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Girls of Rock

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Every time Peelander-Z visits Knoxville...


Girls of Rock

"We're really excited to be involved," says Angel Jennings , Stump Tucker's guitarist. "It seems like it's gonna come back every year, hopefully." Jennings has been making music since she was five years old, back when her family would take their gospel act on the road. Now, along with Missy McGinnis (vox), Jess Gregory (drums) and Gina Roberts (bass), Stump Tucker has been able to build a strong local following. Its first CD, Inside Your Head , is available at the Disc Exchange.

"A couple of us have been playing for a few years," Jennings says. But with the addition of Gregory, a local painter, they began to get serious about the band.

"We're very excited about it," Jennings goes on. When she plays, she describes it as "a natural high. Nothing else can replace it."

Stump Tucker will soon drop the "Tucker" from its name, preferring to simply go by Stump. "It sounds like a country band. We're not country."

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The B-side is a little more subdued, which allows Eric Lee 's delicate guitarwork to breathe. His style is virtuosic, expertly running through single-note lines. It almost feels Arabesque, like an old Turkish folk ballad that's been electrified and distorted. Then it starts getting faster, with Lee playing hectically, yet fluidly, until it finally pops, fading away, slowly.

Double Muslims will play this Thursday, April 19, at the Pilot Light. $5 gets you in. $2 gets you a record.

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Phew, sure glad we got that stuff out of the way at the get-go. Because there's more to say about local band Hey McFly! 's newly released demo EP, For Members Only , than the same old tired emo clichés. Sure, the lyrics are a little over the top (from "Turn out the Lights": The night you left me with this death/ I swore to God I wouldn't cry/ Right now I'd give anything just to be with you again/ I don't care if it's in death !"), but who cares. Raw, rot-gut passion, even if it's of the borderline suicidal variety, is something to be celebrated. A little melodrama never hurt.

But the demo's most redeeming qualities boil down to those that manage to transcend the genre altogether. The pop-punk melodies are almost as tight as they are addictive. The bass seesaws back and forth in the backdrop, while the percussion feels uncensored, just disciplined enough to keep the song rolling forward. The production might not be polished, but the rough cuts feel honest; if nothing else, For Members Only is proof that this is a band with potential, on more levels than one.

But don't take our word for it. Check the band out for yourself at Old City Java this Friday.  

Every time Peelander-Z visits Knoxville...

Here are the facts: Peelander-Z , the Japanese action-comic-punk band from NYC, plays a show at the Pilot Light on Feb. 21, 2005, and gonzo-journalist and author Hunter S. Thompson snuffs himself. Then, last Wednesday, Peelander-Z plays a show at the Pilot Light, and Kurt Vonnegut keels over.

Is there a connection? You decide.


Friday, April 20: Speaking of biscuits, Will Hoge 's ass is packed like a can of 'em in those tight rockstar jeans he wears. Put down the ganja and go to Blue Cats.

Saturday, April 21: Check out MAGNETOS! at Manhattan's. (And dude, that's just how they spell it.)

Sunday, April 22: Barley's is hosting "An Evening with Kat Brock " tonight. Yes, she's that good, but she'd be better if you'd buy her a shot of whiskey.

Monday, April 23: Pelusa traveled all the way from Seattle to test its acoustic country in the South. Have some dang manners and go converse with those folks. The believability of their twang depends on it. They're at the Blue Plate at noon and Preservation Pub around 10 p.m.

Tuesday, April, 24: Sam Lewis ' voice has the same tonal quality as Ray LaMontagne 's, which is pretty sweet because Ray is so moving we wanna make out with strangers. You'll see what we mean at Downtown Grill tonight. Bring chapstick.

Wednesday, April 25: I have found out that there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.

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