July 29, 2013 Though it first specialized in rowdy rock 'n' roll, the brother-band has spent the last few years exploring the more reflective side of its barroom-friendly, accordion-enhanced sound on albums like the 2011 hit Celebration, Florida. Hear The Felice Brothers perform as part of the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.
July 29, 2013 The L.A. band Lord Huron has figured out a way to blend the choirboy folk of a Fleet Foxes with the more roiling, polyrhythmic pursuits of a Vampire Weekend. It's an appealing mix of surprisingly complementary sensibilities. Hear Lord Huron perform as part of the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.
July 29, 2013 When frontman Colin Meloy put The Decemberists on long-term hiatus to focus on other projects, the remaining members needed their own fresh musical outlet. Fortunately, two musicians were already spending their time with the instrumental roots-folk band Black Prairie. Hear the band perform as part of the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.
July 29, 2013 The Brooklyn band Spirit Family Reunion calls its sound "open-door gospel." It's another way of saying that the group plays wide-open songs of celebration. After a breakthrough performance last year, the sextet returns for two spots in 2013's lineup. Here, Hurray For The Riff Raff joins the "open-door gospel" sextet on "I'll Find A Way."
July 29, 2013 Falconberry's songs are gentle, almost invariably delicate, sometimes mysterious and frequently feather-light. But her music's sweet, intricate softness never stands in for strength. Watch her and five bandmates perform three songs from her recent album Leelanau.
July 28, 2013 Packing 10 songs into just 29 minutes, Push Any Button was inspired by the pop music of the late '60s — and, thematically speaking, by the idea of viewing the present through the prism of the past.
July 28, 2013 Led by North Carolina brothers Seth and Scott Avett, the band blends showmanship and poignancy. Their songs reflect thoughtfully on life and death and love, while toggling between swoonily pretty roots-pop ballads and frenetic, barnstorming punk-bluegrass hybrids. Watch the band encore with "I And Love And You" and hear the full set.
July 28, 2013 It's not a stretch to call U.K. singer-songwriter Frank Turner a folksinger, especially when he performs solo with an acoustic guitar. But he's also a rocker, a punk and a storyteller. Hear Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls perform as part of the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.
July 28, 2013 The rising Brooklyn folk-pop band infuses its songs with charm, radiant hooks and intense emotions. Formed as a creative outlet for singer Zach Williams as his wife recovered from an accident that nearly paralyzed her, The Lone Bellow performs with a sense of necessity. Hear the band perform as part of the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.
July 28, 2013 Having marinated in country music his whole life, the son of Steve Earle has increasingly broadened his roots-country sound. In a relatively short career, he's already released five albums, including last year's Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now. Hear Justin Townes Earle perform as part of the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.
July 27, 2013 The New Orleans band exists as a vehicle for the powerhouse songs of singer-songwriter Alynda Lee Segarra, whose gigantic voice conveys the grit of bluesy soul while still fitting within the realms of rootsy folk and country. Hear Hurray for the Riff Raff perform as part of the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.