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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… More »

By: James Rettig / November 3, 2014

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 »

By: John Everhart / September 18, 2014

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

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

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

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… More »

By: Miles Bowe / April 16, 2013

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

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

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

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… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 7, 2011

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'… More »

By: jessica / March 30, 2011

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… More »

By: jessica / March 17, 2011

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… More »

By: jessica / July 20, 2010

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 photo… More »

By: stereogum / March 23, 2010

R.I.P. Alex Chilton

Sad news about the passing of Memphis rock icon Alex Chilton via commercialappeal.com: The singer and guitarist, best known as a member of ’60s pop-soul act the Box Tops and the ’70s power-pop act Big Star, died today at a hospital in New Orleans. Chilton, 59, had been complaining of about his health earlier… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / March 17, 2010

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… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 25, 2009

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… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 25, 2008