1. Inspired by the birth of a child and a new career, Austin Lunn’s triumphant, ebullient new album as Panopticon steps outside his curveball mixture of metal and American folk.
Stream Roads to the North from NPR Music’s First Listen. 

    Inspired by the birth of a child and a new career, Austin Lunn’s triumphant, ebullient new album as Panopticon steps outside his curveball mixture of metal and American folk.

    Stream Roads to the North from NPR Music’s First Listen

  2. Spider Bags frontman Dan McGee writes songs with more personality than almost any in garage rock. This album exudes the unabashed glee that comes from music played hard and with reason.
Stream Frozen Letter from NPR Music’s First Listen. 

    Spider Bags frontman Dan McGee writes songs with more personality than almost any in garage rock. This album exudes the unabashed glee that comes from music played hard and with reason.

    Stream Frozen Letter from NPR Music’s First Listen

  3. Adult Jazz’s ideas move fast — riffs erupt only to disappear just as quickly. It’s as though they’re chasing super-concentrated bursts of bliss that gather into epic music.
Stream Gist Is from NPR Music’s First Listen. 

    Adult Jazz’s ideas move fast — riffs erupt only to disappear just as quickly. It’s as though they’re chasing super-concentrated bursts of bliss that gather into epic music.

    Stream Gist Is from NPR Music’s First Listen

  4. Photos from the newportfolkfest, by adamkissick for NPR. npr.org/newportfolk

    More photos on Flickr!

  5. It takes planning, cunning and Olympic-style training to get a primo spot on the lawn at the newportfolkfest. Only the most seasoned fast-walkers survive. So grab your blankets, chairs and coolers, NPR Music’s saved a spot for you.

    Stream concerts, watch videos and see photos at npr.org/newportfolk, with more to come!

  6. Photos from the newportfolkfest, by adamkissick for NPR.

    More photos on Flickr!

  7. The gates are open! Master fast-walkers of newportfolkfest be gettin’ those spots. 
We’ve got a few sets from Friday to stream, including Ryan Adams, The Devil Makes Three and Anais Mitchell with Jefferson Hamer. More to come!

    The gates are open! Master fast-walkers of newportfolkfest be gettin’ those spots. 

    We’ve got a few sets from Friday to stream, including Ryan Adams, The Devil Makes Three and Anais Mitchell with Jefferson Hamer. More to come!

  8. LIVE TONIGHT: Stream Ryan Adams' newportfolkfest set, 6 p.m. ET. 

    LIVE TONIGHT: Stream Ryan Adams' newportfolkfest set, 6 p.m. ET. 

  9. Watch the R&B singer Mali Music perform with unabashed positivity and an uplifting spirit at NPR’s Tiny Desk. 

    Watch the R&B singer Mali Music perform with unabashed positivity and an uplifting spirit at NPR’s Tiny Desk

  10. Who’s going to newportfolkfest this weekend? Here’s a playlist to get y’all pumped. (On Rdio, too!

    (Source: Spotify)