Rick James' Sad "Glow"

There’s a reason that Dave Chappelle’s “I’m Rick James, bitch” became quotable. Beyond the immediacy of the line, it also captured the attitude we associated with the funk icon. The libidinous ego encapsulated in the line is the reason I was optimistic about Rick James’ autobiography Glow. Best case scenario: an insider’s look at ’70s funk, from Motown to Prince, told with a health—or unhealthy—dose of attitude.

Voodoo Preview: Big Gigantic finds life in festivals

Jam bands age like any rock stars. The greats get older alongside fans, both eventually burnt out to some degree by now. The genre surely isn't dead as this weekend's Widespread Panic shows illustrate, but at American music festivals - Voodoo included - would keep the jam band culture's woozy, extended spirit alive in the bleeps and bloops of electronic music?

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