It may not be the summer of love (in fact, we’re pretty sure it isn’t), but that doesn’t mean that you can’t spend the next two months “jamming to the familiar hiss of hippie crack.” In this week’s cover story, John H. Tucker goes inside the Nitrous Mafia, a surprisingly organized group made up of localized rings who work the concert circuit year-round providing customers with what they want to huff — kicking it into high gear for the outdoor summer music season, even as the cops (and some music fans) fight to prevent them from selling their fare.
Elsewhere in news, Tom Robbins discusses Carl Kruger’s Russian secrets in the wake of the FBI’s arrest of a group of Russian spies living in the U.S. (What we really should be worried about is protecting our own Russians down in South Brooklyn from our own politicians, he says — namely, Carl Kruger). And Michael Musto gives us sizzling blind items for days that sizzle (Which composer doesn’t bathe or change clothes much and generally smells like month-old fish?). This is the stuff upon which our summer is made.
On the music pages of the fresh-on-stands issue of the Voice, Rob Harvilla has a chat with Big Boi, deified Atlanta rapper and co-founder of OutKast, about his long-awaited solo album, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, which is finally out this week. Jessica Hopper explores Kelis‘ (yeah, of “Milkshake” fame) reinvention as…Mother of the Year? You’ll also get a glimpse into the mind of the man behind Oneohtrix Point Never, and a look back at jazz in June in our fair city.
This heat making you hungry? Check out Robert Sietsema’s review of Brazilian-Nepalese newcomer Katmandu Spice, in Woodside Queens, which may be the only so-fused cuisine in the world. Meanwhile, Sarah DiGregorio wonders what Mark Twain used to eat (and finds a book that tells her): Answer, pretty damn well, minus the possum!
In film, J. Hoberman looks at the heartfelt family values in The Kids Are All Right and explores anger in the Winnebago Man; you’ll also get reviews of Anthology’s “Outer Boroughs on Film” series and the Clint Eastwood retrospective at Lincoln Center, both of which sound like fantastic ways to beat the heat.
And in arts, Michael Feingold gives us “all we really wanted to know” (i.e., tackles Al Pacino in the Park). There are also reviews of Charles Burchfield at the Whitney, funny-people sketch troupe Murderfist, and Khmeropédies I & II, a Cambodian dance performance at the Baryshnikov Arts Center.
All that and the bee’s knees (or at least, all the listings, arts, music, food, film, astrology, and everything else you want to know about) in the latest issue of the Voice. Hey, it’s hot out there. How ’bout settling in with a nice iced coffee in some air conditioned haunt and having a read?