The Mountain Goats, going it solo with just John Darnielle and a guitar and maybe a piano, will join The Beast, Language Arts and a score of other local hip-hop and spoken word artists Friday, Aug. 21, at CCB Plaza (201 N. Corcoran St.) for the second annual Durham Be Easy celebration. DBE “encourages fun, togetherness, understanding, and celebration within the community. This annual event brings all walks of life together in the heart of downtown Durham to enjoy arts entertainment,” according to its mission statement. The free event runs from 6-10 p.m., and, in the event of rain, will head into the Durham Armory.

4AD is giving away “Genesis 3:23″a tune from Darnielle’s new album, The Life of the World to Come, due on 4AD on October 6here.