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This Week’s Voice: Vampire Weekend, Ke$ha, MC Paul Barman, Rosanne Cash, and More

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In this week’s Village Voice, Rob Harvilla wrestles with Vampire Weekend’s vastly ambitious, vastly improved Contra, Ben Westhoff hangs out in MOMA’s outdoor sculpture garden with MC Paul Barman, Ryan Dombal chronicles the glitter invasion of femme-pop upstart Ke$ha, and Gwen Orel talks with Rosanne Cash.

In Film, Melissa Anderson on Lucien Castaing-Taylor’s sheep-herding documentary Sweetgrass, Nick Pinkerton reviews a mixed bag of Akira Kurosawa films at Film Forum, Robert Wilonsky calls Michael Cera’s Youth in Revolt “another didn’t-get-it-disaster,” and Michael Atkinson announces the arrival a new DIY no-budget sheriff in town, Zachary Oberzan, whose Flooding With Love for the Kid is an apartment-based remake of First Blood.

In Art, Robert Shuster’s Best in Show is at Hans Breder’s survey at Whitebox, the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute’s Anton Lamazares show, and Zone: Contemporary Art’s ‘Disciplined Spontaneity’.

In Theater, Tom Sellar undertakes a critical survey of the city’s best (and not so best) avant-garde troupes.

Plus Michael Musto talks Oscars, Free Will Astrology, and more, here.