Major Stars

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Major Stars
Origin Greater Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Genres Psychedelic rock
Years active 1997–present
Labels Twisted Village, Important Records, Drag City, Squealer
Associated acts Galaxie 500, Crystalized Movements, Magic Hour
Members Wayne Rogers, Kate Biggar (aka Kate Village), Tom Leonard, Dave Dougan, Casey Keenan, Noell Dorsey[1]
Past members Dave Lynch, Sandra Barrett, Amanda Bristow, Hayley Thompson-King

Major Stars is an American psychedelic rock band from greater Boston, Massachusetts. Their first live performance was in 1997 at the inaugural Terrastock Festival in Providence, Rhode Island. They toured Japan in 2000 with Overhang Party. In 2002, they toured with Acid Mothers Temple as an opening act and performed at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. In December 2006 they performed at the Thurston Moore curated All Tomorrow's Parties festival in the UK.

In 2003, Major Stars released Live In Europa, a limited edition split LP with Comets on Fire.[2] In 2005 and 2006, the band performed at North East Sticks Together.

On April 28, 2007, Major Stars was the first concert of New York City's WFMU Free Music Series.[3] Previously, on May 9, 2006, Major Stars had performed live in the WFMU studio.[4]

Guitarist Wayne Rogers sang lead vocals on all of the band's releases through 2005's 4, when Sandra Barrett joined to take over those duties.[5] Barrett left the band in 2008 and was replaced by Amanda Bristow, who joined during the recording of the album Return To Form. Vocalist Hayley Thompson-King joined in 2010, and appears on the albums Decibels of Gratitude and Motion Set but has since left the group and the current live singer is Noell Dorsey.


  • "Rock Sounds of People" (one-sided LP, 1998 - Twisted Village)
  • Rock Revival (1998 - Twisted Village) AMG review [6]
  • Space/Time (1999 - Twisted Village)
  • Distant Effects (2002 - Squealer)
  • Live in Europa (split LP w/ Comets on Fire, 2003 - Plastic Records)
  • 4 (2005 - Twisted Village)
  • "Black Road" (7", 2005 - Twisted Village)
  • Syntoptikon (2006 - Important Records)
  • "Portable Freak Factory" (7", 2007 - Important Records)
  • Mirror/Messenger (2007 - Drag City)
  • Return To Form (2010 - Drag City)
  • Decibels of Gratitude (2012 - Important Records,[7] Twisted Village[8])
  • Motion Set (2016 - Drag City)



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  3. ^ "Major Stars Live in Brooklyn - WFMU's Beware of the Blog". 2007-04-26. Retrieved 2012-11-30.
  4. ^ "Playlist for Brian Turner - May 9, 2006". Retrieved 2012-11-30.
  5. ^ "Freak Scene #16". Retrieved 2012-12-16.
  6. ^ Major Stars discography at Allmusic
  7. ^ "Decibels of Gratitude - Major Stars : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-11-30.
  8. ^ "Major Stars - Decibels of Gratitude". Retrieved 2012-12-16.

External links

  • Major Stars page on MySpace
  • Interview with Major Stars vocalist Sandra Barrett, The Fader, posted October 15, 2007
  • "Maximum Volume: Major Stars turn it up on their Drag City debut", The Phoenix, November 19, 2007
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