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March 13, 2010

Shorties (The Runaways, Joanna Newsom, and more)

With The Runaways movie soon to hit theaters, the new book Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway (written by Cherie Currie and Tony O'Neill) is at the top of my reading list. profiles singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom.

Joanna Newsom's new album, Have One on Me, is certainly generous in every sense of the word. A magnum opus, three records long, the album's songs give us everything we'd hoped for on round three: more of the original bare-boned folk we'd been introduced to (either harp-ed or piano-ed), new and exciting full orchestral compositions, and finally, some exceptionally honed vocals, more dulcet and more beautiful than we thought possible. All of it free without being loose, brave without being audacious and beautiful without being perfect. Where, in this 28-year-old wonder, it all comes from is almost mystifying.

Mashable explores how musicians are using social media to connect with fans.

Pop & Hiss lists the 2010 music stories to watch at SXSW.

NPR's Morning Edition ponders the value of e-books.

The Manga Critic offers tips to book reviewers on how to review manga titles.

Flavorwire lists indie rock's five favorite classical composers.

NPR's All Things Considered interviews Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchinson about the band's new album, The Winter of Mixed Drinks.

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