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Gotcha Covered

Gotcha Covered: “Thirteen”

Rock 'n' roll is supposed to be about feeling young and agitated, at least if you go by the mythos that the genre likes to…
Nate Patrin | May 2, 2017 - 11:00 am


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

More Big Star stories

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Thirteen” (Big Star Cover)

Big Star's tremulous 1972 classic "Thirteen" is a sort of rock-era standard; last year, our Gotcha Covered column looked at how artists ranging from Elliott…
Tom Breihan | February 14, 2018 - 9:22 am

Beach Slang / Quiet Slang – “Thirteen” (Big Star Cover)

After releasing a couple of albums of beery, bleary, classic-rock-addled punk, Beach Slang frontman James Alex is getting ready to release We Were Babies And
Tom Breihan | September 21, 2017 - 10:46 am

Tara Jane O’Neil – “Ballad Of El Goodo” (Big Star Cover)

Tara Jane O'Neil has an album of her own coming out soon, and its captivating lead single "Sand" earned a spot on our 5 Best
Peter Helman | February 12, 2017 - 5:01 pm

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
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