Local CD Review: Jack Rentfro and the Apocalypso Quartet
Published 01/16/2013 at 10:35 a.m.
The basic framework of writer/self-mythologizer Jack Rentfro’s shambolic music project is familiar—spoken-word performance over moody, atmospheric, semi-improvised jazz rock—but the end result is decidedly not.
Community Design Center Seeks Artists for Interstate Mural
Published 01/16/2013 at 10:33 a.m.
The CDC was recently awarded a grant from the city of Knoxville and wants to use the money to fund a mural on the Interstate 40 underpass between Washington and Glenwood avenues in northeast Knoxville
Lonesome Coyotes Recruit Original Guitarist Hector Qirko for February Show
Published 01/16/2013 at 10:31 a.m.
When local blues/jazz/rock guitar hero Hector Qirko moved from Knoxville to Charleston, S.C., almost three years ago, we all knew nobody would ever quite fill his spot.
Hard Rock Cafe Announces Band Competition
Published 01/09/2013 at 10:39 a.m.
The Hard Rock Cafe in Gatlinburg is gearing up for the opening rounds of Hard Rock Rising, the company’s worldwide band competition, with registration open now through Jan. 21 and local performances set for Feb. 18-April 15.
Get Happy With Waynestock 3
Published 01/09/2013 at 10:29 a.m.
The third festival, scheduled for Friday, Feb. 1, and Saturday, Feb. 2, at Relix Variety Theatre on North Central Street, will benefit the Community School for the Arts, a Knoxville nonprofit organization that provides free arts instruction to children who ...
Magpie Suite Reunites for One More Show
Published 12/19/2012 at 10:06 a.m.
The last time the members of Knoxville rock band Magpie Suite played together, at a reunion show in 2010 at Manhattan’s in the Old City, they attracted a full house.
New Box Set Highlights the Horror Soundtracks of Italian Weirdos Goblin
Published 12/19/2012 at 9:47 a.m.
The Awakening makes a solid case for Goblin as one of the most important independent film-music forces of the late 20th century, alongside Ennio Morricone, Carpenter, and Popol Vuh.
Beardsley Farm Announces Fifth Snow Day Fund-Raiser
Published 12/12/2012 at 1:56 p.m.
Beardsley Community Farm’s Snow Day benefit is turning into a local post-holiday season tradition—the farm has just announced the fifth edition of the one-of-a-kind concert/beard contest/silent auction/soup contest fund-raiser, set for Friday, Jan. 25, at Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria in ...
WDVX Announces "World-Class" Bluegrass Concert Series
Published 12/12/2012 at 1:54 p.m.
With the Tennessee Shines name already resurrected for WDVX’s weekly series of Monday night concert broadcasts, the popular roots/Americana radio station had to find another name for its new schedule of quarterly performances at the Bijou Theatre.
30th Century Man: Scott Walker’s Second Act Continues With 'Bish Bosch'
Published 12/12/2012 at 10 a.m.
Bish Bosch is a meticulous, intelligent, and generally stupefying addition to what has already been one of the most remarkable second acts in pop-music history
Tiki Bar Owner to Open New Club in Former Valarium Space
Published 11/28/2012 at 11:30 a.m. 1 Comment
The mysterious saga of the Valarium looks like it will have a new chapter soon, when local tiki entrepreneur Daniel Leal reopens the warehouse venue as Blackstock Auditorium.
R. Kelly's Knoxville Concert to Be Broadcast Live on AXS TV
Published 11/28/2012 at 11:27 a.m.
If you can’t make it to R&B superman R. Kelly’s Single Ladies Tour concert at the Tennessee Theatre on Tuesday, Dec. 4, you’ll still be able to see the show live in the comfort of your own home on AXS ...
Developmental Issues: Does a Taxpayer-Funded—But Not Exactly Public—CBID Still Make Sense for a Revitalized Downtown Knoxville?
Published 11/28/2012 at 10:30 a.m.
Back in the early ’90s, when Knoxville’s downtown was a barren landscape, the formation of the Central Business Improvement District made a lot of sense. Downtown needed all the help it could get. But now that it’s revitalized, should the ...
Modern Sound of the Lonetones
Published 11/20/2012 at 1:09 p.m.
Local folk-rockers the Lonetones have gotten bigger since the release of their last album, Canaries, in 2009. And they’ve added a bunch of surprising guest spots on their new disc, Modern Victims, all of whom will be performing next month ...
Call It A Comeback for Former Knoxvillian Adam Hill
Published 11/20/2012 at 12:55 p.m.
For a brief period in the late 1990s, the Satellite Pumps were one of the best bands in Knoxville. The group played sultry, swinging rock ’n’ roll and country, dance music for the head as much as the hips, establishing ...
Stir it Up: Tim Lee Blends Hip-Hop and Rock in New Music Showcase
Published 11/14/2012 at 11:47 a.m.
Local rocker Tim Lee just finished up a month-long series of shows at Pilot Light with R.B. Morris, and his trio, the Tim Lee 3, has a new album due out soon (along with an EP and a live disc ...
Midnight Voyage Continues Despite Closing of the Valarium and Cider House
Published 11/14/2012 at 11:45 a.m.
The Valarium may be closing but the show will go on—at least as far as Midnight Voyage, the weekly EDM concert/dance night that has been held at the Valarium’s sister club the Cider House since 2010, is concerned.
The Black Cadillacs Are Headed to Nashville in 2013
Published 11/07/2012 at 1:07 p.m.
The release of the Black Cadillacs’ second album, Run, back in June, seemed like a turning point for the band. The group had improved significantly over its self-titled 2010 debut, in both songwriting and confidence, and the Cadillacs seemed poised ...
Last Dance: Valarium Management Announces the Club Will Close in November
Published 11/07/2012 at 1:05 p.m.
Knoxville’s night life will take a big hit later this month when the Valarium closes after five years of business, leaving the city’s entertainment infrastructure without a mid-size club venue.
Northwest Metal Throwback Band Witch Mountain Gets a Second Chance
Published 10/31/2012 at 10:42 a.m.
Time hasn’t always been on Witch Mountain’s side. When the band formed in Portland, Ore., in 1997, its brand of traditional heavy metal was at its commercial and cultural nadir. After recording their debut album, ...Come the Mountain, in 2001, ...
AC Entertainment's MoogFest Set to Take Over Asheville
Published 10/24/2012 at 11:06 a.m.
MoogFest, AC Entertainment’s annual (mostly) electronic music festival in Asheville, may have displaced Knoxville’s own Big Ears as the hometown promoter’s out-there music fest, at least temporarily, but there’s no sense begrudging the city across the mountains.
Jerry Douglas Digs Up Some Soul in New Orleans
Published 10/24/2012 at 11:02 a.m.
Even among his own eclectic discography, which covers traditional and not-so-traditional bluegrass, acoustic jazz, and blues, Jerry Douglas’ new album is a surprise. The prolific Dobro player/bandleader/session musician, best known for his connections to Alison Krauss and the 1970s hot-stuff ...
French Cartoonist Lewis Trondheim Takes Funny-Animal Comics to New Heights
Published 10/17/2012 at 11:10 a.m.
As the title indicates, things definitely take a dark turn in Lewis Trondheim’s just-released Ralph Azham: Why Would You Lie to Someone You Love?, the first part of Fantagraphics’ planned translation of his ongoing fantasy mock epic about a wise-ass ...
Ramble On: The Square Room's Live-Broadcast Concert Series Continues Under a New Name
Published 10/17/2012 at 10:48 a.m.
You’ll notice a few changes tonight at the Square Room’s monthly series of live broadcast roots-music concerts hosted by Scott Miller and Metro Pulse’s Jack Neely.
Melvins Lite Are Still Heavier Than Just About Anything Else
Published 10/10/2012 at 11:58 a.m.
If Melvins fans have learned anything from the band, it’s that expectations don’t count for much.
Happy Hour With the Tim Lee 3
Published 10/10/2012 at 11:48 a.m.
Last year, Tim Lee led an acoustic quartet that hosted a month-long series of weekly early shows at Pilot Light called 4X4. The final show in the series featured a guest appearance by local poet and songwriter R.B. Morris, which ...
Q&A: Climber and Activist Alan Arnette
Published 10/03/2012 at 4:14 p.m.
Not long after Alan Arnette started climbing mountains, his mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. After she died, in 2009, the technology executive set out on his most ambitious climbing adventure, and hooked it to a campaign to raise awareness ...
Knoxville Horror Film Festival's Year-Round Success Continues With 'Klown,' 'Miami Connection' Screenings
Published 09/26/2012 at 3:30 p.m.
In just four years, the Knoxville Horror Film Festival has grown from a weekend of short films and a handful of features into a year-round organization that holds regular screenings of chiller classics, cult favorites, and acclaimed recent horror movies ...
Smokin' Dave and the Premo Dopes Added to MetroFest Lineup
Published 09/19/2012 at 10:41 a.m.
One of the main headliners for this year’s MetroFest music festival dropped out at the last minute, only to be replaced by perhaps an even more treasured local band.
Christa DeCicco Plans New Album, Move to Virgin Islands
Published 09/05/2012 at 11:03 a.m.
The end of summer isn’t going to bother Christa DeCicco very much. The singer, who has fronted the local swing/jazz/string band Christabel and the Jons, will be long gone from Knoxville by the time winter hits, basking in the sun ...
Mr. Positivity: UT Athletic Director Dave Hart
Published 09/05/2012 at 10:26 a.m. 1 Comment
When Dave Hart accepted the job as the University of Tennessee’s new athletic director a year ago, the program was a mess. The once-proud football team had descended into consistent mediocrity, made worse by having three coaches in three years ...
It's Here! The Official MetroFest Schedule!
Updated 09/19/2012 at 2:40 p.m.
MetroFest, Metro Pulse’s local benefit music festival, is getting closer, and we’re ready to reveal more details—like the official schedule for the festival, set for Friday, Sept. 28, at venues across downtown and in the Old City.
The Milk Carton Kids Take Folk to New Highs and Lows
Published 08/22/2012 at 11:18 a.m.
There are two things you might notice when you hear the folk duo Milk Carton Kids. The first is that they play a very quiet and restrained kind of folk, deliberate, precise, genteel, and even polite. The second thing you ...
Celebrate Metro Pulse's 21st Birthday With MetroFest
Published 08/22/2012 at 10:48 a.m.
Last summer, to celebrate Metro Pulse’s 20th anniversary, we staged 20Fest, a benefit for the Joy of Music School that featured more than 40 local bands at 10 different venues all over downtown and the Old City. This year, Metro ...
Lost and Found: You Can't Go Wrong With Can's New Leftovers Collection
Published 08/22/2012 at 10:36 a.m.
Can's new three-disc set, The Lost Tapes, includes previously unreleased material recorded between 1969 and 1978 and traces the band’s gradual development from eggheaded garage band to prog-reggae experimentalists and, finally, a proto-ambient ensemble.
Local CD Review: Kevin Abernathy: 'Some Stories'
Published 08/15/2012 at 4:15 p.m.
Kevin Abernathy’s last album, Scrap Metal Blues, released last summer, was a bold but slightly uncomfortable mashup of hot-stuff guitar heroics and country-ish classic rock. His new disc, Some Stories, available this week, is a step way back, to twangy, ...
'The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen' Ends With a Weird Whimper
Published 08/08/2012 at 11:13 a.m.
Few writers could make stopping the end of the world as much of a downer as Moore does here.
Seeing the World in a Different Way With New York Rock Collective Guardian Alien
Published 08/01/2012 at 11:30 a.m.
Guardian Alien's debut album, See the World Given to a One Love Entity, released this month on Thrill Jockey, is a gigantic effort, one long 40-minute composition featuring hyperkinetic drumming, synthesizer, guitars, incantatory vocals, bass, and shahi baaja, a kind ...
Cannibal Corpse Still Reigns as the Undisputed Champ of American Death Metal
Published 07/25/2012 at 11:15 a.m.
The early Cannibal Corpse catalog—songs like “Bloody Chunks” and “Skull Full of Maggots”—throbs with the same juvenile prurience that animates Evil Dead II and classic EC Comics. The best Cannibal Corpse songs are an unholy commingling of genuine dread, sonic ...
Hudson K Steers in New Direction, With a New Video to Prove It
Published 07/18/2012 at 12:21 p.m.
Local piano/chamber-pop diva Christina Horn, the driving force behind the band Hudson K, stakes out new territory on the new song “The Knife,” an atmospheric, electronic-pop anthem with anxious, insistent rhythms, styled, maybe, after the Eurythmics or Peter Gabriel.
Whitechapel Delivers "True Thrills of Masochism"
Published 07/18/2012 at 12:18 p.m.
The Knoxville-based death-metal band Whitechapel continues its campaign to establish itself atop the genre’s new generation.
Blitzen Trapper Tames Its Experimental Tendencies Into Low-Key Folk-Rock
Published 07/18/2012 at 12:07 p.m.
Over the course of six albums, Blitzen Trapper’s style has been gradually streamlined. Eric Earley’s shambling experimental and psychedelic tendencies have been sharpened and focused, with a more direct emotional connection. The touchstones on American Goldwing are mid-period Wilco, Neil ...
A Local Music Release Recap
Published 07/11/2012 at 6:07 p.m.
A quick rundown of some upcoming local music releases.
The Dirty Guv'nahs Will Hold CD Release Show on Market Square
Published 07/11/2012 at 6:03 p.m.
It may have been a while since you last saw the Dirty Guv’nahs, the roots-rock sextet who currently stand at the pinnacle of Knoxville’s local music scene. The band rarely performs locally anymore, and when they do it’s a marquee ...
Take That Ride...Or Not
Published 07/03/2012 at 5 p.m.
There’s a new movie version of one of Knoxville’s most emblematic and enigmatic music-history stories, but, according to the current release schedule, you’ll have to drive a few hours (and wait another month or so) to see it on the ...
Comics Giant Jack Kirby Gets the Full Critical Treatment in Charles Hatfield’s 'Hand of Fire'
Published 06/27/2012 at 11:20 a.m.
It’s conventional wisdom that Kirby is one of the most important comic-book artists of all time, and probably the single greatest superhero artist ever.
Cincinnati's Foxy Shazam Take '70s Rock to Church
Published 06/27/2012 at 11:16 a.m.
From the gutter opera “The Streets” to the hippy-dippy folk-rock of “Forever Together,” or the gospel-tinged Southern rock of “Freedom” to the ELO-inspired “Holy Touch,” The Church of Rock and Roll is an unashamed, passionate blare of smartly dumb pop-rock.
Paste Picks Three Knox Bands for Top Tennessee List
Published 06/20/2012 at 1:51 p.m.
Lists are a sucker’s game—irresistible bait for music nerds and Internet trolls, and the lowest-common-denominator form of music journalism. Magazine editors pose breathless but unanswerable questions (“What/who is the best album/band/song/guitarist/etc. ever?”) and then either deliver the most boring, canonical ...
Ex-Television Guitarist Richard Lloyd Cancels Pilot Light Show
Published 06/20/2012 at 1:46 p.m.
Concerts get canceled and rescheduled all the time. But Richard Lloyd’s recent cancelation of his scheduled show at Pilot Light tonight with the Tim Lee 3 is especially worrisome in light of recent news that the former guitarist for the ...
R.B. Morris and the Streamliners Team Up Again for Summer Alive After Five
Published 06/13/2012 at 10:46 a.m.
In January, local Beat troubadour/folk-rock singer/songwriter R.B. Morris’ pairing with the Streamliners Swing Orchestra—a long-unfulfilled dream for Morris—surprised music fans. Now it seems like it might become a local tradition.