The Cryptic Avant-Folk Band Califone Finds Clarity on Its New Album
Published 8/28/2013 at 11:56 a.m. 0 comments
While few people would call what the band does country, folk, or blues, elements of each are apparent in Califone’s music, filtered through a bit of an avant-garde sensibility.
Gamenight Looks Backward and Forward With the Release of Its New Album
Published 8/21/2013 at 10:21 a.m. 0 comments
Gamenight doesn’t play too many shows in Knoxville—it’s been about a year since their last show here. But that doesn’t mean they haven’t been hard at work. For most of that time, the indie-rock band has been preparing its new ...
The Ying Yang Twins Are Back. HANH!
Published 8/14/2013 at 10:43 a.m. 0 comments
In the world of hip-hop, there is music to shake your ass to, and then there are the Ying Yang Twins.
Sturgill Simpson Defines Nashville Success His Own Way
Published 8/7/2013 at 11:49 a.m. 0 comments
Every few years, a new “save country music” campaign gets kicked off. This year’s poster boy for the movement is Sturgill Simpson, a Kentucky native who just released his first solo album, High Top Mountain, after more than a decade ...
Knoxville Indie-Rock Quartet Love Animals Stalks Bigger Success
Published 7/31/2013 at 10:31 a.m. 0 comments
Members of the Love Animals insist that they’re not lovelorn stalkers. But the group’s debut EP, Reckless Holiday, ended up being all about obsessive love.
Dillinger Escape Plan's Ben Weinman Lays His Body on the Line for Metal
Published 7/24/2013 at 11:22 a.m. 0 comments
Over the course of five albums, the band has maintained a fierce commitment to creative evolution, from the brain-melting prog/punk shredding of its 1999 debut, Calculating Infinity, to the left-field pop experimentation of “Black Bubblegum,” from 2007’s Ire Works.
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 ...