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March 9, 2007


The Boston Globe lists classic boy-girl musical pairings.

The Orange County Register reviews Bright Eyes' recent Los Angeles performance.

This, then, was an erratic set at best, though that may have been the intention – to just work out some kinks, despite the fact that Oberst did so in front of a slew of peers. Strolling in a little before 11, just before Bright Eyes finally emerged: Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, in tricked-out denim chic, with girlfriend Brody Dalle on his arm, looking more like a junior Courtney Love than the punk upstart who fronts the Distillers. To my right: Sia, late of Zero 7, and Har Mar Superstar. Behind me: Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley. Also spotted: members of Phantom Planet and Jimmy Tamborello, one-half of the Postal Service.

The Guardian's books blog wonders which classic is the best page-turner.

The A.V. Club debates the lameness of guitar solos.

Stylus lists the top 10 "editorial gems" in its six year history.

Gregg Allman talks music media with Popmatters.

"I remember when Rolling Stone was really an amazing music magazine. Now they got in there all politics and all kinds of shit, you got to dig around a little to find some music. They still do some good stuff, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t read it. Mojo is a good one, though.”

Popmatters reviews Norway's By:Larm music festival.

The Austin Chronicle is collecting short interviews with SXSW performers.

In the Guardian, poet Ruth Padel lists the top ten women poets of all time.

WXPN profiles singer-songwriter Kim Taylor.

Graeme Downes of the Verlaines talks to OC Weekly.

“We’d just play for each other. In the wake of the punk thing of ‘any one can have a go’ a lot of us decided we could [have a go] around the same time. What happened from then is hard to tease out, but essentially it became rather competitive (in a very positive way). Like when Martin [Phillipps] played me [the Chills’] “Rolling Moon” for the first time it was a real wake-up call (“man that is so good, I better pull my socks up”). I think we mutually inspired each other. I’ve been writing a book on the period 1980-1983, which hopefully I’ll finish this year. It traces how very subtle techniques passed from one band to another in very short space of time.”

SF Signal offers a list of science fiction and fantasy authors who blog.

Drowned in Sound features a SXSW-themed podcast this week.

T-shirt of the day: "MP(3)"

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