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Artist Spotlight – Big Star

Artist Spotlight: Big Star

artist spotlightBig Star is a critically-acclaimed rock band considered to be a pioneer of the “Power Pop” and “Indie Rock” musical genres.

Inspired by bands like the Beatles, Byrds, Who and Velvet Underground, they recorded three albums in the early 1970s, but remained virtually unknown until the first two records were re-released as a single album in the UK in 1978.

But it wasn’t until well into the 1980s that a lot more people started to take notice, when several indie and alternative rock bands mentioned Big Star as an influence. Over time, the legend of Big Star has only continued to grow.

In the beginning, though, they must have felt like the unluckiest band of all time… (more…)

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Butch Walker – Artist Spotlight

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We’re excited to debut a new feature called the Artist Spotlight. The goal is to shine a light on some artists we feel are worth your time to get to know a little better.

And we’re going to kick things off with the criminally underrated Butch Walker.

Every now and then you encounter an artist, and wonder why they aren’t way more popular. And Butch Walker is at the top of our list, though he has certainly forged out a solid career.

But even if you’re reading this article thinking, who the hell is Butch Walker, odds are you’ve heard a song that he’s had a hand in writing, recording or producing, somewhere along the line. (more…)

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