Sunday, July 7 2013
Big Star were not talked about much when they were releasing their music, but as their influence spread, so did their legend. With a new documentary in tow, sole surviving member Jody Stephens talks to PopMatters about the band's legacy, followers, and unsung mentors and teachers ...
Monday, March 22 2010
Alex Chilton spent his musical life testing the limits of his enormous gifts and the patience of his devoted fans. He was a conflicted artist, equally talented and mistrusting of his talents. Music came easily, so he made it harder.
Thursday, March 18 2010
It's impossible with Chilton's music to not become personally engulfed; it's impossible to not feel an impenetrable attachment to it. The quintessential outsider, his music spoke to generations of fans who encapsulate those wrangled emotions.
Thursday, December 17 2009
PopMatters presents our 20 best re-issues of 2009, highlighted by the long overdue remastering of the Beatles oeuvre, a number of '80s and '90s classics, and one of the most storied catalogues in electronic music.
Wednesday, December 2 2009
Big Star may have long dwindled on the threshold of musical ubiquity and dangling obscurity, but it strangely seems like the only befitting legacy for artists so caught between their innate standing as pop music outsiders and their reverential, ever-striving will for superstardom.
Thursday, October 2 2014
If you don’t have these two albums, your record collection has a massive hole.
Sunday, May 6 2012
Fifteen covers performed with as fine a sense of group interplay as you’ll find outside the jazz world.
Tuesday, October 4 2005
The addition of ex-Posies members has actually succeeding in making Big Star sound more like the bands they influenced than either Number One Record or Radio City.
Wednesday, October 15 2003
Saturday, December 31 1994
This recording may be the finest rock recording ever reduced to vinyl or CD.
Friday, March 7 2014
Lo they did rejoice, the bright and pure of voice. And the wrong shall fail and the right prevail. A 1978 (or 1974) cult classic is this week's Counterbalance.
Wednesday, February 19 2014
Sound Affects examines the recent trend of musical acts gaining popularity from word-of-mouth documentaries, using the cases of Death, Big Star, Anvil, and Rodriguez.
Wednesday, February 22 2012
The long-awaited Big Star documentary is set to have its debut next month at South by Southwest in Austin.
Wednesday, March 16 2011
Music geeks are salivating at the prospect of these five upcoming music documentaries.
Tuesday, March 23 2010
I have to confess, I’m not too familiar with the musical oeuvre of the recently-passed Alex Chilton. Most of what I know about the
Thursday, March 18 2010
AUSTIN, Texas — I was supposed to go out and hear some music. I didn't know if it would be some clanging revelation, a sound I'd