Dec 082010

Nativity Singers, Beth Burden, and self-promotion

Friday, December 10

The Nativity Singers with Real Numbers and Second Story Man

Al’s Bar, 10:00 P.M.

Lexington trio The Nativity Singers play a deceptive brand of rock: the noisy guitars and offhand vocals give you the impression of a band that isn’t working very hard, but that’s only an illusion. Underneath all clanging and shaking are tightly structured pop songs, with an internal logic that isn’t immediately apparent. As such, the music rewards repeated listening.
Luck have it, you can begin your listening, if you haven’t already, with this show, a fundraiser for community bike shop The Broke Spoke. —Keith Halladay Continue reading »

Mar 152010

Scorsese’s next step in his descent into the utterly obvious

By Colleen Glenn

Editor’s Note: spoiler alert.

Do you remember when watching a Martin Scorsese film was riveting? When you were transfixed by the intriguing plot and perhaps left stunned at the conclusion? To be clear, I am not suggesting Scorsese is known for surprise or “twist” endings. Rather, my point is that the Scorsese canon is filled with narratives that epitomize verisimilitude to such an extent that we are completely drawn into the world of the narrative, temporarily casting aside our own reality for the one he masterfully creates onscreen before our eyes.

Some have criticized Scorsese for being too concerned at creating (or re-creating) the world his characters inhabit. It’s not unusual to hear critics claim Scorsese is more concerned with costumes and set than plot, cinematography or editing, but this accusation has always seemed unjust to me. While it is true that he is notorious for elaborate, historically accurate sets, costumes, and props, these items are only part of the method Scorsese uses to create unforgettable, life-like narratives. Continue reading »