Category Archives: Films

20 Feet from Stardom Review

20 Feet from Stardom film review

20 Feet From Stardom Documentary filmmakers love to tell the story of the unsung hero, and there is no bigger unsung hero in the history of rock ‘n’ roll than the backup singer. 20 Feet from Stardom, the now 2nd consecutive music documentary to win an Academy Award following last year’s Searching for Sugar Man win, is a triumphant film documenting the history of backup singing (specifically gospel-rooted backup singing that has been prominent in rock music since its inception)

A Band Called Death Review

A Band Called Death

A Band Called Death Rock history is filled with tragedy: ugly band breakups, festival disasters, and deaths at 27. So when you actually get a documentary about a band called “death”, one might expect more of the same tragedy. And while there is some tragedy in this story about three religious Detroit brothers playing punk music in 1974 before punk was punk who somehow went completely unheard, the heart of the story is absolutely life-affirming: celebrating family, rock ‘n’ roll,

Arcade Fire “Here Comes the Night Time” Special Review

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Arcade Fire “Here Comes the Night Time” NBC Special Following the season premiere of Saturday Night Live featuring host Tina Fey and musical guests Arcade Fire, NBC surprisingly aired a straight-up trippy half-hour concert special for Arcade Fire called “Here Comes the Night Time”, named after one of the songs off their much-anticipated upcoming album, Reflektor. Beside playing their disco lead single “Reflektor” and debuting another song “Afterlife” on SNL, the Canadian indie rockers debuted three new songs on the

Not Fade Away: Movie Review

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Not Fade Away Directed by David Chase Sopranos creator David Chase probably had the green light to make any film he wanted to with his film debut, and Chase made a surprising choice: a coming of age tale about the birth of rock ‘n’ roll. This seems like an odd choice at first glance until you think back on the Sopranos, which featured heavy usage of classic rock ‘n’ roll and even cast E-Street guitar legend Steven Van Zandt as

Andrew Bird: Fever Year Review

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Andrew Bird: Fever Year Directed by: Xan Aranda One of the more prolific artists in recent years has been Andrew Bird, the Chicago singer/songwriter/violinist who has flood the music scene with almost obsessive touring and eight albums in the last decade. A week ago, my wife and I caught a director’s screening of Fever Year, a documentary about Bird. Although over a year after its debut, the film never was widely released and still remains unavailable on DVD per Bird’s