Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice media empire:
Music, context and a dictatorial personality in a diminutive frame: A live review of MIA in San Francisco.
What is the sound of one head banging? The tale of a punk who met the Buddha, and what happens when hardcore finds enlightenment.
A hilarious review of the movie premiere party for rapper Mike Jones’s American Dream and the outsized personalities in attendance.
A live review of King Khan & BBQ: Looks like Liza Minelli on speed and steroids, sounds like the Beach Boys flying on bathtub meth.
Christian hair-metal outfit Stryper are still around? And now they’re trying to revolutionize the music business? Good luck with that.
The strange tale of Sterling Witt, who receives a bad review and stages a protest outside the offices of his tormentors. There’s video. And after watching it, I can safely say any criticism leveled his way is well deserved, and likely far too kind.
Drinking too much and blacking out/vomiting at shows is passé. Taking too much acid and losing your shit is the new rite of passage, as these reminiscences show.
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The Blood Brothers broke up, spurring this writer to eulogize them in a sort of quasi band obituary.
Philosophizing about the meaning of Bob Dylan at a tribute show in honor of the biopic I’m Not There.
A look at the contents of Everett True’s desktop triggers a fascinating, brief essay/rant on the Happy Mondays. -- Cory Casciato