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

Sturgill Simpson performs at the 2015 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Sturgill Simpson, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2015

From dubstep entrance music straight into outlaw country? Makes sense to Simpson, who performs a high-octane, honky-tonking set here.

Sturgill Simpson, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2015

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Lord Huron's Ben Schneider performs live at the Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Lord Huron, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2015

The Los Angeles band's Newport Folk Festival appearance was jubilant and loud. Listen to a 12-song set including songs from Lord Huron's latest album, Strange Trails.

Lord Huron, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2015

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Courtney Barnett performs at the 2015 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Courtney Barnett, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2015

If the Newport Folk crowd was scandalized by Bob Dylan going electric in 1965, they would've hated this Aussie's grungy, hard-rocking performance 50 years later.

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Jason Isbell, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2015

Spirits were infectiously high on Saturday as Isbell channeled the best of the southern rock tradition on songs from his new album, Something More Than Free.

Jason Isbell, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2015

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Sufjan Stevens performed Saturday at the 2015 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Dreams Do Come True: Sufjan Stevens At Newport Folk

An audience both very young and somewhat old sang in unison with Stevens' powerful, gentle songs Saturday at the Newport Folk Festival.

The Tallest Man On Earth performed Friday at the 2015 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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The Tallest Man On Earth, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2015

Swedish songwriter Kristian Matsson gave a performance worthy of his stage name on Friday at Newport.

The Tallest Man On Earth, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2015

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The Lone Bellow performed Friday night at the 2015 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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The Lone Bellow, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2015

Listen to the band's soaring Friday set, featuring guest appearances by Leon Bridges and Lucius.

The Lone Bellow, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2015

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50 Years Ago, Bob Dylan Electrified A Decade With One Concert

It's been 50 years since Bob Dylan strolled on stage at the Newport Folk Festival, plugged in an electric guitar, and infuriated his flock. Historian Elijah Wald says there's much more to the story.

Connecting the folk tradition to Dark Side of the Moon, Roger Waters closed out the first day of the 2015 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Pink Floyd's Roger Waters Shined At Newport Folk

Joined by My Morning Jacket and other special guests, the Pink Floyd co-founder proved himself to be one of the folk with a Friday evening set that seemed to turn rainy skies into a glorious sunset.

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Mavis Staples, Live In Concert

Mavis Staples, whose titanic career spans the civil rights movement, Soul Train and solo work with Curtis Mayfield, Prince and Jeff Tweedy, closed the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on Sunday, July 27.

Mavis Staples In Concert

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Newport Folk 2014 In Photos

We saw more than 50 bands over three days during the 55th anniversary of the Newport Folk Festival in seaside Rhode Island. Here are some of the moments we'll remember.

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Jeff Tweedy, Live In Concert

The resume of Jeff Tweedy includes groundbreaking bands Uncle Tupelo and Wilco and a new album made with his teenage son. Tweedy performed at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on Sunday, July 27.

Jeff Tweedy In Concert

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Conor Oberst, Live In Concert

The Bright Eyes singer has learned to channel his youthful intensity into real showmanship. Conor Oberst performed at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on Sunday, July 27.

Conor Oberst In Concert

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