Big Thief's Folk-Grunge Takeover
For their Newport debut, the Brooklyn indie rock band Big Thief brought their blend of bleeding-heart intensity and feedback-laden guitar shredding to the Quad Stage on Friday afternoon. The result was one of the weekend's star-making sets, as lead singer Adrianne Lenker, drummer James Krivchenia, bassist Max Oleartchik and Buck Meek, who played guitar and sang harmony vocals, sang an array of highlights, like "Masterpiece," "Shark Smile" and "Paul," from the band's two records. Early on, Big Thief displayed their folk bonafides when Lenker delivered a stunning, hushed new song on acousic guitar before eventually switching to electric for the band's fresh blend of feedback-laden, grunge-folk. Mostly, Big Thief's set was a masterclass in intimacy, as Lenker hushed the overflowing sidestage crowd as she deployed brief moments of silent pauses in the middle of her songs for dramatic effect.