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March 21, 2007


The San Bernardino County Sun previews the independent hip hop music fest, the Paid Dues Festival.

The San Francisco Chronicle's Tech Chronicles recaps its SXSW experience.

Shawn Fanning revisited: On my last day in Austin, I had breakfast with Rusty Rueff, the chief executive of San Francisco's Snocap. The company has set up a digital registry and is about to pass iTunes, with 3.3 million songs in its registry. It is now using that registry to set up online stores for musicians on MySpace and other sites.

Ratatat's Evan Mast talks top Salt Lake City Weekly.

“I’m pretty sure to even try [to play the album live] we’d have to have like 15 guitar players,” Mast says. “Can you image what that would look like? Where would everyone stand? And I don’t know if we even know 15 guitar players, let alone ones that we’d be willing to work with.”

Stylus pits Depeche Mode vs. the Cure.

Popmatters lists overrated and underrated drummers.

One of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Braves beat writers took time off to review a solo show by Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell.

Jason Isbell was in fine form: Took a few hours away from work last night to see the Drive-By Truckers’ guitarist do a solo show at a great dive in Orlando. By solo, I mean without the other Truckers. But he has a crack band playing with him on this little tour, and the material is excellent, both the solo stuff off his upcoming album and, yes, a bunch of DBT songs.

This American Life's Ira Glass talks to the San Francisco Chronicle about the radio show's move to television.

"My little sister Karen was a Disney executive at the time," Glass said. "And she just shook her head. 'Hollywood's got money and needs stories. You've got stories and need money. It's supply and demand.' "

She encouraged him to take the leap to TV, but when two of the big networks made offers, Glass found he couldn't pull the trigger. "We didn't really understand what the show would be, and they were going to spend a frightening amount of money." With so much cash involved, Glass says he worried he'd lose creative control.

The Morning News' MP3 Digest compares mp3 bloggers and YouTube users this week.

The mp3-blog snob consortium doesn’t approve of Robin Thicke’s “Lost Without You,” but YouTube is one with the people, it doesn’t care, it knows a perfect pop song when it sees it.

North Carolina State's Technician Online priofiles several sites that stream music legally online.

Personalized Internet radios and easy-to-download audio players characterize the legal music playing revolution. Sites such as, and enable music lovers to listen to a favorite or newly discovered artist for free and, in many cases, recommend bands similar to the originally selected artists.

The Los Angeles Times profiles the comics publisher, Boom Studios.

It's difficult to categorize Boom comics as just gory or intellectual or off the wall. "Talent," for instance, follows the adventures of a man who inherits the skills of fellow passengers killed on an airliner. "Tag" explores human nature as its characters literally rot away.

Wizard's Felton said that by branching out from just the "tights-and-capes thing," Boom was reaching audiences, particularly the mass market and Hollywood, that other publishers had missed.

The Guardian's books blog lists science fiction authors to read for pleasure.

Tiny Suns Infused With Sour points out rumors of a solo album by Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker.

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this week's CD & DVD releases


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