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 ...
The Walking (and Running, and Mountain Biking, and Kayaking) Dead: Checkpoint Tracker Adventure Racing Championship
Published 10/09/2013 at 12:08 p.m.
More than 100 of the fittest and fiercest long-distance athletes from around the world will descend on Knoxville for a 30-hour, 100-mile self-propelled journey through Knox and Sevier counties in the fourth Checkpoint Tracker national championship, running, hiking, biking, and ...
Ashley Monroe’s Second Chance at Country-Music Success Turns Out Like a Rose
Published 10/02/2013 at 11:15 a.m.
A few years ago, it looked like Ashley Monroe would be another casualty of Nashville’s grinding music-biz machinery.
MetroFest Becomes the MetroFest Music Tour
Published 09/25/2013 at 11:47 a.m.
This year, instead of one big music festival to celebrate Knoxville’s local music scene (and benefit the Joy of Music School), we’re spreading the goods around.
WUTK Announces Pledge Drive for New Transmitter Tower
Published 09/25/2013 at 11:45 a.m.
Radio almost seems like an elemental force—it’s been around so long that it seems like a little winter weather won’t stop it, right?
Tim Lee 3 and R.B. Morris Announce October Multimedia Residency at Pilot Light
Published 09/18/2013 at 3:43 p.m.
Since settling in Knoxville at the dawn of the 21st century, Tim and Susan Bauer Lee have been among Knoxville’s hardest-working musicians.
Nashville’s Cheap Time Evolves From Lo-Fi Punks to Power-Pop Auteurs
Published 09/18/2013 at 11:30 a.m.
Since forming the band in the mid-’00s, after moving to Nashville from Henderson, Tenn., Novak has seen Cheap Time evolve from lo-fi garage punk inspired by Memphis bands like the Oblivians into crystalline power pop on Exit Smiles, due out ...
Lil Iffy Starts Crowd-Funding Effort for New Album
Published 09/11/2013 at 11:31 a.m.
Wil Wright’s wild ride as wizard rapper Lil Iffy has taken on a life of its own—a life that includes a new online crowd-funding effort to pay for Iffy’s next album.
Marble City Opera Calling for Singers
Published 09/11/2013 at 11:25 a.m.
Earlier this year, Knoxville’s official opera community increased by 50 percent—from two companies to three.
Knoxville Horror Film Fest Looks West With New Crowd-Funding Campaign
Published 09/04/2013 at 10:43 a.m.
Looking for a way to help out Knoxville’s creepiest, goriest, gruesomest annual film extravaganza, and make sure that Knoxville keeps getting more monster movies, slasher pics, exploitation films, and supernatural comedies than you can shake a bloody machete at? Then ...
Return of the King: A New Box Set Uncovers Elvis' '70s Stax Sesssion
Published 09/04/2013 at 10:32 a.m. 2 Comments
Overlooked at the time and mostly forgotten since, despite deluxe reissues a few years ago, the three albums Elvis Presley recorded at Stax in 1973 are a significant part of what should be remembered as Elvis’ prime years.
Smoky Mountain Blues Society Looks for Memphis Contenders
Published 08/28/2013 at 1:47 p.m.
The Smoky Mountain Blues Society is looking for local contenders for the 2014 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
Westside Daredevils Plan One Last Show
Published 08/28/2013 at 1:45 p.m.
The WSDD will play one last show on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Pilot Light.
Blackstock Is Back Open for Business
Published 08/20/2013 at 5:02 p.m.
Last week, it looked like the complicated and murky history of the Valarium had been passed onto its successor, the Blackstock Exchange and Auditorium.
RIP Sharon Mosby
Published 08/14/2013 at 10:31 a.m.
Mosby died on July 30 at the age of 70.
Raspberry Bulbs Beat Pop. 1280 in the New Noise-Rock Race
Published 08/14/2013 at 10:08 a.m.
The bleak worldview shared by Pop. 1280 frontman Chris Bug and guitarist Ivan Lip doesn’t really stand up to scrutiny unless you’re a pissed-off teenager.
UPDATED: Blackstock Auditorium Cited by Tennessee Department of Revenue
Updated 08/14/2013 at 3:37 p.m.
UPDATE: The Blackstock is open again.
Sturgill Simpson Defines Nashville Success His Own Way
Published 08/07/2013 at 11:49 a.m.
Every few years, a new “save country music” campaign gets kicked off. This year’s poster boy for the movement is Sturgill Simpson, a Kentucky native who just released his first solo album, High Top Mountain, after more than a decade ...
Jonny Sexton Unveils New Music Under a New Name
Published 08/07/2013 at 11:25 a.m.
For most of the last two years, singer/songwriter Jonny Sexton has put his own music career on hold while developing and promoting the music-career app Artist Growth in Nashville. Sexton, formerly of the Whiskey Scars and Jonathan Sexton and the ...
Guitar Heroes: New Albums From Doc Watson, Jenks Miller, and Bill Frisell
Published 07/31/2013 at 10:20 a.m.
Doc Watson was a virtuoso, an encyclopedia of traditional Appalachian music, and a living, breathing embodiment of the 1960s folk revival. That is, he was kind of boring.
Members of Cold Hands and Wolf at the Door Come Back Together as Echoes
Published 07/24/2013 at 11:27 a.m.
It’s been about as productive as a long-term hiatus can be—ever since putting the band on hold a few years ago, the members of Knoxville postpunk band Cold Hands have stayed pretty busy.
Narrow Ridge Pays Tribute to Billy Joe Nicely
Published 07/24/2013 at 11:24 a.m.
Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center, a non-profit off-the-grid sustainable community in Grainger County, had already planned one of its frequent music jams for this weekend when organizers got word of the death of Billy Joe Nicely. The center quickly adapted ...
Dillinger Escape Plan's Ben Weinman Lays His Body on the Line for Metal
Published 07/24/2013 at 11:22 a.m.
Over the course of five albums, the band has maintained a fierce commitment to creative evolution, from the brain-melting prog/punk shredding of its 1999 debut, Calculating Infinity, to the left-field pop experimentation of “Black Bubblegum,” from 2007’s Ire Works.
Celebrating Stan Sakai’s Timeless 'Usagi Yojimbo'
Published 07/17/2013 at 11:56 a.m.
Consistency is rare in the world of comic books. Long runs of sustained creativity, like Peter David’s epic 12-year stint as the writer of The Incredible Hulk, are the exception, not the rule. That’s one of many reasons why writer/artist ...
The Dirty Guv'nahs Release 'Live From Knoxville'
Published 07/17/2013 at 11:50 a.m.
It’s been almost a year since the Dirty Guv’nahs released their last album, Somewhere Beneath These Southern Skies. There’s been no announcement about the follow-up, so it’s safe to assume it won’t be out for a while.
10 Years Announces Hometown Show on Sept. 6
Published 07/17/2013 at 11:48 a.m.
Hometown hard-rock heroes 10 Years have a full schedule of tour dates ahead of them this summer as part of the band’s continuing support for its 2012 album Minus the Machine. One of those shows stands out from the others, ...
Matt Honkonen Returns to Music With His First Solo Album
Published 07/17/2013 at 11:45 a.m.
A couple of years ago, it looked like Matt Honkonen was stepping away from music for a while, or maybe even for good.
More on the Cumberland Trio's "Lost" 1964 Album
Published 07/10/2013 at 10:16 a.m.
As is the case with a lot of unusual archival finds in East Tennessee, credit for the rediscovery of the Cumberland Trio’s New York recordings belongs to Brad Reeves of the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound.
Big Ears Back in 2014?
Published 07/10/2013 at 10:13 a.m.
With Bonnaroo behind him and Asheville’s upcoming Mountain Oasis Festival planned, it looks like Ashley Capps finally has some time to think about reviving Big Ears, the popular and critically acclaimed festival of avant-garde, experimental, and underground music that has ...
Summer Jams: Daft Punk, Robin Thicke, and Miguel Compete for Song of the Summer
Published 07/03/2013 at 9:21 a.m.
Naming the definitive song of any summer is an imprecise and imperfect formulation.
Knoxville '60s Folk Act the Cumberland Trio Unveils its Long-Lost Album
Published 06/26/2013 at 10:27 a.m.
In late 1963 and early 1964, everything was going right for the Cumberland Trio, a Knoxville folk band that was actually a quartet.
Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell's Monumental 'From Hell' Gets an Equally Monumental Companion Guide
Published 06/19/2013 at 12:02 p.m.
The From Hell Companion, released last month by Top Shelf, the publisher of the collected From Hell trade paperback, might just be too much of a good thing.
Windhand Makes Epic Heavy Rock the Old-Fashioned Way
Published 06/12/2013 at 12:17 p.m.
Windhand's music is suffocatingly, morbidly slow and heavy, with subterranean bass shrouded in fuzzy guitar distortion and eerie vocals that are buried so deep in the mix that they become ethereal, wordless incantations. There’s an Old World vibe—shadows of haunted ...
The Fall's Recent Winning Streak Comes to an End With Lackluster 'Re-Mit'
Published 06/12/2013 at 11:08 a.m. 1 Comment
The Fall is a paradox, remarkable as much for its consistency—the British band has released an album every year or two for more than three decades, dating all the way back to 1979’s Live at the Witch Trials—as for its ...
Unfortunate Timing: Westside Daredevils Announce New Album and Break-Up
Published 06/05/2013 at 11:40 a.m.
The Westside Daredevils have finally released their long-awaited fourth album of shimmering, sophisticated indie power pop, the follow-up to 2008’s Brave New Nothing. Unfortunately, it’s likely the last recording from the band, which is making Westside Daredevils available at the ...
Rude Street Peters Return After Four-Year Hiatus
Published 06/05/2013 at 11:35 a.m.
You can’t keep a good band down. Just ask the Rude Street Peters, whose brand of punked-up country rock ’n’ roll has been an institution in Knoxville for close to 20 years.