Stream Big Thief's Set From The 2017 Newport Folk Festival The rising indie-rock band performed some new, unreleased songs during its Newport set.

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Big Thief, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2017

Big Thief, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2017

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Which band you encountered upon approaching the Newport Folk stage during Big Thief's set depended, to some extent, on the moment you came within earshot. The Brooklyn foursome can simmer quietly for long intervals at a time, its subdued wash of sound centering the folk-inspired specificity of Adrianne Lenker's poetic lyrics. But at a moment's notice, the band turns volcanic, erupting into aggressive, jarring episodes of release.

Lenker is possessed of a voice that lilts, trembles, grunts and growls — and she does seem to let it possess her as she spills forth songs about family, youthful trauma and growing up. Big Thief's Newport set featured songs from its newest album, Capacity, as well as a few that have yet to be released.

At one point, Lenker seemed overwhelmed by the inadequacy of sticking to a set list when her art owes so much to spontaneous expression. But she recovered quickly: "Being alive," she remarked ("...am I right?" unspoken but implied), and proceeded to lead the band into a rearranged version of "Mary," a nostalgic love song for an old friend. Kneeling onstage while she sang, she alternated between notes as though incanting a prayer, her tone just that reverent. It met with a standing ovation.

Set List

  • "Angels"
  • "From" (unreleased)
  • "Shark Smile"
  • "Shoulders" (unreleased)
  • "Capacity"
  • "Masterpiece"
  • "Paul"
  • "Mary"
  • "Orange" (unreleased)
  • "Real Love"

Credits

Technical Director: Josh Rogosin; Audio Engineers: Jon D'Uva, Steve Remote (Aura-Sonic Ltd.); Producers: Marissa Lorusso, Jenna Li, Suraya Mohamed; Photography: Adam Kissick


Special thanks to TuneIn's Newport Folk Radio. Listen to Newport Folk Radio year-round via TuneIn.com or the TuneIn app.

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