In Review!: “Sing Street”

Like the best of John Hughes and the most confident of modern musicals, Sing Street is addictive and rousing. The newly minted high school band at its center may have dreams beyond their Dublin suburbs, but the film only yourns for the audience’s toes to be tapping.

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Along the course of Sing Street, the central teen’s musical tastes develop from exposure to the various subgenres present during its particular 1985 setting. Naturally, his style changes abruptly to incorporate swabs of makeup, bleached patches of hair, and a nuked mane to mimic the influence of Duran Duran and The Cure on his musical infancy. The specificity lent to the film by the exact moment in (especially British) music actually goes to underscore the timelessness of the film and the transforming power of the artform.

That Sing Street can organically chart these seismic shifts happening daily to our hero Conor (a charming and genuine Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) through the lens of music is to be somewhat expected coming from director John Carney. His humanistic approach to character and connection through music have worked previously in Once and Begin Again, with this effort being the best among them. Carney’s characters have always defined themselves through music, but never has he shown more depth to that identification. Like our constantly evolving taste in music and the shifting landscape of popular music, our identities are diverse and mutable, something entirely different from one day to the next.

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A Lipsync for Your Life Midweek Mixtape

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There haven’t been any recent Midweek Mixtapes, so what better time to bring it back for the 8 Days of RuPaul’s Drag Race! This week’s playlist also some wishful thinking for this season’s Lipsync For Your Life showdowns. I tried to steer away from artists that have been performed previously (En Vogue and Robyn being among irresistible exceptions). Can you believe track 1 has never been done??

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In case you’ve missed the beginnings of The 8 Days of RuPaul’s Drag Race, catch up!

RIP David Bowie

Just this weekend, I was listening to “Station to Station” while writing. David Bowie was one of my legends, constantly inspiring and monolithic. What heartbreaking news to wake to this Monday.

Bowie made so many of us feel less strange. He was a master of reinvention and was set to surprise again with his still-developing new musical Lazarus. RIP

2015 Movie Midweek Mixtape

Yes, we’ve been quiet in these parts over the holidays. I’ve got a slew of reviews coming to you, friendly readers, but for now: enjoy an ever-so-slightly early Midweek Mixtape, brought to you by music from the movies of this year (psst, head over to this year’s Reviews to figure out where you heard them before).

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