Opening with Woody Guthrie's "Christ for President," Wilco played a two-hour career-spanning set that culminated in an encore featuring Guthrie's granddaughter, Sarah Lee. Hear the band at the 2012 Newport Folk Festival, recorded live on Friday, July 27 in Newport, R.I.
In concert, the soulful blues-rock band's music reached ecstatic, rafter-shaking heights. Singer Brittany Howard has the bearing, power and charisma of a star twice her age, but on stage, she's positively dominant.
Early this year, the Swedish sister act broke through with a lovely album called The Lion's Roar, which mixes wearily winsome mountain music with a welcome sunny side in tracks like "Emmylou" — an ode to musical couples seemingly made for the Newport crowd.
The British quintet rocked an outdoor crowd at Celebrate Brooklyn, reminding us that some bands still make dance music the old school way: with instruments played in real time by multiple human beings.
When the Chilean rapper hit the stage as part of the 2012 Latin Alternative Music Conference showcase at Celebrate Brooklyn, her supporters were ecstatic, and newcomers to her music appeared thunderstruck. A lyrical machine gun, Tijoux delivers verses rapidly and never misses her target.
Inspired by an Otis Redding outtake, Kiwanuka vowed to make music that sounded raw and authentic. On Home Again, he makes good on that promise, singing heartfelt soul that seems to look back in time while still charging forward. Hear his performance from World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, Penn.