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Newport Folk Festival: Tickets Secured

Newport Folk Festival logo

Pardon excessive use of caps lock but: OH MY GOSH GUYS I AM GOING TO NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL. This is a dream come true. I’ve actually had tickets since mid-February but wanted to share when they announced the lineup. When Newport broke the news that Beck is headlining Sunday, July 28, I just couldn’t hold in my excitement anymore.

I’ll be there for Saturday and Sunday, which is kind-of a bummer because Phosphorescent, Hey Marseilles and The Last Bison play on Friday, but Saturday and Sunday are packed with great performers and, overall, I couldn’t be happier.

Newport Folk Festival 2013 Lineup

Who am I excited to see? Well aside from the obvious Avett Brothers, Beck and Andrew Bird (honestly, I wouldn’t shell out money to see their solo concerts, but the thought of them all together makes me giddy), I’m really looking forward to Lord Huron, Michael Kiwanuka and Jim James (Yim Yames).

Shovels & Rope and The Lone Bellow are more visible on my radar; all the songs on Shovels’ album O’ Be Joyful are rootsy and raspy, while The Lone Bellow’s are fuller and more produced (they actually share a producer with the Civil Wars…fingers crossed they won’t also share the same fate).

I’m also antsy to see the Lumineers, Felice Brothers and (my love) Langhorne Slim for the second (and third) times this year. It will be nice to see the Lumineers and Felice Brothers on different stages (Felice opened for Mumford & Sons at the TD Garden. They were definitely out of their element in such a big space and I predict this festival will suit them better.)

My friend Andrew and I are pulling our favorite Newport songs on the playlist below. Keep checking back, as we’ll update it in the next few months.

Until then, here’s Beck covering Woody Guthrie.

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Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers: 24 Hours of Musical Implosion

Mumford and Sons - TD Garden
Can barely type right now, I am so musically blissed out. I didn’t plan on seeing Mumford and Sons and the Lumineers in a 24 hour span, but the Lumineers bumped their concert back a week and I found myself going from one concert to the other (with some sweet folky dreams in between). Sure the combo makes some (ok, most) hipsters scoff, but after exhausting both albums all fall semester, it was time to take our relationship to the next level (hang with me, remember, my brain and heart are both mushy and vulnerable and words are difficult.)

First were the Lumineers at the House of Blues in Boston. I arrived late to the sold-out show and was forced to stand in the back of the venue. Because I was far away and less attached to the performance, it took me awhile to really connect with the set. The group sounded great though, encouraging audience sing-alongs during the upbeat “Flowers in Her Hair” and the ever-anticipated “Ho Hey.” Although vocalist Wesley Schultz and instrumentalist Stelth Ulvang joined the crowd for a call and response to their hit single, the band performed the song as an encore to give us the full, Bing commercial effect. It’s funny, I love most of the songs on the album, yet my favorite takeaways from the show were unreleased singles. The first: a gorgeous duet between Wesley and Neyla (below) called “Falling.” The second: a collaboration with opener Y La Bamba, a cover of the Violent Femmes’ “American Music.”

The Lumineers

And then there’s Mumford. I stood three rows away from the stage inside the massive TD Garden. Thought I could keep my fangirl tendencies to a minimal, but as soon as they stepped on stage, my hands were permanently in the air. I forgot that large concerts take on a theatrical element- and Mumford used large wheels and light displays to enhance, but not overpower, their folk-rock sound. Mumfy barely chatted with the audience and focused solely on a stellar performance. They clearly knows how to perform their iconic, booming crescendos, which made acoustic versions of “Reminder” and “Sister,” performed on a small stage on the opposite side of the stadium, even more delicate. I was exhausted just from singing and jumping along. But then again, Mumford plucked at my heartstrings for a solid 2 hours in addition to their aggressive banjo chords.

Mumford and Sons - TD Garden

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With a Little Help from my Friends: Fall Folk Playlist

Nothing says fall like folk music and friendship. Too Hallmark? Too bad- you’re stuck with me. Maybe I really like alliteration, but maybe I also really like my friends and their rad taste in music.

To me, fall conjures warm, twangy, and acoustic melodies. Well let’s be real, this blog wouldn’t exist if I felt differently. But while summer is meant for punchy rock chords like the band Free Energy, spring is poppy and jingly like Allo Darlin’, and winter is slow jazz stylings of Peggy Lee, fall is soothing, sometimes biting, and overall pretty contemplative. What are some of your favorite seasonal songs?

Before Thanksgiving I polled a few friends to find out their impressions of fall music. Turns out we all came to the same conclusion: folk and fall are the perfect pair. From The Lumineers to I Am Oak, here’s what they had to say. (Shout-outs to Kelly, Swanson, Bethany, Alys, and Colin for being my muses and for You Won’t for the background music.)

Folk Selections for Fall from Alison on Vimeo.

Eager to hear these songs for yourself? Below is a Spotify playlist to meet your autumnal needs. Quick! Go listen before it’s December.

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