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May 1, 2007

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Leslie Feist talks to the Toronto Sun about her new album, The Reminder.

Walk past any newsstand right now, and you'll see the lovely face of the 31-year-old Calgary-raised, Toronto-based singer-songwriter-musician, adorning several magazine covers. Meanwhile, The New York Times put her on the cover of its Arts section a few Sundays ago, proclaiming her Canada's indie-rock girl of the moment.

"Except I'm on a major label," laughs Feist. "I like that I still get to be called indie-rock girl. It's kind of like I did my time or something."


NME previews Perverted By Language, "book of literary works which draw inspiration from The Fall's songs."


The Guardian\ examines the obstacles facing young American playwrights today.


Members of Field Music talk to Popmatters.

Field Music hail from Sunderland, England, which is also home to the Futureheads and Maximo Park. With so much talent emerging from one city at one time, I assume that the industrial city is now enjoying its newfound place on the musical map, but David Brewis says that, despite growing up with people who would eventually form successful bands, “It’s weird when people say Sunderland must have a really great scene, because there’s really a limited number of good musicians and people with good ideas. I mean, really limited. It’s just like weird, personal luck of me, Pete, and Andy meeting someone like Barry [Hyde] from the Futureheads and what we gave to each other. Like, Barry hadn’t been in a band before, and me and Peter, our listening was really limited—we started being in a band before we started listening to music. We needed to open our ears a little bit."


No Love For Ned has Evil Wiener as an in-studio guest on the streaming radio show.


This week, New York magazine is offering "exclusive comics excerpts" from Brandon Graham's graphic novel, King City.


Blonde Redhead's Kazu Makino discusses several tracks from the band's album, 23, with Harp.


The Christian Science Monitor reviews Michael Chabon's new novel, The Yiddish Policemen's Union.

Echoing Philip Roth's "The Plot Against America," Chabon has taken a potential but unrealized historical twist and fashioned it into an entertaining literary novel, one that asks many pertinent questions and, in its alternate reality, seems a perfect fit for the post-9/11 world.

The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and New York Times also offer reviews.


The Boston Herald previews the city's Best Music Poll music festival (set for June 6th).

Joining the fun are Kings of Leon, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, the Bravery, Silversun Pickups, Say Anything, the Cinematics, Shiny Toy Guns, Snowden and four local acts drawn from the winners of the Boston Phoenix and WFNX-FM’s Best Music Poll 2007.


Comics and Anime previews this year's Free Comic Book Day offerings (the event happens Saturday, May 5th).


Birmingham's Through the Sparks is Paste's band of the week.


Dick Hates Your Blog compares the marketing strategies of the two comics heavyweights, DC and Marvel.


At Towerload, Arjan of Arjan Writes shares his Coachella highlights.


Scholastic lists the best new summer books for children.


NPR is streaming last night's Washington performance by Peter Bjorn and John.


The Futurist has in-studio tracks from Hotpipes' WOXY Lounge Act session.



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