Local CD Reviews
Strange bedfellows? Perhaps. But thankfully, a Knoxville band is cashing in on the win-win sleeping arrangement. Pop juggernaut Jag Star ’s resume already includes soundtrack contributions to MTV’s The Real World , Road Rules and Laguna Beach . Most recently, the band’s ever-adorable lead singer, Sarah Lewis , wrote a new song for an upcoming Laguna spin-off series called The Hills . This one stars a hot blonde who decides it’s time to ditch Laguna’s perpetual he-said-she-said drama-fest and make it in Hollywood’s fashion industry, or something. Lewis’ song “Leavin’” is featured on the show’s trailer, and it may or may not be the theme song as well. The band members report that the only thing they’re pinching themselves about, however, is increased sales—and that’s one dream they don’t mind not waking up from. Check out the trailer at mtv.com and catch Jag Star live at Patrick Sullivan’s on Friday, Feb. 17. The show starts at 9 p.m. with opener Vertigo . Tickets are $7.
Local CD Reviews
Comer might peddle pints of plasma to follow Panic, but his music doesn’t reflect that. Instead, he finds a balance of galloping folk and swaggering country, more similar to Knoxvillian Jay Clark ’s style than anything from the jam community. His lilting Southern twang might remind you of whiling days away behind the barn with your very first sweetheart—or even if you never did that, you can imagine. He waxes moral in the rap ditty “White Boy in the ‘Lac,” singing against drunk driving and for legalization of pot.” Catch Comer opening for The Codetalkers featuring Colonel Bruce Hampton and Garage DeLuxe this Friday, Feb. 10 at Blue Cats.
On the complete opposite end of the genre spectrum is Senryu frontman Wil Wright ’s solo EP, Easy Go . If there were a way to overemphasize the phrase “classic breakup album,” it would be used here—the original lyrics of these five songs are surely smudged with tears, maybe even burned a little around the edges in effigy of undying passion.
But when you get past feeling really sorry for Wright, you realize that the music’s quite beautiful, in that cathartic Elliot Smith/Jeff Buckley vein (someone tell Wright to stay away from knives and the Mississippi River). Even on the one optimistic tune, “Don’t Mess This Up,” Wright is forboding in tone despite the song’s comparatively bubbly melody. But then, with “Maplehurst,” things start going downhill, as Wright recalls hazily, “Midnight confetti makes a mess of us, and when the backdrops fall away it’s just your street again.” The knife continues to twist with the ballads “Halo of Roses” and “Ink.” In “Casual Goodbye,” Wright incorporates a country twang with a whining steel guitar to blend nicely with his sad-sack caterwaul. So who is this mysterious confection of a woman, stomping on hearts that lie in her path? She’s the figure behind every frosted window. The spectral outline in the rearview mirror, fading from view. Easy come, easy go. Pick up a copy at Wright’s EP release party on Feb. 11 at Java, 7 p.m.