Dan Bern has announced a bunch of European tour dates in March; he'll hit Germany, France and the UK before a few Alaskan shows in April.
Gorilla vs. Bear catches a newly announced SXSW show previously playing only in my dreams: Vashti Bunyan, Nina Nastasia & Jim White, Tom Brosseau, David Karsten Daniels, and Jana Hunter, March 15 at the Central Presbyterian Church in Austin. GvB has a Bunyan download, too.
Lucinda Williams tells the New York Times what she's listening to. On Carrie Rodriguez: "She started out accompanying other artists on violin and then spent some time as part of a duet with Chip Taylor, who is famous for writing “Wild Thing” and “Angel of the Morning.” Now she is finally striking out on her own as well, and I have to say I am very impressed. She’s got something unique in her voice that’s very subtle and a little smoky and sweet."
You can get a taste of the new Beirut EP, Lon Giland, via AmpCamp's song of the day.
MP3: Beirut - Carousels
Largehearted Boy is auctioning off the very limited-edition Mountain Goats LP Come, Come to the Sunset Tree, a collection of Sunset Tree demos. All proceeds benefit Farm Sanctuary, which aims to improve the lot of farm animals. Bid early and often. The cause is just, the record is rare, and The Sunset Tree is shout-along-worthy. I had no idea there was a great clip for that album's "This Year".