These guys’ album has been stuck in my head the past week or so (photos courtesy of Marc Brigante): Three clues: that’s both of them, they’re heavy but acoustic, and stationed in RI (currently). That’s Brown Bird right there, and if you couldn’t tell, well, I couldn’t either; MorganEve cut off her hair! Thank god David pointed her out to me, or I never would’ve known. Their album isn’t out until October, but if I were to take a guess, I’d say the audience liked it. And that’s putting it blandly; there was a definite mosh-pit going on during “Ragged Old Town,” and I groovedRead More →

Myself and the photographer-for-the-day, Dave “Bizarro” Cordeiro – all photos copyright him, by the way – arrived on-site early enough to get the lay of the land before all music broke loose. We stumbled across a drummer bathing in one of the sinks, and were regaled with the typical tales of the touring musician: a pinch of sleep, warnings about body odor, and the scramble to cover hundreds of miles to the next gig.I wanted to start this with a little perspective. I think every bit of pure fun should have a pound of that, lurking somewhere.But despite the untold, rather grimy side of theRead More →

So you don’t have tickets to the sold-out Newport Folk Festival. But you still want to contribute/ party out. Well, here’s your lucky chance.These guys (see Deer Tick, above) are rocking out at our friends’ joint, a little place we like to call the Newport Blues Cafe. They’re pretty crazy (so much so it kinda irks us, but what the heck) and damn, do we love their albums. Anyway, entry is $10, and the proceeds go to the nonprofit organizer of the Newport Folk Fest. They be jammin’ tonight (which is of little help, we know), but also Saturday night, before Mr. McCauley hits upRead More →

As you may have recalled last year, we’d reviewed the Newport Folk Fest on Saturday. Well, this year, things are a bit different (it’s still just a Saturday). We’ll show you what we mean: Taken by the lovely and talented Allie Runnion (www. allierunnion .com), we’re now able to provide you with concert photographs. As some of you may know, this particular artist is the lush and political-minded Nneka (percussionist Gary Sullivan, bassist Emmanuel Pokossi), who opened on the main stage with her Marley-tinged “Your Request.” Note that she’s wearing a sweatshirt over that dress; it really was a bit cool to start. We wereRead More →

Tift Merritt takes to the stage, wrapped in a light, summery flesh-colored dress. She sits at the piano with a harmonica neck-rack, and the fiftieth anniversary of the Newport Folk Festival begins with her original “I Know What I’m Looking for Now.” Dreamy-eyed and diffuse, she comments on a plane swirling in the sky.Across three stages and two days at Fort Adams in Newport are several of the latest folk, country and indie acts. Saturday brought a particularly strong line-up, including indie/folk phenomenon Iron and Wine, and Britain’s veteran punk Billy Bragg. Whether it was Gillian Welsh asking for extra reverb for Jefferson Airplane’s classicRead More →