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July 5, 2009

Shorties (Quiet Rock, Florence and the Machine, and more)

The San Diego Union-Tribune notes the increased popularity of "quiet rock."

The Austin American-Statesman examines author K.A. Holt's online marketing success for her debut children's novel, Mike Stellar: Nerves of Steel.

The Independent reviews the new Florence and the Machine album, Lungs.

This fine line between deeply unsettling and radio-friendly is precisely the place that Florence resides. Fast-forward 15 years and, while other "now" acts are on a Remember the Noughties tour playing past hits to nostalgic ex-Hoxtonites, my guess is that Florence will still be there, making music that mixes glamour and danger in equal measure.

The Boston Globe explores Boston literary neighborhoods.

The Columbus Dispatch examines the continued appeal of ABBA music.

The Telegraph offers an interactive map of great British literary walks.

The Washington Post interviews Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy.

The Japan Times reviews the new Haruki Murakami novel, 1Q84.

Decades of Murakami's experimentation with voice and style have culminated in sophisticated but simple prose that avoids pretension (except when he mocks Japan's literary culture). In addition, the characters' intonation, gestures and facial expressions are described with a new degree of precision.

Gigwise lists 20 disgusting album covers.

NPR Music is streaming a Mountain Stage performance by singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt.

Minnesota Public Radio examines the draw of the Twin Cities music scene to young college graduates.

Help me clean out my house and win 100 random CDs in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

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