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Aug 7, 2014 12:00 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

The NYC outfit Macula Dog has a wholehearted embrace of music absurdity and a self-awareness of its own weirdness, as opposed to outsider-type intrinsically inspired wanderings off the beaten path. Perhaps acting like a low-budget robot-obsessed ... more

Feb 1, 2017 10:26 AM Record Reviews

The globe-trotting label Sublime Frequencies has proven to be one of the most diversely fascinating labels currently operating, being a sort of more homegrown, rougher, exclusively non-Western-world version of Smithsonian Folkways. more

Jan 26, 2017 10:25 AM Record Reviews

The composer, electronic musician and accordionist Pauline Oliveros, who passed away last November, was perhaps best known for her “Deep Listening” practice and aesthetic—encompassing improvisation, healing, meditation and other aspects ... more

Jan 18, 2017 12:41 PM Record Reviews

It’s rare to encounter a musician with such diverse skills as percussionist Tim Feeney—a challenging composer and improviser, a creator of immersive sound installations ... more

Jan 11, 2017 11:08 AM Features

NYC keyboardist, singer and composer Judith Berkson has made a bold musical move with her one-woman-band Liederkreis, which is radically different than her two solo albums, Lu-Lu and Oylam, released under her own name ... more

Jan 4, 2017 11:14 AM Record Reviews

Although Atlanta saxophonist/composer Jeff Crompton has been at it for over 30 years, it seems like lately he has been particularly unstoppable; among his most recent accomplishments are the outstanding 2014 album Snake Nation ... more

Dec 28, 2016 11:37 AM Record Reviews

Among the endearingly long and extremely specific words in the German language is “Torschlusspanik” which refers to the feeling of panic when a door or gate is about to close ... more

Dec 21, 2016 11:19 AM Features

In British folklore, “black shuck” is a monstrous black ghost dog with flaming eyes that wanders the coasts, graveyards, forests and countrysides in the east part of England; if it crosses your path, it’s an ominous sign that death may not be far ... more

Dec 14, 2016 11:33 AM Record Reviews

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