Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Dutchess and the Duke (Hardly Art)

I've been checking out the artists on the Sub Pop spin-off label Hardly Art ( Arthur & Yu, The Dutchess & the Duke, Le Loup, The Moondoggies, The Pica Beats, and Pretty & Nice ), kicked off in 2007 by Sarah Moody and Nick Heliotis. Read more about the label here.

Reservoir Park by the Dutchess and the Duke reminds me of 'Let it Bleed' era Mick Jagger meets Captain Beefheart. The song Changing (by label mates The Moondoggies) is featured on the KEXP Blog.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Newport Folk Festival on NPR Music

NPR Music has an area devoted to the Newport Folk Festival where you can hear streaming live performances from She and Him, Jim James (of My Morning Jacket), Steve Earle, Jakob Dylan, Calexico, Willy Mason and Gillian Welch. Former Phish frontman Trey Anastasio also played an acoustic solo set taking up the "folk challenge".