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'90s Band subbluecollar Reunites
Published 04/17/2013 at 10:19 a.m.
The important thing for Kat Brock—who is back in Knoxville after a few years in Nashville and New York—is that she loves playing with her old subbluecollar bandmates, Dave Campbell (drums) and Joe McLemore (guitar). The three have reformed their ...
Keb' Mo' Finds a Conversation in Music
Published 12/05/2012 at 10:17 a.m.
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 ...
Dan Deacon Explores America on His New Album
Published 08/29/2012 at 9:37 a.m.
While he may have trouble mustering optimism for the country’s political future, there is plenty about America that Deacon does love. That’s evident from his gorgeous new record, America. The album is at turns fierce and pretty, a meandering symphony ...
Folk-Pop Newcomer Sarah Jarosz Mixes the Traditional With the Postmodern
Published 07/03/2012 at 5 p.m.
It’s hard to admire Sarah Jarosz without remarking on her age. Just 21, the Americana singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has released two accomplished records and earned praise from critics and fellow musicians alike.
Pipe Dreams: Grace Potter Discusses Inspiration, Songwriting, and Twitter
Published 06/20/2012 at 1:57 p.m.
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are at that delicate moment in the trajectory of fame, when hard work and word of mouth begin to translate into major fame.
Johnny Lydon Finds New Perspectives on the First Public Image Ltd Album in 20 Years
Published 06/20/2012 at 11:50 a.m.
Lydon was perhaps the greatest angry young man ever, twisting with cynicism and contempt, raging against the machine. But at 56, he’s long past his angry-young-man years, and repositions his shtick effectively as a babbling old man.
Beneath St. Vincent’s Arty, Complex Music Is the Heart of a Rock Star
Published 05/16/2012 at 12:14 p.m.
Under the stage name St. Vincent, Annie Clark records arty, complex music that is at turns pretty and ragged, but almost always challenging to the listener. She’s become a critics’ darling and indie sensation. But the 29-year-old Clark is no ...
Nellie McKay’s Particular Brand of Music Nostalgia Recognizes the Dream Of The Past
Published 05/09/2012 at 11:42 a.m.
Nellie McKay finds a lot of her musical inspiration from the past. But unlike Americana artists, she’s not digging through old scratchy vinyl folk records.
Ex-East Tennesseans Amanda and Allen Rigell Find Their Appalachian Voices in Wisconsin
Published 02/29/2012 at 10:20 a.m.
Amanda Rigell was born and raised in East Tennessee, steeped in the traditions of Appalachian folk and country. But it wasn’t until she moved to Madison, Wis., that she felt more at ease writing and performing the music of her ...
Leonard Cohen Revisits Familiar Themes on 'Old ideas'
Published 02/15/2012 at 12:05 p.m.
The old-age album is fast becoming a genre of its own, and it is fascinating to see how these icons who have shaped our culture confront old age.