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La La Land

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Damien Chazelle's film La La Land, although also partly jazz-based, comes as a stark contrast to his previous directorial project, the brutal and intense Whiplash (2014). In essentially what seems a typical boy-meets-girl romantic scenario, La La Land follows the relationship between Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a pianist and jazz traditionalist who wants to open his own bar, and Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring LA actress. This isn't something that is rushed into and comes after the film initially takes some ...

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May It Last: A Portrait Of The Avett Brothers

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MAY IT LAST Oscilloscope Laboratories 2017 The opening scene depicts Scott and Seth Avett walking through the maze of hallways located in the bowels of Madison Square Garden in New York City prior to the band's inaugural performance at the venue in April of 2016. When a security guard asks for their credentials to proceed, they display Southern manners and show their passes quickly. “Awesome sauce," the security woman waves them through and the two ...

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Jeff Beck: Live at the Hollywood Bowl

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Jeff Beck Live at the Hollywood Bowl Eagle Rock 2017 As fashionable as concert sit-ins have come to be in recent years, such guesting can be the bane of the live performance. So often it is the case that such invitees can interrupts the flow and/or momentum rather than nurturing it. However, Jeff Beck's August 2016 celebration in Los Angeles of his fiftieth anniversary is the exception to that rule: the stream of diverse personnel ...

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Rolling Stones From The Vault: Sticky Fingers Live at the Fonda Theatre 2015

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Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers at the Fonda Theatre 2015 Eagle Rock Video 2017 The Rolling Stones have been nothing if not savvy (most of the time) throughout their fifty- year plus history, so it's no surprise the release of their latest title, Sticky Fingers Live at the Fonda Theatre 2015, is simultaneous with their 'No Filter' tour of Europe. But this is no better timed than the show itself, the first of their 'Zip Code' ...

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Frank Sinatra: Portrait Of An Album | Sinatra Sings

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Frank Sinatra Portrait Of An Album | Sinatra Sings Eagle Rock Entertainment 2017 The third release in The Frank Sinatra Collection concludes with the compilation Sinatra Sings, a retrospective of particularly memorable moments across forty years of Sinatra performances in the studio, on the stage, and on TV, narrated by his daughter Tina. But it opens with the remarkable Portrait of an Album, which documents the recording sessions for L.A. Is My Lady ...

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Frank Sinatra: Live From Caesar’s Palace | The First 40 Years

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Frank Sinatra Live From Caesar's Palace | The First 40 Years Eagle Rock Entertainment 2017 As the National Academy of Recording Arts so wonderfully puts it: “Frank Sinatra didn't put Las Vegas on the map, but he certainly made it worth the trip." (Sin-atra City: The Story of Frank Sinatra and Las Vegas) The second DVD in this series also maintains a theme, with two late 1970s shows from Caesar's Palace. Sinatra strides ...

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Frank Sinatra: The Royal Festival Hall (1962) | Live At Carnegie Hall

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Frank Sinatra The Royal Festival Hall (1962) | Live At Carnegie Hall Eagle Rock Entertainment 2017 The first DVD in this series combines full-length shows from two of the world's most famous concert halls, one on each side of the Atlantic: The Royal Festival Hall, recorded during Sinatra's 1962 world tour to raise money for children's charities; and a 1980 performance following the release of his Trilogy album (1980, Reprise) captured Live at Carnegie Hall. ...

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Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary

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John ColtraneChasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary Meteor 17 and Crew Neck Productions2017 Because it is poised to contribute to the image of John Coltrane in popular culture for years to come, a thoughtful appraisal of this film is very important. Promoted at major film festivals and released to theaters worldwide, Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary, directed by John Scheifeld (noted for The U.S. vs. Lennon (Liongate, 2006)--and other films about iconic cultural figures ...

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The Who At The Isle of Wight Festival 2004

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The Who Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 2004 Eagle Rock 2017 The Who Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 2004 documents an appearance at the famed British festival two years after the untimely death of bassist John Entwistle and thirty-four(!) years after the original four-man lineup of the Who, as documented on Live At The Isle of Wight 1970 (Columbia, 1996) galvanized an audience with the prowess and power of the band ...


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