Here are the best concerts to check out around the city this weekend, in no particular order.
Five days of reggae royalty, mixing it up on-screen
THE SONG: "Ertra, Ertra, Ertra." THE YEAR: 1993. THE REASON: Unbearably shrill second half; ruined all Uncanny X-Men back issues featuring Siryn and/or Banshee. To write that the Eritrean national anthem sounds as though the Horn of Africa has severed ties with its mainland and receded into the Re ... More >>
For one of the most unsettling collector's items available, look no further than the new "Horrors of War" trading card collection. Cards range from "Atomic Bomb" to "Highway of Death," and cover every war from WWII to our current war on terror. You can also buy the signature of Winston Church ... More >>
You may regard Conor Oberst and his ongoing Bright Eyes concern as emblematic of a pasty, Paste-addled strain of whiny indie rock, but as such they can still be wildly entertaining: Last time I saw him, Oberst was kicking the crap out of a toy piano (with help from Dave Rawlings!) onstage at ... More >>
In a city of slumlords and broke-ass apartment buildings, these stand out.
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archivesJune 25, 1964, Vol. IX, No. 36Mugging the White LiberalBy Jack NewfieldImagine three goldfish dropped into a fish tank filled with sharks. Or imagine Billy Budd mugged by the Emperor Jones.Then you might have some idea of the malevolent and paran ... More >>
Voice writers pick their favorite 20 books of the year
9/11 hysteria, even surrounding 60-year-old documents about American spies
Dave's Butcher shop-sneaker store; the lush life in Herald Square
Alfred Appel Connects the Moderns
Paul Theroux Goes Native
I Saw the Slavery of My Ancestors
Sir Coxsone Turns On the Power