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  • 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.

  • BIG EARS 2014 SCHEDULE Published 3/26/2014 at 4:04 p.m. 0 comments

    Here's the whole shebang.

  • Big Ears 2014: Susanna Published 3/26/2014 at 3:30 p.m. 0 comments

    Though Susanna Wallumrød has been a member of numerous bands in her native Norway, she is best known abroad for her work with keyboardist Morten Qvenild in Susanna and the Magical Orchestra. The two have recorded an eclectic variety of ...

  • Big Ears 2014: The Rest of the Lineup Published 3/26/2014 at 3:30 p.m. 0 comments

    A quick look at all the rest of the performers from Big Ears 2014.

  • Big Ears 2014: Dean Wareham Published 3/26/2014 at 3:29 p.m. 0 comments

    Most of Dean Wareham’s fans first fell in love with him through the dreamy sounds of Galaxie 500, the band he started with his Harvard classmates Damon Krukowski and Naomi Yang in the mid ’80s. It’s perfect music to listen ...

  • Big Ears 2014: Oneohtrix Point Never Published 3/26/2014 at 3:28 p.m. 0 comments

    Daniel Lopatin is one of the most discussed and celebrated avant-electronic musicians of recent years. He’s been highly influential on more forward-thinking electronic musicians, and, along with James Ferraro, a major touchstone for the hyperactive, consumer culture–critiquing genre vaporwave (and, ...

  • Big Ears 2014: Rachel Grimes Published 3/26/2014 at 3:27 p.m. 0 comments

    Grimes has lived in Louisville, Ky., her entire life. Over the years, she’s become one of the most recognized names of the city’s storied musical scene, in no small part because of sharing the name of her former musical outfit, ...

  • Big Ears 2014: Lonnie Holley Published 3/26/2014 at 3:27 p.m. 0 comments

    Where most of us see garbage, Lonnie Holley sees raw material for a sculpture. While all of us have thousands of fleeting thoughts a day, here and gone in an instant, never to be recalled again, Holley turns his into ...

  • Big Ears 2014: Television Published 3/26/2014 at 3:26 p.m. 0 comments

    Television came out of that New York CBGB scene in the 1970s, but they never fit into a category easily.

  • Big Ears 2014: Connecting the Dots Published 3/26/2014 at 3:26 p.m. 0 comments

    Since its inception in 2009, Big Ears has been something of an enigma. It’s unlike almost any other music festival in the United States, and it’s made even more unusual by the fact that it’s in Knoxville.

  • Big Ears 2014: Steve Reich Published 3/26/2014 at 3:26 p.m. 0 comments

    Composer Steve Reich’s signature piece, Music for 18 Musicians, along with Terry Riley’s In C, is considered to be the prime example of musical minimalism. The approximately hour-long work, which will be performed at this year’s Big Ears festival by ...

  • Big Ears 2014: Keiji Haino Published 3/26/2014 at 3:25 p.m. 0 comments

    Keiji Haino is a legend, a hero, and an inspiration to many underground musicians. With his lengthy improvised solos, poetic album track titles, and haunting voice, there is no one else quite like him.

  • Big Ears 2014: Body/Head Published 3/26/2014 at 3:25 p.m. 0 comments

    Most of you reading this only have to know one thing to decide if Body/Head is worth your time when planning out your Big Ears schedule, and that one thing is that Kim Gordon is in it.

  • Big Ears 2014: Marc Ribot Published 3/26/2014 at 3:24 p.m. 0 comments

    Just like a teen idol forever associated with an early bubblegum hit, guitarist Marc Ribot made his indelible mark on the public ear early on with his “wrong-note blues” sound on key ’80s albums by Tom Waits. But in the ...

  • Big Ears 2014: Tim Hecker Published 3/26/2014 at 3:24 p.m. 0 comments

    Throughout seven albums and numerous EPs and collaborations, Tim Hecker has blended the seemingly disparate sounds of ambient and noise to create music that holds a barbed sort of loveliness. In a typical Hecker track, ethereal electronic tones mingle with ...

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