This Week’s Voice: Sam Amidon, Courtney Love, Little Brother, Harlem’s Afro-Cuban Renaissance, Roky Erickson, The Human Centipede, and More


In this week’s Village Voice, Rob Harvilla falls hard for Sam Amidon, the gentle, affable, R. Kelly-covering young folkie, while Camille Dodero applies a lifetime of Courtney Love-related knowledge to Hole’s new Nobody’s Daughter, Larry Blumenfeld details Harlem’s Afro-Cuban renaissance, Brandon Soderberg chronicles the bittersweet end to long running rap collective Little Brother, and Michael Hoinski spends Record Store Day with Roky Erickson.

In Film, J. Hoberman reviews Nicole Holofcener’s Please Give and the adaptation Anton Chekhov’s The Duel, Aaron Hillis interviews Tom Six, director of the horrific torture-porn game-changer The Human Centipede, reviewed here by Karina Longworth, and Nicolas Rapold checks out Anthology’s premiere of Ghost Bird.

In Art, Robert Shuster’s Best in Show features work from Dominic McGill, Nicolas Touron, Joachim Koester, and Cheryl McGinnis Gallery’s “Reconstructing Paper.”

In Theater, Michael Feingold on recent productions of American Idiot, Promises, Promises, and Sondheim on Sondheim, while Alexis Soloski reviews Strindberg’s Alan Rickman-helmed Creditors.

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