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  • Main Square 2014

    Jack Johnson

    Year: 2014

    Runtime: 54 min

    Watch the performance of Jack Johnson at the Main Square Festival, in Arras, France in 2014.

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  • Somewhere in the Stratosphere: Anything and Everything Live in Kansas (Acoustic)

    Shinedown

    Year: 2009

    Runtime: 1 hr 58 min

    Capturing live sets from their “Carnival of Madness” and “Anything and Everything” tours, Somewhere in the Stratosphere finds Shinedown showing fans a different side of themselves. While the two live shows on this two-disc set share many of the same songs, the band treats their fans to a pair of very different performances. On the first disc, the band delivers a fairly straight-ahead performance, crushing the audience with the driving rock they’ve made a name for themselves with over the last decade. The real treat, however, comes on disc two. Recorded during the Kansas City stop of their “Anything and Everything” tour, the Florida post-grungers peel away the layers of amps, distortion, and rock & roll bombast, instead delivering an acoustic set that shows fans a more stripped-down version of the band. Though the arrangements don’t differ that drastically, the acoustic version really allows singer Brent Smith’s vocals to shine as they soar over top of the mix without having to fight with the rest of the band’s supercharged sound for supremacy. By pairing a traditional live set with something that’s more of a departure, Shinedown have created a compilation that gives fans a lot to sink their teeth into, making Somewhere in the Stratosphere an easy recommendation for anyone who loves the band and is looking to see them try to expand their sound in new directions.

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  • Country Roads: Live in Birmingham

    John Denver

    Year: 1985

    Runtime: 2 hr 2 min

    John Denver is one of the most successful and best loved recording artists of the 20th century. His easy going manner, fine voice, superb songwriting and dedication to environmental issues all combined to build a huge global fanbase that has continued to grow since his untimely death in a plane crash in 1997. Previously available only as part of the Around The World Live boxset this concert from the NEC in Birmingham in 1986 is now available separately for the first time. The show is packed with classic John Denver songs all delivered with his characteristic charm and good humor.

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  • Bridge School Benefit

    Various Artists

    Year: 2010

    Runtime: 3 hr 55 min

    The Bridge School is an innovative organization educating children with severe speech and physical impairments. The Concert series began in 1986 when Pegi Young, co-founder of The Bridge School, enlisted her husband, Neil Young, and friends to play an all acoustic concert to benefit the Bridge School in its founding year. That concert, featuring Don Henley, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young started a tradition that has lasted to the present day. The 25th Anniversary Edition showcases some of the many highlights from the past 25 years, featuring 25 rare and acoustic performances from artists such as Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Bonnie Raitt, Metallica, The Who, and (of course) Neil Young. The program also features a documentary on The Bridge School as well as a behind-the-scenes look at The Bridge School Benefit Concerts. "The Bridge School Story" is a portrait of the school and its mission, as told by co-founder Pegi Young, Executive Director Dr. Vicki R. Casella, and the staff of The Bridge School. "Backstage at the Bridge School Concerts" explores what makes the concerts such a personally memorable experience for all participants: the artists, fans, concert staff, and most importantly, the students, graduates, and parents of The Bridge School.

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  • An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House

    Joe Bonamassa

    Year: 2013

    Runtime: 1 hr 48 min

    As Joe Bonamassa grows his reputation as one of the world's greatest guitar players, he is also evolving into a charismatic blues-rock star and singer-songwriter of stylistic depth and emotional resonance. His ability to connect with live concert audiences is transformational, and his latest project, the live acoustic film captures the magnetism and maturity Bonamassa showcases as an artist. The film was recorded at the historic Vienna Opera House last July during a very special two-week long unplugged tour, played to a limited audience over seven exclusive European shows. Varying from his predominantly electric blues shows, this presentation was an all-acoustic concert performance, making it a unique and very special show fans had been waiting years to experience.

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  • MTV Unplugged

    Thirty Seconds To Mars

    Year: 2010

    Runtime: 30 min

    Formed in 1998 by frontman Jared Leto and his older brother, 30 Seconds to Mars found success in the 2000s with a mix of post-grunge, screamo, and hard rock. The band gained a modest audience with its debut album, but it was the platinum-selling sophomore effort A Beautiful Lie that officially opened the flood gates in 2005, securing the band a frequent presence on MTV while paving the way for a number of successful tours. By placing all-access passes into 12 copies of the album, the bandmates also showed a savvy appreciation for marketing, which they revisited several years later by putting fans' photographs on the cover of their third album, This Is War.

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  • Acoustic - Live in Newport

    Pixies

    Year: 2006

    Runtime: 56 min

    The Pixies are one of the most influential American acts of all time. Initially spanning the late eighties and early nineties they created the blueprint for alternative rock that would be followed and embellished upon by everyone from grunge to Britpop. After 10 years apart the Pixies reformed in 2004. This film features their first ever all acoustic performance filmed at the famous Newport Folk Festival and is a companion to the simultaneously released Club Date: Live At The Paradise Club, Boston.

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  • Live in Montreux

    Suzanne Vega

    Year: 1999

    Runtime: 55 min

    Suzanne Vega broke-through with her eponymous debut album in 1985 in both Europe and America. The album featured the hits Marlene On The Wall and Left Of Center. She hit even greater heights with her second album Solitude Standing, which contained the hits Luka and Toms Diner. In many ways, she opened the way for the rush of female singer-songwriters that followed in the late eighties and early nineties. She continues to have hit albums and to play to packed houses on both sides of the Atlantic.

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  • Acoustically Driven

    Uriah Heep

    Year: 2000

    Runtime: 1 hr 16 min

    Recorded live at the Mermaid Theatre, London, this is a rare acoustic set from.
    The stripped back performances are a testament to the versatility of Uriah Heep - not entirely Unplugged, but most definitely Acoustically Driven.

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  • En Concert

    Jack Johnson

    Year: 2009

    Runtime: 1 hr 20 min

    In the summer of 2008 Jack Johnson took a trip through Europe playing everywhere from historical venues to classic outdoor stages making it the biggest tour of his career. The film is a collection of live performances with Jack's quartet along with special appearances by G. Love, Ben Harper, Mason Jennings, Neil Halstead and Matt Costa. Through weathering the stormy nights in Newquay to surfing on a river in Germany, to playing the packed house in London's Hyde Park, the film takes you on a trip and captures the connection between an audience and an artist on an international stage. This is more than a compilation of performances, this is an intimate look at Jack Johnson, his life on the road, and the unique dialogue he has with his fans.

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  • Unplugged

    Eric Clapton

    Year: 1992

    Runtime: 1 hr 5 min

    Eric Clapton performs 15 acoustic songs in this outstanding entry from the MTV "Unplugged" series. Included is the ode to his late son "Tears In Heaven," and selections from Clapton's three decades plus of recordings. Musicians contributing are Nathan East on bass, Steve Ferrone on drums, Chuck Leavell on keyboards, Andy Fairweather Low on guitar, and Ray Cooper on percussion. Backing vocals are provided by Tessa Niles, Katie Kissoon and Nathan East. Songs written by such blues heroes as Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley are included in this award winning 1992 performance.

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  • Live at Soundstage

    Jewel

    Year: 2007

    Runtime: 1 hr 51 min

    Three time Grammy-nominated performer Jewel is best known for her charismatic live performances. In this episode, Jewel performs at the historic Rialto Theater with an ethereal backdrop and, at times, is accompanied by a chamber orchestra. In part one of this Soundstage special Jewel not only performs her well-known hits but she also showcases her vast vocal styling by performing standard classics such as Cole Porters "Anything Goes."

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  • En Acústico

    Pablo Alboran

    Year: 2016

    Runtime: 1 hr 8 min

    En Acústico is an amazing live performance by Pablo Alboran that contains songs from his first album (featuring Diana Navarro and Carminho), two new songs and four bonus tracks as well as other Pablo Alboran's hits, performed acoustically.

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  • VH1 Storytellers

    Bruce Springsteen

    Year: 2004

    Runtime: 1 hr 55 min

    Bruce Springsteen: VH1 Storytellers treats fans to intimate performances of songs from Springsteen’s Devils & Dust as well as several of his most beloved classics, plus revealing discussions about how the songs came to be.

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  • Live at Montreux

    Johnny Cash

    Year: 1993

    Runtime: 55 min

    Johnny Cash was one of the most influential figures in American music in the post war period. He managed to combine elements of folk, rock n roll and country, which together with his distinctive voice and guitar style, created an instantly recognisable sound. 1994 was to prove to be Cashs only appearance at the Montreux Festival.

    The Man In Black had just released his acclaimed American Recordings album and his European tour took in Montreux on July 5. This classic concert features a number of tracks from his new album coupled with favourites from across his career including Folsom Prison Blues, I Walk The Line, Ghost Riders In The Sky, Orange Blossom Special and San Quentin. An added bonus is the guest appearance of his wife June Carter Cash on two tracks. Caught at one of the high points of his distinguished career this is truly Johnny Cash at his best.

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  • Sessions At West 54th

    Keb' Mo'

    Year: 2016

    Runtime: 1 hr 15 min

    The acoustic bluesman caught live in New York City, June 10, 1997.

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  • Unplugged

    Alicia Keys

    Year: 2004

    Runtime: 1 hr 29 min

    Alicia Keys: Unplugged captures the singer performing without the benefit of electric instruments. The setlist includes "If I Was Your Woman," "If I Ain't Got You," "Heartburn," and "Unbreakable," "Wild Horses," "You Don't Know My Name," and "How Come You Don't Call Me."

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  • Undressed

    Gretchen Wilson

    Year: 2005

    Runtime: 56 min

    Undressed follows Gretchen as she walks you through her life on the road and proves that the music doesn’t stop once the show’s over. It’s a VIP pass to an intimate dressing room jam session with the band, crew and anyone else that wants to join in.

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  • Live at the Beacon Theatre

    James Taylor

    Year: 1997

    Runtime: 2 hr 8 min

    Recorded Live at the Beacon Theatre in 1998, acclaimed singer-songwriter James Taylor steps up to the microphone and offers a well-polished set drawn from his remarkable recording career, providing a generous selection of songs from his Grammy-winning album “Hourglass” engineered by Frank Filipetti. Featuring 14 classic tracks, including "Fire And Rain", "Wandering", "Your Smiling Face”, “You've Got a Friend” and the uplifting classic “How Sweet It Is”.

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  • Revolution: Live By Candlelight

    Miranda Lambert

    Year: 2009

    Runtime: 27 min

    Revolution: Live by Candlelight features acoustic performances of songs from Miranda Lambert’s 2010 ACM Album of the Year Revolution, including #1 hits "White Liar" and "The House That Built Me" plus "Love Is Looking For You" from her Kerosene album.

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  • The Candlelight Concerts: Live at Montreux

    Brian May & Kerry Ellis

    Year: 2013

    Runtime: 1 hr 28 min

    On Brian’s birthday, the Montreux Jazz Festival hosted the penultimate concert of Brian and Kerry’s Acoustic By Candlelight tour. It was their first appearance together at the festival. The show features a wide range of songs, from Queen classics like We Will Rock You, Love Of My Life and Crazy Little Thing Called Love to the Oscar-winning The Way We Were, as well as lesser-known gems like Dust In The Wind and Life Is Real, all of them performed beautifully by Brian and Kerry in stripped down arrangements which allow the songs shine through with unusual clarity and passion. Significantly, this was also the first live performance ever in Montreux of No-One But You, a song Brian was inspired to write in the city during the unveiling of the Freddie Mercury statue in 1996. This is Ellis and May live at their very best.

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  • Water On The Road

    Eddie Vedder

    Year: 2011

    Runtime: 1 hr 18 min

    Water on the Road, a live-concert film directed by Brendan Canty of Fugazi and Christoph Green features performances from Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder's August 2008 solo tour engagements at Washington, D.C.'s Warner Theatre. The film features a live performance of "You're True" from the Grammy nominated album Ukulele Songs as well as a mix of Pearl Jam catalog, covers and songs from Vedder's critically acclaimed, award-winning solo record, Into The Wild. The film also includes appearances by Liam Finn and EJ Barnes who supported Vedder during his 2008 solo tour.

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  • A Practical Handbook

    The Decemberists

    Year: 2005

    Runtime: 1 hr 19 min

    Led by a group dynamic that embraces experimentation even as it celebrates classic pop and folk forms, The Decemberists are firmly established as a completely original happening in the world of contemporary indie rock. This movie captures the band in the midst of their rise to prominence with a live recording of a performance at the Roseland Theater in Portland, Oregon on November 4, 2005.

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  • Jason Mraz's Beautiful Mess - Live on Earth

    Jason Mraz

    Year: 2009

    Runtime: 1 hr 39 min

    Fresh off breaking the record for longest running single on the Billboard Hot 100 (75 weeks and counting), Jason Mraz follows up his platinum selling 2008 release WE SING. WE DANCE. WE STEAL THINGS. with a brand new release, JASON MRAZ'S BEAUTIFUL MESS - LIVE ON EARTH. This full-length concert was filmed at Jason's Gratitude Café Tour date at the Charter One Pavilion - Chicago (August 13, 2009). Directed by Darren Doane, JASON MRAZ'S BEAUTIFUL MESS - LIVE ON EARTH includes 3 brand new songs as well as the hits - The Remedy, I'm Yours, and Lucky (with a special guest appearance from Colbie Caillat).

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  • Songs From Small Machine: Live in L.A.

    Lindsey Buckingham

    Year: 2011

    Runtime: 1 hr 26 min

    Filmed in high definition at an exclusive show at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills in April this year, “Songs From The Small Machine” captures Lindsey Buckingham showcasing tracks from his new studio album “Seeds We Sow”, songs from across his solo career and Fleetwood Mac classics. His distinctive guitar picking style and instantly recognisable voice are joined to his dynamic on stage presence to deliver a show that brings the audience to their feet and leaves them calling for more. Starting with five solo acoustic performances, Lindsey is then joined by his band to rock their way through the rest of the set before a final acoustic encore of “Seeds We Sow” brings a perfect evening to an end.

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  • Live at Soundstage

    Sugarland

    Year: 2009

    Runtime: 55 min

    Jennifer Nettles voice can hold its own in any setting, but exceeds expectations alongside partner Kristian Bushs mandolin strumming at the Grainger Studio. During this sensational hour, Sugarland presents a versatile set that gains momentum with each song. Joey is heartbreakingly sincere, Everyday America reveals strong, twangy vocals while broken-down acoustics give Stay a more traditional country sound. Their forte is to effortlessly transition from energetic pop songs to heartfelt, soulful ballads without skipping a beat. The dynamic duo also present older classics like Baby Girl and even venture into covers of R.E.M to pay homage to shared Atlanta roots during their set.

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  • Live at Soundstage

    KT Tunstall

    Year: 2005

    Runtime: 54 min

    If Eye To the Telescope introduced a bold new talent, KT Tunstall's Acoustic Extravaganza confirms that the Scottish singer is no fluke. Whether stripping down tracks from her platinum debut--nominated for both a Grammy and Britain's coveted Mercury Prize--or taking on Beck's tender "Golden Age," it's all about the Voice and the Voice is good. While Telescope elicited comparisons to Joni Mitchell and Bjork, in acoustic mode, Tunstall sounds more like countryman Rod Stewart back when he was fronting the Faces. She's got that soulful thing down to a science, but there's nothing affected about it, and she never pushes too hard. Ten years of busking can do that for a girl (it's how she learned to use a loop pedal to duplicate the sound of a full band). Originally only available through her website, Acoustic Extravaganza doesn't include hit singles "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" and "Suddenly I See," the theme from The Devil Wears Prada, but then it isn't a greatest hits collection. Recorded in two days, th set consists primarily of non-LP material, like the angry "Ashes," plus the featurette Five Go to Skye (Making the Album). The parental advisory warning ("explicit content") refers to the profanity in "Ashes." Otherwise, there's nothing objectionable going on here.

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  • Invitation Only

    Blake Shelton

    Year: 2011

    Runtime: 59 min

    Filmed in front of a small studio audience in Nashville, CMT Invitation Only: Blake Shelton features Blake performing some of his biggest hits along with fan favorites. The exclusive performance also features an informal question and answer session with fans.

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  • MTV Unplugged

    Bob Dylan

    Year: 1994

    Runtime: 1 hr 12 min

    Recorded in 1994, Bob Dylan - MTV Unplugged is a brilliant, quietly impassioned performance by one of pop music's most significant figures. Fronting his empathetic five-piece band (Bucky Baxter excels on dobro, mandolin, and pedal steel guitar; Bob himself plays frequent "rhythm leads" on his Martin), Dylan performs four of his best-known and potentially most overdone tunes in the 73-minute show; but "All Along the Watchtower," "The Times They Are A-Changin'," "Like a Rolling Stone," and "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" all sound great, with Dylan, as is his wont, re-casting both the arrangements and melodies. Even better is the obscure "John Brown" (written in the early '60s), a driving, biting war protest song of the kind that made him famous, while "Dignity," a lesser-known tune from the '90s, is filled with great lines ("Met Prince Phillip at the home of the blues... said he was abused by dignity"), and "Shooting Star" revisits Oh Mercy, Dylan's best '80s album. Through it all, Dylan says nary a word, although he does smile and shake some hands (even removing his shades) at the end. And as good as it may be, this show is most likely different from every Dylan concert before or since, a sure sign of an artist in no danger of becoming irrelevant.

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  • Live at M Studio

    Thrice

    Year: 2011

    Runtime: 19 min

    Southern Californian rock outfit Thrice have a decade long reputation for unleashing enthralling bouts of electric aggression and emotion, furiously flung from the heart without much care of consequence. The band's eighth release Major/Minor is as exciting as ever; crunchy yet melodic, with Dustin Kensrue's raspy siren overlaying an unexpected, grungy foundation. Turns out these guys are full of surprises, as we recently learned on a golden, Fall afternoon at a pristine photography studio on the west side of Manhattan. With late afternoon light painting rusty tones of orange and yellow on Dustin and guitarist Teppei Teranishi, the brothers Thrice traded electricity for more acoustic means, cutting three of Major/Minor's songs down to the mighty emotional footwork the band rely upon to truly take their music places. The result is a set that's stunning in its beauty and simplicity, yet every bit as enticing as what you have come to rely on Thrice to deliver over the years.

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  • Live at Hype Machine's Hype Hotel

    Jake Bugg

    Year: 2013

    Runtime: 14 min

    Nineteen-year-old British singer-songwriter Jake Bugg is a man of few words, that is until he begins his strumming. His unique voice is one that finds few, yet highly admirable comparisons - perhaps a rockabilly-folk twangy twist of The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle and Colin Meloy of the Decemberists. The release of his self-titled, full-length debut last October sent a sonic shockwave through the music world with songs like the feverishly hooking foot-pounder "Lightning Bolt" and the howling 60s rock sing-along "Two Fingers".

    Jake took the stage late one evening at Hype Machine's Hype Hotel, where he roared through his catalog of catchy hits for an rock-hungry crowd. And we were there to catch the solid solo kid in action.

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