Folk Concert Review: Newport Folk Festival 2012

August 9, 2012
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I’m sure organizers are not losing a lot of sleep over controversies about the definition of “folk” music since festivals are selling out.

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Concert Review: New Wave Ukulele

August 6, 2012
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Greg Hawkes and his trio are proof that in the right hands, with the right material, an evening of ukulele is a marvelous showcase for the pure beauty of great songwriting and the virtuosic ability to wring exquisite chords and blissful harmonics from four strings on a stubby fretboard.

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Fuse Music Review: Iron & Wine — Still Folk’s Savior?

February 14, 2011
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In 2002, Iron & Wine debuted with The Creek Drank the Cradle, a brilliant Simon & Garfunkel-meets-Bob Dylan synthesis that caused many to proclaim a folk revival. Since this success, however, I&W’s singer-songwriter Samuel Beam has steadily drifted from his organic folk roots. Kiss Each Other Clean by Iron & Wine. Warner Brothers. By Michela…

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Fuse Flash: Newport Folk Festival 2010 review

August 18, 2010
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The 51st Newport Folk Festival ended on Sunday with 35 acts over 3 days. When all is said and done, you could argue that this is no longer a festival about folk music, but two of the elder statesman that appeared this year—Richie Havens and Levon Helm (of The Band fame)—served as an inspiring bridge…

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Music Review: The Folk Rock Boys

August 2, 2005
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Frank Black of the Pixies and bad boy Ryan Adams have put out new albums that, at their mellow best, skillfully substitute pedal steel for screams. By Danielle Dreilinger The 2005 Newport Folk Festival made an unusual decision when it came time to pick their Saturday headliner: seminal indie-rock band the Pixies, famous for the…

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