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.
Knoxville Film and Music Festival Prepares for a Week of Music
Published 05/29/2013 at 10:51 a.m.
Michael Samstag was already working on a new Knoxville film festival, an outgrowth of Knoxville Films’ 24-Hour Film Festival, when a chance meeting with Andrea Kerns of Midnight Voyage Productions a few months ago inspired him to add a week-long ...
AIGA Celebrates Design Week
Published 05/08/2013 at 10:41 a.m.
Good design is sometimes invisible—if something is designed well, you might never even notice just how useful/elegant/informative it is, especially if you’re not a designer. So AIGA Knoxville’s third annual Design Week, scheduled for May 13-17, is a good opportunity ...
George Jones Joins an Exclusive Knoxville Club
Published 05/08/2013 at 10:40 a.m.
When George Jones died on April 26, he also got a pass into an exclusive club: that small handful of famous performers whose final concerts happened in Knoxville.
Uncle Acid and Ghost B.C. Try to Stay Mysterious in the Information Age
Published 05/08/2013 at 9:55 a.m.
Sometimes the best publicity is no publicity at all. When the British band Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats released its second album, Blood Lust, in 2011, the group was shrouded in mystery—no interviews, no photos, no concerts, no names, even. ...
AC Entertainment Announces Artists for October's Mountain Oasis Festival in Asheville
Published 05/01/2013 at 11:04 a.m.
AC Entertainment may have lost the rights to the Moogfest name, but the Knoxville music promoter isn’t giving up on a fall electronic-music festival in Asheville.
Knoxville Film and Music Festival Adds Music Video Contest
Published 04/24/2013 at 9:56 a.m.
The upcoming Knoxville Film and Music Festival, scheduled for June, has just announced an addition to its lineup of local films and music performances that will combine both disciplines—the Competitive Music Video Awards, a four-day music-video shootout contest pairing local ...
Local CD Review: The Blue Heavy
Published 04/24/2013 at 9:53 a.m.
On its very first recording, a four-song self-titled EP, the Blue Heavy convincingly recreates the nasty, scuzzy Neanderthal heavy rock of early-’70s bands like Mountain, Grand Funk Railroad, Black Sabbath, Blue Cheer, and Sir Lord Baltimore.
Semi-Tough: Some Less Strenuous Fitness Tips
Published 04/10/2013 at 11:45 a.m.
So you don’t necessarily want to get ACTION MOVIE RIPPED!, but you’d like to lose some weight and keep it off, feel better, get a little bit stronger and faster and run farther. In short, you want to get in ...
Going Caveman: Will Crossfit Training, a Paleo Diet, and Minimalist Running Make You Prehistoric-Strong—Or Just Worn Out?
Published 04/10/2013 at 11:43 a.m. 2 Comments
CrossFit training is the newest cult-like workout regimen. Along with paleo diets and minimalist or barefoot running, it’s part of a cultural trend to get back to our caveman-like habits to find new health. Does it work? Yes—if you stick ...
Published 04/10/2013 at 11:28 a.m.
It’s been a crazy year in local news—Stacey Campfield’s seemingly never-ending extravaganza of outrageous pronouncements and proposed legislation, butt-chugging, Gloria Ray, Bigfoot, Derek Dooley.
Knoxville Musicians Pitch In for Concert Fund-Raisers
Published 04/03/2013 at 9:38 a.m.
April will see a bunch of notable benefit concerts, starting this weekend with a fund-raiser for a local girl with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and running through the well-established Wolfe Jam, which will raise money for the Joy of Music School.
Fort Sanders Fest Spreads Out
Published 04/03/2013 at 9:35 a.m. 2 Comments
The music festival takes a big step up this year to World’s Fair Park—which is technically outside Fort Sanders, but close enough in both spirit and geography to count.
Kenny Roby Looks to the Past for the Next Phase of His Career
Published 03/27/2013 at 11:41 a.m.
It hasn’t been easy for Kenny Roby to get where he is now. The Raleigh, N.C., singer/songwriter first established himself in the 1990s as the frontman and principal songwriter for the alt-country band Six String Drag. The group—much like Knoxville’s ...
'The ABCs of Death' Surveys Contemporary Horror With Mixed Results
Published 03/20/2013 at 10:44 a.m.
The ABCs of Death, which the Knoxville Horror Film Festival is screening this weekend, collects 26 short films—one for each letter of the alphabet—by 26 acclaimed directors from around the world, most of them under 40.
AC Entertainment Expands Its Empire to Nashville
Published 03/13/2013 at 10:55 a.m.
AC Entertainment’s music-business empire is expanding to the west. The Knoxville music promoter announced last week that the company will take over booking for two of Nashville’s most prestigious venues.
Ashley Monroe and the Mavericks Take Advantage of Second Chances
Published 03/13/2013 at 10:49 a.m.
Ashley Monroe's new album, Like a Rose (Warner Bros. Nashville), released earlier this month, is even more deeply indebted to hardcore country traditions than the Pistol Annies' Hell on Heels, and while it seems likely to earn Monroe respect from ...
Asheville Burlesque Festival Will Have Knoxville Flavor
Published 03/06/2013 at 10:41 a.m.
The biggest award at the 7th Annual Americana Burlesque and Sideshow Festival in Asheville, N.C., will get a double dose of Knoxville this year.
British Blues Singer Bex Marshall Puts Some Country in Her Blues
Published 03/06/2013 at 10:35 a.m.
There’s a surprising fact behind Bex Marshall’s new album of countrified back-porch blues, House of Mercy: Even though it sounds (mostly) like down-home rural blues from Mississippi, House of Mercy was actually recorded in Marshall’s house in the north of ...
Q&A: Cartoonist Gene Yang
Published 02/27/2013 at 1:43 p.m.
Gene Yang, who has been writing and drawing comics since the mid-1990s, is best known for the 2006 graphic novel American Born Chinese, about a first-generation Chinese-American teenager and his difficulty coming to terms with junior high school. American Born ...
Blackstock Auditorium Announces Grand Opening
Published 02/27/2013 at 10:53 a.m.
The Blackstock Exchange and Auditorium—the new music and dance venue in the space formerly occupied by the Cider House and Valarium—will officially open for business this weekend, with a grand opening set for March 9.
Buddy Guy Keeps the Blues Alive
Published 02/27/2013 at 10:49 a.m.
Every January, Buddy Guy holds a month-long residency at Buddy Guy’s Legends, the blues club he owns in Chicago. The 76-year-old Guy plays four nights a week with a roster of national touring acts like Lil Ed and the Imperials. ...
Paul McCartney Tops Bonnaroo's 2013 Lineup
Published 02/20/2013 at 10:46 a.m.
Evey year, it seems the Bonnaroo headliner gets a little more special. But AC Entertainment will have to pull off something spectacular in 2014 to top this year’s news that an ex-Beatle will be the Middle Tennessee music festival’s big ...
The Drive-By Truckers' Patterson Hood Transforms a Novel-in-Progress Into His Best Solo Album
Published 02/13/2013 at 10:35 a.m.
Patterson Hood didn’t have big plans when he started working on what eventually turned into his 2012 solo album, Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance.
Scruffy City Ramble: The Show Will Go On
Published 02/13/2013 at 10:30 a.m.
At least one more installment of Scruffy City Ramble will be held at the Square Room, and organizer Chyna Brackeen says the series will definitely continue at a venue to be determined.
Dogwood Arts Festival Announces Rhythm N' Blooms Lineup
Published 02/13/2013 at 10:27 a.m.
The Dogwood Arts Festival’s Rhythm N’ Blooms music festival gets even bigger in its fourth year, with an impressive lineup of local, regional, and national Americana, folk, country, rock, pop, and R&B acts and more venues than ever before.
Long-Running Murfreesboro Band Glossary Rediscovers the Mythology of Rock ’n’ Roll
Published 02/06/2013 at 2:04 p.m.
Long Live All of Us, released in October 2011, is another stage in Glossary’s development from scrappy indie rock to a classic rock ’n’ roll band.
New City Resources Plans "Eclectic Array of Stuff" at the Square Room
Updated 02/08/2013 at 3:36 p.m.
Programming at the Square Room will be getting a makeover in the next few weeks as Kenny Woodhull and New City Resources, a non-profit Christian organization that has taken over booking for the venue, implement their particular vision for the ...