The Brooklyn band Spirit Family Reunion calls its sound "open-door gospel." It's another way of saying that the group plays wide-open songs of celebration. After a breakthrough performance last year, the sextet returns for two spots in 2013's lineup. Here, Hurray For The Riff Raff joins the "open-door gospel" sextet on "I'll Find A Way."
When frontman Colin Meloy put The Decemberists on long-term hiatus to focus on other projects, the remaining members needed their own fresh musical outlet. Fortunately, two musicians were already spending their time with the instrumental roots-folk band Black Prairie. Hear the band perform as part of the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.
The L.A. band Lord Huron has figured out a way to blend the choirboy folk of a Fleet Foxes with the more roiling, polyrhythmic pursuits of a Vampire Weekend. It's an appealing mix of surprisingly complementary sensibilities. Hear Lord Huron perform as part of the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.
Though it first specialized in rowdy rock 'n' roll, the brother-band has spent the last few years exploring the more reflective side of its barroom-friendly, accordion-enhanced sound on albums like the 2011 hit Celebration, Florida. Hear The Felice Brothers perform as part of the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.
Led by North Carolina brothers Seth and Scott Avett, the band blends showmanship and poignancy. Their songs reflect thoughtfully on life and death and love, while toggling between swoonily pretty roots-pop ballads and frenetic, barnstorming punk-bluegrass hybrids. Watch the band encore with "I And Love And You" and hear the full set.
It's not a stretch to call U.K. singer-songwriter Frank Turner a folksinger, especially when he performs solo with an acoustic guitar. But he's also a rocker, a punk and a storyteller. Hear Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls perform as part of the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.
Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent have spent the last decade or so singing sweetly, rowdily anthemic folk-country music together, most recently under the name Shovels & Rope. Hear them perform as part of the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.