In this week’s Village Voice, Rob Harvilla spends an evening at S.O.B.’s with BLK JKS and returns, a bit overwhelmed: “No band on the planet right now is overplaying with the titanic, fearless, stupendously excessive gusto of South African art-rockers BLK JKS, an alternately gorgeous and grating jazz-prog-dub-metal behemoth that makes the Mars Volta look like austere, timid minimalists.”
Michael Hoinksi cobbles together a defense of the newly Target-cosigned Pearl Jam and their “half-awesome, half-blah ninth studio album,” Backspacer.
Richard Bienstock on the resurrection of Christian metal’s Stryper.
Dennis Romero profiles NYC threesome Vinyl Life.
In Books, yr correspondent’s Lit Seen visits the Brooklyn Book Festival, where Mary Gaitskill covered Das Racist as a bemused Jonathan Lethem looked on.
Robert Wilonsky on Steven Soderbergh’s overamped, under-developed The Informant!.
Melissa Anderson at Clair Denis’ 35 Shots of Ruin.
In Art, Jed Lipinski talks with the petal-pushing sculptor scion Will Ryman.
Alexis Soloski at Governors Island’s New Island Festival.