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Tallest Man On Earth performs at the 2012 Newport Folk Festival.

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August 17, 2012 – One smallish Swede makes a gigantic sound with little more than his voice and an acoustic guitar. FolkAlley

Sharon Van Etten live from the Newport Folk Festival

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August 7, 2012 – Van Etten completes her transition into a bona fide blood-and-guts rock 'n' roll frontwoman.

Gary Clark Jr. plays the Quad Stage at the Newport Folk Festival.

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August 2, 2012 – Working off a blues-rock template, Clark infuses his gritty songs with soul, pop and even reggae.

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.

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July 30, 2012 – See a gallery featuring Wilco, tUnE-yArDs, My Morning Jacket and more from the festival.

Sara Watkins plays the Fort Stage at the Newport Folk Festival.

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July 30, 2012 – Watkins' songs rest within pop, country and folk on the Venn diagram of musical genres.

tUnE-yArDs performs on the Harbor Stage at the Newport Folk Festival.

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July 30, 2012 – tUnE-yArDs' strange, joyous concoction is wild, rhythmic, layered and swirling with surprises. FolkAlley

Blind Pilot performs at the 2012 Newport Folk Festival.

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July 30, 2012 – The band has learned to give its catchy, charmingly delicate folk-pop a bit of a propulsive kick.

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Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes performs on the Fort Stage at the Newport Folk Festival.

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July 29, 2012 – At Newport, the soulful blues-rock band's music reached ecstatic, rafter-shaking heights.

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Megafaun performs at the Newport Folk Festival.

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July 29, 2012 – The band has a knack for blending classic-rock traditionalism with a real ear for experimentation.

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Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires perform at the Fort Stage at the Newport Folk Festival.

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July 29, 2012 – Real-deal experience, and an understanding of hardship, infuses every soulful note Bradley sings.

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Dawes performs on the Fort Stage at the Newport Folk Festival.

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July 29, 2012 – The band carries a serious torch for the greatest moments of rock's collision with folk and country.

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Spirit Family Reunion plays the Harbor Stage at the Newport Folk Festival July 28, 2012.

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July 29, 2012 – The group plays Newport as if the amps are off and the audience is huddled around, clapping along. FolkAlley

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Blitzen Trapper performs at the Newport Folk Festival.

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July 28, 2012 – American Goldwing finds the band settling into a breezy classic-rock vibe, but sharp edges poke out.

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First Aid Kit plays the Harbor Stage at the Newport Folk Festival.

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July 28, 2012 – The Swedish sister act traffics in echo-laden choral folk-pop, but it's also got a sunny side. FolkAlley

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City and Colour performs on the Harbor Stage at the Newport Folk Festival.

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July 28, 2012 – Singer Dallas Green has a flair for singing boldly and clearly while making his struggles universal. FolkAlley

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About The Festival

George Wein's Newport Folk Festival celebrates over 50 years of live music in picturesque Newport, R.I. The Festival celebrates folk traditions and innovations from all generations. For information on attending this year's Festival, visit their official website.