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February 16, 2010

Shorties (Joe Hill, Stars, and more)

USA Weekend interviews author Joe Hill about his new novel, Horns.

The Montreal Gazette profiles Stars.

Twice nominated for Junos (for Heart in 2004 and Set Yourself On Fire in 2005) and a Polaris Music Prize (In Our Bedroom After the War, 2008), Stars mark the point at which "indie pop" becomes less a descriptive than relative or even kneejerk term. Founded in 1998 by Torquil Campbell and Chris Seligman, their sound has fused orchestration, sophistication and, yes, ambition since 2004 album Set Yourself On Fire and single Ageless Beauty established them on the Canadian scene.

The Sasquatch! Music Festival has announced its 2010 lineup.

Reel Loop lists six book-to-film adaptations that Hollywood needs to make happen.

onethirtybpm lists the top 100 albums of the 2000s.

F**k Yeah The Mountain Goats is a fan blog dedicated to John Darnielle's band.

One of my favorite online music blog projects, the Music Alliance Pact (which has bloggers in 35 nations highlight a new song from their country) has posted its February 2010 edition.

NPR's All Things Considered profiles the Carolina Chocolate Drops.

Better Than The Van is giving away a tour van filled with music equipment at SXSW.

Win copies of Peter Straub's new novel A Dark Matter and Emma Straub's novella Fly-Over State in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Follow me on Twitter for links that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.

also at Largehearted Boy:

Atomic Books Comics Preview (highlights of the week's comics & graphic novel releases)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (highlights of the week's book releases)
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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