You don’t have to wait until summer to feast on a Lollapalooza-style smorgasbord of bands — just light out for Park City, Utah, for the Sundance Film Festival, where the ratio of musicians to filmmakers can feel like 1:1. In past years, Joan Osborne, Blondie, and Slash have shown up, and you never know who’ll be jamming at the countless parties. This year’s shindig (Jan. 20-30) features John Popper, Third Eye Blind, Matthew Sweet, the Verve Pipe, and Air, among others.
ASCAP and BMG are organizing showcases (no doubt to facilitate partnerships between filmmakers and musicians who dabble in scores and soundtracks). ”If it can further the work that directors and composers do together,” says Sundance codirector Nicole Guillemet, ”so much the better.” And who’s the edgiest musician on tap? ”Johnny Rotten will be there for the premiere of the Sex Pistols doc, ‘The Filth and the Fury,”’ says Sundance’s R.J. Millard, ”but we don’t know whether he’ll be playing or not.” Oh, bollocks.