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'Rasslin' Notes

We Love Mouth Movements

Check It: This is Your Weekend

I, Audience:

Jonesing for Some Casey

Local CD Review

Local CD Review

The Tenderhooks

'Rasslin' Notes

"I was very impressed," says David Jones , a videographer who plans to showcase UCW on WMAK. I've seen my fair share of good and bad wrestling. I can't say anything bad. These guys give 100 percent." Jones' production company, Agenda Video, will film Friday's matches, which are slotted to air at 12:30 a.m. on April 14. "We're gonna make sure things are feeling good before we jump into the more expensive time slot on Saturday morning."

Owners Jesse Ellis and Brian Griffin got into the wrestling business nearly 15 years ago. "The whole business has changed between now and then," Ellis tells us. "I'd have to sit you down for a few hours to explain how much it's changed over the years."

Local vet Jeff Anderson will be there, along with Rick Steiner , who made a name for himself in the WCW. Steiner will square off against Bull Buchanan , a notorious heel who once graced the WWE. Visit:

We Love Mouth Movements

On May 31, at Blue Cats, Mouth Movements will play with Gamenight to kick off their cross-country tour. Throughout June and July, both bands will play 41 nights and 27 states before returning to Knoxville on July 13.

"Anyone can book a tour," Gaskell continues. "At first I thought it was a process of waiting for someone to come knocking on your door.... It's relatively hard. It's not as glamorous as people make it out to be. But it's a lot of fun. You get out there and do what you love."

Check It: This is Your Weekend

I, Audience:

There is nothing like a Knoxville band coming into town to make one miss home--or to cause one to call in sick for work the next day. Cold Hands , now a foursome with the addition of Derek Ashe on bass, didn't let down in either case. While its New Wave-ish style is more frenetic than nostalgic, something about the band's show at Brooklyn's Trash Bar reminded us of a warm night on Market Square.

Cold Hands took the stage with all the assured professionalism we've come to expect. Like a gerbil in a ball, this band is full of fidgety energy, yet it's still able to contain and harness it. There were plenty of New Yorkers there, lining the walls of the cavernous, windowless space, headbobbing in rapt attention. But it was the Knoxvillians who formed a barricade in the front, PBRs in hand. It wasn't hard to let the mind slip, to summer porches and surreptitious kisses. To knowing everyone a little too well. To Gay Street. To biking down Glenwood Hill, no brakes. And then, just as quickly, it was out into Grand Street, back to Williamsburg, questing for enlightening excess, for glorious anonymity.

Jonesing for Some Casey

The good news is, the World Grotto managed to milk a show out of him on Wednesday night, gifting fans with a much-needed dose of Jones' soulful voice and one-of-a-kind song-craft.

The bad news? We can't hold him hostage forever.

Local CD Review

Recorded over a three-night run last December at the Down Home in Johnson City, Reconstruction offers a 20-track tour de discography of Miller's best work, coupling can-crunching anthems like "Goddam the Sun" and "Drunk All Around This Town" with purty tunes you could bring home to your mother, like "Dear Sarah" and "Is There Room on the Cross?"

But here's the brilliant part. Reconstruction is one of those rare live albums that, rather than drowning an otherwise engaging performance in crowd noise and claptrap production, toes that fine line between "polished" and, you guessed it, "live." In other words, it's everything you could want from an in-the-flesh performance--energy, texture, intimacy--minus the stoned sound guy and obnoxious drunk people who keep sloshing you with their beer.

Song after song, Miller's voice alternates between sincerity and raked coals, with bits of stage banter thrown in to keep it all nice and real. And riff after riff, the Commonwealth keeps pace, throwing down punches and rolling with them just as fast. It's alt-country as the good lord intended it, and we'll stamp our official Metro Pulse amen on that.

Local CD Review

In the past year, The Tenderhooks acquired just a bit of country twang that adds an interesting additional texture. But the most notable thing about Vidalia is the burgeoning melodic sophistication of vocalist Jake Winstrom . The tunes are certainly catchy, yet they veer away from the predictable pop patterns. The vocals are intertwined with the music in a slightly off-kilter fashion. And the deftly constructed melodies subtly creep into your psyche without fanfare. We found ourselves unconsciously humming the title track, arguably the standout of the collection, after only the first listen.

Restraint is yet another of the band's many assets. All excellent musicians, the players have the good taste to allow wide open sonic spaces for the vocals to soar, a strategy that is somewhat similar to that employed by Neko Case or Patsy Cline .  

The X factor of the entire affair is, once again, Winstrom's vocals. A unique instrument, Winstrom's reedy timbres might even be a bit off-putting for some. His voice is so high-pitched that it has an androgynous quality, and he deftly channels it to produce something special--a sound that is, nonetheless, an acquired taste.

Lastly, one mustn't ignore the band's solid rock'n'roll underpinning. While the melodies sometimes venture into twee pop territories, there's more than enough pop/rock crunch to maintain the interest of your average rock fan. They're doing something different, yet they certainly can't be accused of self-conscious eclecticism. Something gives us the impression they'll soon outstep the bounds of local rock--they're that good.

Spring finds the band quite busy, thank you. The group will present a record release party upstairs at Barley's on Friday, April 27. The event begins at 9 p.m. with pizza, beer and a listening party, with a rock show to follow. And if that's not enough Tenderhooks for you, Jake and Emily will present an acoustic set this Thursday, April 5 at The Pilot Light , opening for friends, the Protomen . Or, you can always catch them at Bonnaroo.

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