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ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Alex Chilton: Roots In The Sky

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Even (or perhaps especially) if Alex Chilton had lived to a ripe old age rather than passing prematurely at the age of fifty, his post-Big Star stylistic expeditions would've garnered more than a little attention. His history as an original member as one of the earliest progenitors of power-pop certainly would've piqued curiosity about such projects ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Big Star: Live-r Than They Ever Were

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In recent years, the cult of personality surrounding power-pop pioneers Big Star has reached near-obsessive levels. Between band reissues large and small, tribute concerts and archiving of the solo work of its principals, Alex Chilton and the late Chris Bell, the devotion of the fan base has isn't likely to subside anytime soon either, so it's ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Big Star: The Best of Big Star

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The Best of Big Star might be the ideal introduction to the greatest 'never was but shoulda been' band of all time. Not nearly so extensive or lavishly packaged as Keep An Eye on the Sky (Rhino, 2009) or Third Complete (Omnivore, 2016), the quick succession of sixteen tracks, a half-dozen of which are rare single ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Big Star: Complete Third

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In perusing the credits of the Big Star's Complete Third box set, it may be puzzling to notice only the names of original members guitarist/vocalist/composer Alex Chilton and drummer Jody Stephens, plus, almost as prominently, producer of the Ardent Studios Memphis sessions, Jim Dickinson. And the notation of baroque strings and horns may well seem contrary, ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Hank Williams, Jaco Pastorius, Harry Dean Stanton Headline Record Store Day Titles from Omnivore Recordings

Hank Williams, Jaco Pastorius, Harry Dean Stanton Headline Record Store Day Titles from Omnivore Recordings

If only every day could be like Record Store Day. On a mid-April Saturday, the hearty breed of surviving disc emporiums teem with music fans and crate diggers — all hoping to get their hands on the many limited-edition vinyl records issued by the labels. Omnivore Recordings will contribute four titles to the Record Store Day mix: ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Big Star Soundtrack to Film Documentary Released on Omnivore Recordings

The story of Big Star will finally hit the big screen in the feature-length documentary Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (Magnolia Pictures). After years in the making, the movie comes to theaters, On Demand and iTunes on July 3. On June 25, Omnivore Recordings released the soundtrack to the film featuring 22 tracks, all of which ...

NEWS: RECORDING

The dB's Set to Release First CD in 30 Years with Original Lineup

The dB's Set to Release First CD in 30 Years with Original Lineup

Falling Off the Sky is the first new dB's album in a quarter-century. It's also the first in three decades to feature the band's original lineup of singer/songwriter/guitarists Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey, bassist Gene Holder and drummer Will Rigby—the same lineup that recorded the beloved early-'80s classics Stands for deciBels and Repercussion. Street date is ...

NEWS: EVENT

Auction to Benefit Alex Chilton Family

Bid on Autographed St. Blues Guitar From the Big Star Concert & Tribute to the Late Alex Chilton On a beautiful night this past Spring in Memphis, many friends, family, and fans gathered for the season opening of Memphis' historic Overton Park Shell, now called Levitt Shell. This special kickoff concert was the highly anticipated homecoming performance ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Big Star's "#1 Record" and "Radio City" Reissued on CD by Ardent/Stax

Big Star's "#1 Record" and "Radio City" Reissued on CD by Ardent/Stax

Original two albums also reissued on two separate vinyl LPs

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Big Star released two albums in the early ‘70s, neither of which set sales records. Yet in the 35 years that have ensued, artists like R.E.M., Wilco, The Replacements, Teenage Fanclub, Primal Scream, Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey, The Bangles and ...