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Aug 7, 2014 12:00 AM 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

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

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

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