• Listening in With Scott Miller Published 6/2/2010 at 9:44 a.m. 0 comments

    Scott Miller has been writing songs about drinking beer and raising a ruckus around Knoxville for nearly 20 years. His latest album, For Crying Out Loud, released in 2008, was paid for by Miller’s out-of-the-box business venture—he sold handmade demos ...

  • Saint Solitude Picks Sharon Jones and the National Published 5/19/2010 at 8:40 a.m. 0 comments

    Dup Crosson has been crafting lyrical, upbeat electronic pop as Saint Solitude since 2006. For his latest album, Journal of Retreat, he’s added a full backing band that adds muscle to his chiming, Britpop-inspired melodies.

  • Taylor Brown Picks Horse Feathers, Tom Waits Published 4/28/2010 at 9:01 a.m. 0 comments

    Energetic roots rocker Taylor Brown is quickly moving up in the local music scene, with a recent spot at the Dogwood Arts Rhythm N’ Blooms festival and, with his backing band, a slot opening for 1990s singer/songwriter Edwin McCain at ...

  • Kasey Anderson's Playlist: Jakob Dylan, Sam Cooke Published 4/14/2010 at 9:06 a.m. 0 comments

    Portland, Ore., singer/songwriter Kasey Anderson has come a long way since his debut album, Dead Roses, was released in 2004. “It was me learning how to write songs while tape rolled,” he says. But with his newest record, Nowhere Nights, ...

  • Sara Lewis of Jag Star Picks Billy Joel Over Elton John Published 3/17/2010 at 8:46 a.m. 0 comments

    Jag Star’s concert this weekend isn’t just a release party for their new CD Static Bliss—it’s the long-running local pop-rock band’s first hometown show in two years. The band relocated to Nashville after The Best Impression of Sanity in 2006, ...

  • Former My Morning Jacket Guitarist Johnny Quaid Digs Isaac Hayes, Waylong Jennings Published 3/10/2010 at 10:21 a.m. 0 comments

    A former member of My Morning Jacket hasn’t just been living quietly in Knoxville for the last two years—he’s put together a new band, which is making its local debut this week, and released an album.

  • Rebecca Pronsky Digs Through Old Albums by Leon Russell and Lucinda Williams Published 2/10/2010 at 9:59 a.m. 0 comments

    Brooklyn singer/songwriter Rebecca Pronsky shuffles through the dark territory where old-fashioned rock ’n’ roll, country, and folk come together. It’s roughly the same territory where Neko Case and Kelly Hogan operate, and any accusations of carpetbagging are shot down by ...

  • Comedian Neil Hamburger Picks His Favorite Records Published 1/27/2010 at 1:19 p.m. 0 comments

    You might call Neil Hamburger an anti-comedian. He’s a stand-up version of Andy Kaufman’s Tony Clifton character, a conceptual performance art project that’s funny by being pointedly not funny—by being bad, in fact. Hamburger’s routine is made up of bad ...

  • Christina Horn Picks St. Vincent, My Brightest Diamond Published 1/20/2010 at 10:44 a.m. 0 comments

    It’s been more than two years since Hudson K released its self-titled EP. The group—pianist/vocalist Christina Horn, drummer Nathan Barrett, and guitarist Jeff Christmas, along with a rotating cast of auxiliary members—is finishing up work on Shine, its first full-length ...

  • Listening in With Jay Clark Published 1/6/2010 at 9:01 a.m. 0 comments

    Singer/songwriter Jay Clark moved back to Knoxville in October after a few years in Alabama, and he’s not wasted any time getting back into the local music scene. Here’s what he’s been listening to since coming back to town.

  • Black Cadillacs Boogie Down With Black Keys, Tom Waits, Phil Collins Published 12/9/2009 at 10:05 a.m. 0 comments

    The Black Cadillacs have become one of Knoxville’s most popular young bands over the last year, thanks in part to the band’s potent shot of blues rock and in part to the footloose charisma of frontman Will Horton.

  • Crystal Antlers' Jonny Bell Digs Into N.W.A., Elton John, and Sun Ra Published 12/2/2009 at 8:52 a.m. 0 comments

    The Long Beach, Calif., sextet Crystal Antlers teeter between hazy dream-pop and scuzzy garage punk on their debut album Tentacles, released earlier this year. (It looks like Tentacles will be the last release from the acclaimed Chicago label Touch and ...

  • Plainclothes Tracy Discuss Some Favorite Albums Published 11/25/2009 at 10:03 a.m. 0 comments

    The local indie-pop trio Plainclothes Tracy is finishing up recording for a five-song EP that should be available in January. In the meantime, they’re playing a locals-only after-Thanksgiving show at Preservation Pub this weekend.

  • Amanda Palmer Steps Out From the Dresden Dolls to Discuss Her Listening Habits Published 11/18/2009 at 10:28 a.m. 0 comments

    Amanda Palmer is just as theatrical on her 2008 solo album, Who Killed Amanda Palmer?, as she’s been as half of the Boston duo Dresden Dolls. But Palmer’s solo debut borrows more from Broadway and Tin Pan Alley than the ...

  • Dexter Romweber Digs Classical Radio and Early Rock 'n' Roll Published 10/28/2009 at 8:57 a.m. 0 comments

    Dexter Romweber first rose to prominence in the late 1980s as the guitar-playing and singing half of North Carolina’s Flat Duo Jets. That band’s guitar-and-drums set-up and the confluence of early rock ’n’ roll, surf, blues, and garage rock that ...