International Pop Overthrow Festival Chicago.
Sounds Like: Guided By Voices, Big Star, Superchunk, Badfinger, The Replacements
Label: Cuba Libre Records
Manager: Si Rosen
Bio: Certain Stars is an indie rock band from Milwaukee. Since 2004 they have made skilled power pop nods to Big Star, Guided By Voices and continue to write, record and release original music in partnership with Cuba Libre Records.
Band members Greg Hein (drums), Chris Voss (guitar), and brothers Ky...See Full Bio
“With the group's third CD, Certain Stars begs the question: Just what is "indie" rock? The Milwaukee/Chicago quartet (which takes its name from a Superchunk song) offers a profusion of hooks and vocal harmonies from the classic Big Star school of power-pop, but also subtly incorporates '70s-'80s corporate rock, alt country and punk to tuneful ends. Atop it all, the group sings snarky songs of disaffected romance, pissiness and—however buried amid indifference and acrimony—actual tenderness. The lyrical effect suggests Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker, which is no bad thing. The Great Destroyer's catchiest song is the only one DJs will have to edit for language, taking a bit of the fun out of it. But that's pretty rock 'n' roll of Certain Stars, too—just like their music, be it "indie" or whatever you want to call it. Either way, it's pretty great.”