Stephen Thompson http://ksjd.org en Song Premiere: Horse Feathers, 'Violently Wild' http://ksjd.org/post/song-premiere-horse-feathers-violently-wild Describing <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15328271/horse-feathers">Horse Feathers</a> almost inevitably diminishes the band's music: "Let's see, the lead singer has a beard and a soft voice, and he plays the acoustic guitar, and there's a string section. Oh, and they're from Portland, of course." All those identifying details hold true, and yet Horse Feathers' music never feels slight or ineffectual. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:47:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 13198 at http://ksjd.org Song Premiere: Horse Feathers, 'Violently Wild' Nickel Creek, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 http://ksjd.org/post/nickel-creek-live-concert-newport-folk-2014 <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/14962789/nickel-creek" target="_blank">Nickel Creek</a>'s <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/103127675/sara-watkins" target="_blank">Sara Watkins</a>, Sean Watkins and <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/search/index.php?searchinput=chris+thile">Chris Thile</a> started out as child prodigies, then built their band into a Grammy-winning commercial force. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:55:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 13192 at http://ksjd.org Nickel Creek, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 Shovels & Rope, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 http://ksjd.org/post/shovels-rope-live-concert-newport-folk-2014 Equal parts rowdy and loving, the husband-and-wife South Carolina duo <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/search/index.php?searchinput=shovels+and+rope" target="_blank">Shovels & Rope</a> radiates knockabout charm. Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent are equally adept at crooning moonily while locking eyes and tearing through blistering folk-rock anthems without seeming to take a breath. Hearst and Trent often swap instruments, giving their sets a freewheeling, unpredictable quality.<p>Next month, Shovels & Rope will release a new album called <em>Swimmin' Time</em>. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:52:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 13193 at http://ksjd.org Shovels & Rope, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 Pokey LaFarge, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 http://ksjd.org/post/pokey-lafarge-live-concert-newport-folk-2014 You can bundle it up in MP3s and send it zinging through the ether, but <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/search/index.php?searchinput=pokey+lafarge&dateId=0&programId=0" target="_blank">Pokey LaFarge</a>'s music still seems as though it has emerged from the dustiest 78 at the thrift shop. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:49:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 13194 at http://ksjd.org Pokey LaFarge, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 Aoife O'Donovan, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 http://ksjd.org/post/aoife-odonovan-live-concert-newport-folk-2014 <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/search/index.php?searchinput=aoife+o%27donovan" target="_blank">Aoife O'Donovan</a> got her start in a pair of folk-leaning groups, Sometymes Why and <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/17080091/crooked-still" target="_blank">Crooked Still</a>, the latter of which became one of the country's top modern string bands. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:47:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 13195 at http://ksjd.org Aoife O'Donovan, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 Band Of Horses, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 http://ksjd.org/post/band-horses-live-concert-newport-folk-2014 Cinematic sweep is hardwired into <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15040950/band-of-horses">Band of Horses</a>' sound: Ben Bridwell's voice always seems to be echoing through some canyon or other, whether the guitars are chiming to the rafters or drifting along drowsily. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:52:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 13187 at http://ksjd.org Band Of Horses, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 Jenny Lewis, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 http://ksjd.org/post/jenny-lewis-live-concert-newport-folk-2014 <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15453251/jenny-lewis" target="_blank">Jenny Lewis</a>' voice has helped provide a soundtrack to the last 15 years, but it's not part of one specific sound: She's sung heartsick ballads and spiky rock (in <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/14984051/rilo-kiley" target="_blank">Rilo Kiley</a>), summery surf-pop (in <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/search/index.php?searchinput=%22jenny+and+johnny%22&dateId=0&programId=0" target="_blank">Jenny and Johnny</a>), winsome electro-pop (in <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16146357/the-postal-service" target="_ Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:26:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 13153 at http://ksjd.org Jenny Lewis, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 The Devil Makes Three: Newport Folk 2014 http://ksjd.org/post/devil-makes-three-live-concert-newport-folk-2014 A thumbnail description of <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/search/index.php?searchinput=the+devil+makes+three">The Devil Makes Three</a> — "acoustic string-band music with no drummer" — makes its music seem old-fashioned, even quaint. But the California trio plays with boozy aggression and unhinged intensity. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 10:23:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 13101 at http://ksjd.org The Devil Makes Three: Newport Folk 2014 Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 http://ksjd.org/post/anais-mitchell-jefferson-hamer-live-concert-newport-folk-2014 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. <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/93499095/ana-s-mitchell" target="_blank">Anais Mitchell</a> is a folksinger with a kind, approachable voice. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 10:17:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 13102 at http://ksjd.org Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 The Good Listener: When Is It OK To Hold Seats At A Festival? http://ksjd.org/post/good-listener-when-it-ok-hold-seats-festival We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the flyers from reputable debt-consolidation companies is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, a vexing piece of concert-going etiquette.<p><strong><em>Dorise Gruber writes: "What is good festival etiquette for seat-holding? I just returned from [2013's] Solid Sound Festival (the <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15164119/wilco">Wilco</a>-curated festival in Western Massachusetts), and the shows were fantastic. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:41:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 13019 at http://ksjd.org The Good Listener: When Is It OK To Hold Seats At A Festival?