Wednesday, May 27, 2015

LCD Soundsystem, coming to a theater near you

Late-lamented James Murphy band's final concert captured on film, to play one night only, July 18.

LCD Soundsystem, coming to a theater near you

Singer/songwriter James Murphy pulled the plug on LCD Soundsystem – his hugely influential New York dance punk band -- on April 2, 2011, with an instantly sold-out farewell concert at Madison Square Garden. While Murphy has moved on (recording with Gorillaz and OutKast’s Andre 3000, and working on film soundtracks), many LCD fans are still in the grieving stage. So, mark your calendars: one night only, Wednesday, July 18, Shut Up and Play the Hits, a music doc commemorating the swansong concert, will play at theaters around the land. (It’s already sold out at Rave Motion Pictures in University City – a second showing is expected.)  Directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace, the film captures many of the musical highpoints of the nearly four-hour final concert, and also gets inside Murphy’s head a bit, as he prepares for the show and then deconstructs it – and his career – after the closing chords of “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down” have faded into the night. For theater info, go to:

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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays, and his blog, On Movies Online, can be found here. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

Steven Rea's previous blog posts can be found here. Read his most recent columns and reviews, here. He is the author of the book “Hollywood Rides a Bike,” and also curates the movie stars and bicycling photo blog, Rides A Bike.

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