I've been using Magazine Basic for a couple of years for a green blogging site. greenpassivesolar.com
It was exactly what I was looking for. I realize that I need to update it, but at the time that I was setting it up, I didn't know how to set up a child theme. Word to the wise: Instead of making modifications to the theme - like I did, set up a child theme, then you can easily update it, while keeping the changes that you want.