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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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The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (July 30-August 5)

The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (July 30-August 5)

Each week, Front Row Boston’s staff gives you our Short List: the bands and musicians in and around town we think you should hear. Saturday, 7/30 – White Lung – Brighton Music Hall Led by veterate rocker and writer Mish Barber-Way, White Lung forges forward with fearless takes on sexual politics in punk. The Canadian […]

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Newport Folk Festival: Sunday Highlights

Newport Folk Festival: Sunday Highlights

By Tori Bedford and Jason Turesky NEWPORT, RI–This year’s eclectic and inventive mix of artists included hip-hop and comedy acts, rock bands and gospel choirs, delighting the musically adventurous and dismaying old-school folk-music purists. Joan Shelley, a singer-songwriter from Louisville, Kentucky, broke through the technology-driven riffraff with just her voice […]

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Newport Folk Festival: Saturday Highlights

Newport Folk Festival: Saturday Highlights

By Tori Bedford and Jason Turesky NEWPORT, RI–After a broken down tour bus and unexpected lightning pushed the prospects of a Friday night show in Providence into oblivion, indie-pop quintet Lucius popped by Newport Folk for a surprise Saturday morning show with their good friends, Shovels and Rope. Lucius joined husband and […]

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Flight of the Conchords Bring New Songs And Old Charm To Newport Folk

Flight of the Conchords Bring New Songs And Old Charm To Newport Folk

By Tori Bedford and Jason Turesky NEWPORT, RI–New Zealand’s fourth most popular folk duo, Flight of the Conchords, brought two decades of friendship to the Newport Folk Festival main stage on Friday, reinterpreting their classic repertoire and introducing new material. The set was half music, half jokes. Mostly talking. “Most […]

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The Arcs Play Newport Folk

The Arcs Play Newport Folk

By Tori Bedford and Jason Turesky NEWPORT, RI–The Arcs played to a mostly seated crowed as the last performance of the day at Newport’s quad stage. Their fuzz filled, psychedelia-toned music seemed to be at odds with the relaxed audience. The Black Keys front man, Dan Auerbach, started the band as […]

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A Career in a Concert: Paul Simon at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

A Career in a Concert: Paul Simon at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

A couple of weeks ago, I watched a 60’s folk concert on PBS called, “My Music: This Land Is Your Land.” The show was hosted by the Smothers Brothers and featured folk revival staples like the Kingston Trio, Judy Collins, Roger McGuinn of the Byrds, and others. Although the musicians […]

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The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (July 23-29)

The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (July 23-29)

Each week, Front Row Boston’s staff gives you our Short List: the bands and musicians in and around town we think you should hear. Saturday, 7/23-7/24 – Newport Folk Festival – Fort Adams State Park It’s the 57th year of perhaps the most celebrated folk festival in the US. It seems […]

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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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