How to Grow a Band Synopsis
Hovering at personal and professional crossroads, a 26-year-old musician launches a new project.
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Village Voice

How to Grow a Band might be a bit too low-key for the non-fan, but that's not to say the tour doc lacks substance: It doubles nicely as a...
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Variety

By Joe Leydon
Devotees of folk and bluegrass -- and, of course, diehard Nickel Creek fans -- are the natural audience for this leisurely paced...
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The New York Times

Ego struggles and innovator's laments (nobody gets us!) are a refrain in many band documentaries. How to Grow a Band adds a modest but...
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The A.V. Club

By Nathan Rabin
Thile has the charisma, presence, and emotional transparency of a great documentary subject, but How To Grow A Band maintains a respectable...
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Slant Magazine

By Joseph Jon Lanthier
The movie is unsurprisingly devoted to peddling up-and-comer Chris Thiele as something daring, something new.
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How to Grow a Fan

By twinspirals
Great story about the rise of an amazing band. Fans of Punch Brothers should love the intimate behind-the-scenes footage, interviews with musicians like John Paul Jones (of Led Zepplin), and...

How to Grow a Band - excellent documentary

By LukeStuartStar
This is an excellent movie. Moving. Emotional. Fun....