It’s that time of the year again: gearing up for the inevitable onslaught that is the South by Southwest schedule. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. To make it a little easier to pick through the massive amount of events going on, we’ve highlighted the five best music-related films for you to check out, along with a handy “when to watch” guide to enhance your viewing experience.
It’s a two-for-one deal for Green Day this year, so we’re grouping the dual documentaries on the band into a single punktastic category. Broadway Idiot focuses on Billie Joe Armstrong’s transition to the Broadway stage for the theatrical rendition of the band’s 2004 rock opus American Idiot, while ¡Cuatro! focuses on the making of the band’s recent trilogy of albums.
Watch it after: Missing your favorite punk band’s set in favor of that “awesome new shoegaze, EDM meets post-punk” act that your friend misguidedly recommended.
The story of Snoop Dogg’s exploration of Rastafarianism and his eventual transformation into Snoop Lion, Reincarnated touches on the religious history of Jamaica, the recording of his most recent album, and (we’re willing to bet) the rapper’s prodigious weed habit.
Watch it after: Your “smoke” break.
Good ‘Ol Freda is the story of Freda Kelly, the president of The Beatles’ fan club and the “secretary” of the band for 11 years. Though she was incredibly close to the band, and present for the entire arc of their rise and eventual breakup, her story has remained untold until now.
Watch it with: Tea and crumpets.
You might not know the name Kathleen Hanna, but odds are if you’ve been into alternative rock the past twenty years, you’ve undoubtedly heard of her bands Bikini Kill and Le Tigre. Hanna’s foundational role in the Riot Grrrl movement and third wave feminism inspired a legion of young women to shred with reckless abandon. The Punk Singer is a retrospective of her life and legacy.
Watch it before: Handing out copies of your old-school zine.
Despite the title, there is no Beach Boys music to be had here. Good Vibrations is a dramatized retelling of the story of Terri Hooley, the record store owner whose shop was fundamental to the development of the punk scene in the war-torn city of Belfast, Ireland in the 1970s.
Watch it after: Five pints of Guinness.
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