Articles by: Tori Bedford

The 2017 Newport Folk Festival – Sunday Highlights

The 2017 Newport Folk Festival – Sunday Highlights

The Newport Folk Festival is known for its spirit of collaborating, and the stage-hopping and set-sharing reached a peak on Sunday, particularly with Jim James, who took up residence on the Fort stage: After his own solo set and a little guitar with Angel Olsen Saturday, James played cowbell with the […]

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The 2017 Newport Folk Festival – Saturday Highlights

The 2017 Newport Folk Festival – Saturday Highlights

Saturday at The 2017 Newport Folk Festival kicked off with the smart, old-school groove of Chicano Batman, blending 60’s soul with L.A. psychedelia, like a funkier, sassier version of the Beatles, with a Latin flair. Though he grew up in Maryland, singer-songwriter Jalen N’Gonda found his roots musically after moving to […]

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The 2017 Newport Folk Festival – Friday Highlights

The 2017 Newport Folk Festival – Friday Highlights

The 2017 Newport Folk Festival kicked off with the charming, bluesy finger-picking guitar and clever lyricism of L.A. Salami, a London-based singer-songwriter who’s debut album “Dancing With Bad Grammar” was listed among Bob Boilen’s Top Ten Albums of 2016. Big Thief stole everyone’s hearts as the audience quietly took in […]

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The final day of Boston Calling 2017 featuring artist's such as Buffalo Tom, Frightened Rabbit, Run the Jewels, Cage the Elephant, Major Lazer, Weezer, and festival headliners, Tool, on May 28, 2017.

Read: Boston Calling Recap – Day Three

With some days passed since the festival end, a few of Front Row’s writers share their thoughts on this year’s festival. This is day three: Sundays are for the punks. By day three of Boston Calling, the muddy fields of the Harvard Athletic Complex were ready to face their greatest […]

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Because I Say So: Bent Knee Defies Genres and Expectations

Back in 2009, a group of Berklee kids met in a former swimming pool-turned cafeteria. Two stories underground, sans cell service, after moving in concentric social circles, the musicians naturally found one another. There, in Berklee’s murky underbelly, Courtney Swain met Ben Levin, a musical kindred spirit. That’s where Bent Knee […]

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Frightened Rabbit at Newport Folk

Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison On Family, Music, Drinking, and Feeling Pale in LA

When Frightened Rabbit took to the stage at the Newport Folk Festival in July, frontman Scott Hutchison introduced the band as a better version of their former selves. “We used to be a folk band, but then we discovered electricity.” Hutchison joked as the Scottish fivesome launched into “Get Out,” […]

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In Times Like These: Bob Dylan and Mavis Staples in 2016

In Times Like These: Bob Dylan and Mavis Staples in 2016

Half a century ago, folk legend Bob Dylan asked gospel legend Mavis Staples for her hand in marriage. Staples felt she was too young, and she turned him down, but the pair remained friends, creating music together throughout the turbulence of the civil rights movement. In 2016, at the cusp […]

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