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Catey Shaw: Family

Towards the end of the semester, my final assignments and iTunes library grow at a similar rate (trolling the web for music is my version of a study break, ok?) And while I’m completely overwhelmed with work, it is necessary for me to A) share this awesome 8tracks playlist “Snap the Whip” (shout out to daniellah for making it) and B) introduce you to Catey Shaw’s “Family,” which is featured on aforementioned playlist.

Catey Shaw is a 21-year-old New Yorker, singing about young adult problems in the big city (check out a sassy pop-rap “Run, Run, Run”.) Sure, “Family” is a concoction of handclaps, ukeleles and “la-de-da’s” that fits my bill for a great, happy song, but Shaw’s voice has some old-school qualities that separates her from other “girl with ukelele” songwriters. Apparently she idolizes Billie Holiday and Bob Marley, and both influences are recognizable on her EP Clouds. Fun fact: she’s also a painter and designed her album art. Shaw played at CMJ last year, so let’s hope for even more music and visibility in 2013.

Back to studying. Which ultimately means more Second Fiddle finds to come…

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Newport Folk Festival: Tickets Secured

Newport Folk Festival logo

Pardon excessive use of caps lock but: OH MY GOSH GUYS I AM GOING TO NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL. This is a dream come true. I’ve actually had tickets since mid-February but wanted to share when they announced the lineup. When Newport broke the news that Beck is headlining Sunday, July 28, I just couldn’t hold in my excitement anymore.

I’ll be there for Saturday and Sunday, which is kind-of a bummer because Phosphorescent, Hey Marseilles and The Last Bison play on Friday, but Saturday and Sunday are packed with great performers and, overall, I couldn’t be happier.

Newport Folk Festival 2013 Lineup

Who am I excited to see? Well aside from the obvious Avett Brothers, Beck and Andrew Bird (honestly, I wouldn’t shell out money to see their solo concerts, but the thought of them all together makes me giddy), I’m really looking forward to Lord Huron, Michael Kiwanuka and Jim James (Yim Yames).

Shovels & Rope and The Lone Bellow are more visible on my radar; all the songs on Shovels’ album O’ Be Joyful are rootsy and raspy, while The Lone Bellow’s are fuller and more produced (they actually share a producer with the Civil Wars…fingers crossed they won’t also share the same fate).

I’m also antsy to see the Lumineers, Felice Brothers and (my love) Langhorne Slim for the second (and third) times this year. It will be nice to see the Lumineers and Felice Brothers on different stages (Felice opened for Mumford & Sons at the TD Garden. They were definitely out of their element in such a big space and I predict this festival will suit them better.)

My friend Andrew and I are pulling our favorite Newport songs on the playlist below. Keep checking back, as we’ll update it in the next few months.

Until then, here’s Beck covering Woody Guthrie.

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