In this week’s Village Voice, we unveil our 2009 Summer Arts Guide: Stacey Anderson on the constantly curious and enduringly romantic Malian duo Amadou & Mariam, Jed Lipinski on author Lawrence Osborne’s delightfully vulgar Bangkok Days, Aaron Hillis in conversation with Surveillance director Jennifer Lynch, Robert Shuster on Dan Graham’s Whitney retro, Brian Seibert on downtown dance upstate, and Alexis Soloski on B.A.M.’s Muslim version of Richard III.
Mordechai Shinefield writes that Green Day’s new 21st Century Breakdown is possibly the greatest rock album of the past decade.
Jayson Greene on the long-anticipated return of Cam’ron.
Larry Blumenfeld files a hopeful dispatch from the 40th Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Cristina Black on Passion Pit’s comedy of manners.
Robert Wilonsky on the stubbornly likeable Brothers Bloom.
Melissa Anderson on the powerful Postman rethink Jerichow.
Ella Taylor endures the predictably terrible Angels & Demons.