Bump for Big Star!
I was fortunate enough to see the Posies-era Big Star live twice (including once in Memphis!), and caught Alex Chilton solo in 2000, after he released his album of R&B covers, Set
If you love brilliantly-crafted, shiny bright music about dark subjects, Big Star is your band.
Also, if you're looking for a fairly easy, fun bass line to learn, check out Big Star's "In The Street"
. It's one of my favorite warm-ups.