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May 4, 2008


The 2008 Coachella music downloads page has been updated with a bittorrent download of the show by Fatboy Slim. .

The Birmingham News reports that the city's City Stages music festival has added Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Robert Earl Keen, Anthony Hamilton, Andrew Bird and Alejandro Escovedo to the June 13th-15th lineup that "actually doesn't suck like usual" (quote from a friend).

The Twin Cities Daily Planet profiles Minnesota's literary magazines.

The Evening Sun explains why television show theme songs are a dying breed.

The Guardian profiles Santogold.

If the "fashion" alarm bells are ringing then you needn't worry just yet. There may be a funny haircut and a pair of comedy shades but underneath there is a smart Philly girl who sings brilliant pop songs. Since her alter ego was created in 2006, Santi has supported Björk at Madison Square Gardens, hooked up with Mark Ronson to sing the Jam's Pretty Green on Versions, had her video dubbed "maybe the best thing ever" on Kanye West's blog and been called "the queen of all pop in 2008" by NME.

Gamelab lists the top 5 videogame-inspired music videos.

The Observer profiles Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.

Members of the Roots talk to the New York Times.

As a group that thrives on touring, the Roots might seem somewhat insulated from sales concerns. But that’s not entirely the case. “There’s a winner-take-all kind of thing that kicks in with black culture, and definitely with hip-hop,” Mr. Nichols said. “If you’re doing contemporary white music, you can be a Deerhoof or Panda Bear or Grizzly Bear” — critically favored but noncommercial indie-rock acts — “and you’re not really judged on your sales impact.”

The Observer talks to 10 of the hottest bands hitting Britain's festival circuit this summer.

In an Observer op-ed piece, Brian Morton explains why literary fiction is Scotland's "latest endangered species."

Tegan and Sara share their current favorite music with the New York Times.

NPR's Weekend Edition profiles Elisa Albert, author of the novel The Book of Dahlia.

see also: Albert's Largehearted Boy Book Notes essay for the book

Minnesota Public Radio's The Current features Dosh with an interview and in-studio performance.

also at Largehearted Boy:

2007 online music lists
Daily Downloads
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
this week's CD releases


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