Neil Finn got his professional start in music as a teen in New Zealand, first by opening for, then landing a spot in his big brother Tim's band, Split Enz, a monolitic band who were at the apex of 80s New Wave. Since those heights of hairspray, brightly colored trousers and music videos with underwater monsters, Neil Finn has gone on to much more serious musical ventures. After Split Enz dissolved with a string of decade-defining hits, Neil went on to front Crowded House, a more streamlined version of his previous outfit, bent on focused songwriting and acoustic pop-tinged melodies. Neil proved his songwriting muscle by penning the band's big hits, "Don't Dream It's Over" and "Something So Strong," building both critical acclaim and commercial success for his new project. By 1989, Tim had joined him in Crowded House, and the brothers alos launched their fraternal side project, the Finn Brothers. Neil and Tim continued writing together even after the eventual fizzle of their work together in Crowded House (Tim split during a tour in 1991), a road which lead to a long-anticipated CD release, Finn in 1995 and then, nearly a decade later, Everyone Was Here in 2004. Despite their suc... See More
Neil Finn Concert Films
Sessions at West 54th
Runtime: 1 hr 14 minFormer Crowded House frontman, onetime member of Split Enz, and current genius pop songwriter Neil Finn made a memorable appearance on the PBS music series Sessions at West 54th.
Detour Live At Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Runtime: 1 hr 46 minElvis Costello brings his solo show Detour to the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. Combining classic songs performed with guitar or at the piano with reminiscences of his family, life and career, it is by turns touching, humorous, thoughtful and uplifting. The set features recent songs such as “Church Underground” and “Jimmie Standing In The Rain” alongside much loved tracks from across his career including “Watching The Detectives, ” “A Good Year For The Roses, ” “Accidents Will Happen, ” “Shipbuilding” and “I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down” all given a new twist in their solo renditions. The show also features guest appearances by sister act Larkin Poe.
Beneath this Gruff Exterior
Runtime: 54 minInventive performer and poignant songwriter John Hiatt captures the attention of fans and critics alike. In this Soundstage performance, which features Dar Williams and Robinella and the CCstringband, Hiatt performs "My Baby Blue" from his most recent album Beneath This Gruff Exterior. He also showcases timeless pieces like "The Thing Called Love" and "Memphis in the Meantime." Folk-rocker Dar Williams takes the stage to perform "I Saw a Bird Fly Away," a piece which encapsulates Williams' ability to combine sensitivity with not only pathos, but also a sharp wit. East Tennessee natives Robinella and the CCstringband close out the show with new songs including "Honey Honey Bee" and "Man Over." Both songs are a testament to the acclaim that this jazz-bluegrass-swing band has earned from not just critics, but fans and peers alike.
Live at Soundstage - Part Two
Runtime: 51 minSince breaking into the musicindustry in the early 80's, singer-songwriter Crow has gone on to multi-platinum success, while bending the bounds of modern pop-rock. In the second half of her two-part Soundstage, Crow gets down to rootsy, classic rock with "Steve McQueen" and "Sweet Rosalyn." She also includes the moody "If It Makes You Happy" and "My Favorite Mistake."
Sheryl's near hushed performance in "I Shall Believe" pays tribute to the eloquence and depth carried in her voice--a voice and talent that have won her nine Grammy's since 1994. "Let's Get Free" highlights the artist's perennial theme of having fun, while "Redemption Day" and "Home" prove that although she varies her style from blues to country to rock - she will always remain true to her socially conscious, introspective self.
Runtime: 41 minICK LOWE A pivotal figure in UK pub rock, punk rock and new wave, Lowe has recorded a string of well-reviewed solo albums. He is best known for his songs "Cruel to Be Kind" (a US Top 40 single), and "I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass" (a top 10 UK hit), as well as his production work with Elvis Costello, Graham Parker and others. Lowe also wrote "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding", a hit for Costello.
Nick Lowe rocked English pubs in the ￼￼￼70s, then produced punk greats like the Pretenders and finally found the blues by way of the country band Little Village. Nick explores the dichotomies in the classic blues motifs: fear of God, pact with the devil, domesticity and wanderlust and partying on a Saturday night before the Sunday morning church service.
Live in Montreux
Runtime: 55 minSuzanne 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.
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 54 minIf 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.
Classic Albums: Graceland
Runtime: 60 minSimon And Garfunkel are the most successful duo in recording history and following their split in 1971 both Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel have carried on to have hugely successful solo careers and enjoyed occasional reunions. This concert was filmed at Philadelphias Tower Theater in 1980 and captures Paul Simon in fine form with a superb backing band featuring most of Stuff. The setlist ranges across his career up to that point and includes both Simon and Garfunkel and solo hits.
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 58 minHailing from one of Americas most renowned and successful bands, Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham embarked on a productive and storied solo career that continues to evolve 18 years after his departure from the band. Reuniting in 2003 with Fleetwood Mac, Buckingham and his former cohorts released Say You Will and embarked on a worldwide tour. With this Soundstage appearance, Buckinghams performance spans the various eras of his career. Whether performing Rumours hits Red Rover and Peacekeeper from Say You Will, or 1981s Law and Order single Trouble and the title song from Go Insane, Buckingham seamlessly ties the decades together with reverent detail.