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August 14, 2008


Tucson Weekly profiles singer-songwriter Carla Bozulich.

Goth-country singer. Noise-rock chanteuse. Composer of theater productions by French absurdist Jean Genet. Leader of a Willie Nelson tribute band.

Carla Bozulich is all and none of these, a musical riddle wrapped in a performance-art mystery lodged inside a sonic enigma.

Tampa's Creative Loafing lists the top 10 underground comics.

Mother Jones' The Riff Blog lists the top five Pavement songs.

Author Donald Ray Pollock is featured on KCRW's Bookworm today.

see also: Pollock's Largehearted Boy Book Notes essay for his short fiction collection, Knockemstiff

The Guardian's new band of the day is Anni Rossi.

Classically trained from a young age, she started out as a violinist before opting for its "lower register and larger-framed cousin". Now she plucks the poor thing with manic glee while whooping and shrieking like a hyped-up pixie. This is music for singing round the old Joanna - or maybe that should be Joanna Newsom? Rossi is like Newsom's kid sister. Or perhaps Devendra Banhart's brattish, precocious younger cousin. You'll either find her winningly girly and intoxicating, or irritating in her smug idiosyncratic strangeness.

Guitarist Scott Devendorf of the National talks to Drowned in Sound about the band's support of Barack Obama's presidential bid.

In the Guardian, author Anne Enright explains the importance of naming characters.

The Deli offers a guide to becoming a rock star in New York.

Drowned in Sound interviews Derek Fudesco of the Cave Singers.

Stephen King talks to TIME about the serialized online comic adaptation of one of his stories.

"It's almost impossible to predict where the lightning's going to strike on the Web," says King, who spoke to TIME from Maine, where he is working on his next novel, Under the Dome. "People want to harness the Web — everybody from my publisher to movie studios to groups like Radiohead. But nobody really knows how to do it. It's like trying to herd cats." King well knows the perils (and potential embarrassments) of trying to attract analog readers through digital means. Riding the Bullet was a success, but an online serialization of The Plant — an e-book also released in 2000 — ceased after King, in a rare moment, publicly ran out of creative juice.

Inside Tech lists 50 books every geek should read.

Ars Technica talks to indie musicians about releasing music without the help of a record label.

NPR lists "crushingly sad" songs.

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