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The Fiery Furnaces, Cryptacize, Dent May

Hey—wait a sec—is there, like, some bitchin’ indie rock festival shindig happening nearby that no one told us about? After all, that seems to be about the only way we can score a line-up this juiced with quirky pop groups.

For the better part of the decade, brother-sister duo the Fiery Furnaces (pictured) have been churning out records chock-full of sticky hooks, dance grooves, guitar conniptions, and words. Man, they write a lot of words. Like: “Was I a senior junior appraisal appraiser at Mistie’s Auction Hut in Centereach? Or was I a low-level high-level appraiser of appraisal at Snugaby’s Crazy Quilts and Collectibles Collection in Hempsted Hollow? I can hardly remember.”

Cryptacize is better known as the latest project of former Deerhoof guitarist Chris Cohen. If you can imagine what Sufjan Stevens would do if he got his hands on that band’s fractured twee, then you you’ve got a sense of what Cryptacize’s two records sound like, on Stevens’ Asthmatic Kitty Records.

And Dent May, well, he has a Magnificent Ukulele that only plays sweet, cheeky lo-fi ditties.

The whole gang plays Revolution Hall (425 River St., Troy) on Friday (Nov. 6) at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $15. Call 274-0553 for more info.


Francis Ford Coppola is back!

That’s the critical consensus on his latest intimate, low-budget movie, Tetro. This is not the Coppola of The Godfather; nor is it the Coppola of Peggy Sue Got Married. This family drama is in the vein of his early road drama The Rain People, which also happens to be one of Tetro star Vincent Gallo’s favorite films.

Yes, that Vincent Gallo (below), of Buffalo ’66 fame and The Brown Bunny notoriety.

The story is about a generational struggle in a family of artists, that’s lorded over by a domineering, orchestra-conductor patriarch (Klaus Maria Brandauer). The father is so overpowering that son Tetro (Gallo) has not only fled to South America, he’s changed his name and given up his work—he’s a poet and playwright. When younger brother Bennie (Alden Ehrenreich) shows up, he threatens more than Tetro’s anonymity; he dredges up memories that endanger Tetro’s psychological well-being.

Tetro screens tonight and tomorrow night (Thursday, Nov. 5 and Friday, Nov. 6) at 8 PM, and Sunday (Nov. 8) at 3 PM, at Saratoga Film Forum (Arts Center Building, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs). Tickets are $7 general admission, $5 members and students with ID. For more info, call 584-FILM.

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