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Mark Whitaker CD Release at Club Passim 8/6/2014

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If you’re a fan of the local bluegrass scene you’ll certainly recognize Mark Whitaker from his work in various groups and his highly memorable banjo playing. Though he can still be seen gigging around town in other groups, this week Whitaker is set to release his full-length solo debut at Club Passim. On Wednesday night Whitaker will be performing selections from Nowehere to Land, an album that we were lucky to get a sneak preview of. The album creates a …

Newport Folk Festival 2014 Additional Highlights

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After posting our Newport Folk Festival 2014 Recap  yesterday afternoon, we quickly realized that we still had so much more to say about the best weekend of our year. We compiled a list of additional highlights from our fearless team of writers in attendance at the fest which we hope will help to sate your folkin appetite until next year. Andrew Combs and Ron Gallo making the kidz bop with the crazy-catchy singalong “Emily” in the Late July Kids Tent -Caroline J. …

Newport Folk Festival 2014 Recap

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If you’ve read this blog over the years then you know how much we love the Newport Folk Festival. It’s difficult to put into words how incredible this festival really is, especially the feeling of community amongst the artists and fans alike. Luckily, former Boston scenester Hilary Hughes summed it up better than we ever could in her recap of this year’s festival for Esquire. We could keep gushing about the festival, but instead let’s cut to the acts that …

Newport Folk Festival Spotlight: Ryan Adams

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[Editor’s note: Many thanks to our friend and guest contributor, Jamie McKillop, for writing this wonderful piece] Mixing the country twang of Gram Parson, the heartfelt lyrics of Neil Young and the brashness of Hüsker Dü, Ryan Adams began his solo career shortly after the dissolution of his band Whiskeytown in 2000 with the album Heartbreaker.  Powered by songs like “Winding Wheel”, “Oh My Sweet Carolina”, and “Come Pick Me Up” the album received critical acclaim and prompted major labels …

5 Must- See Acts at Newport Folk Festival 2014

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The best and worst thing about the Newport Folk Festival lineup each year is that it is always stacked with talent. The amazing abilities of the festival curators to bring unique lineups to Newport year after year is what keeps people coming back, but with only so much time in the weekend there are tough decisions that have to be made when it comes to scheduling. That’s why we’re here. If you’re debilitated by indecision to choose between all of …

Caroline Rose at Club Passim 7/24/2014

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After putting out one of our favorite tracks from 2013, the title track to America Religious, Caroline Rose is back out on the road with new jams. Last month Paste Magazine premiered “Tightrope Walker” which will be part of her forthcoming LP I Will Not Be Afraid, set for release August 19 via Little Hi! Records. It will be quite the task to follow up her 2013 debut, but something tells us that Rose has even more tricks up her sleeve. …

Indie Rock Ranger Presents Sidewalk Driver, The Venetia Fair, Salita, and The Color and Sound at The Sinclair 7/19/2014

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Want to see an awesome lineup filled with killer local bands at one of our favorite venues in town? Well have we got a show for you. Our friend Rich Bouchard aka the Indie Rock Ranger has put together another fabulous bill of local artists that is guaranteed to delight at The Sinlcair on Saturday July 19. We had the distinct pleasure of chatting with each of the evening’s performers ahead of their show and we’ve compiled the choicest of …

July Spotify Playlist of the Month

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Christmas in July is almost upon us once again, so what better way to get amped up than M&T’s July playlist that just so happens to contain new music from Newport Folk Fest acts past (First Aid Kit), present (Ryan Adams, PHOX), and hopefully future (Montaigne, The Rare Occasions). Our fearless photographer, Andrew Cleak (@sandmanmusic), has even provided the perfect image for our July playlist featuring Trombone Shorty from last year’s Newport festivities. Take a listen to those artists below …

Newport Folk Festival Spotlight: Lake Street Dive

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[Editor’s Note: Guest blog post by contributor Ryan Bach] Lake Street Dive released their second album earlier this year, and since has been gaining attention from press and music lovers alike. Founded in Boston, MA in 2004, the band was formed while the members were enrolled in New England Conservatory of Music. LSD derives its unique sound from its various influences, which include country, bluegrass, jazz, and of course, The Beatles. The video that may have sparked all the buzz …

Nate Leavitt Releases New Album, Set To Play Plough & Stars June 14

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Earlier this year local singer-songwriter and guitar whiz, Nate Leavitt, released his debut solo album You, Me and the Silence. Though Leavitt has been performing locally for more than 20 years, this album marks his departure from recording work with other Boston powerhouses such as Oldjack and Parlour Bells. The sound that Leavitt has found on You, Me and the Silence strays from that of the previous bands he has worked with, and seems more to draw inspiration from contemporary country music …