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204 South Main St, Providence, RI   (view map)

Sound City was a recording studio in the Van Nuys district of LA which opened in 1969. A few years later, after the installation of a rare Neve recording board, the room became a magical place, spawning mega-selling albums by Fleetwood Mac (as well as the hit-making lineup of the band, with Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks), Pat Benatar, Rick Springfield (yeah, “Jessie’s Girl” was done there), Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Ratt, and many more. When digital recording arrived in the ’80s, Sound City fell on hard times. But then Nirvana pulled its van into the lot and recorded Nevermind there. Sound City was vital again, and soon welcomed Rage Against the Machine, Kyuss, Frank Black, and Johnny Cash. But then ProTools came along, clients became scarce and the studio closed its doors in 2011. Nirvana member/Foo Fighter/drummer to the stars Dave Grohl has directed an engrossing documentary that traces the studio’s storied history, with scores of great anecdotes from musicians and staffers (and a cool riff on defining the essence of “feel”). And there’s a sweet extended coda: Grohl bought the Neve board and installed it in his home 606 Studio, where he’s seen recording new songs with Springfield, Nicks, Trent Reznor, Josh Homme, and Paul McCartney. Grohl says his “intention is to inspire the next generation of kids to fall in love with music as much as I did.” Sound City will be screened at the Cable Car Cinema, 204 South Main St, Providence, at 7 pm | $9.25, $7.75 students + children + seniors | 401.272.3970 |

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