So Lil Wayne is finally a free man. Perhaps a lonely free man, but a free man nonetheless. It’s been a hell of a two weeks for the law around here, in all honesty. After last week’s barrage of club closings, this week brought news of yet more: 171 Lombardy was raided, and Santos Party House fought their way back into operating status, though only after enemy forces shut them down for one last bitter day.
But you know, at least we have Kanye. Him and Jay-Z, the two behind 2011’s probably-will-never-happen LP Watch the Throne, both had big weeks, the former reliving both the George Bush and Taylor Swift incidents in a truly memorable HOT 97 interview, the latter launching the promotional campaign for his new book, Decoded, which turns out to have a section in which a Village Voice reporter helps him write the second verse to “Public Service Announcement.” Watch him talk about it at the New York Public Library in a couple weeks.
Oh and we wrote a speculative musical about Kim Kardashian and The-Dream, because we’re demented like that.
Brooklyn photographer Jason Shaltz told us about this photo show “The Juggalo,” which opens tonight at Mishka. Black Mountain’s Stephen McBean riffed on the evolution of his “psychedelic” band. Artist Aakash Nihalani talked designing mixtape covers and his new show at Bose Pacia. Unstoppable Death Machines used space we gave them to castigate a particularly awful slumlord. And Steve Albini faves Grandfather stopped by to give away their new “Tremors.”
Concerts-wise, Elvis Costello invaded the NYPL, Hooray For Earth threw a Wednesday night dance party at Pianos, Shout Out Out Out Out did high kicks in tight pants at LPR, Florence + The Machine brought their magic wands to Terminal 5, and Deadmau5 lit up an already lit up crowd at Roseland.
Plus a tour of Extra Place, the semi-secret, “never open to the public” performance space underneath the old CBGB, Henry Rollins confronts hipsters at the Cake Shop, Soulja Boy confronts the Wall Street Journal, and the “Rent Is Too Damn High” guy Jimmy McMillan lost an election but still managed to drop a new single, “What Is This.” Looking for something to do this weekend? Consult our weekend nightlife guide, featuring No Way Back, Lunice, Fixed, and Defcon. We’re back Monday if not before.