Knoxville Music Scene Shows Signs of Spring

The winter doldrums are over and local musicians are coming out from hibernation. Three new local releases highlight the upcoming music calendar, starting with pop-punk five-piece On My Honor. The band's new EP, Nature and Nurture, will be available on vinyl (from Little Heart Records) at their show at the Valarium with Your Favorite Hero, A Hero Remains, the Bad Dudes, and 2-15 on Friday, Feb. 10. The show is all ages; admission is $5-$10, and doors open at 6 p.m.

On Saturday, Feb. 11, hippie-about-town Mac Comer and his backing band, the Coo Cool Kidders, celebrate Comer's new CD, Hyperbolic Length, with a show at the Square Room. The concert also commemorates Comer's 10th anniversary making music in Knoxville. The show starts at 9 p.m. Admission is $10/$12 at the door and includes a copy of the new disc.

The same night, former Medford's Black Record Collection guitarist, singer, and songwriter Michael Davis debuts his long-gestating new project, Michael Davis and the Teleplows, at the Well in Bearden. The new band—which features Davis on vocals, banjo, and guitar; bassist Grant Parker; drummer Doug Guthrie; and guitarist/singer Shawna Cyphers—expands on MBRC's acoustic folk-country for a fully electrified country-rock sound. The Teleplows play with opening acts the Galt Line and Dixie Ghost. Music starts at 10 p.m. and admission is $5; 21 and up.

On the horizon, singer/guitarist Kevin Hyfantis will release his first solo CD, titled simply Hyfantis, next week. The official release show will be held at Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria on Friday, Feb. 17, at 10 p.m.