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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 asked to play some music at a few screenings of the documentary Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me, and he asked Luther Russell, former frontman of the ’90s L.A. band… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 22, 2015 - 12:45 pm

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 getting to do the occasional side project. Constant existence, in other words. For others, it’s an ambient gift. You’ll always have a band to join; awestruck journalists will check o… More »

By: Brad Shoup / May 21, 2015 - 11:40 am

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 toting them as pinnacle influences. Alex Chilton is a name in his own right, but for many, Big Star will forever piggy-back on the shoulders of the greats who champio… More »

By: 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 pretty minimal so they don’t add too much, but the two of them sure as hell know how to harmonize, so it sounds pretty damn good. “Rock and roll i… More »

By: James Rettig / November 3, 2014 - 10:04 pm

R.E.M.’s 10 Best Cover Songs

From the looks of the R.E.M. setlist site remtimeline.com, early R.E.M. gigs were glorified bar-band hootenannies. Before they’d written Murmur and Chronic Town, the band cut their teeth seemingly as philistines, playing sloppy, drunken versions of everything from Creedence to the Sex Pistols. Time passed, R.E.M. became more sophisticated, and their covers eventually became more… More »

By: John Everhart / September 18, 2014 - 1:06 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 came out. As usual, it’s a unique assembly of talent, not just a retread of your basic festival mainstay. A sampling of notable acts: Wu-Tang Clan (featuring… who knows?), the… More »

By: 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 Love and Lord don’t much like each other. Mostly, Love has been the aggressor, talking shit on Lord in interviews throughout the ’90s, while the way-less-famous Lord has been silent. More »

By: 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, covering their album Third in full and covering a bunch of their other classics and associated songs. The musicians included Kurt Vile, Sharon Van Etten, R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, the Mekons’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 1, 2013 - 1:38 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) has returned. I’ve been going to Record Store Day since 2009, and even when I didn’t look up the releases beforehand, I’d still walk out of my favorite record store… More »

By: Miles Bowe / April 16, 2013 - 1:03 pm

The 10 Best Indie Christmas Songs

Whether you experience Christmas as a spiritual curative or a wretched crucible likely depends upon your capacity to enjoy the Yuletide season’s truly disassociate spirit of insanity. Most of us may consider ourselves largely inured at this point to the curiously redundant recurring color schemes, the unnaturally oppressive nighttime lighting and deeply strange rituals, the… More »

By: Timothy Bracy And Elizabeth Bracy / December 21, 2012 - 3:55 pm

The 10 Best Big Star Songs

Was anyone in music ever so jaded and armored so fully, at such a young age, as Alex Chilton? The genius who launched a thousand great bands in his wake was seemingly burnt out by the music business by the time he had reached his twenties. As a 16-year-old, he fronted the Box Tops and… More »

By: Timothy Bracy And Elizabeth Bracy / September 27, 2012 - 4:28 pm

Albert Hammond Jr. Covers Big Star (Stereogum Premiere)

Cool For School, a digital-only compilation that benefits The Lunchbox Fund, features covers by the likes of Bright Eyes and Albert Hammond, Jr. Today, we’re sharing a track that features the second-most-famous Stroke covering Big Star’s 1972 classic, “Thirteen,” from their #1 Record. Hear, here:… More »

By: Corban Goble / October 4, 2011 - 1:26 pm

Download Bat For Lashes’ 10 Best Cover Songs

Yesterday we posted a live version of an ethereal new tune Bat For Lashes did at Australia’s Vivid Festival. The second part of the Opera House set was performed acoustic with a string quartet — six songs of which five were covers (The Cure, Depeche Mode, Peter Gabriel, Radiohead, Dimitri Tiomkin/Ned Washington). Over the past… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 7, 2011 - 3:29 pm

The 11 Most Interesting Record Store Day Releases

Record Store Day is coming April 16. It began in 2007 and has grown into a indie record store and vinyl lover’s version of Christmas morning (or maybe Easter morning? RSD happens the third Sunday of every April). The Record Store Day site just posted the line-up of offerings for this year, and it’s a… More »

By: jessica / March 30, 2011 - 5:25 pm

Alex Chilton Remembered, One Year After His Death

Alex Chilton passed away one year ago today. Big Star was scheduled to play SXSW in 2010, instead the show became a tribute, with friends and fans playing Chilton’s music and remembering his work. We posted a short obituary at the time, but I thought that a year later we could take a closer look… More »

By: jessica / March 17, 2011 - 10:02 am

R.I.P. Andy Hummel

Andy Hummel, Big Star’s original bassist, died yesterday after fighting cancer for two years. He was 59 years old. Hummel was in Austin at SXSW for the impromptu Alex Chilton tribute that took place when Chilton passed away March 17, days before their show. Drummer Jody Stephens is now the only surviving member of Big… More »

By: jessica / July 20, 2010 - 2:50 pm

SXSW 2010: The Wrap Up

We saw a bunch of bands this past week. Not every set was memorable, but there were more than enough highlights to make the stiff necks and barking feet worth it. Here’s Wednesday, Thursday, Gibbarday, and SXSW’s metal shows, and more. This last post contains our notes, and photos from our intrepid photographers — RyanMore »

By: stereogum / March 23, 2010 - 11:42 am

R.I.P. Alex Chilton

By: Scott Lapatine / March 17, 2010 - 9:37 pm

Scarlett Johansson & Pete Yorn Cover Chris Bell

The first single from the Scarlett Yornhansson collab LP Break Up was the pleasantly surprising “Relator.” Which was an original! And it worked! But it is easier to establish a stylistic identity by latching onto others’ than struggling to create your own — and Scarlett knows this well — so here she and Pete offer… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 25, 2009 - 1:05 pm

Britney, Big Star On Your Mother

Last night’s How I Met Your Mother finally saw Britney take a meaningful stab at no longer appearing to the public as a drugged-up/sex-crazed ditz by taking on a role as a receptionist/sex-crazed ditz. But in a sweet way! And she was passable, if only momentarily awkward. Let’s go to the tape, kicking off with… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 25, 2008 - 10:14 am