This week, the latest music documentary -- One Direction: This is Us -- hits theaters. Director Morgan Spurlock spent three months on tour with the guys, whirling from Japan to Norway to Mexico, but doesn't seem to have asked them a single question besides, "How does it feel to be really, really popular?" Instead, he lumps them together like a box of chicken nuggets.
As an antidote, we present this collection of 35 music documentaries that are worth seeing.
Lucero performed at the Observatory in Santa Ana on Aug 24. All images by John Gilhooley.
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Hollingshead's, the beloved deli and beer shop, turned 50 this year! To celebrate, they hosted a private event with over 20 beer tastings, lunch from Tulsa Rib Company, and a lot of heart-felt speeches. Here's to 50 more years!
All Images by LP Hastings.
Steve Soto of legendary OC punk band the Adolescents celebrated his birthday at Alex's Bar in Long Beach on Aug. 23 and 24. Old school OC punks the Middle Class opened on Friday's celebration. All images by Josue Rivas.
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Jason Bonham opened at the Greek Theatre on Aug. 23 and stunned the crowd with old Zeppelin favorites. Then Heart took the stage and played crowd favorites. After which, Heart and Bonham took the stage together and treated the audience to a third set of more Zeppelin classics. All images by...
The Airborne Toxic Event performed at the Wavelength Music Festival at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa on Aug. 24. All images by Taylor Hamby.
The Airborne Toxic Event Combine Intricate Indie With a Symphony Unpretentiously
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Black Angels performed at the Observatory in Santa Ana on Aug. 23. Black Ryder also performed. All images by Mary Bell.
The Kills, Black Angels @ the Fox Theater Pomona
The Black Angels Preserve the Past Even as They Progress
Polyphonic Spree, the "choral symphonic pop rock band from Dallas" performed at the Constellation Room in Santa Ana. Harper Simon opened. All images by Mary Bell.
Polyphonic Spree @ Fingerprints Records
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Hey, kids: guess what time is it? It's time to restart that Long March known as 100 Favorite Dishes (INSERT YEAR). YEAH!!!
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Queens of the Stone Age preformed at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles on Aug 16. This is one of the last shows at the venue before it's demolished to become a Harry Potter ride. Mark Houghman and Chelsea Wolfe opened. All images by Andrew Youssef.
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