Newport Folk Festival's challenge lies in its legacy: booking a balancing-act bill that will draw sell-out crowds – a phenomenon the Newport Festival Foundation has only enjoyed since 2011 – while simultaneously preserving a legendary, now-54-year-old heritage, one that is the longest-running and possibly the most visible example of American festival success ever. While they've done extraordinarily well in years past according the best of both old and new artists, this year's lineup didn't do itself as many favors.
"For the 12 years we've been making records, we've always been trying to prove something, and avoid being labeled as dad rock, or depressing," Matt Berninger of The National says. "We figured out how to fight so much over the years… This time around, we didn't care."
Fool's Gold's annual Day Off Labor Day party -- which this year featured the likes of Danny Brown, Flatbush Zombies and Just Blaze, among others -- brought out execs from A-Trak's label and the Chamber Group as well as scores of fans, resulting in the event being shut down an hour early.
Entertainment industry players including Trent Reznor, Amanda Palmer and OK Go have written and published an open letter to Washington expressing their concerns about SOPA/PIPA, the pending Congressional bills that would give the government and corporations the ability to shut down web addresses that contain copyright infringements.