Monthly Mixtape: On Repeat

It really should come as no surprise to anyone that basically the past month of my life has been in eager anticipation of this week's Newport Folk Festival trip and the absolutely epic time I expect to have. (Even in the rain, which it's supposed to do basically the whole time.  See later photos of my looking like a drowned rat I'm sure.)  Though I'm totally excited to see basically EVERYONE who's playing this year, there are a couple of bands that I can nearly guarantee that will cause me to dance, cry, sing along, and potentially throw my panties onstage (Sam Beam, I'm talking to you,) though not necessarily in that order :) These are them....(they....those...? awesome English skills I know.) 

Alabama Shakes
If I could only see one band this weekend this would be it.  This record hasn't left my record player in weeks.  (And I can totally attest to the fact that this record MUST be listened to on vinyl.)  With a groovy 60's vibe paired with Brittany Howard's Janis Joplin-y vocals the Alabama Shakes may have just become my new favorite band.  Check out two of my favorite songs off their latest album...

First Aid Kit
Swedish sisters Klara and Johanna Soderberg were made to play at Newport.  With their folksy sound and vocal harmonies these ladies will have you mesmerized. 

Patty Griffin
True story: play Patty Griffin and I'll immediately start weeping. I can't articulate how much I am moved by Patty's voice.  This is my first opportunity to finally get to see Patty and you can bet I'll be in the front row.  Listen to Heavenly Day, try not to cry...

Brown Bird
The Rhode Island band Brown Bird is one of those bands that I straight up wouldn't have heard of  if it weren't for Newport, (they debuted last year at the festival,) but I am SO glad that I've heard of them.  They play a ridiculous amount of instruments in this dark folky style that I'm totally obsessed with. (And helloooo that beard. Oh that beard.)

 The Head and the Heart
Ultimate Road Trip Music.  This is one of my favorite albums to drive down a long winding road to and naturally, I'm going to be jamming during their set.

The Tallest Man on Earth
Y'all have heard me wax poetic about Kristian Matsson before on this blog but I just can't help it.  I think I may have burned a hole in this record from playing it so much last year.  I haven't heard a lot of his newest album yet but I'm so stoked to see it live.

 Iron & Wine
Okay...duh. I basically want to be Sam Beam's wife...or dedicated tambourine player, whichever comes first.  I will never NOT see this man play.  And weep like a child.  Guaranteed.

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