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Big Ears 2014: Steve Reich
Published 03/26/2014 at 3:26 p.m.
Composer Steve Reich’s signature piece, Music for 18 Musicians, along with Terry Riley’s In C, is considered to be the prime example of musical minimalism. The approximately hour-long work, which will be performed at this year’s Big Ears festival by ...
Local CD Review: La Basura Del Diablo
Published 03/27/2013 at 10:32 a.m.
While Knoxville’s self-described “lo-fi horror trash” band La Basura Del Diablo (“The Devil’s Trash”) is somewhat uncelebrated hereabouts, the band have become bona fide heroes of the sub-underground garage-punk scene in Germany, where a handful of their 7-inch singles have ...
Local CD Review: Yak Strangler: 'Your Body Is a Wonderland'
Published 10/17/2012 at 10:43 a.m.
With Your Body Is a Wonderland, Knoxville-based instrumental duo Yak Strangler welds together a junkyard full of broken musical toys into a magnificent yet terrifying aural sculpture.
Local CD Review: Mic Harrison and the High Score, 'Still Wanna Fight'
Published 06/27/2012 at 11:12 a.m.
Mic is a master at writing catchy, rocking songs that address the human condition from a barstool perspective.
On the Road With Oversat
Published 04/04/2012 at 11:02 a.m.
Knoxville’s crazed garage-surf punks Oversat are wrapping up a spring tour short on days but long on miles.
R.I.P. Melanie Sharp
Published 03/21/2012 at 11:51 a.m. 2 Comments
For a brief window in the mid-1990s, the Mercury Theatre was the epicenter for a vibrant all-ages punk scene. Anyone who frequented the matinee performances then will remember Melanie Sharp, the ever-fashionable woman on the front row at every show. ...
Henry Rollins’ Long March From Black Flag to Hollywood, and Beyond
Published 03/07/2012 at 9:44 a.m.
Over the course of his 30-year career, Rollins has evolved from the sexy, muscle-bound psycho frontman for the incendiary proto-hardcore band Black Flag to today’s slightly more erudite persona.
Stewart Pack: 'Epic Ditch Demos'
Published 01/11/2012 at 10:27 a.m.
Stewart Pack is one of the elite usual suspects who have shaped Knoxville’s sound. With a tenure that stretches beyond 20 years with great bands like the 1-900s and Dinky Doo, Pack is notable for his prolific music-making and, more ...
Knoxville Expat Greg Rogers Can't Quit Drumming
Published 10/05/2011 at 10:22 a.m.
Few people know that Knoxville’s family tree of doom metal royalty extends beyond Victor Griffin of Pentagram/Place of Skulls and a handful of excellent current local bands.
Oversat Prepares for European Tour With Local Benefit Show
Published 09/14/2011 at 10:24 a.m.
Hot off the release of the their debut, Mixed Signals, Knoxville delinquent garage rockers Oversat have lined up a demanding schedule for this fall that includes some charitable work on the local front and then a foray across the big ...