Thank God Nick Drake's dead. There, I said it. If the English singer/songwriter were alive and 48 right now, he'd most likely be fat and fuzzy-headed, having gorged himself on Choco Tacos and lithium for the past 30 years. His gorgeous early songs would be overshadowed by attempts at country-rap and folktronica. Better we get "Hanging on a Star," the second annual tribute to the tragic folkie, wherein locals Loquat, Thee More Shallows, Ral Partha Vogelbacher, Odessa Chen, the Bother, and My Life Is on the Line (along with Seattle's Damien Jurado and Portland's Minmae) prove it's best to live fast, die young, and leave a good-looking back catalog.
The "Pink Moon" rises on Saturday, June 19, at Cafe Du Nord; call 861-5016 or go to www.cafedunord.com. -- Dan Strachota
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