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Take 5: Big Star

Across the landscape of pop music, there have been certain artists whose influence far outpaced their popularity. There’s an old saying that while, for example, the Velvet Underground didn’t sell […]

Hundred-word Reviews for December 2017: Reissues/Compilations

Today I take quick looks – in the form of 100-word reviews – at ten newly-reissued and/or compiled releases. There’s something for everyone – and lots for me – in […]

Album Review: Big Star — Complete Third

The third album from Big Star is the most difficult in the Memphis group’s slim catalog of 1970s releases, and quite unlike its predecessors. The band’s debut – 1972’s #1 […]