MOVIES: Opening Friday, "Love Happens" (PG-13) and "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" (PG); Sept. 25, "Fame" (PG) and "The Boys Are Back" (PG-13); Nov. 20, "New Moon."
New on DVD: Arrived Tuesday, "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" (PG-13).
Concerts: Friday, Xtreme Wheels on Hertel, ($8/$10), Tastes Like Burning, SkyDavis, Tubestar and more.
Sept. 29, Town Ballroom, A Day to Remember, with Parkway Drive, In Fear & Faith and I See Stars.
Oct. 1, Xtreme Wheels, Senses Fail, with a Skylit Drive, Fact and Closure in Moscow.
Oct. 2, Club Infinity, Streetlight Manifesto, with Broadway Calls and Outernational.
> BATTLE OF THE BANDS
From 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Mount St. Mary Academy will host its second annual MountStock concert and battle of the bands. The outdoor event will feature six bands and be held in the rear parking lot of Mount St. Mary's, 3756 Delaware Ave., Kenmore.
Tickets are available for $7 at several local high schools or $10 at the door.
"The event was started because the school's dances were not bringing in enough money, and we wanted to do something different," said Rachel Saltarelli, Student Council president and senior at Mount St. Mary's. "MountStock gets other schools involved in the event and is open to anyone in high school.
The event is one of the only outdoor concerts available for area teenagers and music lovers.
"After last year we decided that we wanted to add more bands to the event and moved it up into the year, thinking that it would be a fun way to kick off the school year and let kids from all different area high schools hang out," said Elise Roberts, secretary/treasurer of the senior class and a member of the MountStock committee.
Though this summer is the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, the three-day outdoor music festival held in 1969, MountStock was not created in connection to it. "This is actually our second annual MountStock so no, we're not having it because of the 40th anniversary of Woodstock," said Elise, "however, it's a good way to celebrate that anniversary because we're having fun outdoor music, food and bonfires."
There will be concessions, T-shirts and peace sign necklaces available at the event, also.
The bands Saving Latin, Truckers' Atlas, Doublethink, Lowdown, Eighth Ocean and Second Star to the Right are scheduled to perform Friday night.
"If you want to hear some intense, high-voltage rock 'n' roll," says Italo Oliveira, guitarist of the band Doublethink and a junior at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, "come to MountStock on Friday night."
For more information, call Mount St. Mary Academy at (716) 877-1358 or check out the Facebook group "MountStock 2009".
-- Aidan Ryan, St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute
> WEB SITE OF THE WEEK: iLike MUSIC
Like a good song, a good Web service needs a hook, an attention-grabbing riff or chorus that distinguishes it from others. The iLike music discovery service (http://www.ilike.com) has several. Its tight integration with iTunes and established presence on other popular social networks including Facebook and MySpace make finding and sharing music easy.
While other music discovery services offer plug-ins to scan your iTunes library to gauge your musical interests, the iLike Sidebar actually becomes a part of the application. (If you use Windows Media Player to manage your songs, iLike has a sidebar for that as well.) With a single click you can post your favorite playlists on your iLike user account. Only 30-second previews of the songs appear, though -- unless the song is posted on YouTube, in which case a video is substituted, thus cleverly getting around the 30-second limit.
You can use the sidebar to rate your favorite songs and artists, discover related performers, download free MP3s straight into iTunes and more. Should you grow tired of looking at it, the sidebar is easily hidden to preserve screen real estate.
In addition, users can link their iLike Web accounts to their Facebook or MySpace profiles. You can take iLike's music challenge, which includes matching an artist with a played snippet of a song, and post the results in your news feed.
iLike also includes concert and touring alerts. The service also offers to match you with users of similar musical tastes.
-- Eric Goodwin, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
> QUOTE OF THE DAY
"I love running out there in the sun. I also think saltwater every day -- if you can get it -- is good for you."
--Matthew McConaughey, on favorite beach activities, in People magazine.