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December 4, 2005


The Philadelphia Inquirer examines the city's indie rock scene.

The Charlotte Observer reviews Laila Lalami's book, Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits.

Still, Lalami is a strong writer, with a rare gift for grace. She understands that life often turns on the simplest things: a broken string of prayer beads, a son's gesture, or a meal cooked as a peace offering. Her first novel gives readers good reason to hope for more.

Jim DeRogatis reviews recent holiday music releases in the Chicago Sun-Times.

The Chicago Sun-Times offers holiday book gift suggestions.

Australia's Triple J lists their best albums of 2005.

Music For Kids Who Can't Read Good is an interesting mp3 blog with agreat name.

Guillermo Scott Herren of Prefuse 73 and Darren Seltmann of The Avalanches list their top ten albums of 2005 for Filter.

The Observer reviews the recent Strokes London show.

They played just about every song from the new album, tightly and crunchily, and each ringing out with a generous, propulsive energy that was less about looking cool and more about inducing mania in the fans.

A Whole Lotta Nothing examines subscription vs. piecemeal pricing of music.

The Atomic Books blog points out Penguin's collection of classics with modern comic artists doing the covers (Chris Ware, Charles Burns, and Art Spiegelman will all participate in the project).


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