On the evening of Oct. 22, 2009, Annie Clark donned her guitar and stepped onstage at Castaways, a garage-sized dive bar in Ithaca, N.Y. Situated between a muddy canal and a gleaming fitness center, the venue was stippled with garish nautical kitsch: life preservers, light-up palm trees, a logo featuring a fish in sunglasses. Clark, barely 27 and fresh... More >>>