Music

There's ambition rooted in the pursuit of personal glory, and then there's creative ambition, rooted in a desire to do what hasn't already been done. Anais Mitchell is a folksinger with a kind, approachable voice.

The Newport Folk Festival has been around for more than half a century now — this is its 55th year, to be exact — and the event now routinely sells out months before its lineup is even announced. And why shouldn't it?

From its legendary beachfront locale to its celebrations of folk music's past, the Newport Folk Festival draws on more than half a century of celebrated traditions. But it's also an event in which folk's boundaries are tested: This is, after all, where Bob Dylan famously plugged in an electric guitar 49 years ago, in the process enraging the purists in the crowd.

Julia Brokaw

 Ryan Adams used to be the picture of ramshackle prolificacy — a man with Prince's desire to flood the market with product, not to mention an equally slippery grip on the quality-control lever. But Adams has   calmed down dramatically in recent years, for reasons ranging from a stabler personal life to his battles with Ménière's disease, which attacks the inner ear and affects hearing and balance. In September, the former Whiskeytown singer returns with his self-titled 14th studio album, which comes out nearly three years after his lightly brooding Ashes & Fire.

When Kevin Bacon isn't busy starring in legendary movies like Mystic River or Apollo 13, he's playing in his folk 

  rock band, The Bacon Brothers, with his brother, Michael Bacon. The Philadelphia-born duo released their first album, Forosoco, in 1997, and have released six more albums since, including a live performance at the John Harm's Center for the Arts in Englewood, New Jersey back in 2003, and a greatest hits album called Philadelphia Road - The Best of the Bacon Brothers. Catch them Friday afternoon, July 11th, when they perform as a part of Live from World Cafe Live. 

Join us this Friday at Noon as Strand Of Oaks performs our weekly Live from World Cafe Live 

Join us this Friday at noon for our next Live From World Cafe Live concert, as Jungle performs. The band 

  began making a buzz in the British music press last fall, and with their infectious blend of soul-laced R&B and dance music, it won't be long until they’re more widely recognized. Their self-titled debut album comes out July 15, and you’ll be able to hear them play music from it by joining us for this live concert.    

Release: Jungle
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Label: XL Recordings

NPR MUSIC LIVE WEBCASTS JUNE 9-13: SPOON, JACK WHITE & TUNEYARDS WITH SYLVAN ESSO

WATCH LIVE PERFORMANCES IN LA, NY & DC AT NPR.ORG/MUSIC, ON MOBILE

tUnE-yArDs In Concert

Jun 9, 2014

A live performance by tUnE-yArDs is as thrilling and unshakeable as the music itself. For this set, recorded live at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., Merrill Garbus, the mad genius behind tUnE-yArDs brought along two frenetic dancers and backup singers, an extra percussionist, a bassist, and two enormous pairs of glittery blue eyes that stared the audience down from the back of the stage.

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