Veteran Southern rockers the Drive-By Truckers Survive Two Decades of Lineup Changes and the Hazards of the Road
Published 7/16/2014 at 10:02 a.m. 0 comments
The Drive-By Tuckers have been together for almost 20 years, but the band’s lineup hasn’t exactly been stable during that time. Notable talents like Jason Isbell and Spooner Oldham have both done stints in the band, earning the group critical ...
San Diego’s Donkeys Offer a Modern Take on Breezy SoCal Rock on 'Ride the Black Wave'
Published 7/9/2014 at 11:09 a.m. 0 comments
On their latest record, 2014’s Ride the Black Wave, the Donkeys sing about being “lost in a sunny daze.” The sentiment makes sense; the group isn’t shy about letting its Pacific Coast roots show.
Vance Thompson’s Five Plus Six Breaks New Ground Between the Bebop Combo and the Swing Orchestra
Published 7/2/2014 at 10:25 a.m. 0 comments
Vance Thompson is finding ways to get a handle on a form of music that, more than any other, resists handles.
History at 78 rpm: The St. James Sessions May Finally Get Their Due
Published 6/25/2014 at 3:00 p.m. 1 comment
The St. James sessions are not the most famous early recordings of jazz, blues, and country music—but they’re a big part of Knoxville’s music heritage, and they may soon get international recognition. The German reissue label Bear Family Records, known ...
After 30 years, Chicago Provocateurs Cheer-Accident Settle Into Prog Pop
Published 6/25/2014 at 10:33 a.m. 0 comments
In small type on the back cover of Cheer-Accident’s 2003 album Introducing Lemon are the words, “It freshens up the salad, but wilts the lettuce.” That statement works as an apt metaphorical summation of a certain strain of the Chicago ...
Cult Singer/Songwriter Wreckless Eric Finally Finds an Audience for His 1993 Album 'Donovan of Trash'
Published 6/18/2014 at 10:04 a.m. 0 comments
When Wreckless Eric released Donovan of Trash in 1993, few people noticed. Wreckless Eric, the stage name of Eric Goulden, wasn’t expecting the album to make him a star, but he hoped it would get a little bit of attention, ...
Former Drive-By Trucker Shonna Tucker Steps Out of the Shadows With Eye Candy
Published 6/11/2014 at 11:11 a.m. 0 comments
Shonna Tucker says she never thought of herself as a frontwoman for a band. She was just a “bass player in someone else’s band” in her native Muscle Shoals, Ala., and then for eight years with the Drive-By Truckers.
Local Metal Band Whitechapel Continues Its Unlikely Success Story With 'Our Endless War'
Published 6/4/2014 at 11:20 a.m. 0 comments
Eight years ago, Knoxville’s Whitechapel was just another newbie local band, a bunch of metal diehards in a city that’s hardly a haven for metal. Today, they’re touring the U.S. in support of their fifth album, Our Endless War, which ...
Local Experimental Quartet Horcerer Makes Every Show an Experience
Published 5/28/2014 at 11:37 a.m. 0 comments
Horcerer doesn’t sound quite like any other band in Knoxville. In fact, it’s a good bet they don’t sound like any band anywhere on the planet right now, though it’s possible some East European goths who’ve spent too much time ...
North Carolina Bedroom Pop Band the Love Language Explores its More Aggressive Side
Published 5/14/2014 at 11:05 a.m. 0 comments
On tape, the Love Language’s music is a poppy blend of delicate shifts in pitch and grand bursts of instrumentation. It’s equal parts unrestrained joy and McLamb’s hushed, melancholy croons. But while the recordings explore a variety of styles, the ...
Canadian Folk-Rock Band Wake Owl Shifts Direction on 'The Private World of Paradise'
Published 4/30/2014 at 10:45 a.m. 0 comments
For most musicians, being nominated for a prestigious award is a sign that things are headed in the right direction. For the folk-rock band Wake Owl, a 2014 JUNO nomination for Breakthrough Artist of the Year preceded a total revamp ...
U.K. Psychedelic Shoegaze Band Loop Gives it Another Go
Published 4/23/2014 at 11:01 a.m. 0 comments
It’s become a fairly familiar story, but a no less exciting one for those caught up in it: A band releases a few albums, tours a bit, has modest success, calls it quits after a few years, is posthumously influential ...
A Decade Later, Local Natives Celebrate “Overnight” Success
Published 4/16/2014 at 10:45 a.m. 0 comments
On paper, Local Natives’ rise to indie-rock stardom reads like an overnight success story. The band’s debut album, 2010’s Gorilla Manor, was an immediate critical favorite, earning pivotal Pitchfork buzz with its dense, harmony-laden arrangements. In the intervening four years, ...
Pianist Brad Mehldau Keeps Fans Intrigued With Right-Angle Shifts in His Sound
Published 4/9/2014 at 10:05 a.m. 0 comments
Brad Mehldau has led a charmed career, mostly avoiding restrictive typecasting or comparisons to legends. He’s managed to forge his own particular style that appeals to traditionalists and neu jazz fans alike, traversing sub-genres from straight-ahead jazz to orchestral pieces ...
Asheville’s River Whyless Brings Its Happy-Go-Lucky Pop Folk to Rhythm N’ Blooms
Published 4/2/2014 at 11:40 a.m. 0 comments
The hills of North Carolina have a knack for inspiring hummable folk tunes. Fortunately for the guitar-toting transplants in Asheville-based folk-rock band River Whyless, the area’s influence isn’t limited to natives.
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