Live and on record, Baltimore duo Ed Schrader's Music Beat--singer/floor Tom drummer Ed Schrader and bassist/singer Devlin Rice--come on strong, elemental, like a force of nature. On last year's album debut Jazz Mind (Load) and a smattering of splits and singles, a winning formula emerged: rudimenta ... More >>
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Big Star gets a tribute
Get ready to plug this in your bookmarks, iCals, sticky notes, and religious shrines, because the ultimate guide to free summer concerts in New York City is here! Seriously, scroll down and don't be stingy - share with your friends. Concerts aren't fun without friends. Just ask the lucky gal above e ... More >>
Greg Dulli is no GG Allin--to the best of our knowledge, the frontman of the recently reunited Afghan Whigs has never taken a big sloppy shit onstage then hurled his feces into the crowd (well, maybe metaphorically he has). But he's definitely teetered on the dangerous edge of rock 'n roll for the b ... More >>
This is the only ballot you'll need at your viewing party
Two of the candidates for this year's Best Supporting Actor Oscar are really extraordinary old people. Christopher Plummer shines in Mike Mills's Beginners as the father of the Mills character (played by Ewan McGregor), who comes out of the closet at 75 and really starts to live. Plummer himself i ... More >>
Superheroes, sequels, and TWO Conans! Summer has arrived.
An all-star tribute to American power pop's finest, bleakest hour
An all-star collective performs Big Stars third album
Collapse Into Now finds our wizened heroes sounding more like themselves than ever
Big Star's Third/Sister Lovers is quite possibly the most beloved power-pop album of all time, and certainly the most poignantly morose, a heartbreaking state only exacerbated by frontman Alex Chilton's death last year. Now comes word of a full-album live tribute with a crazy all-star cast, a ... More >>
With more than 250 films to see, there is no one, definitive festival experience. Here's mine.
Sarah DiGregorioBig Bob Gibson's pulled pork.Anticipation for the eighth-annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Partybegan growing back in February when this year's dates were announced. Now, with less than a month remaining until the blow-out, which takes place June 12-13, the pitmaster line-up is ... More >>
Time's running out to catch this amazing pop-up
In the wake of Alex Chilton's death, the tributes continue to roll in (here's ours), but in at least one respect the show will go on. The Memphis Commercial Appeal's Bob Mehr reports that Big Star's SXSW engagements will be honored, with a few newly announced friends in tow:
A discussion with filmmaker-artist Mike Mills
Revisiting the debut they never quite topped
Keeping hope and their youthful idealism alive
R.E.M. Stubb's BBQ Weds. March 12 They're not very good live. Maybe you knew this. Maybe you've chosen to forget. Tonight, we simply overlook. What is first evident, as they triumphantly take the stage at one of the bigger-name SXSW fetes (second, perhaps, to Motörhead), is that the dudes are look ... More >>
Plus items of purely prosthetic appeal.
Miranda Julynow an author, toodiscovers the fine art of the epileptic fit
Prankster Danes and Memphis musicians shine amid dispiriting indie-cinema trends
Stipe and Co. regain propulsion, hooks, political purpose
Gangster Lore, Geriatric Shagging, Global Strife, and Garage Bands
The Rise and Fall of an Indie Empire