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  • New bio of Big Star's Alex Chilton reveals multifaceted and tragic life

    One morning in 1977, Alex Chilton, 26, former lead singer of the Box Tops and of Big Star, very likely hungover or still drunk, appeared before an American studies class at the University of Texas to discuss his career in music and his thoughts on the present state of rock and roll. "Rock and roll is supposed to be out of control," Chilton told the boys and girls, "and it's crazy and it's supposed to drive you crazy." To illustrate his point, he serenaded the undergraduates that morning with a little ditty called "Riding Through the Reich," the lyrics of which were inspired by the scribblings of a white-supremacist spree killer, he said, and accompanied the tune of "Jingle Bells."
  • Spring pop music: Albums galore

    When it comes to big-name albums, it's becoming rare for release dates to be announced much in advance. The element of surprise is a big bonus, and social media spread the word like wildfire. So, rather then tell us ahead of time, everybody's trying to...

    L.A. Unheard: Andrew Olsen

    The band: Andrew Olsen, a singer-songwriter and life-long Angeleno. The sound: On songs such as "Hello Lovely," Olsen recalls the intricate fingerpicked guitars and blanketing double-tracked harmonies of the late, great Elliott Smith; "Rise," his newest...

    Over at the Envelope: Exene Cervenka's brilliant ideas on how she'd change the Oscars

    Exene Cervenka needs no introduction -- or shouldn't, if you have any sense of the history of L.A. music. As singer for X, the Knitters and her own solo work with the Original Sinners, Cervenka has created an essential body...

    Silver Lake's Elliott Smith wall gets a very homemade touch-up

    The black and white stencil of Elliott Smith's visage, as seen on the "Figure 8" cover, was a sweet touch, especially on the occasion of his birthday. That said, would it have been that much extra work to tape off some lines for the stripe design?