Week in Review: *CRICKETS*


In the week Stephen Colbert’s daughter plaintively asked “Where are you Yeezy???” on the red carpet at the Grammys in front of her father and everything (we may have made that entire exchange up), we liveblogged the entire gruesome spectacle. Including the really censored bits, which we eventually broke out from behind a CBS censor’s wall of silence. Why did they do that? Because “there are certain things you can’t say, or sing, on television.” OK! That didn’t stop Taylor Swift, or Beyonce, to say nothing of the Zac Brown Band, now did it?

More positive contributions to the world: we announced the Village Voice 2010 SXSW Party, featuring Superchunk, the xx, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and Surfer Blood. Proud of that one! Also proud of resurrecting this long and in depth interview with Just Blaze on the occasion of the closing of his old home, Baseline Studios.

We got our Woodward and Bernstein on regarding Sleigh Bells contributing to M.I.A.’s new album (Pulitzer please!). Das Racist covered the Beastie Boy’s Paul’s Boutique at Cameo Gallery, then fought off the haters afterward. And St. Vincent charmed Rob Harvilla at the Allen Room.

Hurricane Bells told us how they get their equipment to make all those funny noises. R&B porn godfather Andre Williams confessed to us that he used to be a pimp. French Horn Rebellion let us in on the making of their charming brand of local, blown-out house. And Japanther gave us an MP3: “Spread So Thin,” which takes high-spirited advantage of the band’s newest member–a girl! From California!

Plus jerzifying your favorite indie starsand their doppelgangers–details on Todd P’s wild looking Mexico fest, the MtyMx All Ages Festival of Art and Music, the return of the return of JELLY NYC’s Pool Parties, on NBC’s thoroughly scrutinized Black History Month menu, Victoria Beckham’s American Idol revenge, the death of Def Jux, and more, below. Looking for something to do this weekend? Try Neon Indian or Hot Chip tonight, or check out our guide to the weekend in clubbing, featuring the Unsound Festival, Sounds Like Brooklyn, Santos’ Haiti benefit, Bob Marley’s birthday, and more. We’re back on Monday.

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