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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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Song Premiere: Infinity Girl Covers The Smiths’ “Ask” for Disposable America’s Orlando Pulse Benefit Compilation

Song Premiere: Infinity Girl Covers The Smiths’ “Ask” for Disposable America’s Orlando Pulse Benefit Compilation

Cue the film reel: a quintessential cheesy couple strolls hand-in-hand. They stare into one another’s eyes as the hazy summer sun sets. It’s kitsch euphoria. It’s blissful, lovey-dovey imagery perfectly fitting a sanguine ‘80s pop-rock. We are talking about The Smiths, of course. Particularly their song, “Ask,” on which Morrissey’s penchant […]

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The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (July 9-15)

The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (July 9-15)

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. Monday, 7/11 – Guided By Voices – Paradise Rock Club Robert Pollard’s outfit might make a very legitimate claim to being the most prolific band in rock history. Their 24 […]

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The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (July 2-8)

The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (July 2-8)

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, 7/2 – Sam Black Church – Brighton Music Hall It seems that the short list has been chock full o’legendary Boston bands making a last stand somewhere about town. This Saturday is […]

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Aesop Rock Makes Himself at Home at Paradise

Aesop Rock Makes Himself at Home at Paradise

While Aesop Rock is a born and bred New Yorker, known for making his dent in the 90s NYC underground scene, his set at the Paradise last week had the feeling of a homecoming show. “I used to walk by this place and get mad about how many people were […]

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