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  • Summary: Filmed with uncommon access, How to Grow a Band explores the birth and evolution of the Punch Brothers: the tensions between individual talents and group identity, between art and commerce, and between innocence and wisdom. (Shaftway Productions)
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  1. Reviewed by: Benjamin Mercer
    Apr 10, 2012
    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 fly-on-the-wall case study in the demands of making music for a living.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Apr 11, 2012
    Devotees of folk and bluegrass -- and, of course, diehard Nickel Creek fans -- are the natural audience for this leisurely paced documentary.
  3. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Apr 12, 2012
    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 effective entry to the genre's back catalog.
  4. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Apr 11, 2012
    Thile has the charisma, presence, and emotional transparency of a great documentary subject, but How To Grow A Band maintains a respectable distance from its subject that ultimately doesn't work in its favor.
  5. Reviewed by: Joseph Jon Lanthier
    Apr 9, 2012
    The movie is unsurprisingly devoted to peddling up-and-comer Chris Thiele as something daring, something new.
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  1. Apr 13, 2012
    After recently screening How to Grow a Band, I am really excited for people to see it in New York for it's release today! I thought the doc was a great look into the Punch Brothers' beginning days and how insanely talented each of it's members are. Expand