This Week’s Voice: The Hold Steady, Flying Lotus, Daddy Yankee In Space, and the Return of the Jazz Rent Party


In this week’s Village Voice, Rob Harvilla writes the definitive piece on the Hold Steady’s newest, Heaven Is Whenever, while Mike Powell explains the omnivorous electronic headphone music of L.A.’s Flying Lotus, Phil Freeman chronicles the unlikely evolution of reggaeton into an instellar, space-based medium, and Stacey Anderson rediscovers the Upper West Side’s latest update on a very old tradition, the jazz/rent party.

In Film, J. Hoberman reviews Harmony Korine’s newest slap in the face of public taste, Trash Humpers, and Amie Siegel’s East Germany documentary, DDR/DDR, Nick Pinkerton does a kind of Marxist analysis of Iron Man 2, Ella Taylor on Laura Poitras’s Al Qaeda doc The Oath, Melissa Anderson sorts out the adoption flick Mother and Child, and Dan Kois files his second review of Babies in three days.

In Art, Martha Schwendener profiles video artist Alix Pearlstein.

In Theater, Michael Feingold on recent productions of Enron, Collected Stories, and Fences, while Alexis Soloski talks with U.K. playwright and rising star Polly Stenham.

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