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Tall Black Girls: They're Not Really But Who Cares... (video)

A recent trip to New York City's Lower East Side revealed a band that has the neighborhood buzzing. I couldn't help but notice buildings tagged with the words "Tall Black Girls" in spray painted scrawl. I asked a friend who lives down there what it was all about, he said, "Oh, they ROCK!" I went and checked out their MySpace page and they do in fact, "ROCK!"

The all female punk band from the L.E.S. formed in 2007. They have been barnstorming the city playing clubs all over their neighborhood, as well as some national and international gigs. Intuition tells me they won't be a secret for much longer. The women in the band are easy on the eyes, full of swagger, and write well-crafted two-three-minute punk rock songs. They all go by the last name Black and are indeed quite tall. They toured last year with the Misfits, Fear, and Dwarves. Their sound harkens back to to '80s punk rock . I found very little press on them, so get in on the ground floor. Should be worth watching in the coming year.

Over the Rainbow: An Interview With Herb Alpert

Music legend Herb Alpert discusses his new album, Over the Rainbow, maintaining his artistic drive, and his place in music history. "If we tried to start A&M in today's environment, we'd have no chance. I don't know if I'd get a start as a trumpet player. But I keep doing this because I'm having fun."

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The Cigarette: A Political History (By the Book)

Sarah Milov's The Cigarette restores politics to its rightful place in the tale of tobacco's rise and fall, illustrating America's continuing battles over corporate influence, individual responsibility, collective choice, and the scope of governmental power. Enjoy this excerpt from Chapter 5. "Inventing the Nonsmoker".

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