music (2006-13)

Twenty Questions With Lucero

MP’s in-house band-aid talks panties with drummer Roy Berry

The Kronos Quartet plays outta-this-world classical music

by Penny Lane

Aside from a one-night stand at Fisher Tire, Memphis outfit Lucero hasn’t shown face in Knoxville for roundabout two years. But we’ll forgive them, partly because they rock so hard and partly because they’re just so damn cute—in that hung-over, heart-on-sleeve kind of way. And drummer Roy Berry’s our favorite, because he let us interrogate him.

Q: I’ve heard Ben [Nichols, frontman] perform really, really drunk a few times. It was kind of awe-inspiring, like, if Ben can play a show totally smashed off his face, maybe there’s hope for sober, aspiring musicians as well. Thoughts?

What: 90.3 The Rock presents Lucero w/The Glass

Spacey Sounds

by John Sewell

The term “classical music” can be a heavy burden for serious musicians and contemporary composers. The classical tag implies a certain stuffed-shirt quality: Classical music is for aesthetes, historians, conservatory types, and snobs, right? For three decades, The Kronos Quartet has steadfastly opposed this view by performing serious-yet-accessible music that is both modern and timeless. The world’s foremost string quartet, the group has made a name for itself by performing the works of Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Arvo Part, John Adams, John Zorn, Charles Mingus and Jimi Hendrix.

What: The Kronos Quartet’s “Sun Rings”