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Big Star's Third

Alex Theatre, 216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale

Concord Bicycle Music presents the music of Memphis legends Big Star, performed by an all-star lineup of musicians and guest vocalists, in ‘Thank You, Friends: Big Star’s Third Live.’ The concert event features fan favorites such as ‘In the Street,’ ‘September Gurls’ and ‘Thirteen,’ as well as the entire Third album.

While the band might not be Big Star per se, the fabled group’s sole surviving original member, Jody Stephens, heads an all-star cast, including latter-day Big Star alumni Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer of the Posies, Mike Mills of R.E.M., Mitch Easter of Let’s Active, and Chris Stamey of the dB’s.

Also joining are Jeff Tweedy and Pat Sansone of Wilco, Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo, Robyn Hitchcock, Dan Wilson of Semisonic, Benmont Tench from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Jessica Pratt, Brett Harris, Django Haskins, Skylar Gudasz, and more. The entire concert will be joined by a full chamber orchestra helmed by the Kronos Quartet, performing scores created directly from the original multi-track tapes from Ardent Studios for this event. Carl Marsh, who wrote the original Big Star orchestrations, will conduct.

The concert will be filmed as part of a DVD release, directed by Yes Equals Yes, slated for Spring 2017.

Doors Open: 7:00 pm Event Start Time: Promptly at 8:00 pm

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Big Star - Isolated in the Light

We are excited to announce the first Big Star authorized limited edition photo monograph presented by First Third Books

The photographers who contributed to this project share their unique visual perspective, chronicling Big Star's beginning in the Memphis music scene during the 1970's to later solo projects in New York and Europe. Also featured are new interviews and the band's original handwritten letters and lyrics. 

The publication coincides with the 50th Anniversary of Ardent Studios, ground zero…

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Those Pretty Wrongs "Never Goodbye" video premiere


The debut album from Those Pretty Wrongs, the new project from Jody Stephens and Luther Russell, comes out May 13th on Ardent Music and Burger Records.
In a special partnership, Ardent will be releasing the CD and Burger will release a limited run of LPs.

The first music video from the album premiered on Stereogum today, for the track  "Never Goodbye". It was directed by Luke Rathborne and shot at Ardent Studios in Memphis and in parts of Los Angeles. Stereogum calls the track "a loose, playful guitar-pop…Read more
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Record Store Day: Jesus Christ 10"

RECORD STORE DAY 4-16-16
Jesus Christ 10" (blue vinyl)
re-stock now available at Ardent Music

In case you missed it the first time around, our blue vinyl Jesus Christ is now available at Ardent. Don't miss out!
 
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LIVE WLIR Broadcast (1974) Pre-Order

Big Star's Live album from a WLIR broadcast in 1974 will be available for the first time digitally on April 22nd.
The album was mastered directly from the original two-track tapes. 

Pre-order on iTunes here.


 
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Big Star's Third in California


Big Star's Third returns in 2016 with two shows in California. 

April 24th at The Fillmore in San Francisco 

Lineup will include Jody Stephens, Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Dan Wilson (Semisonic), Chuck Prophet, John Vanderslice, Mitch Easter (Let’s Active), Chris Stamey (the dB’s), Ira Kaplan (Yo La Tengo), Pat Sansone (Wilco), Django Haskins (The Old Ceremony), Skylar Gudasz, Brett Harris, Ralph Carney, Samantha Perez (The She’s), and Special Guests. 

April 27th at the Alex Theatre in Glendale 

Concord…

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SXSW Music Conference

This week Jody will travel with Ardent Studios to Austin, TX to take part in the SXSW Music Conference.
Ardent is celebrating a milestone birthday in 2016, having been operating for 50 years!

Jody will be on the panel along with some key players in the Ardent Studios history:
Jimmie Vaughan, Luther Dickinson, Joe Hardy and Adam Hill.
The panel will be moderated by longtime writer and contributor to Rolling Stone, David Fricke.  Read more
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A few new items...

This weekend enjoy these new releases!
  Released through Omnivore, this exclusive blue vinyl EP Jesus Christ will be available at your local record stores starting Friday 11/28.
Some of the special features are a demo of "Jesus Christ" and five previously unissued tracks.

Available through our webstore at Ardent, you can now treat yourself (or someone else) to a Neon koozie and/or coffee mug!

Also through our webstore you can spread the love of Big Star this holiday season with our Three Wise Men card!
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50thirdand3rd Interview with Those Pretty Wrongs


The first joint-interview with Jody Stephens and Luther Russell on how Those Pretty Wrongs came to be and the upcoming LP.  
From: The 50thirdand3rd
Author: Scott


We’re going to run with the assumption that our crowd knows just about all there is to know about the history of Big Star. Asking Jody and Luther these questions is a thrill and an honor.

Can you tell us how the two of you met and how the idea for Those Pretty Wrong’s came about?

Jody : Gary Gersh (Geffen A&R)​ introduced me to Luther about the same…Read more
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New show announced: Those Pretty Wrongs in L.A.



Wild Honey presents "They Never Play L.A. Enough" for the Autism Think Tank. Jody and Luther will be joined by Semisonic frontman and GRAMMY Award winning producer, Dan Wilson.

Show details:
Saturday, November 7th
Ivar Theater
Los Angeles, CA
8pm
Tickets start at $25
Purchase here: http://thoseprettywrongsdanwilson.bpt.me/