CIMM Fest Preview-808 The Movie

   Alexander Dunn’s documentary about the Roland T-808 drum machine is the kind of fact-filled film that reminds me there is so much about music that I don’t know. Like a lot of people 808 only really makes me think of Kanye’s polarizing album 808’s And Heartbreaks. I knew very little of the history surrounding the instrument going in to 808: The Movie, and they … Continue reading CIMM Fest Preview-808 The Movie

CIMM Fest Preview: American B-Side

British DJ Joseph Fletcher’s debut film American B-Side is an oddity to say the least, and it gets its world premiere next Sunday at Logan Theater in Chicago. CIMM Fest continues the now 7-year tradition of finding interesting films related in one way or another to the music world. Many of them are straight fiction or documentary, but this one feels like a little bit … Continue reading CIMM Fest Preview: American B-Side

CIMM Fest Announces Initial Lineup

 If you’re a fan of music and/or movies, April 16-19 is gonna be like Christmas and your birthday rolled into one giant festival of pleasure. Now in its 7th year CIMM Fest is a combination of live music performances, film showings, Q&A’s with directors/artists, and an all-around good time. At $55 for a 4-day pass, it’s an unbeatable deal. The first lineup announcement came late … Continue reading CIMM Fest Announces Initial Lineup

Booker T-Keepin’ It Cool At CIMM Fest

Last night I had the honor of hearing one of the greatest musical innovators of the past half-century live for the first time. Booker T Jones is a brilliant musician, and at City Winery, playing as part of the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival, we got a glimpse at some of that magic he’s been making on the organ since the 60’s. Earlier in … Continue reading Booker T-Keepin’ It Cool At CIMM Fest

I Dream Of Wires-Chicago Premiere At CIMM Fest 5/2

30 years before the east coast-west coast beef that took the lives of Tupac and Biggie, another battle was raging between artists. No blood was shed, but the results are felt all throughout music around the world today. I Dream Of Wires dissects the journey of the modular synthesizer from its first beginnings in the early part of the 20th century, to its meteoric rise … Continue reading I Dream Of Wires-Chicago Premiere At CIMM Fest 5/2