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What's F'n Next? King Tuff

Sounding like the bastard offspring of T. Rex and Alex Chilton, King Tuff's self-titled second album and first for the iconic Sub Pop label was one of the more pleasant surprises of last year.

By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  January 18, 2013
Alex Chilton - Free Again

Alex Chilton | Free Again: The ''1970'' Sessions

Post–Box Tops and pre-Big Star, Alex Chilton was an 18-year-old Memphis boy on his way to his dual identity: former #1 pop hitmaker, perpetual underground hero.
Omnivore (2011)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  January 13, 2012

RIP founding Big Star bassist Andy Hummel

A quick RIP to Andy Hummel, the founding bassist of early-‘70s Memphis power-pop group Big Star. It’s been a tough year for fans of Big...
By Michael Marotta  |  July 20, 2010

The Big Hurt: The week in death

Back in January, I predicted that, because of medical advances and the prospect of universal health care, no musicians would die in this decade. Unfortunately, it hasn’t turned out that way.
 RIP Chilton, Guru, and editorial tact
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 30, 2010

The Big Hurt: Bieber fever

Of the 45 headlines on’s music-news section, nine are about JUSTIN BIEBER . That’s precisely 20 percent.
Plus U2’s purported fans, and Keane hits the green
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 02, 2010

SXSW 2010: British Invasion

These four bands from the UK left me hungry for more.
WFNX honcho rates his four best English bands at SXSW
By MIKE TIERNEY  |  March 26, 2010


Alex Chilton, 1950 - 2010

When Alex Chilton had a fatal heart attack while mowing his lawn last week, he was, statistically speaking, just a 59-year-old New Orleans resident, nothing more than an edit on some census forms. What Chilton represented, however, was a true American ic
In memoriam
By JEFF BREEZE  |  March 26, 2010

Organizer of Big Star reunion eulogizes Alex Chilton

VIDEO: Evan Dando performs Alex Chilton's "Nighttime" at SXSW 2010 Standing in Austin on St. Patrick's Day, learning that Alex Chilton was dead too soon...
By Carly Carioli  |  March 25, 2010
RIP Alex Chilton, 1950 - 2010

RIP Alex Chilton, 1950 - 2010

Sad news out of Memphis today, where the Commercial Appeal is reporting that Big Star frontman and songwriter Alex Chilton has passed away. He was...
By Ryan Stewart  |  March 17, 2010

Big Star | Keep and Eye on the Sky

Like most Big Star fans, author Robert Gordon overheats a little in the biographical essay that accompanies this handsome four-disc box set.
Rhino (2009)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  December 11, 2009

The long haul

Plenty of musicians have been on the Portland music scene longer than Doug Cowan and Bullyclub.
Bullyclub’s application for Tenure
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 20, 2007


The power of pop!

Dashing down the corridors of the hallowed power pop pantheon comes Minky Starshine and the New Cardinals, Providence’s latest, and perhaps most intermittent, aspiring hitmaker.
Hooray for Minky Starshine; plus, the Brother Kite
By BOB GULLA  |  September 05, 2006

Jim's gems

Dickinson's eclectic catalog
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  August 15, 2006