There’s a ton of new local music on the way this spring, from reunited local legends, reconfigured regulars from recent years, and young bands set to surprise a few people. Here’s a rundown of what to look for from local artists in the next couple of months:
The big news, of course, is Industry Giants, the first full-length recording by the four original members of Superdrag. It’s officially scheduled for release on March 17, but copies will be available at the band’s show at Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria in the Old City on Friday, March 13, as well as at a meet-and-greet session at the Disc Exchange that same day at 6 p.m. As we reported last week, classic hardcore band Teenage Love (officially known as Teenage Love 13 now) will have its new disc, No Excuses, available at its show with Scull Soup at 4620 Reinvented on Saturday, March 21. And Down From Up recently celebrated the release of From Ashes to Empire, a Travis Wyrick-produced set of guitar-shred modern rock, with a concert at The Valarium.
Other new releases: John T. Baker’s Ohm (reviewed this week) is available at AmpientMusic.com and CDBaby.com. Bright Shuttle’s Cold Nice Gold has been delayed at the presses, but should be available soon. The Jaystorm Project, probably the only group that ever could or ever will include guest spots by both Dave Landeo and Mr. Mack, will release its new EP Brand New Funk this spring. Cruz Contreras, formerly of Robinella and the CC String Band and the Cruz Contreras Band, will unveil his latest project, the self-titled debut by his band The Black Lillies, in April. And The Dirty Guv’nahs, winners of the Best Band category in Metro Pulse’s 2008 Best of Knoxville awards, will unleash their new self-titled album with a headlining show at the Bijou Theatre on Friday, April 10.