Reviews compare Lume to the likes of Jeff Buckley and Stone Temple Pilots, but on their new CD Burn It to the Ground the Nashville quintet sounds less precious than the former and happier than the latter. In factand he'd probably hate to hear thisTom Hockensmith's vocals remind us more of Eric Carmen from '70s cult-popsters The Raspberries, while the buzz and jangle of Matt Schwandt and Micah Horton's twin-guitar attack avoids the sludgy arena bombast of much alterna-rock. (The title track is particularly fine.) The group plays its CD release show Friday night at the Mercy Lounge with openers Disappointed by Candy and Fear & Trembling.
♦ The Belcourt's Kids Court programming for kids on Saturday mornings has really paid off: the Hillsboro Village theater routinely draws upwards of 100 kids each week, with some recent shows bona-fide sellouts. This week's attraction is "Tennessee Jack & the Kudzu Vine," a variation on "Jack and the Beanstalk" presented by the Nashville Ballet, with help from a 10-foot giant puppet and a vine that actually grows onstage. Show time is 10 a.m. Saturday; arrive early to make sure your kids get in.
♦ Leave the kids home, though, for Oldboy, the terrific South Korean thriller that plays for one more week at the Belcourt. It's not for the squeamishthe hero's meal of wriggling live octopus drew gasps from audiences last week, and there's worsebut those with strong constitutions will appreciate the twists, turns and cinematic daring of one of the year's best movies. It ends Thursday.