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March 15, 2012

Shorties (Stream Live SXSW Performances, A List of Classic Irish Books, and more)

NPR is streaming live performances from SXSW Music, including shows by Sharon Van Etten, Bruce Springsteen, and others.

The New York Daily News recommends five classic Irish books for St. Patrick's Day.

Tommy Stinson talks to DC9 at Night about his stints in the Replacements, Guns N' Roses, and his solo work.

Styleist offers a bookcase buying guide.

The Awl shares a music playlist for the Ides of March.

The March edition of the Music Alliance Pact has been posted, and includes 38 songs recommended by 38 bloggers from 38 countries.

VF Daily offers a quiz: are quotes from Nicholas Sparks' novels or Richard Nixon's love letters?

The Guardian interviews Craig Finn of the Hold Steady.

You've been namechecked in a novel by George Pelecanos. How do you feel about novelists who namecheck musicians?

I wrote something for Q on Ten Thousand Saints and it was one of the few music mentions in a novel that wasn't embarrassing to me. They always get it wrong. And I'm too close to it, so I can't enjoy it. The second they start talking about this fictitious band, I'm all "Oh God …" It's an honour, though, to show up in Pelecanos's work.

Hari Kunzru talks to The Book Bench about his new novel Gods Without Men.

Lana Del Rey visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Bookworm interviews author Edwyn St. Aubyn.

The Guardian reports that R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck is working on a solo album.

NPR reviews and excerpts from Lauren Groff's new novel Arcadia.

Fresh Air reviews and excerpts from Peter Cameron's novel Coral Glynn.

Drowned in Sound interviews singer-songwriter Aidan Moffat.

Harold Holzer talks to Morning Edition about his new book Emancipating Lincoln, The Proclamation in Text, Context, and Memory.

The eight best musician autobiographies of all time.

Win Geoff Dyer's new book Zona, a DVD of Andrei Tarkovsky's film Stalker and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Amazon MP3 has 100 digital albums on sale for $5.

Follow me on Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, Pinterest, and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.

also at Largehearted Boy:

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

List of Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists
List of Online Year-End 2011 Music Lists

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics & graphic novels)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (the week's best 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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