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Aug 7, 2014 12:00 AM Record Reviews

The Michigan musical genius Warren Defever is best known for his almost absurdly diverse career as the sole consistent member of His Name Is Alive, which has offered its distinctive off-kilter spin wherever its mood lands—from ethereal gloom to ... more

Dec 13, 2017 12:59 PM Record Reviews

This insufferable critic has to roll his eyes whenever he hears some nonsense about the death of rock or complaints about the lack of good rock bands or whatever. These people are probably pining for some modern-day Led Zeppelin or Nuggets-style ... more

Dec 6, 2017 11:33 AM Record Reviews

Ancient Greek philosophers pondered the Ship of Theseus thought experiment, considering a boat that gradually had all of its planks replaced—with no original planks, is it the same boat? The 24-hour street party MAINx24, centered on Main Street ... more

Nov 29, 2017 12:10 PM Cover Story 1 Comments

“Over the years whenever I was asked, ‘How’s the jazz in Knoxville?’—meaning ‘How good is it?’—I would always reply with a smile, ‘Have you heard Rusty Holloway?’” said saxophonist Alan Wyatt. “From among the old guard in the ... more

Nov 22, 2017 11:54 AM Features 1 Comments

This writer remembers witnessing the trio of the uncompromising Japanese noise-monger Keiji Haino, Sunn O co-founder Stephen O’Malley and Australian multi-instrumentalist Oren Ambarchi in Knoxville in March of 2014 at the Big Ears Festival. more

Nov 15, 2017 11:55 AM Record Reviews

Subtitled “Improbable music for people who aren’t very disposed,” Italian film composer and keyboardist Giovanni Venosta’s debut album Olympic Signals marked the beginning of a brilliant recording career and also the start of a noteworthy ... more

Nov 8, 2017 12:07 PM Record Reviews

A case could be made that today, movie theaters are more important than ever for deliberate film-viewing since they discourage the temptation to incessantly check one’s hand-held mobile device and hitting the “pause” button on a remote control is ... more

Nov 1, 2017 1:03 PM Record Reviews

For an artist, when you anger purists, that often means that you’re onto something. Jazz purists scoffed when trumpeter Miles Davis began incorporating electric instruments in his groups and taking inspiration from rock stars like Sly Stone and ... more

Oct 25, 2017 1:19 PM Features

A wise man once passed along a sage piece of advice to this writer, after he had purchased his first multi-effects sound processor years ago: don’t use the presets. This can also be applied to synthesizers—don’t use the pre-configured instruments ... more

Oct 18, 2017 12:29 PM Record Reviews

The arresting collages of Astri Snodgrass have a raw, yet paradoxically tempered complexity that belies the simple intentions and materials—including masking tape—behind her body of work; bridging various disciplines, her distinctive abstractions ... more

Oct 11, 2017 11:59 AM Features

The Tokyo-based quintet Kikagaku Moyo draws heavily from psychedelic rock but also channels elements from German Krautrock, hippie jams and Indian music, intending to evoke the supernatural with freely flowing songs that emerge from basic structures. more

Oct 4, 2017 1:49 PM Record Reviews

At Southside Studio, located on Market Street across from the Chattanooga Choo Choo, flexibility is key—both physically (in the yoga realm) and conceptually. Founded by the husband/wife team of David D. Dunn and Chattanooga native Bryony ... more

Sep 27, 2017 12:49 PM Features

For some, “desert blues” or Saharan blues or Tuareg rock (take your pick of what you want to call it) from west Africa might immediately bring to mind fiery electric guitar-driven rock, marked with agile runs backed with propulsive beats. more

Sep 20, 2017 12:05 PM Record Reviews

The stunning new solo album from percussionist Tony Buck—best known as a member of the Australian piano/bass/drums trio The Necks—hovers on its own plane of existence, hinting at genres yet never giving in to conformity. In a single 51-minute ... more

Sep 13, 2017 12:24 PM Record Reviews

Any sprawling double-album in the pop/rock realm will automatically garner comparisons to the Beatles’ 1968 self-titled album (a.k.a. “The White Album”), and while most people will linger on the album’s diversity, what’s particularly remarkable ... more

Sep 6, 2017 12:02 PM Record Reviews

A Chicago-to-NYC transplant, trumpeter Jaimie Branch unleashed her quartet last year in Brooklyn as part of a showcase, because she “wanted New York to hear what Chicago sounds like.” One irony of NYC is that it can be simultaneously invitingly ... more

Aug 30, 2017 12:35 PM Record Reviews

One night last September, Cleveland, Tenn. trumpeter Nathan Warner was playing a main stage performance at the Lisb-On Music Festival in Lisbon, Portugal with the hot disco-funk Brooklyn band Escort. The next day, he was on an early morning ... more

Aug 23, 2017 11:32 AM Features

Shrouded in mystery with hidden identities, the local concern Meinschaft (German for “community”) could lay claim to the title of “Most Provocative Band” in the area, having confronted live audiences with confusing and potentially offensive ... more

Aug 16, 2017 12:24 PM Record Reviews

Novelist and poet Stephen Crane wrote, “Tradition, thou art for suckling children, Thou art the enlivening milk for babes; But no meat for men is in thee.” Tradition has its purpose, sure, but to grow, we must break from tradition. more

Aug 16, 2017 12:24 PM Cover Story

For this writer, the vast majority of his music listening is done inside his home or car, but there are a handful of certain albums that have a strong, almost cosmic bond to specific locations apart from those two. Now if you will, please indulge ... more

Aug 9, 2017 11:02 AM Record Reviews

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