1. New Book & Box Set to Detail Short, Brilliant Career of Big Star's Chris Bell: Exclusive Chapter & Song Premiere

    May 05, 2017 12:32 PM EDT The mythology and iconography around the late Alex Chilton is so strong that his Big Star co-founder Chris Bell sometimes gets short shrift. But this year Omnivore Recordings is taking some significant steps toward giving the incredibly gifted Bell his due. The campaign begins with the July 7…

  2. 'Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me': Film Review + Exclusive Clip

    July 03, 2013 2:00 PM EDT Chris Bell, who died at 27 in a car crash, gets his due as the creator of Big Star's sound in Drew DeNicola and Olivia Mori's finely detailed documentary "Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me." The founder of the Memphis group, who brought the higher-profile Alex Chilton into…

  3. Alex Chilton's Life, Music Honored At SXSW

    March 21, 2010 10:00 AM EDT The late Alex Chilton was memorialized by colleagues, friends and admirers on Saturday at South By Southewest -- with words and, most importantly, with music. Following a warmly reverent and nostalgic afternoon panel at the Austin Convention Center -- with Big Star co-founders Jody Stephens…

  4. Scarlett Johansson, Pete Yorn Get Together For 'Break Up'

    July 28, 2009 10:19 AM EDT An afternoon nap amidst a bout of insomnia about three years ago was the impetus for "Break Up," a new song cycle of duets by Pete Yorn and actress Scarlett Johansson that's due out Sept. 15. Yorn tells Billboard.com that "after I kind of dozed off one afternoon for a few…

  5. Big Star Reaches For 'Sky' With Box Set

    June 04, 2009 3:37 PM EDT Four discs worth of unreleased demos, alternate takes, rarities, and live cuts are on tap for cult-rock act Big Star this fall when Rhino releases "Keep An Eye On The Sky" on September 15. The 98 tracks cull from 1968 – 1975, and include pre-Big Star bands Rock City and Icewater,…

  6. Jesu

    March 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT With droning guitars and jagged lyrics and melodies, Jesu's music is aggressive without being overbearing, metallic and heavy without being metal. The songs sigh and swell in movements, some changes o With droning guitars and jagged lyrics and melodies, Jesu's music is aggressive…

  7. CHART BEAT CHAT

    December 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred and his readers discuss holiday hits, Kimberley Locke and more! THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE RADIO FOR THE HOLIDAYS It's interesting in Chart Beat that you note this is the seventh year in a row that a holiday song has hit No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart. In the '90s this…

  8. Big Star Looks Forward Despite Years

    July 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Having thrown its hat into the ring as a reunited touring band in recent years, Big Star has set a Sept. 27 release for its first new studio album since 1978's "Third/Sister Lovers." Having thrown its hat into the ring as a reunited touring band in recent years, Big Star has…

  9. Compilation Celebrates Big Star's 'Story'

    October 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Some viewers of the Fox sitcom "That '70s Show" have wondered about the show's theme and the music used to underline dramatic moments. In a program that seems to get most things right, period-wise, wh Some viewers of the Fox sitcom "That '70s Show" have…

  10. Big Star Compilation Boasts New Track

    September 04, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Rykodisc has set a Sept. 23 release date for "Big Star Story," a new best-of collection celebrating the career of Memphis-based power-pop icons Big Star. The set includes a newly recorded song, "Hot T Rykodisc has set a Sept. 23 release date for "Big Star Story," a…