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Your Tonic Ball #16 Binge List

There are just a few sunrises and sunsets before Indy’s finest perform songs by this year’s honored bands. We put together a binge list of videos including live performances, documentaries and other films to get you excited Tonic Ball-style.

This is how you Tonic and chill:


Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown
See how the Godfather of Soul became the cape-wielding wonder that continues inspiring performers all around the world to this day. From his impoverished childhood to stardom, this documentary examines his life and influence.

A Tale of James Brown
Comedian/filmmaker Camille Solari spends the last year interviewing the legendary musical icon James Brown before his untimely death on Christmas 2006. The documentary includes interviews with his band members and many celebrity musicians.


Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors
Based on the inspiring true story of living legend Dolly Parton’s remarkable upbringing, the same song that made you shed tears is now a film you can watch (and cry) with your friends and family.

9 to 5
Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton join forces to combat the company’s autocratic, “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot” boss. Will they get it done between the hours of 9 to 5?


I am Trying to Break Your Heart
First-time filmmaker and award-winning photographer Sam Jones documents the recording of Wilco’s album, “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.”

Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot in 5 Minutes
Pitchfork has been making five-minute documentaries about some of your favorite bands’ best albums. This one explores Wilco’s ambitious musical adventures.

Wilco Tiny Desk Concert
For young acts, Tiny Desk Concerts can be about reaching new fans. But for Wilco, it’s about pleasing those who’ve come to care passionately about the music.


Paul Simon Austin City Limits
This is a live performance of Wristband for Austin City Limits. But if you have a WFYI Passport, you can watch the whole thing here.

One Trick Pony
An aging folk singer who has passed the peak of his popularity takes one last stab at regaining his superstardom.

Under African Skies
This documentary traces the evolution and turbulent birth of Paul Simon’s landmark album, Graceland. The album helped elevate global awareness of South African music and politics. Produced for the album’s 25th anniversary, this film follows Simon on his current tour and travels with him to South Africa to revisit the people, places, and music that first inspired him.


Interview with Robert Smith by The Interview Channel
The Interview Channel discusses songwriting and process in this rare interview from 17 years ago.