Sundance Film Festival: Kurt Cobain Doc, Iggy Azalea & Scott Weiland Top Music Events
This year's Sundance Film Festival is short on musical film premieres compared to recent editions, but there are still a good number of significant musical events in Park City, Utah. Here are seven highlights during the festival's run, starting Thursday (Jan. 22) and going through Jan. 31:
1. Sundance Institute Tribute to Nina Simone (The Shop, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m.)
Common, Erykah Badu, Aloe Blacc, Kate Davis, Andra Day and Simone's guitarist/musical director Al Schackman will perform at the annual "A Celebration of Music in Film" hosted by the Sundance Institute Film Music Program. The late Dr. Simone, the High Priestess of Soul, is celebrated in Liz Garbus' documentary What Happened, Miss Simone?, the festival's opening-night film on Jan. 22.
2. Iggy Azalea & more at Winterfest (Park City Live, Jan. 24 at 9 p.m., invite-only)
Iggy Azalea, whose "Fancy" was streamed 265 million times in 2014 and is nominated for four Grammy Awards, is among the 10 headliners of a series that includes concerts by Skrillex, Diplo, Lindsey Stirling and others between Jan. 22 and 31. The club show is Azalea's only performance before she starts a 23-city arena tour on April 14 in Fresno, Calif.
3. Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts & more (ASCAP Music Café, Jan. 23 at 4 p.m. and Jan. 24 at 4:45 p.m.)
The former Stone Temple Pilots frontman will perform material from Blaster, his March 31 release with his new band the Wildabouts. The Sundance show is in advance of a national tour in February and March. The ASCAP Music Café runs every afternoon between Jan. 23 and 30 and will include performances by John Fullbright, Andrew Dost of fun., Jamestown Revival and others.
4. BMI Composers-Directors Roundtable (Filmmaker Lodge, Jan. 27 at 4 p.m.)
On paper it looks unwieldy -- a dozen composer-director teams sharing stories -- but under the direction of BMI's Doreen Ringer-Ross, the annual two-hour session is filled with unique insights and anecdotes about securing composing jobs, collaborating, passion projects and the combination of pain and joy in the creative process. Miriam Cutler, Peter Golub, Mark Orton, Dustin O'Halloran and H. Scott Salinas are among the composers on hand this year.
5. The Meat Puppets at the Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck afterparty (Cisero's, Jan. 24 at 10 p.m., invite-only)
An appropriate booking in support of the Kurt Cobain documentary, as the Arizona trio opened shows for Nirvana on the 1993 In Utero tour and famously appeared in Nirvana's MTV Unplugged show. Expect to hear some songs from their 1984 classic Meat Puppets II, the album that turned Cobain into a fan. The party follows the premiere of the Cobain documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck.
6. DJ sets by Tunde Adebimpe and Rob Garza (Acura Studio, Jan. 26 at 3 p.m.)
Santa Monica, Calif., public radio station KCRW continues its program of outdoor DJ sets Jan. 24 to 26 with TV on the Radio's Adebimpe -- the star of the film Nasty Baby -- and Thievery Corporation's Garza appearing on the final day. Both will spin for an hour each.
7. Blonde Redhead at the Music Café (Jan. 26 at 9:30 p.m., invite-only)
Kazu Makino of Blonde Redhead scored Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia's H., a modern interpretation of Helen of Troy that flirts with the genre conventions of horror and science-fiction; its world premiere is Jan. 25. The indie art-rockers have a handful of West Coast dates in January before a European tour starts Feb. 28.