June Spotify Playlist of the Month


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Making Newport Dangerous Again: Predictions for NFF’s Speak Out Set


On May 4th, Newport Folk quietly announced “Speak Out,” a set scheduled for Sunday evening, just before the headliner. Not much has been officially Read More

July Spotify Playlist of the Month


Coming back at you in July with another big-time playlist. This month features 65 fresh jams from the likes of Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, Read More

July Spotify Playlist of the Month

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Coming back at you in July with another big-time playlist. This month features 65 fresh jams from the likes of Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, Death From Above 1979, and lots more.

Check out the full 65-track playlist below and remember to subscribe for new tunes every month.

Making Newport Dangerous Again: Predictions for NFF’s Speak Out Set

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On May 4th, Newport Folk quietly announced “Speak Out,” a set scheduled for Sunday evening, just before the headliner. Not much has been officially stated about the set, simply – “Since our inception artists have challenged injustice, fought for equality and exercised freedom to sing the truth. This tradition continues with SPEAK OUT, a celebration of the power of song.”

Firstly, we’re proud to see NFF shining a spotlight on protest music given the code-red status of American politics today. And secondly, since Newport is chock full of surprises already, seeing a near-headlining set shrouded in such mystery has us fiending for answers. We insatiably searched every folk-ish corner of the internet for clues, and comprised some educated guesses about what Speak Out could mean, and who it might call to the stage.

Our first hunch has been on our Newport bucket list forever – Bob Dylan. Not only does Dylan have a legendary relationship to the Festival, which stokes our constant speculation as to if/when he might ever return, but he is seen by many as a quintessential protest singer. Joining a set dedicated to exercising the freedom of song in the face of injustice would be the ultimate opportunity for Bob make his triumphant return to the Fort. And while we’d be happy with a Dylan-only Speak Out set, a closer look opens up even more possibilities.


Peter Seeger - The Power of SongSpeak Out is about “the power of song” – a phrase directly tied to the late folk legend Pete Seeger, as evidenced by his
documentary of the same name. It seems clear that Seeger’s legendary tenure as a folk-singing activist will be fuel for the set. Less clear, however, is who will carry the torch. If you’ve seen Power of Song, read about Seeger’s influence on younger generations of musicians, or evennn checked out the undercard of the poster to your left… you may notice Bruce Springsteen’s name. Yep, I’m going there – I hereby motion that The Boss will be joining us at The Fort for the very first time this year.

Let me count the ways why this is so crazy that it just might work:

1. Bruce has long been a devoted disciple of Seeger. The two played together at Obama’s 2008 inauguration, and Springsteen even has an album of Seeger covers. Bruce has spoken beautifully of his mentor, saying, “At some point, Pete Seeger decided he’d be a walking, singing reminder of all of America’s history. He’d be a living archive of America’s music and conscience, a testament of the power of song and culture to nudge history along, to push American events towards more humane and justified ends.” He’s paid tribute to Seeger for years, and I can only imagine the appeal of doing so at Newport.

2. Like Dylan and Seeger before him, Springsteen is a protest singer in his own right. He’s been holding our government accountable since “Born in the U.S.A,” and given his relative silence this year, Newport may be the perfect place to speak out against the Trump administration.

3. Just last week, he showed his interest in playing smaller shows by announcing an 8-week run on Broadway. And while the Fort isn’t a 900-person theater, it’s certainly a more intimate venue than the arenas he sells out.

We’re swinging for the fences here, but a set of this weight and importance merits comparable talent on stage. Who do you predict? Let us know in the comments – and let the speculation begin!

June Spotify Playlist of the Month

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June 2017 Spotify Playlist of the Month

What goes better together than avocados and indie music? Maybe PBRs and a fixed gear bike? Well, we’re not here to argue, but we are here to share with you our biggest playlist of 2017. Our June playlist features 70 new tracks from heavy hitters like Roger Waters, The National, Grizzly Bear, Arcade Fire, Phoenix, and LCD Soundsystem, alongside new local favorites such as Vassals, Broken Luxury, Hnry Flwr, and plenty more.

Check out the full 70-track playlist below and remember to subscribe for new tunes every month.

May Spotify Playlist of the Month

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Maimed & Tamed May 2017 Spotify Playlist of the Month

It might only be the beginning of Spring, but May is coming in hot with plenty of new jams (and plenty of Red Sox baseball) to accompany the rising temperature. Our May playlist features 50, count ’em 5-0, brand-spanking-new jams from the likes of Feist, First Aid, Kit, Future Islands, and loads of other bands that don’t begin with the letter F.

Check out the full 50-track playlist below and remember to subscribe for new tunes every month.

P.S. Who would have thought we’d see the day where Mavis Staples and Pusha T are on the same track? What a time to be alive.

Newport Folk Festival Spotlight: Pinegrove

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Pinegrove

Newport Folk Festival 2017 is just under three months away, so what better time to kick off our annual NFF Spotlight series featuring artists from this year’s lineup. The first artist we’ll take a look at is one that will be familiar to longtime M&T readers, and at this point they’ve made a big enough splash in the deep end of the indie-folk scene that we’d be surprised if the rest of you out there haven’t heard of them either.

We first covered Pinegrove all the way back in 2012 when they sent us their debut album Meridian and were promoting a local show at All Asia (R.I.P.). Since then the band’s style has evolved and shifted to a decidedly more folk-inspired sound that we hear on last year’s breakout album Cardinal (#10 on our top albums of 2016). We know that Newport’s interpretation of “folk” has been wide-ranging in recent years, so it’s by no means a stretch that Pinegrove appears on this year’s lineup, but we’re sure that the heavy banjo on Cardinal didn’t hurt their chances.

After witnessing the band’s journey over the past five years we couldn’t be more excited to see them rock The Fort this summer. Until then get a taste of their live show via their Audiotree session below.

April Spotify Playlist of the Month

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April 2017 Spotify Playlist of the Month

Our April playlist features 40 brand new tracks from M&T favorites new and old. It might be an indication of summer being right around the corner, but this month’s playlist also features plenty of Newport Folk Fest alums like Laura Marling, Conor Oberst, Feist, and Fleet Foxes, as well as some others we’d love to see at The Fort this summer (Broken Social Scene anyone? The Shins?).

Check out the full 40-track playlist below and remember to subscribe for new tunes every month.

March Spotify Playlist of the Month

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Maimed & Tamed March 2017 Spotify Playlist of the Month

February always gets overlooked as a short month, but the little-month-that-could certainly brought plenty of great new jams to the table that we’re excited to share with you this month. This month’s playlist features new tunes from M&T favorites like Tall Tall Trees, Diet Cig, Sylvan Esso, and Conor Oberst, along with newcomers like Kyoti, Eugene Marie, Rhys Tivey, and plenty more.

Check out the full 40-track playlist below and remember to subscribe for new tunes every month.

February Spotify Playlist of the Month

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Spotify Playlist of the Month February 2017

January was a big month of new music to kick 2017 off to a roaring start so we’ve got 60 new tracks to share with you on our February playlist. This month’s playlist features new tunes from M&T favorites like Night Moves, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Rubblebucket, and Strand of Oaks, along with newcomers like Sunrides, Holy Now, Katinka, and plenty more.

Check out the full 60-track playlist below and remember to subscribe for new tunes every month.

January Spotify Playlist of the Month

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January 2017 Spotify Playlist of the Month

Now that we’ve wrapped up 2016 with our favorite EPs, songs, and albums, it’s on to 2017. Our first playlist of the new year features fresh jams from Run The Jewels, Lady Lamb, Strand of Oaks, Caged Animals and plenty more.

Check out the full 20-track playlist below and remember to subscribe for new tunes every month.

M&T Best of 2016

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Maimed & Tamed Best of 2016

2016 has come and gone, but before we dig into our first new playlist of 2017 we’ll leave you with a few quick links to check out all of our favorites from the year that was. Thanks for all the music in 2016 because we damn sure needed it.

Top EPs of 2016

Top 100 Songs of 2016

Top 50 Albums of 2016

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