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January 19, 2013 | By Chris Lee
PARK CITY, Utah - At the world premiere of his directorial debut, the rockumentary “Sound City,” Foo Fighters frontman and ex-Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl made an admission that's sure to come as a surprise the millions of head-bangers who have thrilled to his music.  “I consider this to be the most important thing I've ever done artistically,” Grohl said, just before the lights went down in the theater. If you have enjoyed FM radio pop music at any point in the last 40 years, songs created at Van Nuys' legendary Sound City Studios almost certainly hold a cherished position in your music collection.
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March 11, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
The biggest act scheduled to perform this week at the annual South by Southwest music festival is also one of the biggest acts in the world. On March 13, Lady Gaga will take to the outdoor stage behind Stubb's for a concert sponsored by Doritos, which is temporarily renaming the barbecue joint #BoldStage (after its line of flavored tortilla chips) and requiring would-be showgoers to complete one of several so-called bold missions to get inside. Yet Lady Gaga won't be the only A-list artist - nor Doritos the only blue-chip brand - at SXSW, set to run March 11 through March 16 in Austin, Texas.
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December 4, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
On Monday, we brought you news that Dave Grohl's filmmaking debut, "Sound City," would premiere next month at Sundance. Now, the Foo Fighters frontman has unveiled the trailer for the upcoming documentary, which is named after the film's subject: a grungy Van Nuys recording studio where Grohl's old band Nirvana (among many other acts) created some of its best-known music . The trailer boasts an abundance of famous rockers -- including Tom Petty, Trent Reznor, Rick Rubin and two dudes from Ratt -- opining on Sound City's incomparable vibe.
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January 21, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
The Grammy Awards will end this year's ceremony with a bang. A rock supergroup featuring Dave Grohl, Lindsey Buckingham, Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stage is to close Sunday night's telecast from Staples Center, organizers announced Tuesday. "We're incredibly excited about this number," said Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich in a statement to Spin . "There's nothing better than when the Grammys rock out, and to have these artists all together on one stage, doing a number that, when they presented it to us, knocked us out, is going to turn out to be one of those Grammy moments that people talk about for a long time.
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January 15, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
"Sound City" is coming home. After a world premiere Friday night at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, Dave Grohl will bring his documentary on the famed Van Nuys recording studio to L.A. on Jan. 31, the Foo Fighters frontman announced Tuesday. The film examines the story of Sound City -- where Nirvana's "Nevermind," among many other albums, was recorded -- through archival footage and interviews with artists including Neil Young, Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, Josh Homme and Rick Springfield.
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January 31, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
High-spirited, emotional and funny, "Sound City" is, of all things, a mash note to a machine. Not just any machine, however, but one that helped change the face of rock 'n' roll. That piece of equipment, the Neve 8028 sound board, was the crown jewel of Sound City in Van Nuys, a complete dump of a recording studio whose unkempt ambience and warehouse complex location didn't stop it from turning out more than 100 gold and platinum records, including epochal work by Neil Young, Tom Petty, Pat Benatar, Cheap Trick, Rage Against the Machine, Fleetwood Mac and Nine Inch Nails.
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January 18, 2013 | By Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times
Amid the splintered drum sticks and empty coffee cups littering his Northridge recording studio, Dave Grohl contemplated the enormous mixing desk before him. The Foo Fighters frontman looked at the seemingly endless rows of faders and dials on the console, admiring it like a car lover might a vintage Aston Martin. "I consider that board to be responsible for the person I am today," said the former drummer of Nirvana. "Had it not been for that board, who knows what 'Nevermind' would've sounded like.
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March 14, 2013 | By Todd Martens
AUSTIN, Texas -- “I am the musician,”  Dave Grohl said during this keynote speech at the South by Southwest music festival and conference, “and I come first.” In just under an hour Thursday, the former Nirvana drummer and current Foo Fighters leader preached artist independence -- a philosophy, he said, that was informed by seeing Chicago punk band Naked Raygun and being almost destroyed by the “guilt” of success. It was a speech that alternately corrected some myths about Nirvana while perpetuating others.
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October 18, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Still regarded as one of the finest theaters in Los Angeles, the Cinerama Dome will celebrate its 50th anniversary with an upcoming series of screenings and events. Designed by Welton Becket and Associates and completed in 1963, the structure was the world's first all-concrete geodesic dome, made from 316 interlocking panels. The theater itself features a screen 32 feet high and 86 feet wide. The anniversary series opens on Tuesday with a screening of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" with a Q&A before the movie with its director, Steven Spielberg.
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January 15, 2014 | By Susan King
"Gravity," "12 Years a Slave" and "Justin Bieber's Believe" were among the nominees announced Wednesday for the 61st Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards in feature film. Nominees in the TV, animation and computer entertainment categories will be announced Friday. Nominated for sound editing: sound effects and foley in an English-language feature are "12 Years a Slave," "All is Lost," "Captain Phillips," "Fast & Furious 6," "Gravity," "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," "Iron Man 3" and "Lone Survivor.
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January 15, 2014 | By Susan King
"Gravity," "12 Years a Slave" and "Justin Bieber's Believe" were among the nominees announced Wednesday for the 61st Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards in feature film. Nominees in the TV, animation and computer entertainment categories will be announced Friday. Nominated for sound editing: sound effects and foley in an English-language feature are "12 Years a Slave," "All is Lost," "Captain Phillips," "Fast & Furious 6," "Gravity," "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," "Iron Man 3" and "Lone Survivor.
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October 18, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Still regarded as one of the finest theaters in Los Angeles, the Cinerama Dome will celebrate its 50th anniversary with an upcoming series of screenings and events. Designed by Welton Becket and Associates and completed in 1963, the structure was the world's first all-concrete geodesic dome, made from 316 interlocking panels. The theater itself features a screen 32 feet high and 86 feet wide. The anniversary series opens on Tuesday with a screening of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" with a Q&A before the movie with its director, Steven Spielberg.
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April 4, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
How best to celebrate the 35th anniversary of a beloved live album? By re-creating it onstage, of course. That's the approach being taken by Cheap Trick, which announced Thursday that it plans to play "Cheap Trick at Budokan," the power-pop veterans' 1978 concert classic, at two shows this month. On April 28, the band will play the John Varvatos boutique in New York, at the former address of the defunct punk club CBGB. Cheap Trick will then head west for a gig at L.A.'s El Rey Theatre on April 30. TIMELINE: Coachella and Stagecoach Both concerts are to re-create the show Cheap Trick played on April 28, 1978, at Tokyo's Budokan.
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March 15, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
AUSTIN, Texas -- By many accounts the South by Southwest music festival is about discovering new talent: the fresh-faced indie-pop outfit, for instance, or the precocious laptop wizard just stepping beyond the walls of his bedroom. Dave Grohl doesn't share that view. On Thursday night, hours after delivering SXSW's keynote speech at the Austin Convention Center, Grohl and a handful of his famous friends took over Stubb's for what he described as the final performance by the Sound City Players.
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March 14, 2013 | By Todd Martens
AUSTIN, Texas -- “I am the musician,”  Dave Grohl said during this keynote speech at the South by Southwest music festival and conference, “and I come first.” In just under an hour Thursday, the former Nirvana drummer and current Foo Fighters leader preached artist independence -- a philosophy, he said, that was informed by seeing Chicago punk band Naked Raygun and being almost destroyed by the “guilt” of success. It was a speech that alternately corrected some myths about Nirvana while perpetuating others.
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February 1, 2013 | By August Brown
“Rick Springfield, you have a song that people recognize after three frigging notes. Congratulations, Rick frigging Springfield,” Dave Grohl said on Thursday to his colleague in a new band celebrating the former Van Nuys recording studio Sound City. Springfield, for his part, looked tickled to be onstage at a sold-out Hollywood Palladium hearing praise from the Foo Fighters frontman seconds into his own 1981 hit “Jessie's Girl.” Grohl's friendly jibe - a mix of jealousy and bonhomie in the dark arts of rock hitmaking - showed the point of his entire Sound City Players project.
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January 21, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
The Grammy Awards will end this year's ceremony with a bang. A rock supergroup featuring Dave Grohl, Lindsey Buckingham, Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stage is to close Sunday night's telecast from Staples Center, organizers announced Tuesday. "We're incredibly excited about this number," said Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich in a statement to Spin . "There's nothing better than when the Grammys rock out, and to have these artists all together on one stage, doing a number that, when they presented it to us, knocked us out, is going to turn out to be one of those Grammy moments that people talk about for a long time.
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April 4, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
How best to celebrate the 35th anniversary of a beloved live album? By re-creating it onstage, of course. That's the approach being taken by Cheap Trick, which announced Thursday that it plans to play "Cheap Trick at Budokan," the power-pop veterans' 1978 concert classic, at two shows this month. On April 28, the band will play the John Varvatos boutique in New York, at the former address of the defunct punk club CBGB. Cheap Trick will then head west for a gig at L.A.'s El Rey Theatre on April 30. TIMELINE: Coachella and Stagecoach Both concerts are to re-create the show Cheap Trick played on April 28, 1978, at Tokyo's Budokan.
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January 31, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
High-spirited, emotional and funny, "Sound City" is, of all things, a mash note to a machine. Not just any machine, however, but one that helped change the face of rock 'n' roll. That piece of equipment, the Neve 8028 sound board, was the crown jewel of Sound City in Van Nuys, a complete dump of a recording studio whose unkempt ambience and warehouse complex location didn't stop it from turning out more than 100 gold and platinum records, including epochal work by Neil Young, Tom Petty, Pat Benatar, Cheap Trick, Rage Against the Machine, Fleetwood Mac and Nine Inch Nails.
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January 24, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
PARK CITY, Utah - A new title has been added to the list of movie credits that describe jobs few people understand. Move over, gaffer, best boy and second second assistant director, and make room for the "written by" credit on an increasing number of documentary films. "It's a niche within a niche," admits Mark Monroe, one of the best. "There's certainly a lot of discussion about whether it belongs or not. It's a question I get asked five times a day. But no one I've ever worked with has ever had any issue with giving me a writing credit.
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