Tag: Ardent Studios

Book Reviews, Books

Book Review: Rich Tupica, “There Was a Light: The Cosmic History of Chris Bell and the Rise of Big Star”

As time passes, it gets harder to write about something you love, especially like a band – you veer between adoration, hero worship,...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Big Star, “Live at Lafayette’s Music Room”

Dear God, this is amazing.  Not because it’s Big Star – let’s make one thing clear from the outset:  I...

Music, Popdose Exclusives

Popdose Single Premiere: Loveland Duren, “Burnin’ Mistletoe Holiday”

Here ’tis – a brand new track, in time for the holidays, from two of the finest singers/songwriters around, with a little help...

Music, Reissue Reviews

Reissue Review: Chris Bell, “Looking Forward: The Roots of Big Star”

This wonderful, 22-track compilation is just part of the work Chris Bell did before he dug his heels in with Big Star in 1971. ...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Big Star, “The Best of Big Star”

So here’s the short version – Stax Records, in conjunction with Ardent, has finally released a sensible compilation of Big...

Music, Popdose Interviews

The Popdose Interview: Cait Brennan

On Friday, April 21, 2017, power pop rock goddess Cait Brennan releases Third, her second album and first on Omnivore Recordings....

Music, Video Premieres

Popdose Video Premiere: Those Pretty Wrongs, “Mystery Trip”

I don’t know how this one snuck past me, but I’m happy to present on behalf of Popdose the latest video from Those Pretty...

Music, Reissue Reviews

Reissue Review: Big Star, “Complete Third”

The first thing I want to disclose before going further is to say that in the canon of the three albums Big Star, one of my favorite bands...

Music, Video Premieres

Popdose Video Premiere: Those Pretty Wrongs, “Never Goodbye”

When Burger Records released the “Lucky Guy”/”Fool Of Myself” single last year, I was thrilled to share it with you...

Music

Soul Men: The Idiot Grins on Stax, Gram Parsons, and Bringing It All Back

Lots of music lovers would declare soul dead, or at least convalescing. (Unless you count artists like Bruno Mars who meld soul with funk,...

Album Reviews, Music

ALBUM REVIEW: PRIX, “Historix”

I’m not going to pretend to be cool, professional or objective – this album is simply stunning.  And for all the right...

Music

Record Store Day Special: Big Star, “Jesus Christ”

I’ll keep this simple – a timely package:  the iconic artwork of the three wise men looking at the neon Big Star...

Music, Popdose Exclusives

VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: LOVELAND DUREN, “The Making Of ‘Johnny Boy'”

It’s become something of a rarity in these last two decades or so to hear the story or motivation as to the writing of songs;...

Music, Popdose Exclusives

Popdose Exclusive Single Premiere: Loveland Duren, “Johnny Boy”

This is something very special; very powerful and totally from the heart.  Memphis legends Vicki Loveland and Van Duren, collectively...

Soul Serenade - Isaac Hayes

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Isaac Hayes, “Walk On By”

A new collection celebrates the resurgence of a legendary soul label...

Music, News

Music News: John Fry, Founder of Ardent Studios, Dies at 69

Ardent Studios founder and legendary producer John Fry has died. The man who gave a base of operations to the band that became Big Star...

CD Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Jimmy Stephens Jr. & The Blues City Road Dogs, “Road Ready”

For whatever reason, intuition told me even before I heard a note of this album, that this was going to be something special.  Not because...

Book Reviews, Books

Book Review: Holly George-Warren, “A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton”

Holly George Warren did an exemplary job of writing about Alex Chilton, the frontman of ’60’s hitmakers The Box Tops, the...

Concert Reviews, Music

Live Music: Big Star’s “Third,” Park West, Chicago, 6/28/13

A review of the tribute to Big Star's "Third" album at Chicago's Park West...

A Fan's Notes, Contests, Music

A Fan’s Notes: Alex Chilton, “Free Again: The 1970 Sessions” (Win the Exclusive Vinyl Bundle!)

In 1970 Alex Chilton was fed up with is role in the Box Tops and still a year away from Big Star. The music he made that summer was a...

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Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: The Staple Singers, “I’ll Take You There”

Ken Shane will be covering the Newport Folk Festival for Popdose again this weekend. Among the artists he looks forward to seeing is soul...

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CD Reviews, Music

CD Review: Chris Bell, “I Am the Cosmos” Deluxe Reissue

In the summer of 1978, EMI saw the light. Driven by interest in Big Star in the U.K., they released a gatefold double album package...