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The 20 Best Album Re-Issues of 2009

Step back 10 years when we presented 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.

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Chris Bell: Looking Forward - The Roots of Big Star

Definitive proof that there was more than one genius behind the rise of Big Star.

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Brace Yourself: An Interview With Allen Thompson

Two members of Allen Thompson's band broke their backs last year. Brace yourself for their new sound.

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Big Star: Complete Third

The premiere cult band's strangest record is reissued with every recording from its legendary sessions, presenting a story of its creator's descent into madness.

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Country Fried Rock: M. Lockwood Porter, an Okie in California

Oklahoma native M. Lockwood Porter left for California as a teenager, following his musical passions and inspired by the songs of Chris Bell (of Big Star fame).

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Big Star: Live in Memphis

Live in Memphis is ultimately unassuming but effective, an honest account of Big Star's mid-'90s chapter and a reminder of the group's considerable talent and charms.

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The Best Album Re-Issues of 2014

The music world saw reissues from all over the genre map, spanning classic rock titans to electronic music legends.

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Big Star: #1 Record / Radio City

If you don’t have these two albums, your record collection has a massive hole.

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Counterbalance: Big Star's 'Third/Sister Lovers'

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.

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Ambition Is the Last Refuge of the Failure

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.

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"Kind of Serendipity, I Think": An Interview with Jody Stephens of Big Star

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 ...

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Bears: Greater Lakes

Ursine Ohioans set out for the future of pop.

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Counting Crows: Underwater Sunshine (or What We Did On Our Summer Vacation)

Fifteen covers performed with as fine a sense of group interplay as you’ll find outside the jazz world.

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M. Ward: A Wasteland Companion

Three years since his last solo album, the prolific, melodic M. Ward goes out on his own again (with only some minor supporting appearances from Zooey Deschanel).

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Alex Chilton: Free Again: The 1970 Sessions

Free Again: The 1970 Sessions shows Chilton working in top form in a wide variety of genres; it’s as good as anything Chilton recorded

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10 Must-See Artists at SXSW in 2012

With this year's South by Southwest Music and Media Conference kicking off next week, Sound Affects assembles a list of 10 acts to check out on your visit to Austin, Texas.

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Big Star Story to Debut at SXSW Next Month

The long-awaited Big Star documentary is set to have its debut next month at South by Southwest in Austin.

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A Holiday Mix Tape, YouTube Style

Who hasn’t sat through those holiday parties with the cozy but yawn inducing classics of Burl Ives playing ad nauseam? I can help with that.

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On Making that Holiday Music List and Checking It Twice

It's that time of the year, again. Music fans are making their lists of what they hope to find wrapped in pretty paper at Christmas, and music publications are making their lists of what should be on those lists. Now, I have something to say about lists.

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Technicolor Revelations: A Conversation with Jon Lindsay

The talented new singer-songwriter chatted with PopMatters about his affinity for storytelling and collecting keyboards, and what inspired his debut LP, a collection of power pop songs that shine from Chicago to Charlotte.

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The Disciplines: Virgins of Menace

The songs on Virgins of Menace are good, the sort of pop pleasures that we like, but not the sort of pop perfection that we cherish. Will we remember it in 20 years time?

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The Top 5 Most Anticipated Music Documentaries

Music geeks are salivating at the prospect of these five upcoming music documentaries.

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The Year In Music: July 2010

July 2010, the subject of our latest look at the year’s biggest events in music, was full of new releases, high-profile concerts, and TV specials.

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December Boys: On Life and Alex Chilton

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.

Chris Milam
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"I'm in Love with That Song": Remembering Alex Chilton

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.

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Making a Case for the Most Underappreciated Band in Pop Music

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.

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Haley Bonar: Big Star

Big Star proves that Bonar’s refinement of her sound is on the right track.

Jer Fairall
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Big Star: In Space

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.

Scott Carlson
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