Psychedelic New Orleans hip hop MC (and former Lil' Wayne underling turned Roc-A-Fella recording artist) Curren$y gets the thumbs up from the tastemakers at Pitchfork. Pilot Talk earned the coveted Best New Music tag and an arbitrary 8.6 rating so, if I remember college correctly, that's like a B+, right?(Curren$y now shares the Best New Music title with the anticipated Arcade Fire release The Suburbs.)
Playboy names the Lower Garden District late-night haunt The Saint the best dive bar in America. Playboy's description of the dive: "... a church for down-and-outers and those who romanticize them, a rare place where high and low rub elbowsbums and poets, thieves and slumming celebrities. Its a place that wears its history proudly. Why are dive bars shabby? Because outcasts generally have little to celebrate except celebration itself, and yesterdays grime embodies those memories."
The Downtown Development District has asked the Circle Bar to remove one of its only identifying features the 10-year-old chalkboard sandwich board outside its door, typically filled with the night's lineup underneath Will Smith's (the artist not formally known as the Fresh Prince) representation of the Circle Bar logo. Jason Songe has an online petition asking the DDD to withdraw its plan to keep the chalkboards off its lawn.