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October 18, 2007


Both the Washington Post's Express and Nashville Scene profile singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson.

The Dallas Observer profiles Gogol Bordello.

Gogol draws on all its influences without watering anything down—which isn't surprising for a band that cites the Dead Kennedys, Tom Waits, and Romanian Gypsies Taraf de Haidouks as its favorite listening.

Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers talks to the Daily Iowan about the band's songwriting approach.

"We focus more on telling the personal side of the story, whatever that story may be," he said, referring to songs about individuals in Iraq rather than speaking out against the current political ideology. "It's pretty hard-hitting stuff. Some of the stories we tell are pretty intense, but we also use a lot of humor."

Wilco bassist John Stirrat talks to Charlottesville's Daily Progress.

"One thing that we've gotten better at is really realizing when the thread of the record is apparent, what the record's going to be. Just abandoning [the other] songs at a good time, to the point where it doesn't waste too much time," said bassist John Stirrat, speaking from a tour stop in Omaha, Neb.

Willamette Week interviews Alex Ross about his new book, The Rest Is Noise.

WW : Why did you see a need for another history of 20th-century music?

Alex Ross: There've been quite a few histories and textbook surveys, but I felt there was an opening for a book that took on the subject in a much more general way—the personalities of composers, the cultural and social context, the whole surrounding clamor of events in 20th-century music...a book that would appeal not just to connoisseurs but also to more general readers of history, and also to pop-music listeners curious about the classical music world in its modern manifestation. Whether you call it cultural history or intellectual history, I wanted to show where this music came from and how it hit the world.

Explore the Princess Diana-Morrissey phenomenon.

Music critic Sasha Frere-Jones has a blog at the New Yorker.

Minnesota Public Radio's The Current features an in-studio performance by the New Pornographers.

Author Edward P. Jones talks to Minnesota Public Radio.

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