* Tristen, as you know, was one of the many local performers to drift up to the Big Apple for last week's CMJ Fest. NYC Taper captured some quality bootlegs of Tristen and her Ringers' performance at Cake Shop. (Hey, I've been there. Nice club.) You can stream "Doomsday" or download the entire set in FLAC or MP3 format, and seriously, it's one of the better-sounding bootlegs (read: not actually a bootleg, but rather a totally authorized live recording) I've heard in a solid minute. [HT: We Own This Town]
* Nashville-residing garage-rocking jetsetters The Ettes — on their grind, per usual — did an acoustic session with Dickies. (That's Dickies the clothing company, by the way — not legendary SoCal punk-rock goofs The Dickies.) With Jem on guitar, Poni rocking a tambo and Coco laying down those swaggering lead vocals of hers, The Ettes did renditions of "You Were There," "The Worst There Is" and "My Heart." See the latter after the jump, as that's one of the more primo jams from their latest.
* You know those American Songwriter SoundLand Sessions I was just telling you about? Well, the AS folks have posted another one — this one features a portion of Texas-bred Nashvillian Andrew Combs' set at The Basement. Rootsy, blues- and trad-country-informed bar rocking with a couple members of Caitlin Rose's backing band in tow. See it after the jump.
* While the heartfelt acousti-jams of Nashville-residing pop singer-songwriter Mat Kearney may not be my personal bag, per se, I must give him novelty points on this one. Kearney (and a Kearney crony) played an "in-flight concert" for Southwest Airlines. He played the song "Nothing Left to Lose," and Southwest's YouTube channel is called NutsAboutSouthwest, which ... well. Anyway, see that one after the jump, too. [HT: The Tennessean]