The annual music nerd conference thrown by Ann Powers and her husband Eric Weisbard, two menschy rock critics and historians (and also my friends) just kicked off with a chat with Talking Heads' David Byrne, who discussed his disco musical, Here Lies Love, which Rich Smith wrote about a few weeks ago (playing at the Seattle Rep through the end of May).



The pointy-headed conference happens all weekend—the full schedule is here—and has a very pertinent theme this year: "Sign O’ the Times: Music and Politics." (Nice nod to Prince, too.).

Speakers /moderators include (full disclosure, I'm friends with just about all of these people) Robert Christgau, Michaelangelo Matos, Maura Johnston, Sean Nelson, Greil Marcus, and many more.