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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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“Stillness Is the Move”

Dirty Projectors | 2009

A Wim Wenders film and a rapper inspired the Dirty Projectors duo David Longstreth and Amber Coffmanto write "sort of a love song." "We rented the movie Wings of Desire from Dave's brother's recommendation, and he had me go through it and just write down some things that I found interesting, and they made it into the song," Coffman said. As for the hip-hop connection, Longstreth explained, "The beat is based on T-Pain. We commissioned a radio mix of the song by the guy who mixes all of Timbaland's records, but the mix we made sounded way better, so we didn't use it."

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