Songkick Stocking Fillers
If you’re anything like us, at this point in December you’ll be chin-deep in a myriad of mulled wine, mince pies and itchy, itchy jumpers. And while you should be thinking of great gift ideas, by the time you’ve realized Home Alone 2: Lost In New York is an exact replica of Home Alone, the shops are shut and it’s time for bed.
But fear not. The stocking filler gods have conspired with the music industry this year to produce a delectable and mouthwatering bounty of live music DVDs!
So, this Boxing day, rather than leafing through IMDB to find out what the kid from Miracle On 34th Street looks like now she’s all grown up, get the family together, the volume turned up and treat yourself to one of these Songkick-approved masterpieces.
Up there with Skrillex’s Full Flex Express, and eight Flaming Lips shows in 24 hours, Mumford & Sons’ trek across the US is one of those year-defining tours. ‘Road To Red Rocks’ catalogues the culminating sold out shows at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado. If you like your Christmas pudding with a side of banjo, this is the movie for you.
We watched this movie at least five times at the cinema, and lord knows we’d watch it again. On April 2 2011, LCD Soundsystem took to the stage for the final time at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The entire experience – from the weeks before to the days after, and from the crowd to the backstage – was captured in glorious high definition. Whether you’re a fan of the band or not, this is just unmissable.
The number of seats in the O2 Arena? 20,000. The number of fans scrambling for tickets to the 2007 Led Zeppelin reunion show? 20,000,000. Need we say more? Feast your eyes on the most illusive show in recent history!
Three bands, six cities, one train, and thousands of miles of track… If you’re after a sugary spoonful of feel-good for the holidays, try following Old Crow Medicine Show, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and Mumford & Sons (again) from San Francisco to New Orleans on “the tour of dreams”. Expect sunshine, marching bands and harmonica solos in equal measure.
Last but not certainly not least, the story of Sixto Rodriguez has to be seen to be believed. The less you know going into this movie the better, but if you’re ever in need of a shining example of the power of live music – this is it.