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Aug 7, 2014 12:00 AM Record Reviews

Asheville guitarist Shane Parish is best known for his work in the riveting instrumental rock band Ahleuchatistas, capable of firing off astoundingly intense and nimble runs imbued with a complex eclecticism. His solo acoustic work is easier on ... more

Jun 21, 2017 11:10 AM Features

Harps: they’re not just for angels or television show dream sequences. There is a short list of musicians who use harps in interesting ways, and Zeena Parkins has been on that list since the ‘80s when she was a member of the legendary Skeleton ... more

Jun 14, 2017 12:05 PM Record Reviews

Jazz pianist Matthew Shipp raised a few eyebrows when he announced that his album Piano Song would be his last for the label Thirsty Ear and that he is “immensely slowing down” his recording operations (as he told Observer in an interview earlier ... more

Jun 7, 2017 11:32 AM Record Reviews

Big Kitty—the alter ego of former Chattanoogan Clark Williams—has a knack for music-driven storytelling with vivid dreamworld scenarios that bloom in unusual ways from the physical world as we know it. The new Big Kitty album, Excelsior Breeze ... more

May 31, 2017 10:39 AM Record Reviews

The beloved Nashville underground folk collective The Cherry Blossoms are one of those bands that, paradoxically, this writer wants the whole world to hear while at the same time keeping them a precious secret to be unsullied by wide fame. more

May 24, 2017 11:13 AM Features

The Nashville trio the Bad Signs was born from inspiration that guitarist Nat Rufus got from a decades-old black and white photo of two motorcycle-riding teens—“vintage rebel youth” as he put it. Make no mistake—the group is going for a retro ‘60s... more

May 17, 2017 11:41 AM Record Reviews

For the simultaneously reverent and heretical jazz band Mostly Other People Do The Killing (MOPDTK), pissing off jazz purists seems to come easy. The group revisits jazz forms such as hard bop, but the band’s execution pushes the intensity level ... more

May 10, 2017 12:04 PM Record Reviews

The album Los Galpones (“The Sheds”) from Argentinian musician Alan Courtis (also known for his work in the group Reynols) is the latest in a twisty and prolific career with a voluminous catalog numbering over one hundred releases and numerous ... more

May 3, 2017 11:51 AM Record Reviews

Great art can inspire more art, and ideas, emotions and experiences can expand and transmute to different forms in a perpetual succession. In the case of Chattanoogan Laurie Perry Vaughen’s poem “Billie Holiday on the Radio”—part of her poetry ... more

Apr 26, 2017 11:56 AM Features

Satirist Tom Lehrer cheekily dismissed rock music as “children’s records” on his live album An Evening Wasted with Tom Lehrer, unaware in 1959 of the serious and infantile polar-opposite extremes popular music would take in future decades ... more

Apr 19, 2017 1:29 PM Record Reviews

The Triptych three-volume series may be of interest to those wanting a snapshot of the current indie scene in Brighton, England and also perhaps to numerologists—in addition to its digital release, the series is comprised of three extremely ... more

Apr 12, 2017 12:22 PM Record Reviews

In today’s absurd political climate, one of the most absurd episodes has to be the debunked Pizzagate conspiracy theory, which purported that Hillary Clinton was connected to a Satanic child-trafficking ring run out of the Washington, D.C. ... more

Apr 5, 2017 12:21 PM Record Reviews

Like the Magnetic Fields’ 1999 breakthrough triple-album 69 Love Songs, the new 5-disc album 50 Song Memoir seems to be a feat and a stunt, featuring one song for each year of songwriter Stephin Merritt’s life. 69 Love Songs was a successful ... more

Mar 29, 2017 4:25 PM Record Reviews

“Scenic Groove” is what keyboardist Jonathan “Tryezz” Fowlkes calls his style of music—a unique and eclectic blend of fusion jazz, modern funk and electronic dance—that has a specific aim: to transport listeners to different locations in their minds. more

Mar 22, 2017 11:31 AM Features

Saxophonist Jack Wright is known as a fiercely original improviser and also one of the most deliberative voices on the topic of “free playing,” which he has been doing exclusively since 1979 and which he concisely describes as “the pursuit of ... more

Mar 15, 2017 11:12 AM Record Reviews

German musician Michael Bundt’s third and final solo album from 1980, Electri City, is certainly dated—I mean, for crying out loud, look at the cover art—but that’s not a bad thing. Not all music has to sound timeless or completely divorced from ... more

Mar 8, 2017 11:46 AM Record Reviews

Space vampires. Those are the two words that immediately come to mind for this reviewer when listening to the instrumental album Those Missing Will Complete Us by the improvisational San Francisco quartet Collision Stories, but don’t let that ... more

Mar 1, 2017 11:16 AM Record Reviews

Two of the most outrageously fun Chattanooga shows in this writer’s recent memory were house shows featuring The Simple Pleasure, a group that provides escapism of the highest order. The duo serves up infectious new-wave-inspired electro-glam ... more

Feb 22, 2017 11:06 AM Features

The two-decade-strong Éthiopiques series on the French label Buda Musique has shone a light on the fruitful output of Ethiopia in the ‘60s and ‘70s, with strikingly fresh amalgams of traditional flavors infused in Western-world genres including ... more

Feb 15, 2017 12:58 PM Record Reviews

We’ve all had moments when our lips just didn’t seem fast enough to speak all the words we want or need to say, like perhaps reporting a horrible accident that just happened or enthusiastically and effusively expressing gratitude for a perfect ... more

Feb 8, 2017 11:19 AM Record Reviews

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