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Tallest Man On Earth performs at the 2012 Newport Folk Festival. Erik Jacobs for NPR hide caption

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The Tallest Man On Earth, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

One smallish Swede makes a gigantic sound with little more than his voice and an acoustic guitar.

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Sharon Van Etten, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

Van Etten completes her transition into a bona fide blood-and-guts rock 'n' roll frontwoman.

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Gary Clark Jr., Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

Working off a blues-rock template, Clark infuses his gritty songs with soul, pop and even reggae.

Fans, from left, Jenn Spofford, Chrissy Stewart and Suzanna Kopec, all of Providence, R.I., cheer for My Morning Jacket as the band performs on the Fort Stage at the Newport Folk Festival. Erik Jacobs for NPR hide caption

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Highlights: The 2012 Newport Folk Festival In Photos

See a gallery featuring Wilco, tUnE-yArDs, My Morning Jacket and more from the festival.

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Sara Watkins, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

Watkins' songs rest within pop, country and folk on the Venn diagram of musical genres.

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tUnE-yArDs, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

tUnE-yArDs' strange, joyous concoction is wild, rhythmic, layered and swirling with surprises.

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Blind Pilot, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

The band has learned to give its catchy, charmingly delicate folk-pop a bit of a propulsive kick.

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Alabama Shakes, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

At Newport, the soulful blues-rock band's music reached ecstatic, rafter-shaking heights.

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Megafaun, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

The band has a knack for blending classic-rock traditionalism with a real ear for experimentation.

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Charles Bradley, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

Real-deal experience, and an understanding of hardship, infuses every soulful note Bradley sings.