Our music team returned home from the Newport Folk Festival this week, an experience they likened to being at summer camp; "crowded, loud, fun, full of a lot of your favorite people — and you never want to leave."
They might be a little tired, possibly a bit sore and missing their new friends; but these sweet Instagrams make us think it was all worth it. Sleep it off, guys, until next year.
In jazz, the clarinet went into eclipse for awhile, drowned out by louder trumpets and saxes. The instrument has long since made a comeback, and the modern clarinet thrives in settings where it doesn't have to shout to be heard.
Take "Spindleshanks," a little out-of-sync boogie-woogie for Darryl Harper's clarinet and Kevin Harris' piano. It's from Harper's The Edenfred Files. In his long-running Onus Trio, the spare unit Darryl Harper features on most of his new album, he can sing softly as an owl in the night.
Author Benjamin Alire Saenz's teen-lit novel Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe won big at this year's American Library Association awards. For Tell Me More's 'In Your Ear' series, he shares the songs that inspire him.
Tift Merritt was first known as a decorated country singer — her 2004 album Tambourine was even nominated for a Best Country Album Grammy — but the North Carolina native has spent the years since wandering down far-flung side roads. Merritt keeps finding ways to place literal and figurative distance between herself and Nashville: She's lived in New York City and France, while exploring the sounds of folk, cosmopolitan pop and even classical music.
Tune in to learn (almost) everything you need to know about this year's festival, with host Charles James and guests Mark Demko and Patrick Brogan of ArtsQuest. Musikfest 2013, scheduled to begin Friday, will feature 500 acts performing on 15 stages in north Bethlehem and the SteelStacks campus, running August 2-11, 2013. (Original air date July 29, 2013).
Andrew Bird's records have grown quieter and more intimate in recent years, but he remains a remarkably dynamic live performer: Last year's Break It Yourself wouldn't seem to be the stuff of blockbuster live shows, and yet when he took it to the stage, he injected its characteristically smart, brooding songs with surprising intensity. Of course, it helps that, 12 albums into an unpredictable career, Bird has become a cult superstar whose fans clearly fuel him onstage.
The PA Blues Festival began its third year at Blue Mountain Ski resort on Friday night with a Lehigh Valley PA Blues Showcase featuring a line-up of local favorites presented by WDIY. The festival featured national acts Saturday and Sunday at an outdoor stage and under cover in the tent stage. The tent provided shelter from the hot sun on Saturday. With some early morning rain and an 80% chance of rain, Sunday appeared to be a washout, but the gospel start on Sunday by Alexis P.
After a long flurry of activity culminating in the release of The Decemberists' 2011 album The King Is Dead, frontman Colin Meloy announced his long-running, best-selling band would take a lengthy hiatus.
Co-hosts John Pearce and Ray Schwab chat with Dr. Ted Schick, philosopher and professor at Muhlenberg College. The topic: The profound influence of Aleister Crowley, writer and occultist, on guitarist Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin). Join us as we explore the universe's hidden forces, magic, the occult. (Original air date July 25, 2013.)