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NEWPORT FOLK: Wrap Up


I like that I write on my own time and don’t have stressful deadlines, but after a musical event like Newport Folk, I can be stunned into silence for a while – in this case, a whole week! Sorry for the delay but I’ve found it can take me quite a while to process experiences like these. Newport Folk Festival 2012 was incredible in so many ways…it remains one of the top musical events of the year in my eyes. Here are a few highlights for me from the weekend:


WILCO
For the first time, the Friday night kickoff show was AT the Fort, and WILCO simply crushed their set.

 photo by PJ Finn
Charles Bradley
I think this guy was the big surprise for a lot of people at Newport. His performance was just dripping with genuine emotion and soul.


tUnE-yArDs
Maybe you’ve seen a few borderline creepy videos from Tune-yards, but did you know the music is made mostly by just one woman? I didn’t until Newport. Merrill Garbus uses drum loops and pedals to create experimental, tribal-infused, electro-pop that’s like nothing you’ve ever heard before. She’s joined by a bassist and two horn players when she performs live.


The Tallest Man On Earth
Kristian Matsson was one of the only performers of the weekend who took the stage on his own, with just his guitar in hand (he did sit and play keys at one point). I’m still in awe of his commanding stage presence and captivating lyrics. My dad was listening to his set via mvyradio and put it simply – “He’s my new favorite singer/songwriter”

NEWPORT FOLK 2012
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NEWPORT FOLK: Gary Clark Jr.

“Bright Lights”

Well, Newport Folk is upon us – I’ll be heading down to Fort Adams tomorrow for WILCO! If you can’t make it, tune in to mvyradio for coverage of the festival…starting with a LIVE broadcast of the WILCO show tomorrow night! And now, another artist I don’t know much about who I’m looking forward to seeing…

I’ve heard nothing but good things about this young blues guitar player from Texas and I’m excited to see him live at Newport. His set is sure to be one of the more rockin’ ones.

Gary Clark Jr.
Newport Folk Festival

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NEWPORT FOLK: Sharon Van Etten

“Magic Chords”

This is one of those artists who I’ve heard SO MUCH about, but for one reason or another I’ve never explored her music. That is, I hadn’t until I saw her name on the Newport Folk lineup…and I’m very impressed with the mood and atmosphere she creates in her songs. I’m really excited to see her live at Newport!

Sharon Van Etten
Newport Folk Festival

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NEWPORT FOLK: Tom Morello

“Black Spartacus Heart Attack Machine”

I’ve not listened to much of Tom Morello’s project as The Nightwatchman, but this tune sure gets me excited to check him out live at Newport Folk!

Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman
Newport Folk

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NEWPORT FOLK: First Aid Kit

“Blue”

I remember hearing about First Aid Kit years ago when they caught a lot of attention on YouTube for their cover of the Fleet Foxes tune “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song”. Since then, I haven’t been keeping up with the Swedish duo…but I poked around their catalog when I saw them on the Newport Folk lineup. I like most of what I heard from them, but this particular song is far and away my favorite! As always, these sisters nail the harmonies and there’s such a playfulness to the tune, despite the sad lyrics (and perfectly creepy video):

First Aid Kit
Newport Folk Festival

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NEWPORT FOLK: The Apache Relay

“Home Is Not Places”

It’s easy to get excited about certain acts as I explore the Newport Folk Lineup. This Nashville band in particular seems to really ROCK the folk, and I’m betting they’ll be a blast to see live!

Apache Relay
Newport Folk Festival

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NEWPORT FOLK: Jonathan Wilson

“Desert Raven”

Well, I’ve been asking around, and nobody seems to know where June went…but believe it or not, the Newport Folk Festival is just three weeks from today!

My boss at mvy just started asking me if I had heard of some of the acts who will perform at Fort Adams this year. As always, Newport keeps us on our toes with their lineup. When heading to check out some of Jonathan Wilson’s music, I had no idea what to expect. I found myself furrowing my brow in confusion at the start of this video…but then once the music kicked in – wow! I dig his “psychedelic folk” and I can’t wait to see him live!

Jonathan Wilson
NEWPORT FOLK 2012

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