Erik Parker on rap battles, circa 2009, starring 50 Cent and Rick Ross. Plus Ben Detrick comes through with a particularly formidable catalog of spectacular rap insults.
Andy Beta on the Juan MacLean’s faux-android love affairs.
Anthony Kaufman on the Migrating Forms festival at Anthology.
Nick Pinkerton runs down ‘Winners of the Prix Louis-Delluc‘ at BAM.
Plus reviews of Oblivion, ‘First Light: Satyajit Ray From the Apu Trilogy to the Calcutta Trilogy‘, and more.
In Theater, Michael Feingold on puzzling days in Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them, Reasons to Be Pretty, and Chasing Manet.
Alexis Soloski on non-musicals Angela’s Mixtape and Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage.