For his eight-episode HBO docuseries “Sonic Highways
,” creator, director, executive producer, Foo Fighter and professional cool-older-brother Dave Grohl
has hatched a novel premise: With his band and producer Butch Vig
in tow, he travels to eight different cities, explores their particular musical histories, and records a newly written song in each. In practice, the series is less a voyage of discovery than a guided tour through Grohl’s personal musical obsessions and Rolodex — the trip is always pleasant and sometimes even thrilling, but one can’t help but hope this “Highway” will take a few more left turns down the road.
As he demonstrated in his directorial debut, “Sound City
,” Grohl retains a relentless, almost childlike enthusiasm for the key records, musicians and producers in his life, and that enthusiasm goes a long way toward compensating for some of his more didactic impulses. For Grohl and like-minded Generation Xers, punk