Movies

Queen’s Brian May and Kerry Ellis – The Candelight Concerts: Live at Montreux (2014)

Don’t be fooled by the inclusion of several Queen songs. The Candelight Concerts: Live at Montreux isn’t another reiteration of the band’s legend from Brian May. Instead, the addition of singer Kerry Ellis takes those songs — as well as a well-judged collection of offbeat companion pieces — in entirely new directions.

Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs – Dukes of September: Live at Lincoln Center (2014)

Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs – Dukes of September: Live at Lincoln Center (2014)

Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs brought a tractor-trailer’s worth of hits — both as solo artists and with Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers, respectively — to this setlist. More important, however, was their simpatico sense of musical camaraderie.

Carl Palmer – Decade: Celebration the Music of Emerson Lake and Palmer (2014)

Carl Palmer – Decade: Celebration the Music of Emerson Lake and Palmer (2014)

The concert featured in this newly released film took place in the year after what looks to be the final appearance of Emerson Lake and Palmer. Still, it’s clear that Carl Palmer had much more to add, as Decade — over the course of 12 tracks captured live on October 16, 2011 — reexamines, reshapes and ultimately reenergizes the ELPRead More

Something Else! Interview: Steve Latshaw, director of Return of the Killer Shrews

Something Else! Interview: Steve Latshaw, director of Return of the Killer Shrews

For Steve Latshaw, directing Return of the Killer Shrews was a labor of love. Make that a lifetime’s labor of love.

Booker T. and the MGs – Bob Dylan: 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration (1993; 2014 reissue)

I’m sure there will be those who balk at a title like that, what with Neil Young, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, Lou Reed and Bob Dylan himself, of course, appearing on this gala 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration reissue.

On Second Thought: The Beach Boys, Elton John, Todd Rundgren – Almost Famous (2000)

A thoroughly great movie, Almost Famous is set in the early 1970s and revolves around the adventures of a teenage music journalist and a rock band called Stillwater.

The Doors – R-Evolution (2014)

The Doors – R-Evolution (2014)

The new video collection R-Evolution tracks the Doors, always a band delicately balanced on the cutting edge, as they made forays into the media of film — highlighting their influential contribution to early music videos.

Gimme Five: ABC Movie of the Week II, with Barbara Eden, Stockard Channing, Karen Black

This second edition in Jade Blackmore’s Gimme Five series focusing on ABC Movies of the Week featuring Barbara Eden, Laugh-In’s Teresa Graves, Kim Hunter, Stockard Channing — and Karen Black, in one of the buzziest made-for-TV horror films of the 1970s.

‘I never laughed as much in my life!’: Jon Anderson on Yes’ inspirational role in Spinal Tap

During the tour for Yes’ early-1980s blockbuster 90125, Jon Anderson found himself driving with a young filmmaker who was at work on a documentary about the group. He suggested that Anderson stop to see Spinal Tap at a local movie theater, and something amazing happened.

Almost Hits: Laid Back, “White Horse” (1983)

The shocking and tragic death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has put a spotlight on a growing heroin epidemic in America.