* Carl's Country Club is back with another installment in their Front Porch series. This one features a performance from local Natalie Prass, who I once said makes "sweet, rich, occasionally playful pop numbers with loads of trad-country and trad-pop influence." See Prass performing "Your Fool," while accompanied by Kyle Ryan, Chris Miller and a swarm of cicadas, above. The performance was shot by Houston Matthews and Cream contributor Seth Graves.
* The critically acclaimed Van Lear Rose — the Loretta Lynn record produced by Jack White and released in 2004 — is now available for the first time ever on vinyl, via (who else?) Third Man Records. Order it now on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl over at TMR's site. Third Man is also holding a "Blue Rose Beauty Pageant" at their Facebook page, through which you can win a limited-edition copy of Van Lear just by posting a picture of yourself in a blue dress. That goes for males and females. Drag it up, bros!
* Nashville's Nikki Lane — who has that video for "Gone, Gone, Gone" we were talking about last week — was just named Vogue's Artist of the Week. "It’s not just Nikki Lane’s raw, Tammy Wynette-style voice that gives her retro-country sound its stamp of authenticity," says Vogue. Well then what else is it?! You'll have to read to find out.
And in other coincidentally female-oriented bits: Ke$ha is hosting a contest to remix her single "Sleazy" — even though I'm pretty sure DJ Wick-It totally already won. Also, Jessica Lea Mayfield joined Avett Brothers' Seth Avett in a rendition of Elliott Smith's "Twilight" from From a Basement on the Hill.