Superdrag's 'Head Trip in Every Key' Finally Gets Vinyl Reissue
Published 07/16/2014 at 10:51 a.m.
Back in 1998, before the beginning of the end of the CD era and the new vinyl renaissance we’re living in today, Superdrag released its second album, Head Trip in Every Key, its expansive, sonically detailed headphone masterpiece. Just look ...
Kasai Allstars and Brian Eno Reinterpret African Music With a Modern Touch
Published 07/16/2014 at 10:20 a.m.
The Kasai Allstars have just released their second album, Beware the Fetish, a remarkable double disc set that stands as the pinnacle of Crammed Disc’s tradi-moderne releases so far.
Knoxville Horror Fest Latches on to Local Bigfoot Mania
Published 07/02/2014 at 10:22 a.m. 1 Comment
Bigfoot is getting to be a thing around Knoxville.
International Burlesque Competition Lands in West Knoxville
Published 07/02/2014 at 10:20 a.m.
Knoxville’s burlesque scene gets a big boost on Friday, July 11, when the Edge in West Knoxville hosts the regional round of Burlypicks, an international burlesque and “variety performance arts” competition.
History at 78 rpm: The St. James Sessions May Finally Get Their Due
Published 06/25/2014 at 3 p.m. 1 Comment
The St. James sessions are not the most famous early recordings of jazz, blues, and country music—but they’re a big part of Knoxville’s music heritage, and they may soon get international recognition. The German reissue label Bear Family Records, known ...
Owen Pallett’s 'In Conflict' Seamlessly Melds Electronica, Pop, and Classical Influences
Published 06/18/2014 at 9:36 a.m.
In Conflict sounds like the album Pallett has been working toward for the last decade.
Looking Ahead to the Fall Arts and Music Schedule
Published 06/11/2014 at 10:59 a.m.
As spring slides into the dog days of summer (and as Bonnaroo sucks most of the music industry into Middle Tennessee this weekend, leaving Knoxville’s music calendar unusually bereft for a few days), it gives us all a moment to ...
Swans Reach the Top 40 With the Late-Career Masterpiece 'To Be Kind'
Published 05/28/2014 at 10:52 a.m.
To illustrate just how unlikely the recent late-career renaissance of Michael Gira and Swans has been: The band’s new album, To Be Kind (Young God Records), debuted at 38 on Billboard’s album chart earlier this month. That’s by far the ...
The Well Runs Dry for Bearden Rock Club
Published 05/06/2014 at 5:50 p.m.
Making a rock club in a Bearden strip mall work was never an easy job, and Well owner Gina Truitt finally decided to call it quits earlier this year. With little fanfare, it turns out that Monday, May 5, was ...
Life Cycle: Will Richard Jolley’s Seven-Ton Magnum Opus at KMA Finally Bring International Recognition to the Museum and the Artist?
Published 04/23/2014 at 3 p.m.
The biggest event in the Knoxville Museum of Art’s history since the building opened in 1990 is coming May 3: the unveiling of “Cycle of Life: Within the Power of Dreams and the Wonder of Infinity,” a seven-ton, 105-foot wide, ...
Get on the Bus: The Bus Driver Tour Lands Back in Knoxville for Spring
Published 04/16/2014 at 10:41 a.m.
The Bus Driver Tour is a nomadic collaboration among the folk singer/songwriters Paul Lee Kupfer, Dan Freund, and Ian Thomas, who split their time between Montana and Knoxville. It’s an odd enough name for a band (it comes from the ...
Todd Terje Repackages His Best Recent Material in the Disco Grab Bag 'It’s Album Time'
Published 04/16/2014 at 10:26 a.m.
There’s a lot of good stuff on Norwegian DJ and producer Todd Terje's anticipated debut album, but most of the best songs have already been released.
Big Ears 2014: The Rest of the Lineup
Published 03/26/2014 at 3:30 p.m.
A quick look at all the rest of the performers from Big Ears 2014.
Big Ears 2014: Connecting the Dots
Published 03/26/2014 at 3:26 p.m.
Since its inception in 2009, Big Ears has been something of an enigma. It’s unlike almost any other music festival in the United States, and it’s made even more unusual by the fact that it’s in Knoxville.
Lost Pilot Light Painting Gets a Surprise Replacement
Published 03/12/2014 at 10:20 a.m.
It was an icon—Steven Pogue’s vaguely Cubist painting of a reclining nude woman with a pageboy haircut, a snake slithering against her belly, had hung behind the bar of Pilot Light since the Old City rock club opened in 2000. ...
The Numero Group Takes a Weird, Heavy Turn With 'Darkscorch Canticles'
Published 03/05/2014 at 9:57 a.m.
The Numero Group’s new anthology of gloriously gloomy ’70s hard rock is probably the weirdest thing to come from the esteemed Chicago reissue label yet.
Knoxville Blues All-Stars Jenna and Her Cool Friends Announce New CD
Published 02/26/2014 at 2:04 p.m.
If, for some reason, you haven’t been able to make it out to see them, you’ll soon be able to buy the Cool Friends’ first album, I’m What You Get, a brand-new collection of 10 original blues songs.
Neneh Cherry's Unlikely Comeback Continues With 'Blank Project'
Published 02/26/2014 at 10:21 a.m.
Neneh Cherry’s new album—her first solo disc in 18 years—is the second part of a major comeback effort that should help put her entire career in a new perspective.
Hudson K's Show Will Go on Despite Robbery
Published 02/19/2014 at 10:55 a.m. 1 Comment
Earlier this month, Hudson K’s van was robbed of a couple of synthesizers and “other musical pieces essential to making the show happen,” but the band is intent on getting over it as soon as possible
Rico Stache Bash Announces Ninth Annual Mustache and Beard Contest
Published 02/19/2014 at 10:52 a.m.
It’s likely to be the greatest, weirdest, wildest version of the contest yet.
Reunited '90s Band Mustard Joins the High Score in a Tribute to Dave Walker
Published 02/12/2014 at 10:17 a.m. 1 Comment
Over the years, Chris Cook has considered more than once putting together a new version of his 1990s college-rock band Mustard. It just never seemed right, he says—the band broke up after bassist Nathan Mitchell’s death in 2001, and just ...
Alcest, Sunn O))), and Ulver Ditch the Leather and Chains
Published 02/12/2014 at 9:55 a.m.
On its new album, Shelter, the French band Alcest has shed all of the metal trappings that appeared on its previous records for shimmering, major-key shoegaze and dream-pop bliss.
Folk Revival: The Cumberland Trio’s 50-Year Saga as One of the Folk Era’s Great Forgotten Bands Finally Comes to an End
Published 01/29/2014 at 3 p.m. 1 Comment
In the summer of 1964, the University of Tennessee folk group the Cumberland Trio felt like they were on the verge of a huge breakthrough, and with good reason. But it took almost 50 years for the band to finally ...
Big Ears Adds Low, Earth, Kim Gordon's Body/Head, and More to 2014 Lineup
Published 01/23/2014 at 9:51 a.m.
Big Ears, the AC Entertainment-organized avant-garde/experimental/etc. fest that’s returning in March after a three-year layoff, added some big names to an already impressive roster of artists.
Gran Torino Announces Reunion Show at Bijou Theatre in March
Published 01/23/2014 at 9:43 a.m.
It’s been more than a decade since local funk and R&B ensemble Gran Torino broke up. Even though several of the band’s members have stayed active around town—frontman Chris Ford owns Sweet P’s Barbeque and Soul House in South Knoxville, ...
Dirty Guv'nahs Release New Video and Announce Album Release Date
Published 01/15/2014 at 10:17 a.m.
Earlier this week, the Dirty Guv’nahs released a new video for the song “Morning Light,” a light-hearted four-minute montage sequence of the band wearing silly costumes while they goof around and hand out CDs on the University of Tennessee campus.
New York Times Picks Big Ears as Expected Highlight of 2014
Published 01/15/2014 at 9:59 a.m.
It’s always been difficult to describe Big Ears, the odd festival of offbeat, avant-garde, and experimental music that AC Entertainment is reviving this spring after a three-year layoff. (Sometimes I’m inclined to describe it as “music that Ashley Capps likes.”) ...
Kevin Abernathy Teams Up With the Funhouse and the High Score for Punk Tribute Show
Published 01/15/2014 at 9:51 a.m.
The group will perform a one-off gig at Pilot Light under the name Punken Stupor on Friday, Jan. 17.
The Del McCoury Band Stretches Bluegrass Tradition Without Breaking It
Published 01/08/2014 at 10:06 a.m.
The Del McCoury Band’s reputation as one of the last original bluegrass bands—and as a symbol of its hardcore side—is well-earned. But they’ve subtly stretched the boundaries of the bluegrass repertory, recording songs by Tom Petty, Robert Cray, Jerry Lee ...
Looking Back at the Everly Brothers' Years in Knoxville
Published 01/08/2014 at 9:59 a.m.
Most of the obituaries for Phil Everly, who died on Jan. 3 at the age of 74, didn’t mention Knoxville. The fact that Phil and his older brother, Don, lived here in the mid 1950s, while they were high-school students, ...
'Oxford American' Explores Tennessee’s Music Legacy—and Gets It Half Wrong
Published 01/02/2014 at 11:15 a.m. 1 Comment
It seems barely adequate to say that Tennessee has a deep and important music history. From the Bristol Sessions and W.C. Handy to the Grand Ole Opry and Stax Records, from Roy Acuff to Big Star to Three 6 Mafia, ...
Knox Carols: A Couple of Local (If Not Quite Classic) Christmas Recordings From Days Gone By
Published 12/18/2013 at 3 p.m. 1 Comment
A couple of local (if not quite classic) Christmas recordings from days gone by.
WFIV Releases Fourth Annual Charity Christmas Album
Published 12/18/2013 at 10:36 a.m.
It’s that time of year—for the fourth year in a row, a bunch of local musicians are teaming up with WFIV for Homegrown for the Holidays, a benefit compilation holiday CD.
Ampient Music Releases Its First Album Just in Time for the Holidays
Published 12/18/2013 at 10:35 a.m.
It’s not really a Christmas album, but the first official release from Knoxville’s Ampient Music, a loose collective of local musicians, fits the season—it’s an antidote to the mad pace and emotional stress that have started to feel like a ...
Iconic Knoxville Gay Nightclub the Carousel II Announces the End of an Era
Published 12/18/2013 at 10:32 a.m. 1 Comment
The end of the year will also be the end for one of Knoxville’s hallowed institutions. The management of the Carousel II, the gay club in Fort Sanders that opened in the mid-1970s and served a couple of generations of ...
Good News: Waynestock Will Be Back in 2014
Published 12/11/2013 at 11:47 a.m.
The 2014 Waynestock will be held at Relix Jan. 30-Feb. 1.
Dirty Guv'nahs Announce Kickstarter Campaign for New Album
Published 12/11/2013 at 11:46 a.m.
Last year, the Dirty Guv’nahs ran a Kickstarter campaign to raise $20,000 for their third album, Somewhere Beneath These Southern Skies. They ended up nearly doubling that, with more than $36,000. This time, they’re asking for $30,000 to record, produce, ...
Big Ears Announces Steve Reich Program as Centerpiece of 2014 Festival
Published 12/04/2013 at 11 a.m.
After the official announcement in early November confirmed that Big Ears would indeed be back on March 28-30, the only questions left were about the lineup. Most of those questions were answered Wednesday, when Big Ears promoter/producer AC Entertainment announced ...
Dax Riggs Follows His Own Contrarian Impulses
Published 12/04/2013 at 9:56 a.m.
There’s a searching quality to Dax Riggs’ music—from the doomy grunge of his teenage years to the heavy, psychedelic folk rock he’s made for the last decade, Riggs always seems to be after something that’s just out of reach: a ...
WUTK Caps Off the Semester With Exam Jam VIII
Published 11/26/2013 at 3:34 p.m.
WUTK is making yet another fund-raising pitch, but in return for your $5 you’ll get admission to one of the coolest end-of-semester parties in town.
WestWend and Marina Orchestra Need Your Help in the Late Stages of Their Kickstarter Campaigns
Published 11/26/2013 at 3:32 p.m.
A couple of local Kickstarter campaigns are wrapping up in the next couple of weeks and are still looking for help.
Lonesome Coyotes Celebrate Thanksgiving and the Return of Hector Qirko
Published 11/20/2013 at 11:11 a.m.
It’s been three years since guitarist/songwriter Hector Qirko moved from Knoxville to Charleston, S.C. He can’t quite escape the city’s influence, though—his most recent project, a one-off performance earlier this month under the name the Last Real Cowboys with bassist ...
Singer/Songwriter Erick Baker Returns to Knoxville's Grandest Stage
Published 11/20/2013 at 11:09 a.m.
Singer/songwriter Erick Baker sometimes gets overlooked when people talk about Knoxville’s most noteworthy musicians.
Rossini Fest Will Stay on Gay Street in 2014
Published 11/20/2013 at 10:55 a.m. 1 Comment
Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and KO executive director Brian Salesky jointly announced Wednesday morning that the Rossini Fest will stay on Gay Street, at least for 2014.
Bill Orcutt Finds New Life in Old Forms While the Necks Go Long(er)
Published 11/20/2013 at 10:05 a.m.
Even in an era lousy with steel-string acoustic guitarists exploring the roots-based, exploration-minded bent that John Fahey pioneered 50 years ago, Bill Orcutt stands out.
Jim Steranko’s 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' Is the Perfect Alternative to Marvel’s Lifeless TV Series
Published 11/06/2013 at 11:14 a.m.
Between 1966 and ’68, Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. stood out as one of the most technically daring and imaginative mainstream comics of the Silver Age.
Knoxville's Oh No Fiasco Release New EP
Published 11/06/2013 at 11:12 a.m.
The local pop-rock band Oh No Fiasco officially released its new EP, No One’s Gotta Know, back in September. But they’re just now getting around to a Knoxville release show because the music business got in the way.
After Almost 40 years, More Motörhead Isn’t Necessarily Better
Published 10/23/2013 at 10:19 a.m.
The brand-new Aftershock is one of the better recent Motörhead albums. But is that enough?
Clifford Curry Is Still Knoxville's Number-One Soul Man
Published 10/16/2013 at 11:18 a.m.
Last week, Bradley Reeves at the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound posted some recently unearthed silent black-and-white footage of Knoxville R&B singer Clifford Curry performing at Chilhowee Park in 1964. Tall and skinny, dressed in a tuxedo and ...
'Gateway to the Smokies' No More: Knoxville is Fast Earning a National Reputation as a Recreation Destination in Itself
Published 10/09/2013 at 12:15 p.m. 2 Comments
For decades, Knoxville has been identified as a stop on the way to outdoor recreation rather than a destination on its own—the Gateway to the Smokies, a midpoint between the Appalachian Mountains to the west and the Cumberlands to the ...