Newport Folk: An Old Festival Still Finds New Sounds

Folk-punk band O'Death performs at the 2010 Newport Folk Festival.

Folk-punk band O'Death performs at the 2010 Newport Folk Festival. Shantel Mitchell hide caption

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For more than 50 years, the Newport Folk Festival has stretched the boundaries of folk music to include gospel, bluegrass, world music, blues and even jazz. This year's lineup continues to redefine folk music as a genre large enough to include brainy indie-pop star Andrew Bird, Afrobeat-influenced Nigerian singer Nneka, the folk-punk band O'Death and several large jazz ensembles. NPR Music's Bob Boilen and Stephen Thompson offer a snapshot.

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