Nashville Pop-Prog Band Moon Taxi Raises Its Profile With 'Cabaret'
Published 1/16/2013 at 10:38 a.m. 0 comments
Moon Taxi keyboardist Wes Bailey frequently mentions his idea of “synthesis,” of merging various moods and textures and genres into something slightly unexpected. That open-minded approach defines the band’s latest album, last year’s Cabaret, a thrilling set that blends eclecticism ...
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Returns to Its Roots for 'Meat and Bone'
Published 1/9/2013 at 10:43 a.m. 0 comments
If you’re not familiar with the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, the opening track on the band’s new album Meat and Bone gives you a good idea what the trio is all about, musically and even philosophically. “Black Mold” is a ...
Young Detroit Duo Jamaican Queens Introduces Trap Music to Indie Pop
Published 1/2/2013 at 9:50 a.m. 0 comments
It’s tempting to roll your eyes when a band bursts out of the gate boasting their own invented genre label. On their weirdly intoxicating debut album, Wormfood, Detroit duo Jamaican Queens have branded their particular style “Detroit trap pop,” but ...
Asheville's Jahman Brahman Embraces the Jam-Band Label
Published 12/19/2012 at 10:15 a.m. 0 comments
Asheville’s Jahman Brahman are a “jam band,” whatever that means. Ever since the quintet’s formation in 2005, in their original home base of Columbus, Ohio, they’ve been faced with that love-it-or-loathe-it genre label—with all of its Phish references and jokes ...
Texas Punkabilly Veteran Reverend Horton Heat Is in It for Life
Published 12/12/2012 at 2:09 p.m. 0 comments
With the music industry undergoing seismic shifts in its business model, its technological underpinnings, and the trajectory of artists’ careers, it’s comforting to know that at least a few things never change. And one of those few things is the ...
Keb' Mo' Finds a Conversation in Music
Published 12/5/2012 at 10:17 a.m. 0 comments
Keb’ Mo’ came to the blues in a roundabout way. He began his musical career in the late 1960s, first playing steel drums and bass in a calypso band and then moving on to a variety of rhythm-and-blues and rock ...
Magic Man: The Smooth, Sexy, and Unsinkable Mr. R. Kelly
Published 11/28/2012 at 11:35 a.m. 0 comments
Is there any contemporary musician whose life has reached the highest highs and the lowest lows the way R. Kelly’s has?
Call It A Comeback for Former Knoxvillian Adam Hill
Published 11/20/2012 at 12:55 p.m. 0 comments
For a brief period in the late 1990s, the Satellite Pumps were one of the best bands in Knoxville. The group played sultry, swinging rock ’n’ roll and country, dance music for the head as much as the hips, establishing ...
David Bazan Revisits Pedro the Lion After a Crisis of Faith
Published 11/14/2012 at 11:01 a.m. 0 comments
If you know his heavily publicized story—and his fans certainly do—you wouldn’t expect David Bazan to do a lot of backward-glancing. Over the past decade, the indie-rock mainstay (and former Christian-rock outcast, as leader of Pedro the Lion) has undergone ...
Roots-Rocker JD McPherson Defies the Retro Label With Rock ’n’ Roll in Its Purest Form
Published 11/7/2012 at 1:34 p.m. 0 comments
Taking up the look and sound of your music heroes can be dangerous—it’s entirely possible to be too reverent. Where does their influence end and your originality begin? This hazy line has tripped up countless rockabilly revivalists over the last ...
Northwest Metal Throwback Band Witch Mountain Gets a Second Chance
Published 10/31/2012 at 10:42 a.m. 0 comments
Time hasn’t always been on Witch Mountain’s side. When the band formed in Portland, Ore., in 1997, its brand of traditional heavy metal was at its commercial and cultural nadir. After recording their debut album, ...Come the Mountain, in 2001, ...
Jerry Douglas Digs Up Some Soul in New Orleans
Published 10/24/2012 at 11:02 a.m. 0 comments
Even among his own eclectic discography, which covers traditional and not-so-traditional bluegrass, acoustic jazz, and blues, Jerry Douglas’ new album is a surprise. The prolific Dobro player/bandleader/session musician, best known for his connections to Alison Krauss and the 1970s hot-stuff ...
Michael Gira Raises Swans From the Dead to Play Their Most Challenging Music Yet
Published 10/17/2012 at 10:59 a.m. 0 comments
It wasn’t the biggest news in the entertainment world, but to a certain segment of the population it was a big deal when, in 2010, Michael Gira announced Swans would reform. Following a somewhat acrimonious ending in the late 1990s, ...
Melvins Lite Are Still Heavier Than Just About Anything Else
Published 10/10/2012 at 11:58 a.m. 0 comments
If Melvins fans have learned anything from the band, it’s that expectations don’t count for much.
Band of Horses Embraces Imperfection on 'Mirage Rock'
Published 10/3/2012 at 11:33 a.m. 0 comments
Band of Horses’ fourth album, Mirage Rock, is the quietest collection of songs this Seattle/South Carolina quintet has ever recorded, beaming with starry-eyed folk ballads and hazy soft-rock ruminations, harkening back to ’70s legends like Crosby, Stills, and Nash and ...