Voodoo News: The Weeknd, G-Eazy Get Over on Their Love

I’m buying anybody who loved The Weeknd, but while I saw signs of love throughout the show, I also watched a lot of people just hanging out. Friday night at Voodoo, The Weeknd was a good time but rarely prepossessing. The crowd at Voodoo’s Altar Stage didn’t go home, but much of it didn’t stop talking and didn’t register the beat. They could be reached; people connected with “The Hills” when it started the set, and “I Can’t Feel My Face” and “Starboy” when they ended it.

Voodoo News: Schedules, Weeknd, Tool, Arcade Fire

This year’s Voodoo Music and Arts Festival is little more than three weeks away, and the daily schedules are online. One interesting new wrinkle this year is that two stages will be quiet while the Altar Stage is in use. That will reduce the sound bleed that has been punishing in recent years, but it also reduces the number of options available.

Tool, The Weeknd, Arcade Fire Top Voodoo Lineup

Last year's Voodoo Music + Arts Experience was a fraught one even before rain and mud forced it to end a day early. The presence of country rock artists The Zac Brown Band on the lineup and Deadmau5 as a festival closer seemed to be a sign that a festival that began 18 years ago as an alternative rock event had lost its way.  

The Grammys and all Those Cellos

The Grammys are often dismissed as behind the times, and some of it is inescapable. All voting members vote in the marquee categories, so engineers, producers, liner note writers, album designers, members of the classical music wing, and everybody else who’s a member of NARAS gets a vote on Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Artist of the Year, and so on.