In Don’t Stop Believin’, a real-life fairy tale, a Filipino singer is plucked from YouTube to front the iconic American band Journey, and must deal with the pressures of replacing a legend while leading the band on their longest world tour in ages.
Meet the Spirit of Goodwill band — a unique assembly of singers and musicians who live with varying degrees of physical and mental disability. They bond over their mutual love of music, and their fierce drive to improve and play to ever-larger audiences.
Editor’s note: While these aren’t Independent Lens films of course, the Decline films are some of our very favorite music docs, make for perfect summertime viewing, and are finally all out together on DVD. Read on for critic Noel Murray’s exclusive take on them, and a few more of his own favorites. By Noel Murray Each of director …
In tandem with the PBS film Kumu Hina, we created this Spotify playlist compiling some of the greatest Hawaiian music, from Hula to slack guitar, ukulele, and beyond. And yes, we also couldn’t resist tossing in a standard at the end, while finding inspiration for some of the other choices via Hawaii Magazine, Honolulu Magazine, King’s Hawaiian, and our …
Get in the Muscle Shoals mood with this curated list of videos and more tunes by some of the finest artists to record there. Put on your headphones to groove along, while also reading more about the music that came out of this Alabama town.
The brotherhood of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is literal. Through an unorthodox upbringing, the eight boys were forged into a band as children by their father, Chicago jazz maverick Phil Cohran. Now as young men, making their way on the streets of New York and in the music business, with stardom on the horizon, they …
Not-always-willing subjects of a utopian family experiment, the eight men of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble were forged into a band as kids by their father, jazz maverick Phil Cohran. Now making their way on the streets and in the music business, they test their father’s ideals against their own brotherly vision.
In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary Brothers Hypnotic, the brothers discuss how their father, Phil Cohran, taught them the importance of long tones in playing horns, to play one note as steady as possible, “the principle of simplicity.” We also seem them playing their horns outside, magically.
Eight brothers who were forged into a band as children by their father, Chicago jazz maverick Phil Cohran, now try to march to their own beat on the streets of New York and in the music business as the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.
This excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary Brothers Hypnotic, Seba aka “Clef,” tells us how he started playing the trombone when he was 4 years old, taught by his father Phil Cohran. He demonstrates how he learned to properly use the horn’s mouthpiece as a boy, until he was able to achieve even tone.
In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary Brothers Hypnotic, the band brothers recite the series of commitments and values which preoccupy them. We then see several of them dutifully practicing their horns separately.
In honor of this week’s premiere of Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey, Independent Lens compiled a list of the many other fine music documentaries that IL has produced in recent years, and then added a few more of our favorite music docs in general. What are some of your own picks for the best musically-inclined films?