About Chuck Campbell
BiographyChuck Campbell is the Entertainment Editor at the News Sentinel. As part of that duty, his tireless efforts help maintain and update Knoxville.Com, keeping it as the hub for all entertainment news and events in Knoxville.
- Entertainment Editor
06/15/2007 - current
‘Tuned In’ review: The Both’s parts are greater than the sum
Published 04/15/2014 at 2:54 p.m.
It was a good idea in theory. ... Gifted singer-songwriter Aimee Mann has had a stellar solo career since the dissolution of her band ‘Til Tuesday more than 20 years ago. Yet she was inspired enough by indie-rock performer Ted ...
‘Tuned In’ review: Italian blues-rocker Zucchero fits in naturally in Havana
Published 04/15/2014 at 2:50 p.m.
Veteran Italian blues-rocker Zucchero (last name Fornaciari) is invading America by way of Cuba. The 58-year-old singer who has sold 50 million albums in the past four decades is still relatively unknown in the United States. But he at least ...
‘Tuned In’ review: Jessica Lea Mayfield crushes it on her own
Published 04/15/2014 at 2:42 p.m.
It would have been natural to have assumed power producer Dan Auerbach of the hard-rock band Black Keys used 21-year-old singer Jessica Lea Mayfield as a prop in her excellent 2011 release “Tell Me,” what with his trademark dense, grinding ...
‘Tuned In’ review: RAC’s charming ‘Strangers’ deserves an invitation
Published 04/08/2014 at 2:49 p.m.
Although electronica has invaded the mainstream with an increasingly aggressive sound, RAC flips it in the opposite direction with the new “Strangers,” which recalls the fizzy synth pop of the 1980s with its clean sense of naïve discovery.
‘Tuned In’ review: Two-guy boy band MKTO comes up short
Published 04/08/2014 at 2:44 p.m.
If MKTO looked good on paper, that paper was a Post-it note, because the duo is a thinly conceived idea. The premise sort of makes sense – two guys who played best friends on a Nickelodeon show team up as ...
‘Tuned In’ review: Shakira has the voice, needs no coaching
Published 04/01/2014 at 4:43 p.m.
Shakira has one of those rare, distinctive voices that takes the formula out of the most formulaic of arrangements. As with Dolly Parton and Stevie Nicks before her, the crafty Colombian’s vocal transcends banal lyrics and rote arrangements to make ...
‘Tuned In’ review: Howler roars with unconventional ‘Joy’
Published 04/01/2014 at 4:40 p.m.
Howler frontman Jordan Gatesmith is scary-talented for a musician who was only 18 when his act debuted in 2012 with “America Give Up.” And with two years of extra seasoning on his resume, he’s all the more impressive now with ...
‘Tuned In’ review: Mannered Manilow shines through ‘Night’
Published 04/01/2014 at 3:38 p.m.
Listening to Barry Manilow’s new “Night Songs” is like wandering in to the best piano bar ever. The release is a one man tour de force – Manilow on vocals, piano and synthesized acoustic bass. The collection consists mostly of ...
‘Tuned In’ review: Karmin pushes too hard with ‘Pulses’
Published 03/25/2014 at 4:08 p.m.
Karmin is like one of those people who desperately wants to be your friend, and the harder they try to endear themselves to you, the less interested you become.
‘Tuned In’ review: Enrique Iglesias offers variety show on ‘Sex and Love’
Published 03/25/2014 at 4:04 p.m.
Enrique Iglesias may be serving a smorgasbord with his new “Sex and Love,” but at least all the dishes are of a good standard and not just the typical bland-buffet fare.
‘Tuned In’ review: Schoolboy Q’s street-smart ‘Oxymoron’ hits emotional notes, too
Published 03/04/2014 at 3:24 p.m.
Schoolboy Q’s major-label debut, “Oxymoron,” might scare some listeners away before the Los Angeles rapper finishes the first track: Opening cut “Gangsta” is peppered with his vitriolic blasts of hard-delivered obscenities and what seems to be another rote celebration of ...
Oh Baby: Former Lady Vol Cait McMahan launches rap/rock career
Published 01/31/2014 at 4:37 p.m.
Former Lady Vol Cait McMahan has rebounded from her basketball injuries and now shooting for a career as a rock singer/rapper
‘Tuned In’ review: Bill Cosby’s not finished with those who can relate
Published 11/26/2013 at 1:57 p.m.
Bill Cosby is one of the last comedians who might be expected to have a new stand-up special on Comedy Central – and he quickly makes light of that on … his new Comedy Central special, “Far From Finished.” At ...
‘Tuned In’ review: The Red Paintings’ debut it almost revolutionary
Published 11/26/2013 at 1:30 p.m.
The ideal circumstance for listening to The Red Paintings’ debut “The Revolution Is Never Coming” would be to lie on your back, eyes closed, with no distractions and no interruptions. So perhaps the Australian act’s target demographic should be disaffected ...
‘Tuned In’ review: Luscious Jackson’s tricky ‘Magic’ keeps it casual
Published 11/19/2013 at 4:14 p.m.
Luscious Jackson seems to have made an informal reunion in order to knock out the new “Magic Hour.” The New York City dance-funk band’s first new release since 1999’s “Electric Honey” sounds very casual - demo-level casual. Perhaps the trio ...
‘Tuned In’ review: Susanna Hoffs needs no help under the covers
Published 11/19/2013 at 4 p.m.
Susanna Hoffs should go it alone. The Bangles singer has been teaming up with Matthew Sweet – informally they are “Sid and Susie” – since 2006 to record albums of cover songs. The first in the “Under the Covers” collection ...
‘Tuned In’ review: A little Daughtry goes a long way
Published 11/19/2013 at 3:49 p.m.
Chris Daughtry competed on “American Idol” in 2006, finishing fourth. Since then, he and his band (known collectively as Daughtry) have had abundant success, though the group’s fourth studio album still has an “Idol” air about it. Which is to ...
‘Tuned In’ review: Celine Dion’s ‘Back to Life’ shows a little ... life
Published 11/12/2013 at 4:04 p.m.
Celine Dion churns out all the expected schmaltz on her new “Loved Me Back to Life,” plus a little bit more. And that “more” is enough to give pause to those who would normally reject her out of hand.
‘Tuned In’ review: Sultry Heidi Feek teases with noir sound
Published 10/29/2013 at 2:11 p.m.
In a press release promoting her full-length debut “The Only,” Heidi Feek humbly compares herself to Patsy Cline, Chris Isaak and Neko Case. But she might best be characterized as Nashville’s answer to Lana Del Rey.
‘Tuned In’ review: Lindi Ortega basks in light of humble ‘Tin Star’
Published 10/15/2013 at 11:38 a.m.
Lindi Ortega’s new “Tin Star” addresses the struggles musicians face in Nashville when they’re trying to make a living in such a competitive industry. The fact that “Tin Star” is her third consecutive great album in three years makes her ...
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