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May 16, 2010

Shorties (Band of Horses, David Mitchell, and more)

Band of Horses frontman Ben Bridwell talks to The State about the band's new album, Infinite Arms (out Tuesday).

The Independent reviews David Mitchell's new novel, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.

The Jerusalem Post profiles author Nicole Krauss.

Pitchfork has news of a new Arcade Fire single to be released June 1st.

The Louisville Courier-Journal glowingly reviews Miguel Syjuco's new novel, Ilustrado.

Syjuco has talent and style to burn — he's a dynamic and funny writer who uses every tool at his disposal to create a narrative. The result is literary fiction that will keep you up all night thrilled, laughing, enthralled and amazed. Don't miss it.

The Houston Chronicle ponders the current relevance of live albums.

The Montgomery Advertiser visits the home of To Kill a Mockingbird author, Harper Lee.

The Huntsville Times lists the 25 best songs by Alabama artists.

The Arizona Republic offers a summer reading guide.

The Times Online offers a definitive guide to the top 11 worldwide summer music festivals. examines how Brazilian indie musicians work outside the major label system.

Singer-songwriter Jane Siberry has posted all of her albums online as free and legal downloads.

Weekend Edition profiles Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen.

Win a $100 Threadless gift certificate and a copy of the Rolling Stones remastered and expanded Exile on Main Street album in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Follow me on Twitter and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) 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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