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Big Ears 2014: John Cale
Published 03/26/2014 at 3:24 p.m.
John Cale will forever be best known as a member of the Velvet Underground, the band he formed with Lou Reed in 1965. While Reed was clearly the band’s leader and guiding force, it was Cale, more than anybody, who ...
St. Paul and the Broken Bones Pick Up Where Soul Music Left Off in the 1970s
Published 02/19/2014 at 10:58 a.m.
Paul Janeway's voice is reminiscent of some of the soul greats, particularly Southern ones like Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett.
Chelsea Wolfe's Atmospheric Metal/Electronica is Open to Interpretation
Published 01/29/2014 at 10:36 a.m.
Chelsea Wolfe doesn’t particularly like to explain her songs. The 30-year-old California musician understands the impulse to ask what a song means, but she feels that anybody else’s interpretation is just as valid as hers.
Singer/Songwriter Thao Nguyen Finds Inspiration in a California Women’s Prison
Published 01/23/2014 at 9:34 a.m.
A little more than a year ago, Nguyen began visiting the prison with the California Coalition for Women Prisoners. The people she met there have had a profound effect on both Nguyen’s life and her latest album, We the Common ...
They Might Be Giants’ John Linnell Has Learned to Watch for the Unexpected Beautiful Moments
Published 10/09/2013 at 11:24 a.m. 1 Comment
In a collaboration that has lasted more than 30 years, John Linnell and John Flansburgh have crafted quirky, infectious pop music—oddball tunes that still manage to sound heartfelt and rarely drift into gimmickry.
Knoxville Indie-Rock Quartet Love Animals Stalks Bigger Success
Published 07/31/2013 at 10:31 a.m.
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.
'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.