• Boom Box: Private Papers Published 7/27/2011 at 11:33 a.m. 0 comments

    Travis Gray has been a minor character in the Knoxville music scene for the past 10 years in Mito Band, Demonicle, Rumblytums, and, most recently, Private Papers. He is also the Metro Pulse art director. Here’s a list of what ...

  • Boom Box: Sam Quinn Published 5/4/2011 at 11:12 a.m. 0 comments

    Sam Quinn, formerly of the everybodyfields and leader of the Japan 10 for the last couple of years, will be pulling double duty with his new band Taiwan Twin this weekend, first at the South Knoxville family fest Vestival and ...

  • Boom Box: 4Matiks Published 4/27/2011 at 10:23 a.m. 0 comments

    Local DJ 4Matiks, aka Forrest Kurth, spins an electronic blend of hip-hop and club music. His energetic manipulations of obscure samples, dance-floor favorites (Daft Punk), and collaborations with local artists (Black Atticus) have earned him a weekly Saturday night slot ...

  • Boom Box: James Trimble of the Dirty Guv'nahs Published 4/20/2011 at 11:04 a.m. 0 comments

    It’s been five years since the Dirty Guv’nahs played their first show, a hectic and thrown-together performance in the Old City. The gritty hometown rockers—and three-time Metro Pulse readers’ poll winners as the best local band—are celebrating their anniversary by ...

  • Boom Box: Katie Cauthen of Radio Bonnaroo Published 4/13/2011 at 1:54 p.m. 0 comments

    As the official voice of Radio Bonnaroo, Katie Cauthen can be heard daily on the festival’s website, streaming live performances, interviews, and music from Bonnaroo performers past and present. In preparation for the festival, scheduled for June 9-12 in Manchester, ...

  • Boom Box: Chyna Brackeen Published 3/30/2011 at 9:37 a.m. 0 comments

    Chyna Brackeen, the organizer of this weekend’s Dogwood Arts Rhythm n’ Blooms Music Festival, is a self-described workaholic. She runs Attack Monkey Productions and is also responsible for booking live music at the Knoxville Botanical Gardens. This year’s Rhythm n’ ...

  • Boom Box: Elizabeth Wright of the Dirty Knees Published 3/23/2011 at 9:29 a.m. 0 comments

    All-girl punk outfit the Dirty Knees (Elizabeth Wright, Maggie Brannon, Laura Rogers) have garnered a rambunctious reputation by hammering their way into the ears of Knoxvillians for years—and they don’t appear to be toning it down any time soon.

  • Boom Box: Matt Woods Published 3/16/2011 at 10:14 a.m. 0 comments

    With his intricate lyrics documenting life in East Tennessee, as well as long weeks spent on the road, nothing escapes Matt Woods’ songwriting scrutiny.

  • Boom Box: Kvillains Published 3/9/2011 at 9:16 a.m. 0 comments

    Knoxville’s Kvillains channel pop-punk’s ’90s glory days with short and energetic anthems to past girlfriends and late-night parties.

  • Boom Box: Matt Snow of Scissormen Published 2/23/2011 at 1:12 p.m. 0 comments

    Nashville duo Ted Drozdowski and Matt Snow, aka Scissormen, are bringing their down-and-dirty, amped-up country blues to town for two shows this week.

  • Boom Box: Alex Minard of Hey OK Fantastic Published 2/2/2011 at 1:52 p.m. 0 comments

    Alex Minard’s off-the-wall pop/rock band, Hey OK Fantastic, incorporates elements from across the music map into their flamboyantly energetic and impulsive live performances.

  • Boom Box: Abigail Washburn Published 1/5/2011 at 10:33 a.m. 0 comments

    Banjo star Abigail Washburn mixes up jazz, American folk, and traditional Chinese music with her band the Sparrow Quartet (which also features her husband, Bela Fleck). She also records as a solo artist, and has a brand-new album, City of ...

  • Listening in With the Cave Singers' Derek Fudesco Published 12/1/2010 at 11:01 a.m. 0 comments

    Derek Fudesco, one-time guitarist for Seattle’s semi-legendary ’90s goth-punk band the Murder City Devils and the later group Pretty Girls Make Graves, is now one of the alt-folkies who call themselves the Cave Singers. The Cave Singers’ third album, No ...

  • Shortwave Society's Grant Geren Is Still Listening to Music, Even After His Band's Gear Is Stolen Published 11/17/2010 at 10:21 a.m. 0 comments

    Last week was a bad one for Knoxville’s eccentric electro-acoustic ensemble Shortwave Society, who had their tour van and tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of gear stolen. They’ve turned this week’s performance at Pilot Light with Asheville’s Stephaniesid into ...

  • Liturgy's Hunter Hunt-Hendrix: Danish Composers and Proto-Rappers Published 11/10/2010 at 9:33 a.m. 0 comments

    Liturgy’s 2009 album Renihilation is an ecstatic, ferocious, and brainy blast of black-metal art, indebted as much to medieval religious music and minimalism as it is to Darkthrone and Burzum.