1. Big Star Film an 'Unofficial Work in Progress'

    March 12, 2012 3:00 PM EDT The documentary "Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me" is still "an unofficial work in progress" according to director Drew Denicola. But that's not stopping he and his partners from rolling it out for a sneak peak at this week's South By Southwest movie and music…

  2. R.E.M.'s Mike Mills Q&A: 'I Feel Oddly Liberated'

    November 14, 2011 1:03 PM EST Talks Timing of New Career Retrospective, 'Manipulative' Farewell Tours & Telling Bill Berry The first thing you notice when chatting with erstwhile What are the songs you'll miss performing the most? I don't know about a particular song so much as I will miss playing…

  3. Miley Cyrus to Star and Produce God-Themed Comedy

    August 02, 2011 10:10 AM EDT Paramount has preemptively picked up an untitled comedy pitch with Miley Cyrus attached to star and produce. Cyrus will produce with her mother Tish Cyrus via the duo's Hope Town Entertainment banner. Also producing is Andrew Panay, whose credits include "Wedding Crashers" and …

  4. Fountains of Wayne Move Past 'Stacy's Mom' With Fifth Album

    July 30, 2011 11:00 AM EDT The Fountains of Wayne camp has a term for casual fans most familiar with the group for its 2003 smash single "Stacy's Mom," which peaked at No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Our manager calls them 'drive-bys,'" lead singer/co-songwriter Chris Collingwood…

  5. Music's Next Great Biopics

    June 09, 2011 1:06 PM EDT No one wants to talk about a Marvin Gaye movie. Or one about Janis Joplin , or a Jimi Hendrix biopic. As film subjects go, they're problematic. Heirs to the Joplin and Hendrix estates have blocked films by withholding music and image rights. The pieces to the Gaye story are in so many…

  6. Exclusive: CBGB Film to Chronicle Birthplace of Punk Rock

    May 16, 2011 3:30 PM EDT The birth of punk rock in New York City will be chronicled in a film about the club CBGB and its owner, the late Hilly Kristal, according to the film's producers, one of whom is Kristal's daughter. Brad Rosenberger, Randall Miller, Jody Savin and Kristal's daughter Lisa Kristal…

  7. Sam Cooke Biopic Moving Forward, Screenplay Complete

    March 14, 2011 9:10 PM EDT Start singing "Ain't That Good News": A Sam Cooke biopic has taken a significant step toward becoming a reality. Start singing "Ain't That Good News": A Sam Cooke biopic has taken a significant step toward becoming a reality. The screenwriters behind the all…

  8. The Posies Tour with Brendan Benson For 'Blood/Candy' Album

    November 02, 2010 11:45 AM EDT After a five-year break, the Posies are happy to have a new album, "Blood/Candy," out -- and hope that its next one won't take as long. "There's no way to insure that'll happen," the group's Ken Stringfellow says, "but we would like to do something…

  9. Katy Perry References 'Sesame Street' Controversy on 'SNL'

    September 27, 2010 12:22 PM EDT K aty Perry may be too risqué for "Sesame Street," but she found a place to "fit in" at "Saturday Night Live" this week. Katy Perry Video Pulled from 'Sesame Street' The singer joined the "SNL" cast to perform her hits off "Teenage Dream…

  10. Big Star's Jody Stephens Remembers Andy Hummel, Ponders Band's Future

    July 20, 2010 2:50 PM EDT In the wake of Big Star bassist Andy Hummel's death earlier this week, the surviving members in the current incarnation of the legendary cult band are pondering an appropriate way to continue performing the group's music. "It's music we all really love to play, and we love…

  11. UK Grime Group Roll Deep Scores U.K. No. 1

    May 03, 2010 1:51 PM EDT There was a double triumph for east London artists on the Official Charts Company's new U.K. sales charts, published Sunday (May 2). Grime collective Roll Deep debuted atop the singles survey with "Good Time" (Relentless/Virgin/EMI), featuring Jodie Connor, while rapper/singer…

  12. Snoop Dogg, Estelle, Alex Chilton Tribute Bring SXSW to a Close

    March 21, 2010 5:00 PM EDT South by Southwest drew to a close on a rare rainy, frigid Saturday (March 20) in Austin, Tx. The late Alex Chilton was memorialized by colleagues, friends and admirers on Saturday at South By Southewest -- with words and, most importantly, with music. SXSW Photos | SXSW Main Page Following a…

  13. 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…

  14. SXSW Day 2 Brings STP, Cheap Trick Performances, Alex Chilton Tributes

    March 19, 2010 1:45 PM EDT The music kicked into high gear on the second full day of the South By Southwest Music Festival + Conference in Austin, TX, though the celebrations were tempered by sadness as fans and fellow musicians reacted to the death of Alex Chilton . Big Star 's Jody Stephens said he felt "a…

  15. Alex Chilton Remembered at SXSW, U.S. Congress

    March 18, 2010 8:15 PM EDT Guitarist Alex Chilton , who died of heart-related problems Wednesday night, was mourned across the alternative rock world on Thursday. But his loss was particularly felt at the South by Southwest Music + Media Conference , where Chilton was scheduled to perform with and speak about his band…

  16. Alex Chilton Memorial Gig At SXSW To Feature M. Ward, R.E.M.'s Mike Mills

    March 18, 2010 6:50 PM EDT Big Star 's Jody Stephens said he felt "a little numb" in the wake of the death of bandmate Alex Chilton but said the show -- and panel discussion -- should go on at this week's South By Southwest Music Festival + Conference. "Y'know, it's a way of including…

  17. Jim Dickinson, Memphis Producer And Musician, Dies At 67

    August 17, 2009 5:26 PM EDT Jim Dickinson, a musician and producer who helped shape the Memphis sound in a career that spanned more than four decades, died Saturday (Aug. 15). He was 67. His wife, Mary Lindsay Dickinson, said he died in a Memphis, Tenn., hospital after three months of heart and intestinal bleeding…

  18. Lady Gaga: The Billboard Cover Story

    August 07, 2009 11:56 AM EDT Sprawled on her bed in an Amsterdam hotel, Lady GaGa is channeling Lady Godiva-sans the horse. While the 23-year-old has famously worn everything from Kermit the Frog to a hat made to resemble the solar system, today she's rocking the one constant in her ever shifting wardrobe-underpants…

  19. John Fogerty Enlists Springsteen, Eagles For New Blue Ridge Rangers

    July 21, 2009 1:23 PM EDT John Fogerty 's "The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again," a new collection of Fogerty recordings of some of his favorite classic songs, is set for release Sept. 1 on Fortune Son/Verve Forecast. The album, recorded under the guise of the mythical group of his 1973 solo debut,…

  20. John Fogerty Enlists Springsteen, Eagles For New Blue Ridge Rangers

    July 20, 2009 3:00 PM EDT John Fogerty's "The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again," a new collection of Fogerty recordings of some of his favorite classic songs, is set for release Sept. 1 on Fortune Son/Verve Forecast. The album, recorded under the guise of the mythical group of his 1972 solo debut,…

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