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April 6, 2010

Shorties (Songs for Sci-Fi Fans, Lollapalooza Lineup, and more)

Mania lists 20 awesome songs for sci-fi fans.

Lollapalooza has finalized its 2010 lineup for the August music festival in Chicago.

Spinner profiles singer-songwriter-cartoonist Jeffrey Lewis.

Anti-folk musician Jeffrey Lewis grew up as a comic book fan since the age of three and was exposed to works such as 'The Watchmen,' 'V for Vendetta' and 'Love and Rockets.' It was a love he never shook off during college and as a budding musician in the '90s, when he would create comic book fliers to promote his shows. "I always used to say the show was advertising the flier more than the flier was advertising the show," Lewis tells Spinner. "It would always be these little surreal stories. After the whole story at the very bottom, it would be like 'Jeffrey Lewis is playing at such-and-such Wednesday at 9PM.'"

The New York Times profiles the book reviewing family behind the blog The Latiner Gang Family Book Review Spot.

Superchunk's Mac McCaughan talks to ChartAttack about scoring the film The Passenger Side.

The Independent examines a new genre of literature, "faction."

The novel is part of a unique experiment in a literary genre called "faction", where writers use slightly embellished versions of real-life stories to create fiction. It will therefore tell how Mike and Anne met at a rock concert, fell in love, and overcame a series of ups and downs to achieve their happy ending.

The Boston Globe interviews Midlake drummer McKenzie Smith.

PopMatters interviews music critic Jim DeRogatis.

Smithsonian explains how the paperback changed popular literature.

Bassist Wanted is a webcomic about music and musicians.

Mos Dub is a mashup album that remixes the music of Mos Def with classic dub reggae songs.

Salon gathers negative Amazon customer reviews of classic books.

Vivian Girls guested on Sound Opinions last week.

Bookslut's April issue is online, and includes interviews with authors Alex Lemon and Nick Flynn.

All Songs Considered offers its spring music preview.

Drowned in Sound writers suggest starting points into the catalog of singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright.

Win a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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Atomic Books Comics Preview (highlights of the week's comics & graphic novel releases)
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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)
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