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Catching up with the Rice Cakes

Roz, Casey, and Justin continue their epic musical quest
Roz, Casey, and Justin continue their epic musical quest
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 10, 2013
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Photos: Newport Folk Festival 2012

The Newport Folk Festival takes over Adams State Park in Newport RI on July 28-29, 2012.
Adams State Park, Newport RI | July 28-29, 2012
By RYAN MCMAHON  |  August 03, 2012
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Tracing the sound of the Head and the Heart

With the twist of classic pop that they bring to the dourness of the current indie-folk sound, the Head and the Heart were one of the breakout acts of last year’s Newport Folk Festival.
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By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  July 27, 2012
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Road Trippin’: 25 shows across New England you need to see before Labor Day

While we agree that kicking back in a shady backyard with a plate of barbecue, a cooler of cold brews, and some good tunes spinning on the iPod deck is one hell of a way to while away a lazy summer afternoon, we'd like to suggest that you get a bit more
Sounds of summer
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 08, 2012
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Photos: Gogol Bordello + Ramblin Jack Elliot + Pete Seeger at the Newport Folk Festival

Gogol Bordello, Ramblin Jack Elliot and Pete Seeger perform at the  Newport Folk Festival  on July 30, 2011.
Fort Stage + Harbor Stage | July 30, 2011
By ALI DONOHUE  |  August 05, 2011
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Photos: Elvis Costello + Head & the Heart at the Newport Folk Festival

Elvis Costello and Head & the Heart perform at the Newport Folk Festival on July 31, 2011.
Harbor Stage + Fort Stage | July 31, 2011
By ALI DONOHUE  |  August 05, 2011


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Photos: Tegan and Sara + Mavis Staples + The Decemberists at Newport Folk Festival

Tegan and Sara, Mavis Staples, and The Decemberists perform at the  Newport Folk Festival  on July 30, 2011.
Quad Stage + Fort Stage | July 30, 2011
By JANICE CHECCHIO  |  August 05, 2011
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Photos: Wanda Jackson + Justin Townes Earle + M. Ward at the Newport Folk Festival

Wanda Jackson, Justin Townes Earle, and M. Ward perform at the  Newport Folk Festival  on July 31, 2011.
Fort Stage + Quad Stage | July 31, 2011
By JANICE CHECCHIO  |  August 05, 2011
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Photos: Freelance Whales + Delta Spirit at the Newport Folk Festival

Freelance Whales and Delta Spirit perform on the Quad Stage at the  Newport Folk Festival  on July 30, 2011.
Quad Stage | July 30, 2011
By JANICE CHECCHIO  |  August 05, 2011
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Photos: Carolina Chocolate Drops + Civil Wars + Chris Thile and Michael Daves at the Newport Folk Festival

Carolina Chocolate Drops, Civil Wars, and Chris Thile and Michael Daves perform at the  Newport Folk Festival  on July 31, 2011.
Fort Stage + Harbor Stage | July 31, 2011
By ALI DONOHUE  |  August 05, 2011
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Photos: David Wax Museum + Brown Bird + Mountain Man at the Newport Folk Festival

David Wax Museum, Brown Bird, and Mountain Man perform at  Newport Folk Festival  on July 31, 2011.
Fort Stage + Harbor Stage | July 31, 2011
By JANICE CHECCHIO AND ALI DONOHUE  |  August 05, 2011


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Photos: Devil Makes Three + Gillian Welch + Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three at the Newport Folk Festival

Devil Makes Three, Gillian Welch, and Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three perform at the  Newport Folk Festival  on July 30, 2011.
Harbor Stage + Fort Stage | July 30, 2011
By ALI DONOHUE  |  August 05, 2011
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Photos: Seeger Clogging Allstars + Trampled by Turtles at the Newport Folk Festival

Seeger Clogging Allstars and Trampled by Turtles perform on the Quad Stage at the  Newport Folk Festival  on July 31, 2011.
Quad Stage | July 31, 2011
By ALI DONOHUE  |  August 05, 2011
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Photos: Jonny Corndawg + Middle Brother + Emmylou Harris at Newport Folk Festival

Jonny Corndawg, Middle Brother, and Emmylou Harris perform at the  Newport Folk Festival  on July 31, 2011.
Quad Stage + Fort Stage | July 31, 2011
By JANICE CHECCHIO  |  August 05, 2011

[newportfolk exclusive] Brown Bird plays backstage + chats with the Phoenix


 A few hours after their set at the Newport Folk Festival on Sunday afternoon, Providence's Brown Bird took some time to chat with the the...
By Liz Pelly  |  August 02, 2011

[newportfolk] Seattle's the Head and the Heart, live from the Harbor stage


Upon the recommendation of many, I pulled myself away from Middle Brother's early introductions on the Quad (before they'd morph into a three-song Dawes set)...
By Michael Marotta  |  July 31, 2011


[newportfolk] Justin Townes Earle "They Killed John Henry," live from the Quad stage


It was no small order following Trampled By Turtles on the Quad stage this afternoon at Newport Folk -- what with their packed-out, continuously-growing crowd...
By Michael Marotta  |  July 31, 2011
[newportfolk] Tegan and Sara played all the hits to superfan folk

[newportfolk] Tegan and Sara played all the hits to superfan folk


Considering its eclectic line-up, this year's Newport Folk Festival proves that in 2011, it's hard to define what is and is not part of "folk...
By Liz Pelly  |  July 31, 2011

[newportfolk] Ramblin' Jack Elliott talks Woody Guthrie, plays with Pete Seeger, covers Bob Dylan


 Amongst the younger acts on the line-up of Newport Folk Festival's first day -- many of which play folk-influenced music rather than purely straight-up "folk"...
By Liz Pelly  |  July 30, 2011

[newportfolk] Sky high, towering over Gogol Bordello


While Newport Folk was getting gypsy-punk'd this afternoon downm in Rhode Island, we were welcomed to the top of Fort Adams for an aerial view...
By Michael Marotta  |  July 30, 2011

[newportfolk] Going throwback with Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three


Slicked-back hair -- check. Perfectly worn-in suit? Check. Gorgeous ladyfriend straight off the pin-up? Check. Engaging, time-machine performance on the Harbor stage at this year's...
By Michael Marotta  |  July 30, 2011


[newportfolk] On-stage twitpics from Day 1: Tegan & Sara, Pokey LaFarge, Delta Spirit, Freelance Whales

[newportfolk] On-stage twitpics from Day 1: Tegan & Sara, Pokey LaFarge, Delta Spirit, Freelance Whales


...And here are some of NEWPORT FOLK FEST'S Day 1 highlights from on the stage. Standing out among a host of great Saturday performances were...
By Michael Marotta  |  July 30, 2011
[newportfolk] Off-stage twitpics from Day 1 at Fort Adams State Park

[newportfolk] Off-stage twitpics from Day 1 at Fort Adams State Park


Day 1 of NEWPORT FOLK FEST wrapped up just a few hours ago with a closing set on the main stage by the Decemberists, who...
By Michael Marotta  |  July 30, 2011
Our favorite gypsypunk marauders were at Newport this afternoon....

Our favorite gypsypunk marauders were at Newport this afternoon....


Our favorite gypsypunk marauders were at Newport this afternoon. (Remember that time they played our hotel room?). Here’s the set… nprmusic: Gogol Bordello live from...
By  |  July 30, 2011
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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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Get ready to ramble: 21 shows you need to see before September

Every summer, in addition to swarms of mosquitoes and fanny-packed tourists, New England hosts a massive invasion of live music.  
One solid summer
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 10, 2011


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Lissie | Catching a Tiger

Anyone who walked the grounds at the Newport Folk Festival a few weeks back knows that the modern-folk music tag cuts a pretty broad swath.
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By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  August 20, 2010
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Photos: Newport Folk Festival, part one

The Low Anthem, Yim Yames, John Prine, Sharon Jones, Edward Sharpe and more, live from Newport, July 30 - August 1, 2010
The Low Anthem, Yim Yames, John Prine, Sharon Jones, Edward Sharpe and more, live from Newport, July 30 - August 1, 2010
By JEAN HANGARTER  |  August 06, 2010
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Summer treats

From Andean to zydeco, pick your flavor and there's a summer music festival ready to serve it up.
Whether classical, jazz, pop, or folk, 'tis the season to get out and enjoy the music
By CLEA SIMON  |  June 18, 2010
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Bringing it all back home

"Pull around back, head up the fire escape and knock twice, someone will let you in."
In the studio — a former pasta sauce factory in Central Falls — with the Low Anthem
By CHRIS CONTI  |  February 26, 2010