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Frederick "Toots" Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals performs at Coachella in 2017. Katie Stratton/Getty Images for Coachella hide caption

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Toots And The Maytals​, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2018

The oldest song Toots and The Maytals played, "I'll Never Grow Old," captured the spirit Toots Hibbert brought to the show. This will warm up your New Year's celebrations like nothing else.

Toots And The Maytals​, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2018

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Shakey Graves, Live In Concert: Newport 2018

Austin singer-songwriter Alejandro Rose-Garcia, aka Shakey Graves, began his Newport Folk Festival set by raising a little hell.

Shakey Graves, Live In Concert: Newport 2018

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Glen Hansard, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2018

From a Swell Season favorite and traditional Irish tunes to a live collaboration with The War and Treaty, Glen Hansard's performance was enthralling.

Glen Hansard, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2018

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Jon Batiste led a star-studded cast, including Mavis Staples, through the civil rights-themed set A Change Is Gonna Come. Adam Kissick/NPR hide caption

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A Change Is Gonna Come, Live In Concert : Newport Folk 2018

Jon Batiste led a star-studded cast — including Mavis Staples, the Dap-Kings, Chris Thile and Brandi Carlile — through the civil rights-themed set.

A Change Is Gonna Come, Live In Concert : Newport Folk 2018

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Courtney Barnett, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2018

There's electricity in the atmosphere at Newport Folk Festival as evening begins. As the penultimate performer on the main stage, Courtney Barnett's return to Newport felt like cause for celebration.

Courtney Barnett, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2018

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Phoebe Bridgers, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2018

The 2018 Slingshot artist performed songs that unspool with a sonic ease that feel refreshing, even for an overheated festival audience.

Phoebe Bridgers, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2018

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Bermuda Triangle, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2018

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It's not often you find a band with three lead singers who each sound as impressive on their own as they do together.

Bermuda Triangle, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2018

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Khruangbin, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2018

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A power trio of an entirely different kind, the Houston band led a journey through globally-influenced funk, jazz, surf and psych-rock — before creating a live, instrumental hip-hop mixtape.

Khruangbin, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2018

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Brandi Carlile, Live in Concert: Newport Folk 2018

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Brandi Carlile's Newport set was a pure celebration, as if she soaked up all that sunshine and love and poured it back over the crowd.

Brandi Carlile, Live in Concert: Newport Folk 2018

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Moses Sumney, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2018

Moses Sumney, standing alone on a stage, along the harbor of Newport, delivered a palliative set that explored doubt, loneliness and self-care.

Moses Sumney, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2018

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The Lone Bellow, Live in Concert: Newport Folk 2018

The Nashville-by-way-of-Brooklyn band repeatedly took the Newport audience from joyful, foot-stomping singalongs, to a rapturous hush.

The Lone Bellow, Live in Concert: Newport Folk 2018

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Darlingside, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2018

Darlingside's dark songs are full of light, illuminated by voices that come from on high.

Darlingside, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2018

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Fantastic Negrito, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2018

Friday's incisive performance, rich with raging guitar and explosive organ, marked Fantastic Negrito's first appearance at Newport and his first in Rhode Island.

Fantastic Negrito, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2018

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Lucius, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2018

Lucius' fifth appearance at Newport saw the group outdo itself, with choreography, a tribute to Richard Swift and many, many friends.

Lucius, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2018

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Tuck & Patti, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2018

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The jazz duo opened its set with "Heaven Right Here," one of the early '90s tunes that had Tuck and Patti on the charts and all over jazz radio.

Tuck & Patti, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2018

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Newport Folk 2018 Preview: Cheech And Chong, Kaia Kater, Glorietta, And More

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen chats with Newport Folk Festival executive producer Jay Sweet about this year's surprising lineup.

Newport Folk 2018 Preview: Cheech And Chong, Kaia Kater, Glorietta, And More

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Stream The 2018 Newport Folk Festival This Weekend

Hear sets from Courtney Barnett, Margo Price, Lucius, Fantastic Negrito and more during the live stream of the Newport Folk Festival.

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John Paul White, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2017

"If you came to this set looking to be cheered up, you're screwed," White deadpanned from the stage. His music can give goosebumps, even on a sunny summer day; hear his set at Newport now.

John Paul White, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2017

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Joseph, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2017

The Portland trio, composed of sisters Natalie, Meegan and Allison Closner, makes music that invites its audience to share in its bond of sisterhood. Hear Joseph's set at Newport Folk now.

Joseph, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2017

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Julia Jacklin, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2017

The folk-rock singer from Australia's Blue Mountains makes music that confronts all the anxieties a 20-something feels about getting older. Hear songs from her debut album, Don't Let The Kids Win.

Julia Jacklin, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2017

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Wilco, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2017

Twenty years in, the Chicago band has staying power without sacrificing a sense of sonic exploration. Hear its catalog-spanning Newport Folk set now.

Wilco, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2017

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John Prine And Friends, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2017

Hear one of Americana's most influential songwriters perform some of his timeless tunes alongside special guests Margo Price, Roger Waters, Justin Vernon and more.

John Prine And Friends, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2017

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Fleet Foxes perform at the 2017 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Fleet Foxes, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2017

Stream the beloved folk-rock band's headlining set from the first night of the festival.

Fleet Foxes, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2017

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Drive-By Truckers, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2017

The band kept up a keen-edged commentary on xenophobia, censorship and racism throughout its set of gritty Southern rock. Hear its set now.

Drive-By Truckers, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2017

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