Big Star's Third/Sister Lovers to be performed by members of REM, Yo La Tengo, Teenage Fanclub and more
Arguably one of the best albums of the 70's, Big Star's Third/Sister Lovers is set for a revival at The Barbican, London on May 28th. Joining Jody Stephens, the only surviving Big Star member, will be Sharron Van Etten, Robyn Hitchcock, Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Ira Kaplan (Yo La Tengo) and Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub) to perform the entirety of the seminal album.
On top of that there will be a second set featuring tracks recorded during Alex Chilton and Chris Bell's solo careers.
The Barbican have released a taster, which you can hear below. Tickets are on sale now.
Painful by Yo La Tengo is being reissued as a double LP/CD with a load of fun easter eggs like stickers and notes and newsletters, and is dubbed Extra Painful. It will be released during the band's 30th anniversary tour. [read more]
This month sees the 20th anniversary of R.E.M.'s Monster. Perennially seen as the misfit in the band's back catalogue, it represented an electrifying return to the rock of their I.R.S. years after the unprecedented success of 1992's Automatic for the People. [read more]
This week was pretty good, right? We all got treated to fifteen different remixes of 'Video Games' by Lana Del Rey, the Stone Roses were probably on the front of about ten music magazines (again) and Noel Gallagher sold more albums than anyone else. Oh...wait. Something isn't right about that opening paragraph. It must be the Halloween build up. [read more]