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February 12, 2007


The Washington Post reviews singer-songwriter Jonathan Richman's Friday performance.

The 55-year-old Richman, armed on this night with a nylon-string acoustic guitar and accompanied by his longtime drummer Tommy Larkins, gets by on a sort of sincere silliness. Songs like "Here Come the Martian Martians" and "I Was Dancing in the Lesbian Bar" aren't meant to be taken seriously, but are catchy thanks to Richman's playful cadence and flamenco-style playing. His dance moves, mostly some kind of herky-jerky hula, can kindly be described as goofy. But there's nothing at all campy about what Richman does onstage, and the joy that radiates from him is infectious.

The Baltimore Sun examines the pop culture celebrity of Abe Lincoln.

Stylus interviews Deerhunter's Bradford Cox.

The New Yorker features a new essay by David Sedaris.

The Boston Globe lists recently published books by Boston University faculty.

Harp interviews Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke.

HARP: You’re not fond of being lumped in with the “post-punk revival.” Why?

The bands that meant something to me were Roxy Music or Queen or David Bowie, where there was a real palette of sound. During the Brit-pop heyday, when every new band coming out of Britain was being trumpeted as the saviors of rock music, I felt quite alienated from that, mainly because of that jingoistic mentality. I was more excited by the American underground bands I was hearing, like Sonic Youth and Pavement. I was far more moved by that than bands like Oasis.

Cracked lists the 10 least romantic love song lyrics.

Author Adrian Demirjian talks to NPR's Weekend Edition about her book, Kissing: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About One of Life's Sweetest Pleasures.

Author Susie Bright has set up a betting pool, BetOnTed, for when Reverend Ted Haggard will "fall off the wagon" and stop being "100% het." All proceeds will be split between the winner, LYRIC, the "young, loud, and proud" San Francisco youth group dedicated building LGBTQQ community and inspiring social change.

NPR's All Things Considered examines the newfound interest in metal.

Chances are, the appeal will persist through the changes. Heavy metal is the horror-movie genre of rock music — equal parts silly and scary, and endlessly appealing to teenage boys, no matter how much it is parodied — from Spinal Tap to Beavis and Butthead to Tenacious D.

Momus covers David Bowie's "Ashes to Ashes."

This week, author Elizabeth Crane reads her story, "What Happens When the Mipods Leave Their Milleu," this week at Five Chapters.

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