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Enough for Now

One last Best of the Beat thought before we put this year’s event to bed: Last spring at SXSW, the scheduled Big Star showcase became a tribute to Alex Chilton […]

Pizza, Parades and Texting MCs: a SXSW Diary

[OffBeat contributor Aaron LaFont was also at SXSW: here’s the first two days of his diary] Day 1: A sense of utter disbelief soon followed by a somber ache came […]

Giants Falling

Learning of Alex Chilton’s death during the first night of South by Southwest made the whole enterprise seem a little empty – at least for the night. Almost every rock […]


In another blog post, I started thinking about Big Star, whose Keep an Eye on the Sky box set does nothing to address my thoughts on the band. As great […]