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July 10, 2011

Shorties (The Head and the Heart, Brian Eno interviews David Mitchell, and more)

USA Today profiles The Head and the Heart.

Call The Head and the Heart the poster child of indie rock. Not only has the band opened up for The Decemberists, Iron & Wine and The Walkmen, but it's also on the cover of Billboard's new independent music issue. The sextet got its start playing in coffee shops. All of the bandmates but violinist Charity Rose Thielen have a fondness for facial hair. And the group is based in Seattle. "So many bands that we like come from here," says frontman Josiah Johnson, 26, a California transplant who found his way to Seattle by way of grad school. "This area has a strong independent spirit."

In the Believer music issue, Brian Eno interviews author David Mitchell.

Financial Times interviews Eno.

The list of 2011 online summer reading lists has been updated with the Huffington Post's most anticipated summer books and more.

Paste lists 16 awesome things about Jack White.

The Observer examines the evolution of printed books into the digital age.

The Cincinnati Enquirer profiles singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams.

John Banville talks to the Daily Beast about the noir novels he writes under the pen name Benjamin Black.

Media Maverick examines the forces behind this year's rise in music sales.

The Independent offers a "blagger's guide" to literary agents.

The New York Times profiles singer-songwriter Robert Ellis.

"For my family, there were two types of music: country and bluegrass," said Mr. Ellis, who dropped out of high school his junior year, took a year of music classes at a community college and left Lake Jackson for Houston four years ago. "For some time, I tried to rebel against that by playing indie rock, trying to be weird for weird's sake. But to me, both halves of this record are rooted in country — loss, family, the road. I’m not sure it's conscious, but I suppose there's a country side to everything I do."

Read "Waiting for Big Bird," a short story by Marcy Dermansky at Fictionaut.

World Cafe is streaming a live performance by Cults.

The Lit Pub is a website aiming to "promote a sustainable literary community by introducing readers to authors we know and love."

Cover Lay Down shares a collection of covers by Clem Snide and the band's frontman, Eef Barzelay.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (news and links from the worlds of music, literature, and pop culture)

Atomic Books Comics Preview (highlights of the week's new comics & graphic novels)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (highlights of the week's new books)
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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