• Listening in With Deakin of Animal Collective Published 11/3/2010 at 9:46 a.m. 0 comments

    Joshua Dibb, who performs under the name Deakin, is one of the founding members of Animal Collective and has been an occasional member the last few years; he didn’t appear on last year’s Merriweather Post Pavillion, but he’s planning on ...

  • Steve Britton's Depressing Halloween Playlist Published 10/27/2010 at 11:34 a.m. 0 comments

    It turns out that Immortal Chorus, one of Knoxville’s most popular bands in the early 1990s, just might have eternal life. Frontman Steve Britton resurrects the goth-rock band for the first time since 2002 for this Halloween-weekend show. Here’s what ...

  • Listening in With Kevin Hyfantis Published 10/20/2010 at 11:50 a.m. 0 comments

    A quick glance at a list of his past performances indicates that Knoxville’s Kevin Hyfantis juggles the schedules of three men at once. He’s currently busy touring with Jonathan Sexton, as well as playing bass for local troubadour Taylor Brown. ...

  • Listening in With Oxford, Miss., Indie Rockers Colour Revolt Published 10/6/2010 at 9:41 a.m. 0 comments

    Oxford, Miss., indie rockers Colour Revolt take their name from the Victorian math fable Flatland, but there’s nothing flat about the band’s bouncy, no-nonsense garage-style power pop, as shown on their second album, The Cradle, released in August.

  • A List of Doom Rockers Batillus' Favorite Albums Published 9/21/2010 at 6:26 p.m. 0 comments

    The Brooklyn quartet Batillus take their name from a class of 1970s supertankers that are among the biggest ships ever built, and the name fits—the band’s self-titled debut EP is three tracks of long, slow, and super-heavy doom metal.

  • Listening in With Alex Mindermann of Arpetrio Published 9/15/2010 at 8:30 a.m. 0 comments

    It’s no surprise that Arpetrio’s self-described “funky livetronica” sound has earned a devoted following in Knoxville’s ever-expanding electronic scene.

  • Listening in With NOMO's Elliot Bergman Published 9/8/2010 at 8:55 a.m. 0 comments

    The large American Afrobeat ensemble NOMO relocated from Ann Arbor, Mich., where they’d performed music inspired by the late Nigerian superstar Fela Kuti, to Chicago, where they’ve since absorbed influences from electronic pop, krautrock, Brian Eno, and the Italian novelist ...

  • The Songbirds Prepare for Benefit Show with Thad Cockrell and Mumford & Sons Published 9/1/2010 at 9:48 a.m. 0 comments

    The Songbirds’ fresh vocal harmonies and simply arranged Americana have earned Ashley Wells and Lisa Speck a spot in the hearts of Knoxville music fans since the pair first began performing covers at the Preservation Pub two years ago. Wells ...

  • Medford's Black Record Collection Starts to Ramble Again Published 8/25/2010 at 8:45 a.m. 0 comments

    Medford’s Black Record Collection, headed by singer-songwriters Michael Davis and Matt Foster, earned local praise for the dusty mix of bluegrass, traditional folk, and radio-friendly Americana on their 2006 debut The Flattville Murder Album and the 2008 follow-up, Eccentricity NOS. ...

  • Faux Ferocious' Playlist Offers Insight Into the Band's Disorienting Sound Published 8/11/2010 at 9:04 a.m. 0 comments

    After a rigorous year of booking shows around town and with a new EP, A Thousand Trucks, available for download, Knoxville’s Faux Ferocious seem poised to spread their short and punchy pop-rock style to audiences across state lines. By sharing ...

  • Soulfinger Frontman Tim Spencer Prepares for CD Release With James Brown and Sharon Jones Published 8/4/2010 at 10:14 a.m. 0 comments

    The local R and B ensemble Soulfinger is celebrating the release of its first CD, Soulfinger Party, with a Friday full of performances, starting with the 11 O’Clock Rock show on knoxivi.com at 11 a.m. The main set will be ...

  • Future Islands Take a Turn Toward New Order on Latest Album Published 7/14/2010 at 9:55 a.m. 0 comments

    On their new album In Evening Air, Baltimore’s Future Islands forego the Day-Glo electronic pop of the Wham City collective they’re usually associated with in favor of brooding and elegant New Order-style compositions.

  • Banjo Star Matt Morelock Listens to a Lot of Banjo Music Published 7/7/2010 at 10:56 a.m. 0 comments

    Local banjo authority Matt Morelock—he plays banjo, runs a downtown music shop that sells banjos, and even visited China as a sort of banjo ambassador in 2007—and his band the Bearded are playing at Preservation Pub on Wednesday, July 14. ...

  • Jenna Jefferson's Favorite Music Published 6/30/2010 at 9:25 a.m. 0 comments

    Most of the time, Jenna Jefferson fronts the local R&B and blues bands the Accidentals. Tonight she’s leading the Hard Knox All Stars, a one-off collaboration among some of Knoxville’s best and most acclaimed veteran blues players—Michael “Crawdaddy” Crawley, “Big ...

  • The Lonesome Coyotes' Steve Horton Shares His Favorite Tunes Published 6/9/2010 at 3:32 p.m. 0 comments

    he Lonesome Coyotes have had a longer run together since reforming in 2002 than they did in their original configuration in the late ’70s and early ’80s. That continuity’s threatened by guitarist Hector Qirko’s pending departure for South Carolina, but ...