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Aug 7, 2014 12:00 AM Record Reviews

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

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

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

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

One astounding fact about the creation of Wayne-O-Rama—the wildly imaginative and immersive tribute to local history designed by Chattanooga native Wayne White—is that over 300 volunteers shared their varied talents to help make it a reality. more

Aug 2, 2017 10:11 AM Features

In 1913, Luigi Russolo wrote his futurist manifesto called “The Art of Noises,” in which he expressed boredom with orchestral sounds and declared, “We must break at all cost from this restrictive circle of pure sounds and conquer the infinite ... more

Jul 26, 2017 11:12 AM Features 1 Comments

Your humble reviewer was recently physically attacked (in a brotherly, horseplaying way) by a friend who apparently didn’t appreciate his stance that all art and music has a degree of artificiality and that no matter how “authentic” a conveyed ... more

Jul 20, 2017 10:01 AM Record Reviews

If you’ve seen more than a couple Looney Tunes cartoons, then you’ve heard Raymond Scott—the bandleader/pianist whose compositions such as “Powerhouse” were adapted by Carl Stalling for numerous Warner Bros. cartoons. more

Jul 12, 2017 11:03 AM Record Reviews

While vacations are great opportunities to see and experience something new, they also give you a good excuse to not check your email every five minutes. There can be a strange feeling of both envy and pity, ironically, toward those who don’t ... more

Jul 5, 2017 11:23 AM Record Reviews

This writer was one of many people saddened in 2009 by the announcement that Stereolab—everyone’s favorite analog-synth-and-Krautrock-loving insider-music plagiarists—would be going on hiatus. However, despite that, key member Tim Gane has ... more

Jun 28, 2017 11:41 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

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