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.
Bonnaroo and Rhythm N' Blooms Announce 2012 Lineups
Published 02/15/2012 at 12:14 p.m.
For once, anyway, it seems that at least some of the big rumors about the Bonnaroo lineup were true. Radiohead, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Phish were all reported as possible headliners well in advance of the official announcement ...
Kevin Hyfantis Steps Away From the Bishops Band (Sort of) For a New Solo EP
Published 02/15/2012 at 12:02 p.m.
On Hyfantis, Hyfantis hasn’t completely abandoned the classic pop-rock sensibility that defined the Bishops Band’s 2010 CD, Carnival Authority. The jazzy arrangements have been pulled back, and the touchstones on the new EP seem to be artists whose pop is ...
R.I.P. Ed Corts
Published 02/08/2012 at 11:58 a.m.
Knoxville’s music community took its second big hit in 2012 when Ed Corts died on Jan. 30.
Knoxville Music Scene Shows Signs of Spring
Published 02/08/2012 at 10:46 a.m.
The winter doldrums are over and local musicians are coming out from hibernation.
Fantagraphics Pays a Long-Overdue Tribute to Walt Kelly’s 'Pogo'
Published 02/01/2012 at 10:24 a.m.
The appeal of Pogo is impossible to ignore but hard to describe. A big part of Walt Kelly’s genius lies in plain old expert craftsmanship. His skill was such that his hand almost became invisible.
Dirty Guv'nahs Wrap Up Nashville Recording Session
Published 01/25/2012 at 10:43 a.m.
The Dirty Guv’nahs have just wrapped up recording sessions in Nashville for their upcoming, still-untitled new album, due out sometime this year.
Dumb Lunch's Contrarian Hip Hop Noisemaking May Work To Their advantage
Published 01/18/2012 at 1 p.m.
In performance, Dumb Lunch’s stumbling beats take on a darker aspect, as the music collapses into a vortex of noise, volume, and 21st-century underground shock theater.
Wampus Cat: 'Wampus Cat'
Published 01/18/2012 at 11:08 a.m.
Knoxville doom quartet Wampus Cat takes is name from the mysterious wampus cat of Cherokee mythology and Appalachian folklore, a foreboding half-woman, half-feline harbinger of death.
New Film Project to Document a Year in the Life and Culture of Knoxville
Published 01/18/2012 at 11:02 a.m.
Knoxville Films and veteran television producer Melissa May have teamed up for a year-long film project to showcase Knoxville.
Wallace Coleman Finds a Second Act as Classic Bluesman
Published 01/11/2012 at 10:59 a.m.
Wallace Coleman’s unlikely blues education began in East Tennessee.
Matt Morelock: A Hillbilly in Paradise
Published 01/11/2012 at 10:34 a.m.
An interesting fact, according to banjo aficionado and hillbilly fashion plate Matt Morelock: His namesake music store on Gay Street has actually done better business since its owner quietly slipped away to paradise last fall.
4620 Space Gets Makeover as the Well
Published 01/11/2012 at 10:31 a.m.
The eccentric downstairs bar/restaurant/music space at 4620 Kingston Pike, previously home to Velvet and two iterations of a club called 4620, is getting another makeover this month.
Rocket From the Tombs: 'The Day the Earth Met the Rocket From the Tombs'
Published 01/04/2012 at 11:47 a.m.
By the usual pop-music standards, Cleveland’s Rocket From the Tombs barely even counted as a band during its first incarnation, from 1974 to 1975. The group never officially released any music at all, never recorded anything beyond a handful of ...
Local Favorites the everybodyfields Reunite for One Last Show
Published 12/21/2011 at 11:01 a.m.
The everybodyfields' fairy tale story took a harsh detour into real life in 2007.
Knox Musicians Come Together for the Late Phil Pollard
Published 12/21/2011 at 10:48 a.m.
It’s good news that members of Knoxville’s music community can organize a three-day benefit for one of their own as quickly as Waynestock 2 has come together. It’s just too bad that they have to.
High-School Band Ergo We Play Competes for National Teen Band Award
Published 12/14/2011 at 10:09 a.m.
The local high-school alt-rock band Ergo We Play has already outstripped most of its peers simply by staying together long enough to write and record two songs. The band has an even bigger opportunity next month
Knoxville Jazz Orchestra: 'Christmas Time Is Here'
Published 12/14/2011 at 10:04 a.m.
Knoxville Jazz Orchestra pulls out all the stops on this smooth and swinging disc of holiday standards, which will fit nicely next to A Charlie Brown Christmas and Christmas With the Rat Pack in anybody’s seasonal CD collection.
Dirty Guv'nahs Raise $20,000 for Next Record
Published 12/07/2011 at 9:38 a.m.
Further evidence of the Dirty Guv’nahs’ level of local celebrity: Before we even had a chance to report on it, the band’s Kickstarter campaign to pay for a new album has already surpassed its goal of $20,000.
Fifth Street Saints: 'Reason to Run'
Published 12/07/2011 at 9:34 a.m.
On the Fifth Street Saints’ first EP, Reason to Run, slickly produced by Travis Wyrick, singer/guitarist Eddie Self adopts Metallica frontman James Hetfield’s barking grunt, and both the band’s groovy rhythms and guitar solos owe considerable debt to Hetfield and ...
The Story of Bluegrass Pioneer Carl Story
Published 11/30/2011 at 1:04 p.m.
Carl Story (known as “The Father of Bluegrass Gospel”) and his Rambling Mountaineers were stars on WNOX in the 1950s. Yet Story is a shadowy figure in Knoxville’s music history, remembered vividly by those who were there to see him ...
Knoxville Early Music Project Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary
Published 11/30/2011 at 11:09 a.m.
When Thomas Tallant, Mark Kiser, and Kevin Lay began playing early music together in 1991, they had no idea that their jam sessions would quickly evolve into Knoxville’s longest-lasting professional early music group.
Sound Off Competition Continues
Published 11/30/2011 at 11:07 a.m.
Sound Off continues on Wednesday, Dec. 7, as the third round of contestants face off against each other and in front of a panel of judges at the Square Room for a spot in the finals in March.
Johnny Newman: 'More Than Ever'
Published 11/30/2011 at 11:03 a.m. 1 Comment
Local composer and prog-rock mastermind Johnny Newman may have outdone himself when he hired metal veterans Yanic Bercier and Steve DiGiorgio to perform on his new album.
Dumb Lunch: 'Everywhere We Go It Sounds Like...'
Published 11/23/2011 at 1:46 p.m.
Local weirdo hip-hop trio Dumb Lunch’s second album is just as woozy and psychedelic as its predecessor, Royal Blunts, released earlier this year.
Tool's Maynard James Keenan Experiments With Multimedia Project Puscifer
Published 11/23/2011 at 1:35 p.m. 2 Comments
Puscifer, the third band fronted by Maynard James Keenan, after the multiplatinum post-grunge art rockers Tool and the singularly platinum A Perfect Circle, is complicated—a side side project, you might call it.
Hellboy Back in Mexico
Published 11/23/2011 at 12:09 p.m.
Some of the best Hellboy adventures of recent years have been Mignola’s collaborations with underground fantasy legend and Heavy Metal veteran Richard Corben, particularly the 2010 one-shot Hellboy in Mexico, in which Hellboy joins a team of luchadores to drink ...
Dance—or Mosh—the Thanksgiving Calories Away
Published 11/23/2011 at 10:38 a.m.
Looking for a way to burn off some of those Turkey Day calories? Try one of these three after-Thanksgiving events.
By Lightning: 'Sand Down the Edges'
Published 11/16/2011 at 10:24 a.m.
Ex-Dixie Dirt singer/guitarist Kat Brock, after a move to Nashville and several years of solo performance, returned to rock-band mode this summer.
Miranda Lambert: 'Four the Record'
Published 11/16/2011 at 10:01 a.m.
The cover of Miranda Lambert’s fourth album shows the singer walking away from a vintage car on fire. It’s an update of her arrival on the country music scene back in 2005 with the incendiary honky-tonk firebug revenge fantasy “Kerosene.” ...
Upstart Opera Company Has Big Plans
Published 11/16/2011 at 9:53 a.m.
Trey Daugherty, the upstart impresario behind an experimental two-person opera adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s short story “Diary of a Madman” at the Neighborhood Center in Fourth and Gill earlier this month, already has plans for more work from his avant-garde ...
Celebrate a 'K-Town Christmas' With New Music Compilation
Published 11/16/2011 at 9:51 a.m.
The apparent success of last year’s A K-Town Christmas compilation of holiday songs by local artists has led the producer and organizer, Kent Oglesby, to prepare a follow-up for this holiday season.
Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats: 'Blood Lust'
Published 11/09/2011 at 10:21 a.m.
Uncle Acid traffics in occult classic rock, drawing its inspiration from Hammer horror films, the Stooges, the first four Black Sabbath albums, and The Satanic Bible.
'Hedwig' for the Holidays
Published 11/09/2011 at 10:17 a.m. 1 Comment
Coming just in time for the holidays: an original local production of John Cameron Mitchell’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the late-’90s Off Broadway hit rock musical about a transsexual rock star and her sad career and love life.
Dark Hollow Band Can't Survive Sound Off Contest
Published 11/09/2011 at 10:07 a.m.
Band competitions are sometimes tough, but the second round of the Square Room’s Sound Off competition was especially hard on Oak Ridge folk-rock group Dark Hollow Band, which broke up in the wake of its last-minute withdrawal from the Nov. ...
Q&A: Historian Jay Rubenstein
Published 11/09/2011 at 9:56 a.m.
University of Tennessee history professor and MacArthur Fellow Jay Rubenstein’s new book, Armies of Heaven: The First Crusade and the Quest for Apocalypse, is a detailed account of the First Crusade and an analysis of the religious and political conditions ...
Pistol Creek Catch of the Day: 'Pistol Creek Catch of the Day'
Published 11/09/2011 at 9:52 a.m.
The songs here shift from classic honky-tonk and torchy string jazz to rumbling rock ’n’ roll.
West Knoxville's Football Rivalry Keeps Tradition Alive in a New Era
Published 11/02/2011 at 2:31 p.m.
It’s not called the Battle of West Knoxville for nothing: the Bearden Bulldogs’ annual showdown with the Farragut Admirals. For years, this game was the biggest match-up on either team’s schedule, and could define a season. But the times have ...
The Dex Romweber Duo: 'Is That You in the Blue?'
Published 11/02/2011 at 10:21 a.m.
The second album from former Flat Duo Jets frontman Dexter Romweber and his sister, Sara, is a tour through Romweber’s career, from the unhinged punkabilly and psychotic country of his earliest lo-fi recordings to the swinging lounge- and surf-inflected jazz-rock ...
Hard-Touring Lotus Blurs the Line Between Jam Bands and Dance Music
Published 10/26/2011 at 10:57 a.m.
The line between rock music and dance music has become blurred in a way it hasn’t been since the rave scene of the early 1990s, with acts from all over the pop-culture spectrum working hard to erase whatever distinctions are ...