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March 22, 2013

Shorties (The Rising Influence of NPR Music, Partying with Author Renata Adler, and more)

The Wall Street Journal notes the rising influence of NPR Music.

With 2.7 million unique monthly visitors, 1.4 million podcast downloads every four weeks and an additional 1.4 million iPhone and iPad apps in circulation, NPR Music ( has become a sought-after stop for both aspiring and established artists. More broadly, it has become a rising power in the music industry.

New York Magazine profiles author Renata Adler while attending a literary party with the author.

PopMatters explores the "southeast Asian grindcore" music movement.

RIP, Nigerian author Chinua Achebe.

The Library of Congress has added 25 albums to its National Recording Registry, including selections from Pink Floyd, The Ramones, and Philip Glass.

NPR Books shares an excerpt from Elizabeth Strout's new novel The Burgess Boys.

Flavorwire lists the most distinctive singing voices of the 1990s.

The Fix lists the 10 strangest drugs in fiction.

Stream video of the Pixies' 1989 Glastonbury set in full.

Author Lev Grossman was interviewed by the Reddit community.

The Beatles first album, Please Please Me, was released 50 years ago today.

Flavorwire gets eclectic reading suggestions from author Amelia Gray.

Frightened Rabbit visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Guernica interviews author Lauren Groff.

Win all six books featured in this week's Book Notes feature and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's contest at Largehearted Boy.

Amazon MP3 offers 100 albums on sale for $5 each.
Amazon MP3 offers over 1,400 albums on sale for $3.99.
Amazon MP3 offers over 600 albums for sale for $2.99.
Amazon MP3 offers over 400 jazz albums on sale for $1.78.
Amazon MP3 offers over 56,000 free and legal mp3s.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

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

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics & graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (the week's best new books)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
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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