Two must-see music documentaries will be rolling through town this month: "Marley," about the life of reggae music icon Bob Marley at FLICS at the Fox on Friday, and "Sound City," an affectionate tribute to a storied Los Angeles recording studio, which plays at Maya Cinemas on April 24 and 27.
"Marley" features extensive live performance and interview footage from the late Jamaican musician, along with recollections from family members and musicians, plus lots of music from the Marley catalog. If you've seen previous Marley bio-docs "Caribbean Nights" and "Time Will Tell," much of the footage may look familiar; however, the production quality of "Marley" and updated interviews present a more humanizing glimpse into the singer's life and legacy.
Friday's showtime is 7:30 p.m. sharp. Admission is $5. Tickets are available at the box office day of show only. The Fox is located at 2001 H St. For more information call 324-1369 or visit flics.org.
Dave Grohl's directorial debut with "Sound City" is like a love letter to rock 'n' roll. Filmed inside the famed Sound City Studios located in the San Fernando Valley, the documentary includes interviews with a number of artists who recorded within its scruffy, hallowed walls. Among the list: Stevie Nicks, Lee Ving of Fear, Rick Springfield, Paul McCartney, Lars Ulrich of Metallica, Rivers Cuomo, not to mention Krist Novoselic, who along with Grohl and the late Kurt Cobain recorded "Nevermind," the record that kicked open the door for Nirvana. Only a respected musician, fan and music lover like Grohl, who now owns the actual analog Sound City sound board, could have pulled this off with such sincerity.
"Sound City" is presented as part of Maya's ongoing Independent Film Festival.
Showtimes are 7 p.m. April 24 and 10 a.m. April 27. Admission is $6. Maya Cinemas is located at 1000 California Ave. For more information call 636-0484 or visit mayacinemas.com.