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June 16, 2009

Shorties (Phoenix, Deerhunter, and more)

The A.V. Club interviews Thomas Mars of Phoenix.

AVC: American critics often use soft rock as a point of comparison when discussing Phoenix. Were you at all influenced by groups like, say, Hall & Oates?

TM: Not at all, no. It’s funny… It’s different in every country. We’re used to it. Since the beginning, we were in every section at the French Virgin Megastore, which makes it so you don’t really exist, in a sense. We like music from every style, but we grew up more with bands like My Bloody Valentine and The Clash, and a love for club culture, too. Also, when were living in Versailles, we discovered Prince. Purple Rain in Versailles was about the most psychedelic experience you could have at age 7. It was amazing.

New Zealand's 3 News interviews Deerhunter's Bradford Cox.

Decider Twin Cities interviews Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy.

The Philadelphia Inquirer profiles mewithoutYou.

From their debut, 2002's [A->B] Life, to it's all crazy! they've changed their sound, style and approach to songwriting. Look them up on and they're classed under Pop, Rock, Alternative Rock, Christian & Gospel, Folk, Hard Rock & Metal, and Miscellaneous. Exactly.

Decider Milwaukee interviews singer-songwriter A.A. Bondy.

Glide's Hidden Track highlights day-by-day online coverage of this year's Bonnaroo music festival.

Billboard lists Bonnaroo's top 10 moments of 2009.

The Age profiles the 5 shortlisted novels for Australia's Miles Franklin Literary Award.

Ali Sethi talks to Minnesota Public Radio about his new novel, The Wish Maker.

NPR is streaming the new Moby album Wait For Me in its entirety.

The longlist for Canada's Polaris Music Prize has been announced.

NYLON offers a 22-track free iTunes mo3 sampler.

At Drowned in Sound, Catherine A.D. interviews Nicky Wire of the Manic Street Preachers.

NPR pairs beer with jazz songs (not unlike how Lauren Groff paired short stories with beer in her latest Book Notes contribution.

Win David Wellington's 4 vampire novels in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

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Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists


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