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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 »

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 »

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 »

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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 wa…
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 act…
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
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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
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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

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…
Timothy Bracy And Elizabeth Bracy | December 21, 2012 - 3:55 pm
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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…
Timothy Bracy And Elizabeth Bracy | September 27, 2012 - 4:28 pm
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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…
Corban Goble | October 4, 2011 - 1:26 pm
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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…
Scott Lapatine | June 7, 2011 - 3:29 pm
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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 Christma…
jessica | March 30, 2011 - 5:25 pm
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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 friend…
jessica | March 17, 2011 - 10:02 am
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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…
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…
stereogum | March 23, 2010 - 11:42 am
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R.I.P. Alex Chilton

Scott Lapatine | March 17, 2010 - 9:37 pm
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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…
Amrit Singh | August 25, 2009 - 1:05 pm
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