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Aug 7, 2014 12:00 AM Record Reviews

This writer was fortunate enough to catch the band Tal National at a Knoxville show in 2015, playing what would seem to be a generous 100-minute set; apparently, that’s nothing compared to the group’s performances at its own nightclub in its ... more

Feb 14, 2018 12:25 PM Record Reviews

There’s something inherently and undeniably fun and rousing about instrumental surf rock, from both its peak practitioners in the ‘60s—like Dick Dale and the Ventures—and its revivalists from several waves (pun intended), like Agent Orange’s ... more

Feb 7, 2018 2:53 PM Record Reviews

Countless philosophers have contemplated time and memory for millennia, but one notable contemporary covers those topics in an extraordinarily pithy manner, with equal parts truth and absurdity. more

Jan 31, 2018 11:37 AM Record Reviews

Raised in a music-friendly household in Michigan on a diet of country music—his father’s preference—and Motown soul—his mother’s preference—along with rock, Jimmy Dormire has forged a remarkable career as a staggeringly versatile and articulate ... more

Jan 24, 2018 10:39 AM Features

This writer has a healthy amount of skepticism for projects that meld non-western-world traditions with western-world aesthetics, so it’s refreshing—and relieving—to hear when well-intentioned musicians not only don’t embarrass themselves but ... more

Jan 17, 2018 11:51 AM Record Reviews

The new album Rust from the Johnson City, Tenn. one-man band Brother Fyodor (a.k.a. Dustin Gingrow, the guitarist of Secret Bleeders) is a dark smorgasbord of prickly shards, drawing lines between noise, no-wave and industrial music while ... more

Jan 10, 2018 11:27 AM Record Reviews

It only makes sense to pair these two artists—Andrea Pensado and id m theft able—who defy the underground realm classification of “one-person improvised noise/electronics band” by cultivating their own creative worlds, persistently combining ... more

Jan 3, 2018 11:52 AM Record Reviews

How does LUTHI—an eclectic 9-piece soul/funk/dance group and self-proclaimed “Boogie Circus”—fit into the country-obsessed Nashville scene? Just fine, apparently. “It’s been a blessing being in a city filled with so much music in general,” said ... more

Dec 27, 2017 11:32 AM Features

On paper, there may be little common ground between ‘60s girl groups—acts such as The Ronettes, The Shirelles and the Shangri-Las—and contemporary underground D.I.Y. rock/pop acts, since girl groups made manufactured pop according to tried-and ... more

Dec 20, 2017 11:52 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

Digital Issue 15.07

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February 21, 2018

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February 22, 2018

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February 23, 2018

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February 24, 2018

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February 25, 2018

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February 26, 2018

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February 27, 2018