Boz Scaggs Finds His Voice at Memphis’ Legendary Royal Studios
Published 7/17/2013 at 11:43 a.m. 0 comments
Boz Scaggs has survived an impressive five decades in the music industry, first as an eager rock ’n’ roll sideman, then as a blue-eyed soul star, now as an unwavering elder statesman. But for all his commercial success—his 1976 smash, ...
Knoxville Sort-of Supergroup the French Is Serious About Having Fun
Published 7/10/2013 at 10:20 a.m. 0 comments
Who are the French? They are a people of contradictions—sophisticated yet crude, polite yet blunt, beguiling yet sometimes annoying. Plus, they rock like few others in town, wielding a sanctified guitar sound handed down by the forefathers of rock ’n’ ...
Glenn Jones Confirms His Position as One of the Best of a Generation of John Fahey Disciples
Published 7/3/2013 at 10:16 a.m. 0 comments
Glenn Jones discovered John Fahey and Robbie Basho’s ’60s albums while a teenager and absorbed their probing, personalized amalgamation of American blues and hillbilly music, Indian ragas, and avant experimentation alongside a mix of the usual suburban “classic” rock and ...
Brandon Biondo's Shy Boys Continue Coolrunnings' Synth-Rock Explorations
Published 6/26/2013 at 10:57 a.m. 1 comment
Shy Boys debuted with “Ride” and “Julia,” McMinn’s vocals a perfect fit for Biondo’s expertly crafted surf-pop. “Something” soon followed, a woozy bit of dream pop that brings to mind a New Romantic act discovering shoegaze.
Remembering Chet Flippo, Music Writer
Published 6/19/2013 at 6:24 p.m. 0 comments
Chet Flippo was always right, always insightful—even if he played it all very close to the vest. He was an iconic, owlish presence, always watching, ever true to his journalistic mission.
Local Prog/Post-Rock Newcomers Mobility Chief Look to the Future With New Album, Tour
Published 6/19/2013 at 11:58 a.m. 0 comments
Listen to any of Mobility Chief’s cosmic, shape-shifting jams, and you’ll likely find yourself perplexed. And that’s precisely the point.
Windhand Makes Epic Heavy Rock the Old-Fashioned Way
Published 6/12/2013 at 12:17 p.m. 0 comments
Windhand's music is suffocatingly, morbidly slow and heavy, with subterranean bass shrouded in fuzzy guitar distortion and eerie vocals that are buried so deep in the mix that they become ethereal, wordless incantations. There’s an Old World vibe—shadows of haunted ...
James McCartney Slowly Emerges From His Famous Father's Shadow
Published 6/5/2013 at 11:09 a.m. 1 comment
It isn’t easy for the son of a Beatle to throw his guitar in the closet and become an accountant.
Local Scene Veterans Light It Up as Smoking Nurse
Published 5/29/2013 at 10:54 a.m. 0 comments
Charlie Finch, Joan Monaco, and Bill Warden were housemates for a while before they were in a band together. Then, in the spring of 2011, their friend Steph Untz insisted they form a band to play the reception for her ...
Internationally Renowned Saxophonist Greg Tardy Finds His Way Into Knoxville's Jazz Community
Published 5/15/2013 at 11:40 a.m. 0 comments
He’s maybe not as familiar by sight as some of Knoxville's other jazz players, but judging by the crowds he draws around the world, and the prominent discs that have featured his saxophone, Greg Tardy is one of the most ...
Nashville Garage-Rock Duo JEFF the Brotherhood Aim for the Big Leagues With Major-Label Debut
Published 5/8/2013 at 10:44 a.m. 0 comments
Over the course of a decade, under the name JEFF the Brotherhood, Nashville brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall released six albums of fuzzy, tone-deaf stoner-pop, full of blistering punk-pop riffs and hungover power-pop melodies. Their goal? Pay the rent and ...
French Band Ulan Bator Finally Makes It to America
Published 5/1/2013 at 11:30 a.m. 0 comments
A few tracks from En France/En Transe, scheduled for release later this month, are available on the band’s website; they point to a rawer sound reminiscent of Ulan Bator’s debut album, which Cambuzat says is a result of the band ...
Knoxville Gay Men's Chorus Makes a Joyful Noise
Published 5/1/2013 at 9:57 a.m. 1 comment
The group is the brainchild of its president, the activist Bleu Copas, who met Hamblin at the Equality on the Hill demonstration in Nashville last year. Hamblin and Copas, with two or three other singers, had their first public performance ...
Texas Metal Band the Sword Takes a Ride on the Fantastic Side
Published 4/24/2013 at 10:11 a.m. 0 comments
It’s okay to classify frontman John “J.D.” Cronise’s 10-year-old retro-rock outfit the Sword as stoner metal, if you’d like. Or even doom, if you’re especially taken with the singer’s sometimes-apocalyptic lyrical fantasias. But while Cronise doesn’t mind, he doesn’t see ...
Gangstagrass Fuses an Unlikely Combination of Hip-Hop and Bluegrass
Published 4/17/2013 at 10:48 a.m. 0 comments
Tthe way Rench puts it, bluegrass, with its drummerless bands, and hip-hop, with its heavy bass beats, seem perfect for each other. Luckily, he was able to find like-minded musicians in New York’s small bluegrass community, and assembled a group ...