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August 3, 2008


The Fort Worth Star-Telegram profiles the Hold Steady.

What grabs listeners is Finn’s ability to compose trenchant lyrics worthy of short stories or character-driven films, in essence applying an engaging, tightly focused literary sensibility to the blue-collar, beer-numbed aesthetic of rock ’n’ roll.

The Guardian shares new short fiction by Alice Sebold, Julian Barnes, William Boyd, and Tessa Hadley, and a new comic by Chris Ware.

The Telegraph profiles Joseph O'Neill, author of Netherland.

“The great thing about writing a book about cricket in America is there’s no time pressure,” he says. “You can be sure that nobody’s going to scoop you.”

The Washington Post reviews "four new novels about young women facing some of life's most difficult challenges," including Elisa Albert's The Book of Dahlia.

see also: Albert's Largehearted Boy Book Notes essay for The Book of Dahlia

Zooey Deschanel talks to the Minneapolis Star Tribune about her music project with M. Ward, She & Him.

"I actually was given some offers to record after 'Elf,' but I didn't want to do just any old record," she said. "A lot of people wanted me to make an album of standards, but I didn't want to do that, or do anything that could be construed as a vanity project. I waited till I found somebody I really wanted to work with."

Conor Oberst talks to the Wall Street Journal about several of the songs on his self-titled solo album.

The Omaha World-Herald also profiles Oberst.

The Boston Globe examines rock's "Incredible shrinking frontman."

Meanwhile, indie heroes like bookish Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie; Craig Finn, khaki-wearing frontman for the Hold Steady; oddball Isaac Brock from Modest Mouse; and Win Butler, the quiet giant running the Arcade Fire's show, are breaking into the mainstream and refashioning the job of rock star in their own images.

The St. Petersburg Times profiles Alina Simone, whose Yanka Dyagileva covers album, Everyone Is Crying Out to Me: Beware, is out Tuesday.

The Raleigh News & Observer also profiles Simone.

"To me, Yanka's life story is very bound up in her music," Simone says. "It's incredibly striking, and also completely unique in Soviet-era rock music. She was the only woman really doing what people here would consider indie rock, setting an example I find compelling."

NPR is offering live streams this weekend from the Newport Folk Festival. Today's schedule (all times eastern):

11:30 a.m.: Willy Mason
12:15 p.m.: Brandi Carlile
1:20 p.m.: Calexico
2:40 p.m.: Gillian Welch
3:50 p.m.: Trey Anastasio

David Ebershoff talks to NPR's Weekend Edition about his new novel, The 19th Wife, as well as editing Norman Mailer.

cleepr is a music video search engine.

Lullabyes is sharing mp3s of a 2006 Jenny Lewis show featuring the Watson Twins, Jonathon Rice, Jason Boesel and Michael Runion.

JamsBio lists the most influential indie albums of the 1980s and 1990s.

also at Largehearted Boy:

daily mp3 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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