Let's recap some of the reasons you're so happy you live in Los Angeles — convenient tar pits, an endless supply of quality used vinyl and, of course, the Don't Knock the Rock film festival, which convenes every year to present lovingly hand-picked documentaries on every aspect of music. Co-founder Allison Anders has an expert eye and expert ear, too, and DKTR's roster of biopics, fandom, nerdery and spirit of rock & roll features always includes something you'll never see anywhere else. (Or possibly ever again!) The fest kicks off tonight with an eight-years-in-the-making doc on culty-beyond-cult figure Lawrence Hayward of the band Felt and a bio on similarly adored Australian visionary Rowland S. Howard. Screenings continue over the weekend with the Stones Throw story Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton, a profile on Memphis wildman Jerry McGill and much more. (Through Sept. 2.)

Fri., Aug. 30; Sat., Aug. 31; Sun., Sept. 1; Mon., Sept. 2, 2013

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