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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Celebrate the New Tribe Called Quest Documentary, in S.F. Tonight

Posted By on Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 5:23 PM

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Beats, Rhymes, and Life -- the long-anticipated documentary about the seminal hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest -- opens in the Bay Area tomorrow. (Check out our review.)

You can celebrate this tonight at a party in San Francisco hosted by the film's director, Michael Rapaport, and a "surprise special guest." And while we don't know for sure who that special guest will be, we have a pretty good guess -- and we think it's a person very, very central to the story of A Tribe Called Quest ...

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Mark Kozelek Laughs! And Other Revelations from His Upcoming Tour Documentary

Posted By on Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 9:18 AM

It appears he's ... laughing?
  • It appears he's ... laughing?

So Mark Kozelek, the San Francisco-based sadman behind Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon, is releasing a tour documentary. The black-and-white On Tour. A Documentary follows Kozelek on a solo trip around the world, featuring performances in Italy, Switzerland, Copenhagen, and other locales in 2010 and 2011. As you'd expect from a tour journal, it also shows Kozelek -- who is known for his beautiful, downbeat music -- coping with the everyday frustrations and hilarities of living life on the road. And yes, we said hilarities: Don't wanna spoil it for you, but the trailer for the documentary has Kozelek laughing at the end.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Billie Joe Armstrong, Movie Star: Green Day Singer to Act in American Idiot Film

Posted By on Tue, Jun 14, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Billie Joe Armstrong
  • Billie Joe Armstrong

First it was an album. Then it was a musical at Berkeley Rep. Then it was a Broadway musical. Soon, Green Day's American Idiot will be a film. And no one other than Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong -- Rodeo native, ex-snotty Berkeley punk, and ridiculously talented songwriter -- will play St. Jimmy.

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Friday, April 1, 2011

Coming Soon: Screen a Garage Rock Documentary Featuring Thee Oh Sees and the Black Lips for Free

Posted By on Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 8:18 AM


Have you heard this rumor that San Francisco music people have an obsession with garage-rock? We know, it's crazy. San Francisco garage rock? Here in a town where nobody actually has a garage? Why would anyone think those two things go together?

We're not sure how they did it, but it seems the folks over at Scion actually found some garage-rock bands from San Francisco -- one called Thee Oh Sees, and another called Hunx and His Punx -- and put them in a documentary about similar bands from all over the country, like the Black Lips, Jay Reatard (R.I.P.), and Vivian Girls. Now they're bringing this documentary to San Francisco for a free screening. But will anyone here in S.F. care?

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Check Out a Preview of the José González Doc Premiering at Noise Pop

Posted By on Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Jose Gonzalez
  • Jose Gonzalez

José González is a really private guy. That's why it's a bit surprising that the half-Swedish, half-Argentinian singer-songwriter agreed to have an entire documentary filmed about him while working on his second album, 2007's In Our Nature. The Extraordinary Ordinary Life of José González is making its US premiere at the Noise Pop festival next week, and website Nowness has a pleasing video preview for us all to check out.


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Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Tupac Shakur Biopic: Why You Should Be Skeptical

Posted By on Thu, Feb 17, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Not ready for the big screen yet?
  • Not ready for the big screen yet?

After having a spat over legal rights with Afeni Shakur, Tupac Shakur's mom, Morgan Creek Productions has received her blessing to make a biopic about the slain N.Y./D.C./Bay Area rapper. And considering the exciting/troubled/contradictory life story of Tupac, there's definitely enough there to create a great movie of some sort. But a big-budget biopic from director Antoine Fuqua , who is best known for directing police, crime,. and action films? That doesn't seem like the right context for presenting Pac's life.


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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Noise Pop 2011 -- The Films: Arcade Fire, Feist, José González, the Making of Noise Pop, and More

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 11:32 AM

The Flaming Lips in This Is Noise Pop
  • The Flaming Lips in This Is Noise Pop

S.F.'s annual Noise Pop Festival is mostly known for bringing a week of awesome indie music shows to the city. But the fest usually pulls in a pretty good selection of new films for music nerds -- and this year is no exception.

With film subjects including the shadowy folk singer José González, Canadian singer/MC Chilly Gonzales, the universally loved Arcade Fire, and the Bay Area premiere of a documentary starring Brazilian pop legend Tom Zé, it's pretty darn likely you'll find something worth watching.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Suck It, Fiona Ma: S.F. Rave Documentary Coming Soon

Posted By on Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Wooo!! Giants!!
  • Wooo!! Giants!!
At one point there was a lot of gold around these parts. Then for a time there was peace and love and kind bud and all that positivity malarkey. Nowadays, San Francisco sustains itself exclusively on foodism, tech startups, and massive pulsating dance parties held in low reverberant warehouses in SOMA. These latter things are called "raves."

If, like me, you don't know enough about Bay Area rave culture, and could count on the thumbs of an adult female cat the number of times you've been to places like Mighty and Temple and Icon and Shine and Swank and Slide and Scamp and Bootie and Harlot (note: most of those are not made up), you're in luck.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

See 'Live From Tokyo,' Then Watch J-Rock Bands Play Live From Tokyo

Posted By on Wed, Nov 3, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Japanese experimental-rock duo Kirihito
  • Japanese experimental-rock duo Kirihito

​This, folks, has been a big year for Japanese rock in the U.S. -- and in the Bay Area. We recently witnessed local shows from X Japan and Dir en grey, two big-time rock groups from the island nation that are still struggling to break into the U.S. despite massive success at home. We've also seen local shows from Guitar Wolf, Shonen Knife, and other J-rock bands.

Next Friday will bring a smaller, but still very interesting, addition to the year's list of local J-Rock events. Following a screening of Live From Tokyo, an intriguing new documentary about the Tokyo rock scene, three Japanese rock bands will perform a simulcast live show from a Tokyo cafe for the screening audience. 

Which is good, because frankly, after watching the trailer for the film, we had to fight ourselves really hard to keep from throwing a plane ticket to Tokyo on our credit card. Check it out after the jump.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Dubstep Documentary Claims to Predict Genre's Future

Posted By on Tue, Oct 12, 2010 at 8:46 AM


You can bet that these days, any genre of music with a decent lifespan will one day get its documentary. Like what Better Living Through Circuitry was for electronic/dance music or what Scratch was for hip-hop/turntablism, a forthcoming U.K. film entitled Bassweight will share the story of dubstep this November. And according to this article on Urb, the movie also attempts to predict where the 10-year-old (or so) sound is headed.

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