SONG OF THE WEEK:
“Grow Ocean” — Fleet Foxes Streaming at Pitchfork.com
Seattle’s Fleet Foxes has shut itself in the studio for several long months, following the success of its self-titled LP. Now, the neo-folk quintet is back with “Grow Ocean,” the first single from its forthcoming sophomore album, Helplessness Blues.
At once thunderous and harmonic, the track boasts thicker arrangements of acoustic guitars and organs than the band’s previous work, at times comparable to recent work by Jónsi and Grizzly Bear. But those unmistakable vocal harmonies remain, soaring over the chords and hilltops to the song’s stripped-down closing words.
If anything, “Grow Ocean” is convincing evidence that frontman Robin Pecknold and Co. are alive, well and fostering a beastly spring release.
MOVIE SCREENING OF THE WEEK:
Cinefamily — Friday — 8 p.m.
Hollywood might be slowly imploding under ballooning budgets and poor theater attendance, but independent cinema is still alive. As if foreshadowing the downfall of the studios, Texas-bred indie film forefather Richard Linklater will visit the Cinefamily this Friday night for a discussion, along with screenings of his own Slacker and SubUrbia.
Set in the sun-blasted neighborhoods of Austin, Linklater’s hometown, Slacker spins a series of non-linear, hysterical vignettes about the city’s social outcasts. Highlights include a JFK conspiracy theorist, a house burglar who has befriended the aging anarchist he once attempted to rob and a woman with a Madonna pap smear poster to sell.
SubUrbia offers a similar, if darker, take on writer Eric Bogosian’s birthplace of Woburn, Massachusetts, where the locals gather at the corner convenience store, waiting for a miracle to latch onto.
The event begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10.
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS OF THE WEEK:
Joe Wright slams sexist Sucker Punch
With his new Chemical Brothers-scored teenage assassin thriller Hanna in theaters, British director Joe Wright isn’t pulling any punches when it comes to his opinion on Zack Snyder’s action picture.
“For me, one of the main issues in terms of womens’ place in society and feminism is the sexual objectification of women,” Wright said to Movie Line on Sunday. “That’s something that feminists in the ’70s tried to fight against but has been totally lost in the 21st century consumer-celebrity world. So for me, when I look at the poster for Sucker Punch it seems actually incredibly sexist, because it is sexually objectifying women regardless of if they can shoot you or not.”
Though destined to inflame Snyder’s fans, Wright does make an articulate point. This isn’t the first time a Snyder film has been accused of morally heinous idealism. His earlier 300 was accused of being fascist and Islamophobic by detractors. Might we be seeing a pattern here?
EVENT OF THE WEEK:
“Networking for Kinky People” Stockroom — 4 p.m.