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August 1, 2009

Shorties (David Byrne, Tori Amos, and more)

The Times Online profiles David Byrne.

Right now the former renaissance man of post-punk Manhattan is enjoying something of a, well, renaissance. Featuring an inspired mix of new and old collaborations with Brian Eno, this tour has blossomed into Byrne’s most extensive and lavishly praised since his Talking Heads heyday. A year on the road in total, climaxing with a final lap of honour in Britain this week.

A.V. Washington D.C. lists 5 reasons singer-songwriter Tori Amos is cooler than you think.

Free from Amazon MP3: the 8-track VP Records Reggae Sampler.

io9 lists its favorite last lines from science fiction novels.

NPR is streaming performances this weekend from the Newport Folk Festival, including sets by Billy Bragg, The Avett Brothers, Gillian Wech, Fleet Foxes, The Decemberists, and more (and that's just part of today's streaming lineup).

The New York Times' The Moment blog points out the new Converse music sneakers featuring AC/DC and Metallica artwork.

The National Post interviews Ed O'Loughlin, longlisted for the 2009 Man Booker Prize for his novel, Not Untrue and Not Unkind.

Athens Soundies offers one-take videos from a variety of indie musicians including Jessica Lea Mayfield, Punch Brothers, and Dead Confederate.

WXPN is streaming a recent live performance by singer-songwriter Mindy Smith.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

daily mp3 downloads
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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