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Best rock movies and shows on Netflix

James Murphy in the "Shut Up and Play the Hits" rock doc, which is available on Netflix.

James Murphy in the “Shut Up and Play the Hits” rock doc, which is available on Netflix.

Each month Netflix updates its streaming movie and series selection, and since this month sadly features the One Direction movie (on June 10, in case you’re just itching to check it out), it’s probably necessary to sift through the garbage to find some gold. Here are options with a little bit more rock-and-roll and a lot less hairspray.

10) “Not Fade Away”

Inspired by some of the greatest bands of the 1960s, “Not Fade Away” follows a fictional New Jersey rock band. The story uses the decade and rock and roll to tell a coming-of-age story that’s been told time and time again. It’s a decent substitute for the much more fun “That Thing You Do!,” which Netflix isn’t currently streaming. And far less visually stimulating than “Across the Universe.”

9) “Comedy Bang! Bang!” Season 2 (available June 20)

While not so much rock and roll, Reggie Watts performs the talk show’s quirky beat-boxed tunes. Honestly this show wouldn’t be watchable without Watts and his musical style, which is very funny, but also quite impressive. Louis C.K. has been known to use Watts in his television series Louie (of which three seasons are also available on Netflix).

8) “Nowhere Boy”

This film follows the coming-of-age of one of rock’s greatest icons — an angsty John Lennon in 1950s Liverpool. You’d think any retelling of the Beatles’ stories would have a long line of purists angry about inaccuracies, but this film’s reviews speak favorably about the legitimacy of the singer’s story.

7) “The Buddy Holly Story”

With Gary Busey as Buddy, this biopic film follows his early career and his rocky relationships. The film came out in 1978, so it’s about time someone did a biopic of the making of this film.

6) “Portlandia”

Again, this show is less rock-n-roll-centric, but both its lead actors, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, are actual musicians. Armisen is the bandleader for Seth Meyers’ “Late Night” and Brownstein is guitarist and vocalist for Sleater-Kinney, currently on an indefinite hiatus. The duo play different characters throughout the show, many of which have to do with musicality — like that time the mayor of Portland asked them to create the theme song for the city, while he was himself sneaking off as a closet bassist for a reggae band. Oh, Portland.

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