This Week In The Voice: Portishead’s Hip-Hop Roots, Northern-Spy’s Grand Ambitions, And The Breakup Of R.E.M.


In this week’s Village Voice, out now: Christopher R. Weingarten talks to Portishead’s Geoff Barrow about his group’s relationship with hip-hop in advance of this weekend’s All Tomorrow’s Parties I’ll Be Your Mirror Festival and the band’s shows next week; Jesse Jarnow examines the grand—yet realistic—ambitions of the Brooklyn label Northern-Spy; and I talk about R.E.M.’s breakup, International Remember The Nineties Month, and the possible utility of nostalgia.