This Week’s Voice: Phoenix, Jazz Consumer Guide, Cannes 2009, Drag Me to Hell, Up, Best in Show, and More


In this week’s Village Voice Music Section, Rob Harvilla on the not even remotely cruel summer jams of French pop sensations Phoenix.

Tom Hull’s Jazz Consumer Guide, as inspired by Sonny Rollins and Ornette Coleman.

Jonathan Garrett on the frigid, pop darkness of neo-Cold Wave label Wierd Records.

Jim Allen, live with Daptone’s new gospel star, Naomi Shelton.

Stewart Voegtlin on the ecstatic violence of jovially brutal metalheads Villains.

In Film, J. Hoberman’s final report from a surprisingly violent and visceral Cannes Film Festival 2009.

Nick Pinkerton on Sam Raimi’s return to form flick Drag Me to Hell.

Robert Wilonsky in praise of Pixar’s Up.

Ella Taylor on surprise Oscar winner Departures.

Nicolas Rapold at Lincoln Center for “Beyond ‘L’Enfant’: The Complete Dardenne Brothers.

In Art, Robert Shuster’s Best in Show.

In Theater, Alexis Soloski on dinner-party plays Groundswell and American Hwangap.

Angela Ashman on Mel & El: Show & Tell.

James Hannaham on A More Perfect Union.

Plus Michael Musto on Madonna’s uncut boy toy, Ask A Mexican!, and more…