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Sat, May 19, 2012 8:54 pm

Freak-folk pioneer Michael Hurley looked like a man from another time and place when he took the Nelsonville Music Festival Porch Stage today around 2 p.m.

Despite the oppressive heat, Hurley was decked out in a jacket, long sleeves and a hat, cooing away at an assortment of sleepy hippies and sunburned college kids.

Hurley played alone, armed only with a hollow-body electric guitar and a collection of incredible songs about traveling and wily women who demand that he "get a job.

Sat, May 19, 2012 6:08 pm

Is there a better way to start a day than with some early morning mandolin antics from Andrew Bird?

Starting around 10 a.m. this morning, Bird took to the stage on his lonesome in front of a groggy crowd, whipping through a series of originals and playful covers.

Sat, May 19, 2012 5:26 pm

Athens, Ohio's The D-Rays performed a Friday evening set on the Nelsonville Music Festival Porch Stage before an energetic crowd.

The D-Rays play a blend of garage/surf-rock, reminiscent of such acts as The Ventures and Dick Dale.

During the band's set, many in the audience remarked on how the group was able to produce such a large and powerful sound from just three instruments.

"Safety Third," the band's debut single, was released in March. For more information, visit The D-Rays' Facebook page.

Mon, May 21, 2012 10:39 am

Images from day one of the Nelsonville Music Festival, courtesy of Sydney Good, Cam Soergel, Elliot Nicolson, Bryan Gibson and Joan Butcher.

View other images by following live coverage on Twitter @woubarts.

Wed, Jun 13, 2012 10:36 am

When Kurt Vile and the Violators took the main stage at the Nelsonville Music festival last night, they easily could have been mistaken for a group of shaggy high schoolers.

With his shoulder-length locks and Joey Ramone-style hair shield, Vile greeted the audience before plowing into an original that sounded a little like J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. and a lot like early Meat Puppets.

Mon, May 21, 2012 7:52 pm

There’s something fitting about a little Americana to kick off the start of a music festival tucked in the rolling hills of Appalachia.

Angela Perley & The Howlin' Moons did just that when they opened the Porch Stage performances for the slowly filling-in crowd at Hocking College's Robbins Crossing.

Perley and her Moons have a highly stylized and nostalgic sound, paying homage to The Flying Burrito Brothers, Wanda Jackson and mid-2000s alt-country all at once.

Fri, May 18, 2012 12:32 pm

The Nelsonville Music Festival organizers figured at least a few people would show up for the kickoff night on Thursday, May 17.

The audience numbers were in the hundreds as locals and earlybird campers flocked to the Porch Stage and No-Fi Cabin areas to hear a handful of Athens bands.

"I didn't know if we'd have three or 300 people," said Stuart's Opera House Executive Director Tim Peacock. "We're thrilled with tonight's turnout."

Thu, May 17, 2012 10:45 am

Horse Feathers is one of those bands that is essentially the project of one man. In this case, it's Justin Ringle. 

A native of Idaho, the singer/songwriter moved to Portland, Ore., in 2004 and started collaborating with muti-instrumentalist Peter Broderick. The two released Horse Feathers' debut album, Words are Dead, in 2006.

Since Broderick's departure a few years back, Horse Feathers now features a rotating roster of musicians backing up Ringle, with the exception of violinist and string arranger Nathan Crockett who has been a collaborator for four years.