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Friday, June 1, 2012

LCD Soundsystem Doc Shut Up and Play the Hits Coming to Make You Wistful For One Night Only

Posted By on Fri, Jun 1, 2012 at 9:10 AM

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So of course you didn't get to go see LCD Soundsystem's final three-hour kiss-off at Madison Square Garden last April, aka the most important music event of your stupid, short lifetime.

Okay, maybe it wasn't that important. But if you were a fan, missing out on LCD's farewell probably felt a little like missing the big family reunion just before your favorite uncle divorced your aunt and moved to a nudist colony in Costa Rica. There's no real consolation in these matters, but luckily, someone made a film about the end of the band to show you all the great things you missed. Shut Up and Play the Hits is a documentary/concert film following the final night of LCD Soundsystem, featuring narration by Chuck Klosterman and cinematography by Spike Jonze. (The film is also distributed by Oscilloscope Laboratories, the film company headed by late Beastie Boy Adam Yauch). And it's screening in theaters around the country -- including four right here in the Bay Area -- for one night only later this summer.

Yes, yes: Now you can relive your anguish over the sudden end of your favorite band while seated in a dark theater with a few hundred others. So spike those sodas with Wild Turkey! Soak up your tears with popcorn! Get ready to dance yrself clean from the comfort of a fold-down seat! Because on July 18, Shut Up and Play the Hits is coming to the Landmark Embarcadero and the Balboa Theater -- both in S.F. -- the Landmark Shattuck in Berkeley, and the Landmark Aquarius in Palo Alto, along with many other theaters around the country.

Tickets for the screenings -- which are sure to be almost if not quite as desirable as tickets to the farewell show itself -- go on sale June 8. Find out where to buy them on the film's website. And don't forget to tell all your friends. You wouldn't want to wonder where they are that night.

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