Anberlin Announce ‘Don’t Try To Wake Me Up’ Documentary


November will mark a year since Anberlin performed their last show ever in their hometown of Orlando. Since the band’s breakup, they have released several things for fans including the two live album they put out earlier this year; Never Take Friendship Personal: Live in New York City and Cities: Live in New York City.

Now, the defunct band has revealed that they will be giving their fans something else; a short documentary. Titled Don’t Try To Wake Me Up, the 21-minute film will give the viewer an exclusive look at what went on during the band’s final day together and their final show. A bittersweet moment for anyone who has been a fan of the band whether it was the entire 12 years of just a couple of years.

In the description about the film, it claims that: “Everyone has seen concert footage before; this film visits the band more intimately, as all 5 band members talk in a private and candid one-on-one environment about what that day was like in their most transparent and vulnerable interviews ever given.”

Watch the official trailer for Don’t Try To Wake Me Up below.

Like the page Vimeo page for the video says, the documentary is currently available for both renting (rather streaming for 48 hours) and buying.

La Dispute to Release Documentary in November


Following the massive trend of bands releasing documentaries, La Dispute is the latest band to do the same. The Michigan-based band has announced that they will be releasing a feature-length documentary titled Tiny Dots. According to the information provided, it appears the documentary is set to be released in early November.

Tiny Dots will make its theatrical debut in several cities on Nov. 1. The cities exclusively playing the film will be Tempe, AZ; New York; Lawrence, KS; Pittsburgh, PA; Philadelphia, PA; Seattle; and Howell, MI.

Check out the list of locations in each city that will playing the documentary as well as a video from the band about it.


Tempe, AZ @ 51 West
New York, NY @ Studio at Webster Hall
Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall
Howell, MI @ Historic Howell Theater
Pittsburgh, PA @ Hollywood Theater
Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA
Seattle, WA @ The Funhouse (El Corazon)

Tiny Dots’ debut comes a day before the band is scheduled to hit the road for their United States tour. Quickly after their US tour wraps, they will make their way down south to Brazil for a five-day excursion in Brazil. For the complete list of upcoming tour dates click here.

La Dispute’s recent album, Rooms Of The House, was released back in 2014 through Better Living.

Mayday Parade to Release Retrospective Documentary


A decade after forming, Mayday Parade will be celebrating the occasion by releasing a retrospective documentary. The film will be titled Three Cheers for Ten Years, a direct reference to their song, “Three Cheers for Five Years” off of their Tales Told by Dead Friends EP. The documentary will be released through Fearless Records on Oct. 9, the same day that their new record, Black Lines is set to be released.

If you’re a fan of Mayday Parade and already pre-ordered the album, don’t worry about having to order the documentary as well. The band has revealed that those who pre-ordered Black Lines will be given a free download of the documentary. When talking about the film, frontman Derek Sanders revealed the importance of the documentary especially for those who remember watching them perform on the Smartpunk stage on the Vans Warped Tour in 2008 (that would be us).

Three Cheers for Ten Years is important to us because it covers the history of the band and documents the beginning of this new chapter,” explained Sanders. “There’s a lot of passion in this documentary and we’re excited to share it with everyone.”

Check out the short snippet for Three Cheers for Ten Years below.

Mayday Parade will be hitting the road this fall in support of the new album. Mayday Parade will be joined by Real Friends, This Wild Life, and As It Is for the resurrection of “The AP Tour.” The complete list of tour stops for the tour can be seen here.

Watch the Trailer for Green Day’s ‘Heart Like a Hand Grenade’

Last week, it was confirmed that a new documentary chronicling the making of Green Day’s American Idiot would be released in theaters in October. Now, fans of the California trio have been given the chance to get a first look at the documentary with the release of the first trailer for the “roc doc.”

Very much like the press release from director John Roecker, the trailer showcases how Roecker received a call from Green Day frontman, Billie Joe Armstrong asking if he would be interested in recording the band in the studio as they worked on their brand new album. The documentary follows the group for the nine months it took to record the album that would eventually American Idiot. The documentary will also include an intimate, never-before-seen concert the band threw.

At the time of the recording, none of them knew what to expect from the album that would go on to not only win a Grammy, but also become a Broadway musical, earning them two Tony Awards. The irony of it becoming a Broadway musical is not wasted on anyone who watched the trailer.

Towards the end of the video, drummer Tre Cool is asked if the band had ever though about turning the album into “some kind of theatrical event or movie.” Cool responds with a simple “no.” Fast forward a decade later and as well all know, the album went on to become a theatrical event that is currently touring the country. Check out the trailer for Heart Like a Hand Grenade below.

While the documentary takes a look at the album from the past, the group is reportedly working on some new music. Back in April, frequent collaborator and longtime producer Rob Cavallo revealed that Armstrong had written five songs which “were just fantastic. He is absolutely at the top of his game. Fans can be sure that when they do return, the music will be amazing.”

Heart Like a Hand Grenade will hit theaters on Oct. 15. For more information, check out the film’s website.

‘American Idiot’ Documentary to Hit Theaters in October

September marks 11 years since Green Day released one of their career-best albums, American Idiot. In honor of that, a documentary which followed the band while they made the record will be released in October. Titled, Heart Like a Hand Grenade, a direct lyric from “She’s a Rebel,” the documentary follows the group for nine months as they hit the recording studio to compose songs such as “Boulevard of Broken Dream,” “Holiday” and of course “American Idiot.”

The film will be released on Oct. 15 and was directed by John Roecker, a friend of the band who spent the nine months with them as they recorded the rock opera. In a message to fans on Green Day’s website, Roecker reveals how the idea came to fruition and not to expect any behind-the-scenes drama or fighting. Also included in the “rock doc” is a never-before-seen Green Day concert which shows the band performing American Idiot, in full, at an intimate concert venue.

“After the recording was finished they booked a small theatre and performed the album in its entirety, which is included in the film (Fun fact! This was 11 years ago folks and the camera phone was not invented so this is the only way you can see this legendary concert!) This movie is like a fly-on-the-wall art house piece. It is the first time Green Day allowed someone into the studio to film them,” Roecker wrote in his message.

To read Roecker’s complete director’s statement click here.


American Idiot was released in September of 2004 and has sold over 15 million copies worldwide. But if that wasn’t enough, it’s also a Grammy Award winning record which led to it transitioning from the radio to the stage. The stage show has earned two Tony Awards and is currently out on tour. Not too shabby for a record that was made “on the fly” because the group’s original record has been stolen from the recording studio.

Authorized Kurt Cobain Documentary is Happening


We’ve seen it many times before, media companies making unauthorized documentaries about our beloved musicians because the family does not want to give the consent for their loved one’s stories to be told.

But it appears that there might be a change in that at least for one musician.

It was recently announced that HBO has landed the first authorized Kurt Cobain film. Cobain’s family has given the cable network the right to tell Cobain’s story with the assistance of many never-before-seen and heard things the late Nirvana singer had in his archives.

The film will be titled Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck and will be directed by Oscar-nominated director, Brett Morgen. This isn’t Morgen’s first time making a film about a musician; he previously had worked on the Rolling Stones’ documentary, Crossfire Hurricane, also for HBO.

Also confirmed to be lending a hand in the making of the film is Cobain’s own daughter Frances Bean. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Frances Bean will be executive producing the film.

Morgen admits in a statement that the film has been a work in progress for the past eight years, with the family giving him the right to see the side of Cobain that he never showed the media.

“Like most people, when I started, I figured there would be a limited amount of fresh material to unearth,” Morgen said.

“However, once I stepped into Kurt’s archives, I discovered over 200 hours of unreleased music and audio, a vast array of art projects-oil paintings, sculptures countless hours of never-before-seen home movies, and over 400 pages of writings that together help paint an intimate portrait of an artist who rarely revealed himself to the media.”

Considering Cobain’s distaste for the media, it’s a little surprising that the family would give the authorization for a documentary to be made about him. But then again, authorized documentary that is correct is better than a defamatory version.

Martin Scorsese Reportedly Attached to Ramones Film


With the passing of Tommy Ramone last month, news has now surfaced that a film about the iconic punk band is in the works and super-director Martin Scorsese might be behind it.

Billboard is reporting that the owners of the Ramones estate have announced big plans for the band’s legacy which will include the film. Several other projects are also in the works including: a documentary, a theatrical play, a book, reissues, fashion, and “music placement.” Whatever that means.

“The 40th anniversary of the Ramones is coming up in 2016, that’s when the first album came out. So we have a lot of projects leading up to that. We’re looking at a documentary on the Ramones, we just secured a ton of footage, much of which has never been seen before. It came from the Ramones on the road over the years in the Seventies and a little bit in the Eighties,” Jeff Jampol, the manager of the estate explained to Billboard.

“You’ll see a book coming, which is not a biographical book so much, but a story of the band’s formation and those first few records and that craziness that happened. It’ll be a combination of prose, photographs and memorabilia and posters, just kind of documenting the scene,” Jampol said about the book that was mentioned.

“The Ramones were the first punk band and they started the punk movement.”

No other details such as potential release dates, titles, or anything more informative on that matter was revealed. As of now, all we know is that there will be an influx of Ramones things coming your way and a maybe film that hasn’t officially been confirmed yet.

Foo Fighters Release First Trailer for HBO’s “Sonic Highways”


With the announcement that their eighth studio album would be named after their HBO documentary, the Foo Fighters have unveiled the first teaser for Sonic Highways, the almost a year in the making documentary.

In the video, frontman Dave Grohl’s voice over explains to the viewer where the idea of this journey began and it all had to do with the idea that the environment that you record in will directly affect the recording process. In order to prove his point, Grohl and the rest of the Foo Fighters, packed their bags and headed all over the country to test this theory out.

Check out the three and a half-minute clip (believe us, you’ll watch it several times) below and jot down all the famous people who made cameos in it.

Like the voice over at the end of the trailer, this documentary is “a love letter to the history of American music” and we can believe it when you have some of music’s biggest and iconic artists making cameos and speaking to you about what kind of music helped influence them.

Sonic Highways, the documentary, will premiere on October 17 at 10 p.m CT on HBO while Sonic Highways, the album is set to hit shelves on November 10.

Now, raise your hand if you got chills watching the trailer and can’t wait for the series to premiere.

Foo Fighters Finish Recording, Mixing New Album


Sound the bells and ring the alarms, because the Foo Fighters have finally finished recording and mixing their new album.

After over a year of talks about a new album, producer Butch Vig has revealed that the superband have finished recording their eighth studio album after a year of hints about it.

Vig took to Twitter to reveal the news which made many Foo fans excited.

“We are officially done with the new Foo Fighters album,” the producer wrote on social media.

“23 straight days mixing! IT’S EPIC.”

Considering the band were talking about, we wouldn’t expect anything less from them.

At the present moment, the album has no title and might just be their longest record. But what we do know is that it will hit shelves in November, no specific date yet, through the band’s Roswell label and RCA.

The LP’s release will come a month after Dave Grohl’s HBO series is set to air. The series follows Grohl and the rest of the Foos as they travel to eight different studios to record the yet-to-be-titled album and get immersed in the musical culture in those places.

The documentary which is titled Sonic Highways also reveals the artists the band got to record with during their time traveling which includes the likes of, Gary Clark Jr., The Eagles’ Joe Walsh, and Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen.

While no specific name or date has been given for the record, there are some shows lined up for them in the near future including dates in the U.K. and South Africa as well as a stop in Las Vegas for the Life is Beautiful Festival.

Oh yeah, and then there’s that crowd-funded Virginia date which shows you the power of dedicated fans.

Ron Howard to Produce Beatles Documentary


The Beatles are one of the most influential bands to have ever graced the music world, and now director Ron Howard has gotten the rights to produce a documentary about the fab four.

Howard who coincidentally named his production company which he co-founded with Brian Grazer is named “Imagine” after John Lennon’s iconic song.

As of now, the documentary about the Liverpool boys will concentrate on the band’s years of hectic touring around the world which all began at the Cavern Club in their hometown of Liverpool. The film will also chronicle their fame explosion after appearing on The Ed Sullivan show in 1964 and wrap with their show at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966.

“I am excited and honored to be working with Apple and the White Horse Pictures team on this astounding story of these four young men who stormed the world in 1964,” Howard said in a press statement about the upcoming project. “Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated.”

The documentary will be produced by Apple Corps and White Horse Pictures, like Howard had confirmed as well as Imagine. At the moment, the production team has the full cooperation of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison.

Howard, though is not a stranger to these kinds of documentaries; this will be his second venture into this kind of storytelling. In 2013, he produced a documentary of Jay-Z’s  all-star concert, Made in America which has grown from one event in Philadelphia to two completely different shows; one still in Philly and the other in Los Angeles, making its debut this year.