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.
Grant Morrison’s Metaphysical Superhero Saga 'Flex Mentallo' Finally Makes It Back Into Print
Published 06/06/2012 at 11:42 a.m.
Flex Mentallo is a brilliant, thrilling, dizzying story about imagination and fiction, in addition to being a rousing psychedelic adventure story that forecasts Morrison’s bewildering and incomparable mainstream epic Final Crisis, from 2008
Mic Harrison and the High Score Put Up Their Dukes on 'Still Wanna Fight'
Published 05/30/2012 at 11:35 a.m.
Harrison and company’s rural roots show through on their new album, but the songwriting and production tilt toward classic power pop and old-fashioned ’70s and ’80s radio rock.
Mumford & Sons Announce Bristol Show as Part of Four-Date U.S. Tour in August
Published 05/30/2012 at 11:26 a.m.
The band is opting for a handful of out-of-the-way locations on this tour, which will be preceded by similar shows in the U.K. and Ireland in June. The good news for East Tennessee Mumford fans is that one of those ...
Sacramento Trio Death Grips Goes Mainstream (Sort of) With 'The Money Store'
Published 05/30/2012 at 11:02 a.m.
Both Exmilitary and The Money Store have offered reviewers a seemingly unlimited supply of influences and reference points to chart, analyze, and argue about: noise rock, Public Enemy, industrial dance, dubstep, Suicidal Tendencies, Gang Gang Dance, Def Jux, Dalek, even ...
Alan Greenberg Pays Tribute to Werner Herzog
Published 05/23/2012 at 2:30 p.m.
This new, revised version of Alan Greenberg’s 1976 book collects fragmentary, dream-like scenes from the period—starting with his first meeting with Herzog at the Cannes Film Festival in 1975 and concluding with the final shoot for the film, in Ireland—plus ...
Plainclothes Tracy Plans One Last Summer Fling
Published 05/23/2012 at 2:22 p.m.
Singer Kym Hawkins is moving to New York in the fall to begin a graduate poetry program at Sarah Lawrence College. Until then, though, the band plans to play as much as possible to support their brand-new EP, Buffalo!.
Erick Baker to Release New Album, 'Goodbye June,' Next Month
Published 05/23/2012 at 2:20 p.m.
Husky-voiced adult-alternative hunk Erick Baker is preparing to release his second album, Goodbye June, due out on June 26.
A Reformatted 'Corto Maltese' Is Better Than None at All
Published 05/16/2012 at 11:26 a.m.
The recent English-language publication of Hugo Pratt’s Corto Maltese: The Ballad of the Salt Sea (Universe) should have been a moment of triumph for European comics in America.
Bijou Jubilee! Benefit Returns to Krutch Park Extension
Published 05/09/2012 at 12:16 p.m.
We’ve said it many times, but it bears repeating: The Bijou Theatre is one of the best things about Knoxville, a glorious venue with history, top-notch acoustics, and surprising intimacy, even in the back corners of the balcony.
Megadeth: Still a Thrash Powerhouse, Despite Dave Mustaine's Recent Right-Wing Rants
Published 05/02/2012 at 11:06 a.m.
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine, now 50, is still provoking outrage these days, but from an altogether different direction than he used to. For the last decade or so, Mustaine has openly discussed his born-again religious faith, which seems to have ...
Knoxville Metalheads Whitechapel Announces New Album, Due June 19
Published 05/02/2012 at 10:34 a.m.
Here’s the new single from Knoxville metal band Whitechapel: Chugga-chugga-chug-growl-shriek-high-pitched tweedly guitar part-chugga-chug-repeat.
MIc Harrison, Black Cadillacs Set Release Dates for New Albums
Published 04/25/2012 at 1:19 p.m.
We’ve already dropped a couple of hints about Still Wanna Fight, the forthcoming album from Mic Harrison and the High Score: “Sometime this spring” was about as precise a projected release date as we could pin down. Until now, that ...
Valarium Owner Plans Music Park
Published 04/25/2012 at 1:16 p.m.
Gary Mitchell is moving ahead with his long-held ambition to transform the parking lot south of the Valarium into a large outdoor venue for concerts and festivals.
A Sushi Master Chases Perfection in 'Jiro Dreams of Sushi'
Published 04/25/2012 at 1:08 p.m.
There can’t be many situations more frustrating than the one in which Yoshikazu Ono finds himself in the new documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi.
'Men's Health' Names WUTK One of the 20 Coolest College Radio Stations
Published 04/18/2012 at 11:27 a.m.
Men’s Health magazine has named WUTK one of the 20 Coolest College Radio Stations in the country in its most recent issue.
Music Returns to Market Square
Published 04/18/2012 at 11:25 a.m.
Local government is making an effort to fill the vacuum left by the end of the Sundown in the City series of free concerts, which AC Entertainment canceled this year.
Swedish Occult Band Ghost Reanimates the Sound and Image of ’80s Metal
Published 04/11/2012 at 11:18 a.m. 1 Comment
The band Ghost is made up of six ghouls from Sweden. Seriously—the five musicians behind lead singer Papa Emeritus are officially credited on the band’s 2010 debut album, Opus Eponymous, as Nameless Ghouls. They’re inspired by classic heavy metal from ...
Christian Mistress and High on Fire Reclaim the No-B.S. Spirit of Classic Heavy Metal
Published 04/11/2012 at 10:54 a.m.
On its sixth album, High on Fire further entrenches its position as the American version of Motörhead, not least because singer/guitarist Matt Pike sounds more than ever like Motörhead main man Lemmy Kilmister. (And also because the initial response to ...
Knoxville’s Singular Mito Band Reunites to Record a New Album of Absurdist Synth-Pop
Published 04/04/2012 at 11:20 a.m.
Travis Gray has a distinctive creative sensibility. Inspired equally by Stephin Meritt, Saturday morning cartoons, and the Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, Gray’s particular perspective is elegant and absurd, sly and yet still naive, childlike but sometimes heartbreaking.
10 Years Goes Indie, Sort Of
Published 04/04/2012 at 10:54 a.m.
Knoxville modern-rock headliners 10 Years are making a switch for their next album, due out on July 17.
Scruffy City Roots Gets Off to a Not-So-Scruffy Start
Published 03/28/2012 at 11:04 a.m.
For a first-time production called Scruffy City Roots, the first installment of the new concert/broadcast series at the Square Room wasn’t scruffy at all.
Spring Brings New Local Music
Published 03/28/2012 at 10:38 a.m.
Springtime means new music, and it’s officially spring, so here’s a round up of upcoming new local releases.
Pink Martini Perfects Its Swinging UN Pop
Published 03/21/2012 at 12:15 p.m.
There’s no easy definition for the kind of music played by the Portland, Ore., pop-orchestra Pink Martini. It’s a throwback, but not to any particular style or era. It’s jazzy, but not jazz; poppy, but not pop, at least by ...
The Sun Sets on Sundown, But Music on Market Square May Be Back
Published 03/21/2012 at 12:11 p.m.
After a decade and a half, one of downtown Knoxville’s biggest events is officially over. AC Entertainment announced last week that the Sundown in the City series of free concerts “simply no longer fits its Market Square home.”
'The Strain' and 'Buffy' Make Vampires Seem Surprisingly Relevant
Published 03/21/2012 at 11:08 a.m. 1 Comment
What the world needs even less than a new pop-culture vampire franchise is somebody saying that the last thing the world needs is another pop-culture vampire franchise. So let’s examine Dark Horse’s new series The Strain on its own terms.
Dan Baird Can’t Quite Get Out From Under the Shadow of the Georgia Satellites
Published 03/14/2012 at 10:19 a.m.
When Dan Baird and the Georgia Satellites signed a deal with Elektra Records in 1986, they didn’t expect much. But something weird happened. The first single from the Satellites’ self-titled debut album, “Keep Your Hands to Yourself,” turned out to ...
Q&A: Ultrahiker Andrew Skurka
Published 03/14/2012 at 10:08 a.m.
Andrew Skurka has logged 30,000 miles of long-distance hiking and has refined walking in the woods to a science. Now he has distilled his hard-earned outdoor skills and insight into the recently published book The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide (National ...
Q&A: Comedian Steven Wright
Published 03/07/2012 at 10:21 a.m.
Steven Wright first rose to prominence in the 1980s as a kind of anti-comedian; his deadpan style, unruly haircut, and absurdist observational one-liners were completely unlike any other comedy at the time. Wright has only released two albums during his ...
Tennessee Shines Returns to WDVX
Published 03/07/2012 at 10:14 a.m.
WDVX is bringing a smaller version of the Tennessee Shines series back with a new weekly broadcast performance.
Generation of Vipers Announce New Album on Translation Loss
Published 03/07/2012 at 9:57 a.m.
It might seem like the local post-metal trio Generation of Vipers has been taking it easy since the release of its 2007 album, Dead Circle.
The Shed Announces Spring Concert Schedule
Published 03/07/2012 at 9:40 a.m.
The Shed, the classic-rock outdoor music venue adjacent to Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson in Maryville, has announced the first round of its spring and summer lineup of Friday and Saturday concerts.
Knoxville's Dirty Guv’nahs Set Their Sights on a Changing Music Industry
Published 02/22/2012 at 12:25 p.m.
Amid the continuing decline of record sales, the ongoing tightening of commercial radio playlists, and the decade-long collapse of the major-label music industry, the Dirty Guv’nahs have survived. They have methodically built themselves a reliable paying audience across the Southeast ...
Webb Wilder Kicks Off Pine Ridge House Concert Series
Published 02/22/2012 at 11:04 a.m.
The Pine Ridge House Concert Series in Anderson County kicks off next month in a big way, with a living-room performance by the Last of the Full-Grown Men.