Local Music Review: Hudson K
Published 6/12/2013 at 11:42 a.m. 0 comments
Hudson K’s new album, Ouroboros and the Black Dove, marks a new turn for Knoxville’s most unusual duo. (Why, they don’t even have a guitar!)
Unfortunate Timing: Westside Daredevils Announce New Album and Break-Up
Published 6/5/2013 at 11:40 a.m. 0 comments
The Westside Daredevils have finally released their long-awaited fourth album of shimmering, sophisticated indie power pop, the follow-up to 2008’s Brave New Nothing. Unfortunately, it’s likely the last recording from the band, which is making Westside Daredevils available at the ...
Rude Street Peters Return After Four-Year Hiatus
Published 6/5/2013 at 11:35 a.m. 0 comments
You can’t keep a good band down. Just ask the Rude Street Peters, whose brand of punked-up country rock ’n’ roll has been an institution in Knoxville for close to 20 years.
Knoxville Film and Music Festival Prepares for a Week of Music
Published 5/29/2013 at 10:51 a.m. 0 comments
Michael Samstag was already working on a new Knoxville film festival, an outgrowth of Knoxville Films’ 24-Hour Film Festival, when a chance meeting with Andrea Kerns of Midnight Voyage Productions a few months ago inspired him to add a week-long ...
Local Music Review: Wesley Wyrick
Published 5/15/2013 at 11:00 a.m. 0 comments
Wesley Wyrick’s debut album, Second Nature, certainly isn’t an easy listen. It’s a psychedelic collage more than a collection of songs—10 eerie tracks built on left-field samples, electronic spasms, and droning, lo-fi synths.
Q&A: Todd Steed Talks About His New Album of Songs Written in China
Published 5/15/2013 at 10:55 a.m. 0 comments
Knoxville icon Todd Steed’s new album, Songs on a Stick, is a collaboration between Steed and his old friend Owen Davis. The songs were all written while Steed and Davis were in China, where they taught last summer.
AIGA Celebrates Design Week
Published 5/8/2013 at 10:41 a.m. 0 comments
Good design is sometimes invisible—if something is designed well, you might never even notice just how useful/elegant/informative it is, especially if you’re not a designer. So AIGA Knoxville’s third annual Design Week, scheduled for May 13-17, is a good opportunity ...
George Jones Joins an Exclusive Knoxville Club
Published 5/8/2013 at 10:40 a.m. 0 comments
When George Jones died on April 26, he also got a pass into an exclusive club: that small handful of famous performers whose final concerts happened in Knoxville.
AC Entertainment Announces Artists for October's Mountain Oasis Festival in Asheville
Published 5/1/2013 at 11:04 a.m. 0 comments
AC Entertainment may have lost the rights to the Moogfest name, but the Knoxville music promoter isn’t giving up on a fall electronic-music festival in Asheville.
Robinella Announces Upcoming New Album, 'Ode to Love'
Published 4/24/2013 at 9:59 a.m. 0 comments
Robinella, one of the most credible local almost-hit-it-big stories of the last decade or two, is still around, with its unusual jazz-country sensibility and its popular lead singer, Robin Bailey.
Knoxville Film and Music Festival Adds Music Video Contest
Published 4/24/2013 at 9:56 a.m. 0 comments
The upcoming Knoxville Film and Music Festival, scheduled for June, has just announced an addition to its lineup of local films and music performances that will combine both disciplines—the Competitive Music Video Awards, a four-day music-video shootout contest pairing local ...
Local CD Review: The Blue Heavy
Published 4/24/2013 at 9:53 a.m. 0 comments
On its very first recording, a four-song self-titled EP, the Blue Heavy convincingly recreates the nasty, scuzzy Neanderthal heavy rock of early-’70s bands like Mountain, Grand Funk Railroad, Black Sabbath, Blue Cheer, and Sir Lord Baltimore.
Local CD Review: King Super
Published 4/17/2013 at 10:25 a.m. 0 comments
Hammertime County is a profusely inventive 10-song set of originals from a band that staked its live rep almost exclusively on covers. Covers often chosen with an ear for kitsch and an instinct for surrealist melodrama, then twisted beyond aural ...
'90s Band subbluecollar Reunites
Published 4/17/2013 at 10:19 a.m. 0 comments
The important thing for Kat Brock—who is back in Knoxville after a few years in Nashville and New York—is that she loves playing with her old subbluecollar bandmates, Dave Campbell (drums) and Joe McLemore (guitar). The three have reformed their ...
Published 4/10/2013 at 11:28 a.m. 0 comments
It’s been a crazy year in local news—Stacey Campfield’s seemingly never-ending extravaganza of outrageous pronouncements and proposed legislation, butt-chugging, Gloria Ray, Bigfoot, Derek Dooley.