Week in Review: Sign of Victory


In the week we interviewed an actual fitness instructor about the theoretical plausibility of exercising to Sleigh Bells, we also penned a Twitter-based ode to Erykah Badu’s habitual lateness, and put together a gallery of people complaining bitterly about a free Yeasayer show on Governor’s Island. Always know that you are in the hands of professionals.

The 2010 World Cup today kicked off with a typically insane performance from R. Kelly; earlier, we suggested a bunch of tunes that might make better WC anthems than his, though people turn out to be surprisingly loyal to Shakira, whose abysmal “Waka Waka” was the reason we went looking for other theme songs in the first place…Oh well.

Also kicking off this week? Bonnaroo. Here’s why it’s better that you didn’t go.

The Backstreet Boys returned to the Hammerstein Ballroom and we sent a writer and everything. Concrete Blonde reunited too, at Webster Hall, where they somehow avoided playing their best song. Norah Jones inaugurated Celebrate Brooklyn! in the rain at Prospect Park. Galactic played Brooklyn Bowl with a little help from Doug E. Fresh (!), MSTRKRFT’s JFK hosted Webster’s club night party Girls & Boys. And our nightlife columnist found the secret entrance to a secret club, if you’re willing to fumble with some Corona boxes in order to walk through it.

Dâm-Funk told us about making back alley keytar deals. Penguin Prison talked about his one-man makeover from major label wage slave to burgeoning dance music star. And the producer Marco Polo picked his all time favorite snare-drum sounds to sample.

Plus the return of Sunday Best, the M.I.A. hoax song, uncovered, the merciful end of the Barack Obama/”Whoomp! (There It Is)” conspiracy theory, NYC’s own all-girls Misfits cover band, awesome Devo-related street promotion, Lil Wayne: the Rikers Island prison rap, Lil Jon hanging out with Susan Sarandon, and more, somewhere down below. Wondering what to do this weekend? Check out our guide to the weekend in nightlife, starring Donuts, Metro Area, Afrojack, and a whole lot of glitter. We’re back Monday.