This Week’s Voice: Sleigh Bells, LCD Soundsystem, Nas and Damian Marley, Obies, and More


In this week’s Village Voice, Rob Harvilla attempts to describe the planet-obliterating joys of Sleigh Bells, Zach Baron on LCD Soundsystem’s sardonically devastating This Is Happening, and Sean Fennessey explains why the blockbuster Nas and Damian Marley record Distant Relatives feels so…distant.

In Film, J. Hoberman reports back from an underwhelming Cannes Film Festival, Karina Longworth tracks the path of ’80s nostalgia from MacGyver to its spawn, MacGruber, Nathan Lee takes on Matthew Barney, and Melissa Anderson interviews the young director of The Father of My Children, Mia Hansen-Løve.

In Art, Robert Shuster’s Best in Show covers new and old work from Edward Kienholz, Richard Diebenkorn, and the Studio Museum in Harlem.

In Theater, we proudly recap the 2010 Obie Awards: on the scene, in retrospect and, of course, the winners. Plus Michael Feingold also finds time for Off-Broadway refugees Graceland and Gabriel.

In Dance, Deborah Jowitt looks back at the work of Alwin Nikolais.

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