Big Star, it's said, was a band ahead of its time. But it's more true to say the band was out of its time, or maybe just out of time, period. Officially formed in 1971, the Memphis-based band featured two creative forces, Chris Bell and Alex Chilton, and the music they made together, and eventually ... More >>
2013 saw a number of significant passings: political figures both respected and reviled (Nelson Mandela, Margaret Thatcher, Hugo Chavez, Ed Koch), sports heroes (Stan Musial), television and film personalities (James Gandolfini, Annette Funicello, Peter O'Toole) and wordsmiths (Roger Ebert, Elmore L ... More >>
It's been a bad, bad year for 1980s jangle-pop. On Sunday night - one day after a tribute concert for Scott Miller, the late Game Theory/Loud Family songwriter - word leaked out on Facebook that Faye Hunter, Let's Active's original bassist, had passed as well.
Courtesy of Euclid RecordsPainkillers never got its due. Back in the '80s, the St. Louis band was recording the kind of purposeful pop that evolved from the likes of Big Star. Euclid Records' Joe Schwab was a fan then, and he's still a fan today -- that's part of the reason he's re-releasing ... More >>
An exciting email passed my way this week, news that the catalog of I.R.S. Records -- the label known for bringing R.E.M., the Go-Go's, Oingo Boingo and a ton more '80s and '90s acts to the masses -- will be available digitally for the first time. Says the press release:Beginning February 10 and con ... More >>
Mitch Easter's out on his own with Dynamico.
Nonsequitur of Silence (Collectors' Choice Music)
A Very Bert Dax Christmas
Saturday, September 25; Great Grizzly Bear
Saturday, August 28; the Pageant
St. Louis' pre-eminent expert on pop music tries his hand at a new venture
Singer/songwriter Andrew John pops out of St. Louis