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48 Bands That Took 20 Or More Years Between Albums

What's a legacy to a legend? For some, it's a thing to be actively patrolled: endless tours, obligatory records, the noblesse oblige of the bassist…
Brad Shoup | May 21, 2015 - 11:40 am

Best Covers

R.E.M.’s 10 Best Cover Songs

From the looks of the R.E.M. setlist site, early R.E.M. gigs were glorified bar-band hootenannies. Before they'd written Murmur and Chronic Town, the band…
John Everhart | September 18, 2014 - 1:06 pm


The 10 Most Anticipated Record Store Day 2013 Releases

It's that time of the year again, everybody! The best holiday of the year (yes, better than National Ferris Wheel Day AND Leif Erikson Day)…
Miles Bowe | April 16, 2013 - 1:03 pm

More Big Star stories

Porches – “Morpha Too” (Big Star Cover)

Following this summer's Water EP, Porches have shared a new cover of Big Star's "Morpha Too," which Aaron Maine describes as his "new favorite" Big…
Peter Helman | October 9, 2016 - 2:37 pm

Matt “MV” Valentine – “Thirteen” (Big Star Cover)

Matt "MV" Valentine -- one of the brains behind MV & EE -- will release a covers compilation titled HEAP ZONE which includes his rendition…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | August 9, 2016 - 1:42 pm

Watch Members Of Wilco, R.E.M., & Yo La Tengo Cover Big Star’s Third In LA

An all-star cast of musicians including Big Star's Jody Stephens, Jeff Tweedy and Pat Sansone of Wilco, R.E.M.'s Mike Mills, Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan,…
Peter Helman | April 28, 2016 - 7:48 pm

Members Of Wilco, Yo La Tengo, R.E.M., Jessica Pratt To Perform Big Star’s Third With Jody Stephens

An all-star group of musicians will gather at Los Angeles' Alex Theater on 4/27 to perform Big Star's Third/Sister Lovers live in concert. Jeff Tweedy…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | March 28, 2016 - 1:46 pm

Those Pretty Wrongs – “Ordinary”

Those Pretty Wrongs are the duo of the Freewheelers' Luther Russell and Jody Stephens, Big Star's drummer and sole surviving founding member. They released their…
Peter Helman | February 22, 2016 - 11:17 pm

Watch Britt Daniel, Will Butler, Mac McCaughan, & More Talk Songwriting In SXSW Panel

At SXSW back in March, Spoon's Britt Daniel, Arcade Fire's Will Butler, Superchunk's Mac McCaughan, Nada Surf's Matthew Caws, and Marshall Crenshaw all participated in…
James Rettig | September 1, 2015 - 4:38 pm

Those Pretty Wrongs – “Fool Of Myself” (Stereogum Premiere)

The Shakespearean-named duo Those Pretty Wrongs comprises the Freewheelers' Luther Russell and Jody Stephens, the former drummer and sole surviving founding member of Big Star.
Peter Helman | June 15, 2015 - 10:00 am

Those Pretty Wrongs – “Lucky Guy”

Jody Stephens, the former drummer of Big Star, is the only founding member of that band who's still alive. A few years ago, Stephens was…
Tom Breihan | May 22, 2015 - 12:45 pm

Mikal Cronin – “The Ballad Of El Goodo” (Big Star Cover)

For a band that never "made it" in their day, Big Star's risen to a level of inimitable fame thanks to more objectively successful acts…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | April 13, 2015 - 12:00 pm

Girlpool – “Thirteen” (Big Star Cover)

Band To Watch Girlpool have recorded a cover of Big Star's classic track "Thirteen" from their debut album, #1 Record. The original song is already…
James Rettig | November 3, 2014 - 10:04 pm

Bumbershoot Lineup 2014

The Bumbershoot Festival goes down in venues around Seattle every year on Labor Day weekend, and the lineup for this year's festivities on 8/30-9/1 just…
Chris DeVille | May 9, 2014 - 9:46 am

Mary Lou Lord, Courtney Love Disagree On Which Of Them Is A Cat Killer

The underrated Boston indie singer-songwriter Mary Lou Lord dated Kurt Cobain before Cobain married Courtney Love, and so you'll be absolutely shocked to discover that…
Tom Breihan | October 11, 2013 - 10:48 am

Watch Videos From The Big Star Tribute Show In Central Park

Yesterday, at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield, a whole mob of prominent musicians got together to pay tribute to the Memphis power pop originators Big Star,…
Tom Breihan | July 1, 2013 - 1:38 pm
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