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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.

Sara Watkins Live From Newport

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tUnE-yArDs, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

Folk Alley

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

tUnE-yArDs Live From Newport

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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.

Blind Pilot, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

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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.

Alabama Shakes, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

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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.

Megafaun, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

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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.

Charles Bradley, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

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Dawes, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

The band carries a serious torch for the greatest moments of rock's collision with folk and country.

Dawes, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

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Blitzen Trapper, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

American Goldwing finds the band settling into a breezy classic-rock vibe, but sharp edges poke out.

Blitzen Trapper, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

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