/alt-rock legend Suzanne Vega performed in Prague on Saturday with the likes of Lou Reed and Joan Baez to honor the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.
Suzanne Vega, live at Harvard's Sanders Theatre, November 6, 2009
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  November 20, 2009
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Heat wave

"It's so hot!" Bat for Lashes multi-instrumentalist frontwoman Natasha Khan was sweating it out between songs en route to her piano stage left. "So are you!" yelled a girl in the crowd.
Bat for Lashes, live at Paradise Rock Club, August 13, 2009
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 21, 2009
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Covering the bottom end - and the bottom line

The biggest news made by the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals the past two weekends was that they happened at all.
Newport Jazz comes back with a bang
By JON GARELICK  |  August 14, 2009
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Review: Buffy Sainte-Marie | Running for the Drum

Recent live appearances by Buffy Sainte-Marie show her, once again, setting herself apart from early colleagues like Joan Baez and Judy Collins.
Appleseed (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  August 14, 2009


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The music man

Forty years after a half-million hippies descended on a sprawling dairy farm in upstate New York, Woodstock has become shorthand for an entire epoch.
George Wein, the father of American music festivals, reflects on bringing world-class folk and jazz (and more) to Newport
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 07, 2009
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Photos: George Wein's Folk Festival 2009

Photos from George Wein's 50th annual Folk Festival at Fort Adams State Park, Newport.
Photos of Deer Tick, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, Judy Collins and more at the Newport folk festival
By RICHARD MCCAFFREY  |  August 07, 2009
Newport Folk Fest 2009: 50th Anniversary

Newport Folk Fest 2009: 50th Anniversary


  This year’s a big ’un for the Newport Folk Fest, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2009 — as does the career of headliner...
By Shaula Clark  |  July 29, 2009
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Trail of tunes

The best summer music festivals take something from the season: the smell of the surf, the sight of the mountains, fireworks, lawn seating — or, at least, fried dough.
Music al fresco at summer fests
By CLEA SIMON  |  June 12, 2009

Defy Shepard Fairey

There is nothing radical about Shepard Fairey. There is nothing guerilla about Shepard Fairey.
Letters to the Boston editor, November 7, 2008
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Forever young

When I first get Joan Baez on the phone, my burning question is what she thinks of the upcoming presidential election.  
At 67, Joan Baez is more diamonds than rust
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 27, 2008
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Bob Dylan Unboxed

This October, Columbia Records is releasing Tell-Tale Signs: Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006 , a collection of recordings by Bob Dylan that are different from recordings issued on the seven studio albums he released in that period.  
Everything you wanted to know about Tell-Tale Signs but were afraid to buy
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  October 15, 2008
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Interview: Dick Smothers

The Smothers Brothers have spent 50 years in funny business.
Mom always liked him best
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 17, 2008
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Going on sale: July 4, 2008

James Dewees of Reggie and the Full Effect, Icy Demons, the Wedding Present and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  July 02, 2008
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Keys to our hearts

"I’ve never been someone that goes to the ‘it’ places and does the ‘it’ things and goes to the ‘it’ restaurant and go to the ‘it’ club. I like more off-the-beaten-path kind of things."
Interview: Alicia Keys on first love, the White Stripes, and being a Bob Dylan muse
By JASON O'BRYAN  |  June 05, 2008


Crossword: ''Did I stutter?''


Sure sounded like it
By MATT JONES  |  February 06, 2008
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Karen Dalton

Dalton pours herself so fully into each tune, it’s no wonder she flamed out.
Cotton Eyed Joe | Delmore: 2CDs, 1 DVD
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  February 05, 2008
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Show and tell

After a brief late-December break from the usual boatload of good shows, the flood picks up right where it left off in early January.
A whole new year of live music
By WILL SPITZ  |  January 04, 2008

Save the dates, and get your tickets

Here’s a guide to some you might want to buy early for, a few of which have already been rescheduled due to recent snowstorms.
Music seen: 2008 in preview
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  December 26, 2007
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Covering Dylan

Dylan is his own cover band.
From Newport to I’m Not There
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  November 20, 2007


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Corleone turns 10

Ten years of doing anything these days has to be considered an unmitigated success.
Celebrating a decade of underground excavation
By BOB GULLA  |  October 17, 2007
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Going on sale: September 21, 2007

Sia, Melt Banana, Everyday Visuals, and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  September 18, 2007
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Open city

In the pioneering early-’80s days of the Toronto Film Festival, the audience actually rose before movie showings for a canned recording of “God Save the Queen.”
The 2007 Toronto Film Festival
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 18, 2007
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Masters of Muppets

Here are some of our fave muppet musical moments.
The 20 best musical moments on the original Muppet Show .
By CARLY CARIOLI AND RYAN STEWART  |  August 27, 2007
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What would Guthrie say about America in 2007?

This year’s edition of the Newport Folk Festival was almost perfect.
Just folks
By BRIAN C JONES  |  August 15, 2007


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Urban bards

“You’ll find us. We’ll sound like Kenny G on acid.”
The summer sidewalk subculture that enlivens the city all year round
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 01, 2007
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Keepin' it realtor

There’s an old Saturday Night Live sketch — not, truth be told, one of the show’s funniest moments — called “Rock & Roll Real-estate Agent.”
Rock and rolling all night is tough with an unforgiving day job. That’s why the shredding set love real estate.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 01, 2007

Waters runs deep

This article originally appeared in the June 23, 1981 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Lunch with director John Waters
By OWEN GLEIBERMAN  |  November 15, 2006

The 20 greatest concerts in Boston history: 16


Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue | Harvard Square Theatre | November 20, 1975
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 25, 2006