July 27, 2013 Even as his band has taken off, the Deer Tick founder has also helped form popular side projects, proving that rowdy, free-wheeling rock 'n' roll is a feat free of self-importance. Hear the Deer Tick cover everything from Hank Williams to Jimmy Buffet in a solo set from the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.
July 27, 2013 Raised in Alabama and based in Brooklyn, Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck makes moody, searching, raggedly pretty music. But there's also a wise, homesick weariness to Houck's voice that transcends time and place. Watch Phosphorescent perform the cosmic country song "Ride On/Right On" at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.
July 27, 2013 JD McPherson provides a refreshing reminder that retro roots music isn't timid: His debut album, Signs & Signifiers, synthesizes blues and rockabilly and old-school rock 'n' roll with an unmistakable punk spirit. Here he performs as part of the 2013 Newport Folk Festival
July 27, 2013 The Boston band Kingsley Flood has spent the last few years polishing, refining and expanding its folk-rock sound, in the process incorporating horns, more strings and ever-brighter production. Hear Kingsley Flood clear a major milestone as the band makes its Newport Folk Festival debut.
July 25, 2013 Suddenly surrounded by country music, a reader seeks the best way to give it a second chance.
July 23, 2013 Alongside the huge names and star veterans, the 2013 Newport Folk Festival features an impressive slate of boundary-pushers and genre-eschewers. Here are five of the newest and most promising faces, with a downloadable song from each.
July 20, 2013 The multi-talented singer, instrumentalist and music therapist showcases some of the quieter, moodier moments from Among the Grey (the slinky "Raymaker," the dreamy "Whole Heart") before closing with the more forceful "Wait for It." Along the way, Mize's voice rings out assertively in every style and setting.
July 18, 2013 All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton disagrees with last week's advice about mix-related obligations. But, because this is Stephen Thompson's column, Robin is again denied the last word.
July 14, 2013 Weekend synthesizes countless waves of '80s and '90s college radio into a single buzzy rumble. At times, Jinx calls to mind My Bloody Valentine and Psychedelic Furs simultaneously, thanks to its mix of shoegazy guitar swirl and pretty, ringing gloom.
July 14, 2013 On its third album, the band conveys joy amid massively unselfconscious celebrations of community and optimism. Throughout, singer Alex Ebert mixes mission-statement anthems with more hard-bitten tracks in which happiness goes hand-in-hand with the real-world struggles that make music meaningful.
July 13, 2013 The U.K. singer-songwriter and a bandmate are just two men with unplugged instruments, but they still convey the bawdy rowdiness of a full band. Performing three songs in the NPR Music offices, Turner shines in what may well be the most brightly lit performance space he's ever graced.
July 11, 2013 You put time and effort into your mix-making. Do you have a right to expect anything in return?