how ‘metalcore’ are Killswitch Engage?” you ask.
Well, the Massachusetts-based quintet penned a single for
the Resident Evil franchise, provided the entrance
theme for WWE wrestler CM Punk, and toured enough on the
Warped and Headbanger’s Ball circuit for MTV to name them
“one of the founders of metalcore.” But get this: The band
had big enough metalcore cojones to name their latest album
simply Killswitch Engage, even though they’d already
used that eponymous title for their 2000 debut.
is not to say that the other two bands on Saturday’s bill
don’t also know a thing or two about cojones. An updated
version of the ’80s hardcore thrash band Cro-Mags will join
Killswitch Engage, and they once tried to incorporate Hare
Krishna of all things into hardcore. And Dark Tranquility
are a Swedish death metal band. So, you know what that means—yup,
Killswitch Engage, Cro-Mags, and Dark Tranquility come to
Northern Lights (1208 Route 146, Clifton Park) on Saturday
(March 20) at 7 PM. Tickets are $32. Call 371-0012 for more
does any music lover good to attend a choral performance
in a cathedral. Architecturally, most cathedrals were designed
to enhance musical worship in its purest form—the human
Tomorrow (March 19), Albany’s Cathedral of All Saints—the
magnificent Episcopal cathedral in the shadow of the State
Education Building—will play host to “an evening of contemplative
a capella choral works” performed by the Convergence Vocal
Convergence features a diverse collection of singers from
odd corners of the country—Massachusetts, Texas—who have
wide musical experience and impressive resumes in common.
We know this from reading the detailed list of credits provided
by the ensemble; you can take our word for this. The program
will include works by Tavener, Pärt, Tallis, Monteverdi,
Savoy, de Lassus and more.
Convergence Vocal Ensemble will perform tomorrow (Friday,
March 19) at 8 PM at the Cathedral of All Saints (62 S.
Swan St., Albany). Tickets are $20 general admission, $15
seniors, $10 students. For more info, call 301-3323.
story of British film Fish Tank’s breakout star probably
got as much publicity as the film itself. Katie Jarvis was
spotted by a casting agent while arguing with her boyfriend
in an Essex train station. The teenager had no acting experience;
she didn’t even believe the agent was legit. But at the
end of what reads like a contemporary fairy tale, Jarvis
turned in a performance that the Washington Post
called “tender, spiky and utterly fearless in its physical
and emotional range.”
Set in a bleak public-housing estate, the story of volatile
loner Mia Williams on the cusp of adulthood lacks the glass-slippered
conclusion. But helmed by director Andrea Arnold (who took
home an Oscar in 2004 for her similarly-themed short film
Wasp), Fish Tank’s brutal authenticity snagged
the Jury Prize at last year’s Cannes Film Festival and the
2009 BAFTA for Outstanding British Film.
coming-of-age story for Mia, who will at least have a shot
at happiness,” says The Wall Street Journal, “and
a coming-into-mastery story for the writer-director, Ms.
Arnold, whose prospects seem limitless.”
Tank will be screened at the Saratoga Film Forum (Dee
Sarno Theater, Saratoga County Arts Council, 320 Broadway,
Saratoga Springs) tomorrow and Saturday (March 18-19) at
8 PM and Sunday (March 21) at 3 PM. Tickets are $7, $5 for
forum members and students. For more info, call 584-3456.