Sunday R&C: Spazz Fest Week Begins

design: Todd Cook

We’re on the eve of Spazz Fest in Greenville, and it promises to be a great week. The schedule is updated, and we’re offering an exclusive preview that highlights the artists coming to town this week. Before the festival begins, we have a special feature. On Monday (March 19),  Kimya Dawson, Palefaceand Your Heart Breaks play the Tipsy Teapot. This is an excellent pre-Spazz show that’s sure to draw a great crowd. The pre-show ticket sales are closed, but tickets can be purchased at the door for $12.

Kimya Dawson

Kimya Dawson broke into pop culture as a member of the Moldy Peaches. Their contributions to the Juno motion picture soundtrack had everyone buzzing in 2007-2008. Thunder Thighs is the first solo recording from Dawson since Juno. It features guest performances from Aesop Rock, members of the Strokes, Mountain Goats, Forever Young Senior Citizen Rock and Roll Choir, and Kimya’s 5 year old daughter Panda. Back in the fall, Kimya stopped by Daytrotter to record this session. You can pick up Thunder Thighs on iTunes, eMusic, and Amazon.

Kimya Dawson – “Driving Driving Driving”
from Thunder Thighs
out now
via FILTER, a free download from her first solo album following Juno.



photo credit: Staton Carter

Paleface is reminiscent of a young Tom Waits. He doesn’t sound like Waits, but he’s that guy that makes other artists take notice. His story is well documented. He apprenticed as a songwriter with Daniel Johnston, roomed with Beck, emerged out of New York’s anti-hoot/anti-folk scene, and made appearances as a performer and songwriter with the Avett Brothers before pairing with drummer and girlfriend Monica “Mo” Samalot to make Paleface a duo. It seems like they’ve recorded a lot of ‘live’ sessions lately, making stops at Daytrotter, the Laundromatinee, Halfway House Music and others.

Check out:

Traveling from North Carolina” (Laundromatinee Session)

Paleface – One Big Party (LP)
One of several albums, and the last studio album of new material from Paleface. Check out the Paleface catalogue on Bandcamp, buy on iTunes, eMusic, or Amazon.


Your Heart Breaks

Based out of Washington state, Your Heart Breaks could also be labeled Clyde Peterson and Friends. A collaborative music project, its members have included Karl Blau, Steve MooreKimya Dawson, Forrest Baum, Dave MathiesLaura Veirs, and several others.  In fact, there are as many as 50 contributors and collaborators throughout the lower 48 states. To date, they’ve recorded eight albums along with several 7″ splits and compilations. They’ve joined up with Dawson to support her tour. Whatever happens, it sure to be dynamic.

Watch: “Will We Ever?”

Stay tuned for more SPAZZ FEST updates! 


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