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Cat Power Channels Pathos, Covers CCR During Stirring Set

August 1, 2008 11:45 PM ET

Cat Power may not ever conquer her on stage awkwardness but at least she's found ways to defeat a majority of her fears. Saying barely a word to an overflowing early evening crowd, and backed by a four-piece band that included drum wizard Jim White, the singer focused on maximizing muted minimalism. Largely sticking to recent material and cover songs, the vocalist channeled more desperation ("Woman Left Lonely"), faith ("Metal Heart") and melancholy ("Tracks of My Tears") than one encounters in a self-help book — and certainly more than raucous festival-goers are used to. Yet her greatest moment came during a slow-crawling rendition of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son," which proved protest needn't always be shouted.

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Song Stories

“Vans”

The Pack | 2006

Berkeley, California rappers the Pack made their footwear choice clear in 2006 with the song "Vans." The track caught the attention of Too $hort, who signed them to his imprint. MTV refused to play the video for the song, though, claiming it was essentially a commercial for the product. Rapper Lil' B disagreed. "I didn’t know nobody [at] Vans," he said. "I was just a rapper who wore Vans." Even without MTV's support, Lil' B recognized the impact of the track. "God blessed me with such a revolutionary song… People around my age know who really started a lot of the dressing people are into now."

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