Stephen Thompson http://kttz.org en Song Premiere: Horse Feathers, 'Violently Wild' http://kttz.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 48682 at http://kttz.org Song Premiere: Horse Feathers, 'Violently Wild' Nickel Creek, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 http://kttz.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 48676 at http://kttz.org Nickel Creek, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 Shovels & Rope, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 http://kttz.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 48677 at http://kttz.org Shovels & Rope, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 Pokey LaFarge, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 http://kttz.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 48678 at http://kttz.org Pokey LaFarge, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 Aoife O'Donovan, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 http://kttz.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 48679 at http://kttz.org Aoife O'Donovan, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014