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SIFF Face The Music 2015 Preview: 808

808 United Kingdom | 2015 | 107 minutes | Alexander Dunn May 23 | 9:30PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown May 25 | 1:00PM | Neptune Theatre Distortion. The beats of the world-converting, endlessly genre-inventing, generation-banging Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer were never, ever meant to duplicate those of real drummers. The voice of their sounds wasRead more…

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SIFF Face The Music 2015 Preview: Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll

Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll USA | 2015 | 106 minutes | John Pirozzi May 23 | 2:15PM | Renton IKEA Performing Arts Festival June 2 | 3:15PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown June 3 | 3:00PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown A stunningly told and peerlessly edited documentary about the Phnom Penh-basedRead more…

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SIFF Face The Music 2015 Preview: Itsi Bitsi

Itsi Bitsi Denmark | 2014 | 107 minutes | Ole Christian Madsen May 21 | 9:30PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown May 27 | 8:30PM | Lincoln Square Cinemas May 31 | 9:30PM | AMC Pacific Place 11 I think it was Julian Cope (Teardrop Explodes), musician-connoisseur and critical master of the psyche-rock arts, who putRead more…

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Seattle International Film Festival 2015: Face The Music

Each year, we’re excited to see what musical subjects and evocative themes the Seattle International Film Festival explores in their Face The Music series. This year, the films delve into myths of popular music genius, reach across margins of the economic side of music affairs, expand the histories of dark social scenes, and tantalize viewersRead more…

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Scribes Sounding Off: Time for the 2015 EMP Pop Con!

Yes, it’s about to occur again: The Experience Music Project’s Pop Conference, where the best minds of our music journalist generation melt into a whorl of theory, debate, fussy details, bold assertions, bizarre reveals, and loving feels. Papers are given by salty academics, biz workers, scribe-nerds, collecting heads, obsessive scholars, and even musicians themselves (whichRead more…

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SIFF 2014 Review: Big In Japan

Big In Japan (Directed by John Jeffcoat, USA/Japan, 2013, 100 minutes) Festival showings: Thursday, June 5, 7:00 PM, Egyptian Saturday, June 7, 12:30 PM, SIFF Cinema Uptown Art is tricky business, and usually it takes a whole lot of hard work and a huge sense of humor to match whatever beauty and truth is createdRead more…

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SIFF 2014 Preview: Keep On Keepin’ On

Keep On Keepin’ On (Directed by Alan Hicks, USA 2014, 84 minutes) Festival Screenings: Wednesday, June 4, 7:00 PM, SIFF Cinema Uptown* Friday, June 6, 4:00 PM, SIFF Cinema Uptown We don’t make it through this world alone. Art may come from a lonely place, even a suffering place, and terribly enough, people often won’tRead more…

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SIFF 2014 Review: Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (Directed by Mike Myers, USA, 2013, 84 minutes) He had been in Los Angeles and got punched out twice in 24 hours. Kick-started in the business by Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin while on LSD trying to separate them from having sex poolside at his hotel (he thought itRead more…

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SIFF 2014: It’s Time To Face The Music

The 40th Annual Seattle International Film Festival is upon us, and this year’s SIFF is probably the best one for fans of the KEXP-sponsored Face The Music series. Seriously, if you’ve found the festival has been a little light on the music movies before, this year will change your head. In the official SIFF 2014Read more…

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Seattle International Film Festival 2014: Kick It with Jimi and Much More

It’s our happening and it freaks us out! The 2014 Seattle International Film Festival is upon us, and this year is probably the best one for fans of its phenomenal Face The Music series. Seriously, if you’ve found SIFF a little light on the music movies before, this year will change your head around. InRead more…

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