Live Concerts

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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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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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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Boston Calling Sunday Recap

Boston Calling Sunday Recap

To the relief of all involved, it was overcast and cooler on day three of Boston Calling. Not for nothing, but broiling in the hot sun probably made us all a little cranky Saturday. We got off to an auspicious start with Boston MC Michael Christmas getting the entire, sparse crowd bouncing […]

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Boston Calling Saturday Recap

Boston Calling Saturday Recap

“The bathrooms here are air conditioned. So, if you need me… you know where I’ll be.” Ellen Kempner of Palehound kicked off the main stage performances on the second day of Boston Calling with a bit of self-deprecation, needling the sparse, sweaty, and sticky crowd. Even an innocent mirthful taunt […]

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Boston Calling Friday Recap

Boston Calling Friday Recap

The Front Row Boston team settled in early at City Hall Plaza, catching the sound check of festival openers Lisa Hannigan and Aaron Dessner as the security team spread wide and the event staff shuffled sections of aluminum fencing from the front of the stage. (Periodic wafts from the food tents […]

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The Together 7 Short List: FRB’s Guide to the Festival

The Together 7 Short List: FRB’s Guide to the Festival

This week, Front Row Boston’s Dillon Riley — visiting us from his normal location at Clicky Clicky Music — gives you his Short List for Together 7: the shows he thinks you should hear and see this week during the festival. Together Boston, now in its seventh year, boasts as strong a program as any North American […]

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The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (April 22-29)

The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (April 22-29)

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. Friday, 4/22 – POLIÇA at Brighton Music Hall It seems that every critic or journalist who writes about this Minneapolis-based outfit mentions that there’s more than meets the ear. […]

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