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Everything You Need to Know About the Film That Inspired “Final Transmission”

Documentary Now! pays tribute to “Stop Making Sense”.

Fred Armisen Bill Hader Test Pattern on Late Night with Seth Meyers

Watch Fred Armisen and Bill Hader Perform as ’80s Art Rockers Test Pattern

Documentary Now! premieres tonight at 10P on IFC.


Maya Rudolph To Star in Talking Heads-Inspired Episode of Documentary Now!

The SNL star will join Fred and Bill for the music-centric “Test Pattern” episode.

CBGB Film Looks At Birth Of American Punk (photo)

CBGB Film Looks At Birth Of American Punk

Hilly Kristal opened CBGB’s in 1973 thinking he’d book a lot of country, bluegrass, blues and other music for uplifting gormandizers there. The iconic letters on the awning, “CBGB” and “OMFUG,” in fact stand for “Country, BlueGrass, Blues and Other Music For Uplifting Gormandizers.” But something rather different happened at Kristal’s little venue on 315 […]

The difficulties of making a musical biopic now. (photo)

The difficulties of making a musical biopic now.

It’s not unusual for things from the underground (whatever that is anymore) to percolate up to the mainstream without their creators getting the mainstream recognition they deserve: Brakhage and Derek Jarman become music videos, XTC becomes Franz Ferdinand and so on. But what happens if you keep the cycle insular? Right now, we’re awash in […]

John Goodman sings. (photo)

John Goodman sings.

Zealous “Roseanne”-loving friends recently pointed out to me that there’s actually an episode of the show in which John Goodman sings. They were right, and it was delightful. It made me wonder: Had Goodman — a fairly intense actor whose goofy charm belies serious skill — sung on other occasions? And the answer was… yes! […]

Rewriting the heartland: “Fargo Rock City.” (photo)

Rewriting the heartland: “Fargo Rock City.”

Chuck Klosterman’s “Fargo Rock City” might be my favorite book about music, because it does the one thing great music writing should do: it sucks you in even if you don’t care about the actual tunes at hand. In my case, I could care less about the collected musical legacies of Tesla and Cinderella, but […]