Andrew McMahon lived, ate and breathed Something Corporate since the day he graduated from high school. Certainly, the fast pace of touring and being on the road and recording for three solid years takes its toll, but perhaps the greatest impacts are felt when the tour ends. Such was the case with McMahon, who had a breakdown of sorts when he finally got a chance to stop. Feeling alienated and confused, McMahon ended his three-year relationship and began writing as a way to sort out his feelings. At the time he had no intentions of releasing his songs ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ they were simply a vehicle for him to "get some things off my chest." But once the songs evolved, McMahon changed his mind and they became the emotional backbone of his solo debut, Everything in Transit. Breaking out of emo's slow verse-fast chorus-slow verse formula, McMahon created an album of power pop gems that evokes the likes of the Beach Boys and classic Elton John. But just when things were looking up for the 22-year-old, he was diagnosed with acute lymphatic leukemia in June of 2005. He underwent aggressive chemotherapy and had a bone marrow transplant. By December of that year, McMahon felt w... See More
Jack's Mannequin Concert Films
Runtime: 1 hr 8 minThe West Coast pop-punk quartet Jack's Mannequin experienced a sad and difficult day in 2005, when frontman Andrew McMahon - then only 23 years old - received a diagnosis from his physician that he had contracted cancer. In response, McMahon began shooting a deeply personal, self-reflexive video diary of the days in between that initial diagnosis (which coincided with the first Jack's Mannequin album, Everything in Transit) and the onset of his treatment; that footage appears in this intimate release. The material also includes footage from McMahon's childhood in the 1980s and 1990s, and behind-the-scenes material documenting the production of Everything in Transit. Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee narrates.
Jack's Mannequin Top Tracks
Front Row Center
Death Cab For Cutie
Runtime: 54 minIndie rock favorite turned major label sensation Death Cab for Cutie presents an impeccable set on this episode of Soundstage. Lead vocalist Ben Gibbard’s cozy voice has an engaging quality that ropes you in on songs from their new EP The Open Door, 2008 studio album Narrow Stairs and highlights from their prolific catalog.
Live At Soundstage
Runtime: 54 minThe Fray packs a punch with an emotion-filled performance featuring songs from 2005’s How to Save A Life and their eponymous 2009 album The Fray. Singer Isaac Slade leads an expressive set, always connecting with the audience, as he belts out hits including “Never Say Never,” “How To Save A Life,” “You Found Me” and “Cable Car.”
The Complete Sessions at West 54th
Ben Folds Five
Runtime: 1 hr 53 minRecorded months after the release of breakthrough album Whatever and Ever Amen, Ben Folds Five’s The Complete Sessions At West 54th showcases the piano-pop trio’s engaging live act, including fan favourites “Brick,” “Underground” and “Philosophy.”
Read Between the Lines
Boys Like Girls
Runtime: 1 hr 38 minBoys Like Girls' Read Between The Lines is a 100-minute documentary celebrating the past two and a half years of the band's ever-evolving story. The documentary intermixes more than 45 minutes of exhilarating live performances from the blockbuster "Soundtrack Of Your Summer Tour" with behind-the-scenes action from the road and in-depth interviews with Martin, Paul, Bryan and John. Insightful, revealing, and electrifying, Read Between The Lines is the ultimate collection of the band's highlights, hi-jinks and adventures since their 2006 breakthrough debut.
Live at Madison Square Garden
Runtime: 54 minAs one of the most captivating artists to emerge recently, Dashboard Confessional blends acoustic and electric guitar with emotionally packed lyrics to create an indie feel, yet making it fresh and relevant. Soundstage is delighted to bring you Dashboard Confessional, shot at the worlds most famous arena Madison Square Garden. Dashboard delivers an amazing performance, jam-packed with sing-along choruses and hook-filled lyrics. From "Don't Wait" to their most recent single, "Stolen" "Screaming Infidelities" is a show-stopper not to be missed.
Taking Back Sunday
Runtime: 1 hr 13 minOver 90 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage including live performances, studio outtakes, videos, and bonus material from recording and touring around the 2006 release "Louder Now."