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Arcade FireIf you watched through until the end of the season premiere of SNL last night, hosted by the glorious Tina Fey, you might’ve been slyly whisked away from musical guest Arcade Fire’s performance on the SNL stage into an uncanny valley of music and film, comedy and artistry — yet nothing is quite right. Directed by Roman Coppola, with guest appearances by Rainn Wilson, James Franco, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Ben Stiller, and even Bono,  Arcade Fire’s SNL concert special is a must see. So, without further ado, and to echo Fey’s sendoff , “It’s about to get a weird.” More »

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Trying to capture a musical performance in its entirety without missing anything requires serious planning and attention to detail. Den Lennie over at F-Stop Academy had the monumental task of being the Director of Photography for a live performance of Duran Duran, and rather than film the performance over a number of nights like many tour DVDs, they had just one performance and two hours to get all the material they needed. Check out some of the clips and a description of how Den accomplished this feat along with the help of director Gavin Elder and Producer James Tonkin. More »

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The best live show I’ve ever seen was Radiohead performing at All Points West just outside NYC here in 2008 (though this recent Flaming Lips show was pretty incredible too). Radiohead’s 25-song, two-encore set sounded amazing, the weather was great, and, well… it was Radiohead. I bring this up because the band, who famously self-released In Rainbows with a “pay what you want” model to great success, has just lent their music to a crowdsourced Czech concert film made up of 50 different amateur camera angles. Radiohead has much greater ownership of their music than most bands (they left their former label EMI because they wanted rights to the master recordings), and with ownership comes the ability to do something like this — just because they want to. In fact, this fan-filmed show — which has the same backdrop and a similar setlist to the show I witnessed — is their first concert film since 1995. And not only is it free, but the highest quality version is available not through iTunes or Amazon, but BitTorrent. More »