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    Saves the Day, Two Tongues Singer Shares Favorite Book

    Chris Conley -- longtime frontman of emo pioneers Saves the Day and, more recently, part of Two Tongues, his collaboration with Say Anything's Max Bemis -- discovered a book last month that he says has caused him to rethink his life: Jack Kornfield's A Path with Heart. The California-based musician talked to SPIN.com about how the non-fiction tome has affected his life and his music, and why spirituality is important. But will it take the vicious edge off Conley's typically biting lyrics? Read on to find out. SPIN.com: Tell us about A Path with Heart?Chris Conley: A friend recommended it to me. It's the story of this man, Jack Kornfield, who did a pilgrimage to India and China and Tibet to meditate. He came back to California and tried to integrate the new spiritual teachings he had discovered into his life -- and it really didn't work very well.

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    Rapper MC Lars Shares His Favorite Book

    MC Lars, a self-proclaimed "post-punk laptop rapper," may be best-known for his fast-talking rhymes about Hot Topic stores and hipster girls, but the Bay Area musician is notably literary, and therefore a fitting participant in our ongoing series of musicians talking about their favorite books.

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    Video: Sara Quin on Her Favorite Novel

    Our ongoing series of rockers talking about their favorite literary works continues with Sara Quin, one half of buzz band Tegan and Sara. Quin stopped by SPIN's New York offices to talk about one of her favorite novels, Richard Ford's 1996 effort, Independence Day, about a middle-aged American everyman whose life unravels over a Fourth of July weekend.

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    Famed Author Rick Moody Leads SPIN.com's Monthly Book Club

    In an attempt to prove that musicians aren't just interested in sex, drugs and rock'n'roll, SPIN.com has gathered together an eclectic group of literary-minded musicians and authors to participate in a monthly, online book club. One member selects a book that has impacted their life for the club to read and subsequently discuss. We post the highlights. This Month's Selection: The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter Selected by: Rick Moody, author and honorary book club member Reason for Selection: "I first read The Bloody Chamber back in college, when I was lucky enough to be in Angela's class. I didn't really know much about her then, and she was a lot better known in England than the U.S. at that time. But this was the book that kind of put her on the map. It consists of 'adult' versions of classic fairy tales from Perrault and others, but they aren't 'adult' in a reductive, crass way.

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    Indie Stars Host Unconventional Convention Party

    A collective of indie rock royalty, including Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard, Zooey Deschanel, Johnathan Rice, Jenny Lewis, and Nada Surf's Matthew Caws, took the stage at Denver's Manifest Hope Gallery last night to support Barack Obama at a party thrown by Moveon.org and Generation Obama during the Democratic National Convention. After a series of introductory remarks by comedian Sarah Silverman ("McCain may be a war hero, but not in this war," she quipped), San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom, and Seattle mayor Greg Nickels (who gave props to the Seattle music scene by name-checking Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Jimi Hendrix), the rockers lined up to perform before a large piece of Obama artwork by Shepard Fairey, the man responsible for the widely-seen "OBEY" posters. The set list featured a few songs by each artist, including Death Cab's "The Sound of Settling" and Lewis' "Acid Tongue."

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    This Month's Book Club: Milan Kundera's 'The Unbearable Lightness of Being'

    In an attempt to prove that musicians aren't just products of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, SPIN.com has gathered together an eclectic group of literary-minded musicians to participate in a monthly, online book club. One member per month will select a book that has impacted their music career for the club to read and subsequently discuss. Then we will give you the highlights. This Month's Selection: The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera Selected by: Meg Frampton, Meg & Dia Reason for Selection: My sister asked me what this book was about after I had finished. Right away, I couldn't describe the plot or story line very clearly. Kundera's artistic descriptions and unique perspectives stand out to me more than the actual story itself.

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    Bonnaroo Reviewed: Person L

    Bonnaroo is a rather unexpected setting for the launching point of Person L, the new band from Kenny Vasoli, former frontman for beloved pop-punk act the Starting Line. But the fact that hand drums were being decorated by tie-dye clad hippies in the tent next to the Troo Music Lounge where Person L took the stage mid-afternoon on Sunday was actually strikingly appropriate. Boasting two percussionists and a keyboardist playing an old Rhodes, Person L attracted passersby as they dove through a compelling set of new songs like the emotive "Help Yourself" and guitar-driven "Goodness Gracious" -- most of which will be on their forthcoming debut album. Vasoli, who played the bass until recently and still fingers his guitar strings like he's expecting four instead of six, has come a long way since he became one of the beacons of the new pop-punk movement.

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    Bonnaroo Reviewed: Against Me! and Mastodon

    Despite the fact that the band used only 45 minutes of their allotted 75 minute timeslot, the energy and propulsion the Gainesville, FL punk band put behind their raucous performance was undeniable to everyone one the crowd -- even those who had clearly never heard of the sweat-drenched four-piece. Charging through a rapid-fire list of songs off last year's major label debut New Wave like opener "Up the Cuts" and "White People for Peace" and older favorites like "Don't Lose Touch" and "From Her Lips to God's Ears," the group redefined -- as they do at every show they play -- what true passion looks like onstage. The show was particularly endearing as Against Me! was followed by metal band Mastodon, with whom the band shared a bill for two months last year.

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    Bonnaroo Reviewed: Tegan and Sara

    By the time Canadian duo Tegan and Sara launched into catchy hit "Walking With the Ghost" a few songs into their afternoon set at Bonnaroo on Friday, not only was the entire crowd singing along but they were understandably enraptured with the musicians. "I am dressed completely inappropriately for this heat," Sara said during some of the pair's notorious -- and notoriously funny -- stage banter, commenting on her tight jeans and button-up shirt.

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    Bonnaroo Reviewed: The Postelles

    At most festivals, a noon set time usually begets only a smattering of fans gathered around a stage, but at Bonnaroo, where patrons are up practicing yoga at 9 A.M., a midday slot isn't bad at all. For up-and-coming buzz band Postelles playing the Troo Music Lounge at noon on Friday even involved a dance party to the New York foursome's rollicking song "Stella" near the end of their set. The group, who recently recorded the catchy "123 Stop" with Strokes' axeman Albert Hammond Jr. (click to watch them play it for us backstage) , was clearly excited to be here, pouring energy into songs like "Hey Little Sister" and stomper "White Night," while the audience clapped along.

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