This Week in the Voice: Siren Fest and the Fake Retirement of Ted Leo
Every summer, Coney Island gets taken over for a Saturday by a mass of incredible music, and the mass of fans who hop on the F or the Q to get to one of the furthest edges of Brooklyn to hear them. The best part? It's free, and it's ours: The Siren Fest is here again. This year's headliner? Mod-rock icon Ted Leo, who talked with Zach Baron about his fake retirement and caring just a little too much.
Elsewhere this week in Music, we care a lot, too:
- In M.I.A. Is Mad at You, Voice music editor Rob Harvilla tries to manage and understand the artist's anger. She is pissed, by the way.
- In The Endtables Emerge at Last, Chuck Eddy digs deep for this summer's best indie rock releases, and finds them...coming from 20 years ago.
- In Marissa Paternoster's Bold Awakening, Screaming Females' lead singer Marissa Paternoster finds DIY enlightenment.
We've got a few things to get passionate about in News as well:
- Steven Thrasher wants to know What Happened to Ronnie's Kids, the three million illegal immigrants Ronald Reagan granted amnesty to in 1986.
- Gustavo Arellano wants to know What's A Little Fraud Between Amigos? After all, the "sanctity" of this institution is supposedly under attack by the gays, anyway! Why not let immigrants take it down?
- Meanwhile, Voice columnist Tom Robbins wants to know why you wouldn't vote for Richard Brodsky, attorney general to be?
In Food, we feel the fire in our stomachs:
- Sarah DiGregorio goes uptown, and tries to make sense of downtown's food in a dull, strange uptown setting. The results produced by infamous Momofuku enfant terribles David Chang's newest outpost, Ma Peche, might give you vertigo, for better or for worse.
- Meanwhile, the Voice's resident epicurean explorer, Robert Sietsema, heads to Momokawa, a restaurant specializing in the cuisine of Kyoto. They might specialize in the bubbling cauldron-cooking of shabu-shabu, but there's something cooler -- in temperature, and otherwise -- waiting on the menu for him there.
In Arts, we're getting hot for aesthetics:
- Alexis Soloski lays bare A Brief History of Nakedness, a new book on, uh, being naked, while Stacey Anderson heads toMesopotamia, a new novel that takes East Village author Arthur Nersesian, and deep-fries him in Southern Strangeness.
- Christian Viveros-Faune checks out the dissastisfied kids of Dutch artist Rineke Dijkstra latest exhibition. Don't tell them about the World Cup.
And this week in Movies:
- Scott Foundas talks to Inception director Christopher Nolan, to suss out whether or not The Dark Knight mastermind can save summer yet again...
- ...while Nick Pinkerton fires the first shot against his chances of doing so in his review of Inception.
- Meanwhile, legendary Voice film critic J. Hoberman gets under the madness of Serge Bromberg's Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno, a film made from a film that drove someone insane before they couldn't make it. True story.
- Finally, Nick Pinkerton checks out the Anthology Film Fourm's Anti-Biopics series. Screw your flashbacks.
Here at The Village Voice, we never stop caring, and we never stop rocking. In fact, it's tradition around these parts.
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