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The Felice Brothers: Newport Folk 2010

A ramshackle rock 'n' roll band from the Catskills, The Felice Brothers whip up an infectious mix of rock, country and folk, live in Newport, R.I.

The Felice Brothers: Newport Folk 2010

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Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings performs at the 2010 Newport Folk Festival. Shantel Mitchell hide caption

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Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings: Newport Folk 2010

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One of the most self-assured stage performers in the business, Sharon Jones commands her audience's attention for every second of her hard-hitting concerts.

Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings: Newport Folk 2010

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David Wax Museum: Newport Folk 2010

The talented Boston roots-folk group won its spot on a Newport stage after winning a contest, and it made the most of the opportunity.

David Wax Museum: Newport Folk 2010

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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros performs at the 2010 Newport Folk Festival. Shantel Mitchell for NPR hide caption

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Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros: Newport Folk 2010

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The absolute best place to take in the 10-piece band's gloriously uplifting ruckus is on the concert stage.

Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros: Newport Folk 2010

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The Swell Season: Newport Folk 2010

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Look for Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova to reach for unexpected source material when they play live in Newport, R.I.

The Swell Season: Newport Folk 2010

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April Smith: Newport Folk 2010

Smith sounds like an artist out of time: Her massive voice seems particularly well suited to the pop sounds of the '30s and '40s, when brassy belters reigned.

April Smith: Newport Folk 2010

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Daniel Martin Moore and Ben Sollee (not pictured) performs at the 2010 Newport Folk Festival. Shantel Mitchell hide caption

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Ben Sollee And Daniel Martin Moore: Newport Folk 2010

It's no surprise that two Kentucky singer-songwriters would come together to bond over their love of mountain life.

Ben Sollee And Daniel Martin Moore: Newport Folk 2010

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Pokey LaFarge performs at the 2010 Newport Folk Festival. Shantel Mitchell for NPR hide caption

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Pokey LaFarge: Newport Folk 2010

LaFarge's newest album, recorded with his South City Three, is titled Riverboat Soul. Here, LaFarge and his band perform live in Newport, R.I.

Pokey LaFarge: Newport Folk 2010

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Elvis Perkins: Newport Folk 2010

Hear Perkins fill in for last-minute Newport cancellation Justin Townes Earle, live in Newport, R.I.

Elvis Perkins: Newport Folk 2010

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Tao Seeger Band: Newport Folk 2010

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Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, the grandson of folk all-timer Pete Seeger, has carried on in the family tradition of musical activism, making frequent appearances at the venerable folk festival.

Tao Seeger Band: Newport Folk 2010

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Punch Brothers: Newport Folk 2010

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When Nickel Creek broke up in 2006, it was only a matter of time before the massively popular bluegrass band would spin off into new projects. Hear Chris Thile's band play live in Newport, R.I.

Punch Brothers: Newport Folk 2010

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Cory Chisel And The Wandering Sons: Newport Folk 2010

Chisel grew up in Appleton, Wis., where he got into music while singing in church for his father, a Baptist minister.

Cory Chisel And The Wandering Sons: Newport Folk 2010

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Newport Folk: An Old Festival Still Finds New Sounds

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.

Newport Folk: An Old Festival Still Finds New Sounds

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John Prine: Newport Folk 2010

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Prine's new live disc, In Person & On Stage, provides a career-spanning primer for this live set in Newport, R.I.

John Prine: Newport Folk 2010

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Calexico: Newport Folk 2010

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An Arizona band led by singer-guitarist Joey Burns and multi-instrumentalist John Convertino, Calexico has spent a decade and a half as a go-to purveyor of atmospheric, even cinematic desert pop.

Calexico: Newport Folk 2010

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