Newport Folk Festival Listen to concerts from this year's main stage.

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' new album, Sun Midnight Sun, is a smart, surprising collection of sweetly hooky songs that rest within pop, country and folk on the Venn diagram of musical genres.

Sara Watkins Live From Newport

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tUnE-yArDs, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

Folk Alley

tUnE-yArDs' Leader Merrill Garbus forms a cut-up collage of coos, howls and bold statements of purpose, but her live shows fan out into epic rave-ups, complete with a pair of saxophonists.

tUnE-yArDs Live From Newport

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Blind Pilot, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

Since expanding from a duo into a sextet, Blind Pilot has given its warmly catchy, charming folk-pop a bit of a kick. The band's albums are stuffed with ringers: It's never released a bad song.

Blind Pilot, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

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Alabama Shakes, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

In concert, the soulful blues-rock band's music reached ecstatic, rafter-shaking heights. Singer Brittany Howard has the bearing, power and charisma of a star twice her age.

Alabama Shakes, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

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Megafaun, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

The North Carolina band has a knack for blending classic-rock traditionalism with a real ear for experimentation. The songs on last year's self-titled album can whisper or rage, meander or kick.

Megafaun, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

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Charles Bradley, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

As much as Bradley exudes funky, live-wire energy — his years impersonating James Brown weren't wasted — what really fuels his music is perspective: An understanding of hardship infuses every note.

Charles Bradley, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

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Dawes, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

Dawes carries a serious torch for the greatest moments of rock's collision with folk and country. The group benefits from its heart-on-sleeve warmth and willingness to explore bold concepts.

Dawes, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

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Spirit Family Reunion, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

Folk Alley

Brooklyn's Spirit Family Reunion crafts a sweetly ramshackle Americana sound that's part secular gospel revival, part folk ramble.

Spirit Family Reunion, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

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Blitzen Trapper, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

Blitzen Trapper's sixth album finds the group settling further into a breezy classic-rock vibe. But sharp edges poke out, as the Portland, Ore., band finds ways to indulge its gift for psychedelia.

Blitzen Trapper, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

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