What’s Fresh is The DePaulia’s weekly rundown of the latest in arts and entertainment. This week: a new music film and garage rock from King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.
Set in Dublin, Ireland in the 1980s, “Sing Street” follows Conor “Cosmo” Lalor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) as a mild-mannered teen whose home life is turning on its side. Forced to enter into a new school, Conor finds haven in the mysterious and rebellious Raphina (Lucy Boynton). Cosmo aims to win over Raphina’s heart through music, by forming a band.
The pacing of the film seems real, as each practice jam session the young Dublin band gets better and better. Centering the story on Cosmo’s pursuit to find love, the audience receives a haunting look at what one has to go through in order to achieve their dream.
“Sing Street” shines as a feel-good story driven with it’s addictively captivating music. Despite its overplayed theme, the film is a truly original story that will leave the audience singing along. — Jesus Montero
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
At first listen, “Nonagon Infinity” seems like it’s cut short. The spectacular, hyper-intense garage rock album comes to an abrupt halt on the last song. But that’s the beauty of it. If played on a loop, the last song seamlessly blends in with the first, making it a perfect excuse to listen to the gritty psychedelic rock band on repeat. Although it’s densely concentrated with fuzzy guitar and aggressive vocals, its quick-paced velocity is invigorating. The band’s track list seems to go full-force, and their sound, which nearly falls apart at some times, evokes the surf sound of the ‘60s while adding a modern day garage rock glimmer. — Jaycee Rockhold