Music extends beyond the concert stage at South by Southwest.

It's also in ample supply on the big screen, with loads of intriguing documentaries and features shown as part of the SXSW film festival.

Here's a look at some of the best music films from the 2014 festival, held earlier this month in Austin, Texas. Keep an eye out for DVD, on demand, Netflix and other release dates.

"Pulp": It's not a concert film. It's a love story.

Sure, there is concert footage in the documentary -- and much of it is quite impressive. Yet the meat of the matter is the relationship between the Britpop band Pulp and its hometown of Sheffield, England.

The Florian Habicht-directed film -- which made its world premiere at SXSW, with members of the band in attendance -- shows that Pulp is to Sheffield what Bruce Springsteen is to New Jersey.

It's a fascinating analysis, which uses Sheffield to explain Pulp and vice versa. The ties that bind grow more apparent as the film progresses, until it's nearly impossible not to see how this Northern England city of some 500,000 people, with a strong working class and much history in the Industrial Revolution, colors and informs nearly every Pulp song.

"Pulp" is a film about the synergy between a band and its hometown. It's original. It's poignant. And it's certainly worth your time.


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"Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton (This Is Stones Throw Records)": It's about time someone shined a spotlight on Stones Throw Records, the staunchly independent and fiercely influential label founded by San Jose's own Peanut Butter Wolf.

Thankfully, we now have "Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton (This Is Stones Throw Records)," an illuminating documentary that was screened at both SXSW and the Bay Area's own Noise Pop festival.

Director Jeff Broadway, who previously gave us "Cure For Pain: The Mark Sandman Story," does an excellent job explaining the significance of the Los Angeles-based Stones Throw. He paints the hip-hop/indie-music label as more of a collective -- or, in Silicon Valley terms, an incubator -- than a business, one bent on nurturing creativity and independent thought above commercial concerns.

What kind of music does Stones Throw put out? The kind that Peanut Butter Wolf (aka Chris Manak) thinks should be heard. Over the years, that has included offerings by such esteemed artists as J Dilla, Madlib, Dam-Funk and Aloe Blacc.

The film spans much of Manak's life, going from his formative years on the Bay Area hip-hop scene in the '80s to founding the label in 1996 to present day. It's an insightful, comprehensive look at a man and a label that refuse to play by other people's rules.

"The Case of the Three Sided Dream": This film should be mandatory viewing for all music fans. It illustrates, perhaps better than anything I've watched in recent years, the vast potential of music.

It's a documentary on jazzman Rahsaan Roland Kirk, who, simply put, was one of the most amazing artists in American music history. He was a fearless innovator and sonic adventurer whose legend deserves to only grow with time.

Kirk was so impressive to behold onstage that it's no wonder "The Case of the Three Sided Dream" is so captivating. He was widely known as a "one-man reed section," for his ability to play multiple saxophones and other instruments at the same time. Kirk, who died in 1977 at the age of 42, was also an outright genius.

"Rahsaan could play anything," says trombonist Steve Turre, who was a member of Kirk's band.

Kirk claimed he could "split" his brain and play two different musical melodies simultaneously. It's one of those things that must be heard to be believed. And you can hear it, and believe it, if you watch this film, which had its world premiere at SXSW.

Yet Kirk offered more than just a novel approach to performing. He also made some incredible music, which has clearly stood the test of time. That's also covered in this film, which makes an overall convincing "Case" that Kirk was one of the true greats.

MORE SXSW FILMS: It's impossible to do everything -- even 1 percent of everything, really -- at the mind-boggling sensory overload that is SXSW. Thus, I didn't get to see every music movie screened at the festival. Here are four intriguing offerings from SXSW that I hope to catch down the road:

"Jimi: All Is by My Side": I just can't wait to see how Outkast's Andre 3000 will do in the role of Hendrix. It's a tough role, but Andre could be just the man for the job.

"Leave the World Behind": Swedish House Mafia said goodbye in gargantuan fashion. Its 2013 farewell tour sold more than 1 million tickets in a single week and wound up being the largest electronic music tour of all time. Director Christian Larson's film documents the record-setting road show. The film is slated to screen at San Francisco's Marina Theatre on Tuesday.

"Rubber Soul": The film paints a portrait of one of pop culture's most famous couples -- John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The material is culled from interviews the couple gave in 1970 and 1980. This should be a very insightful look into John and Yoko's world.

"For Those About to Rock. The Story of Rodrigo y Gabriela": Follow Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero as they go from playing small gigs at hotels and restaurants in their native Mexico to performing at major festivals and venues across the globe. Expect the performance clips of this versatile acoustic guitar duo to be downright amazing.

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