About Jer Cole
BiographyJer Cole is a freelance contributor to the News Sentinel.
- Entertainment Columnist
06/17/2007 - current
Musician Henry Gibson finds new passion with acting gigs
Published 06/21/2012 at 11:35 a.m.
Community boosters are quick to laud Knoxville's music and arts community as an undiscovered gem, often to an excessive degree. However, bringing credence to this praise was the 24-hour Film Festival held June 16 at the Bijou Theatre. Expecting the ...
Casey's Trunk opens for business
Updated 12/01/2011 at 2:07 p.m.
Newly formed punk trio Casey's Trunk is most recognizable for its subject matter, which tackles current events with the subtlety of a South Park episode and offends the pious similarly.
Tabula Rasa draws up fresh plans
Published 11/23/2011 at 1:06 p.m.
For music snobs, there is probably no greater source of contention than jam bands. People either love them or hate them. Knoxville act Tabula Rasa isn't one of those jam bands.
Knoxville band Wolf at the Door releases 'Weary Bones' EP
Published 11/17/2011 at 10:39 a.m.
On a Knoxville scale, you could say rock quintet Wolf at the Door has seen a meteoric rise to greatness. The band that shaped itself little by little into its present form has amassed a sizable following over the past ...
Temper Through Tears balances new and old
Updated 11/10/2011 at 1:09 p.m.
Temper Through Tears vocalist/guitarist Jason Williams and guitarist Justin Parker took a break from the music world after spending more than a decade each in a range of original acts.
Joe Marson is in the house
Published 11/03/2011 at 11:19 a.m.
Journeyman singer/songwriter Joe Marson has been to, if not lived in, nearly every major city in the United States and even some abroad.
Bands rally for A Hero Remains van plan
Published 10/27/2011 at 12:01 p.m.
Most recognized for its aggressive Christian messages woven into hardcore/metal music and a lineup consisting of twin brothers Josh and John Mayor, A Hero Remains has been forced to restructure.
Brendon James Wright returns to the Wrongs
Published 10/20/2011 at 12:50 p.m.
Brendon James Wright was once a regular on the Knoxville circuit, playing several shows a week either as a solo act or with his full band Brendon James Wright and the Wrongs. After a long period of inactivity, Wright looks ...
The Stray Hand stays on track
Published 10/06/2011 at 1:10 p.m.
Many former participants assert that Knoxville's once-thriving all-ages, metal/hardcore scene has diminished in popularity due to an inconsistency of venues and fans maturing in musical taste upon high school graduation. But there's a resurgence of hardcore bands that hope to ...
The Bad Dudes are back in action
Published 09/29/2011 at 3:36 p.m.
Knoxville rockers The Bad Dudes have re-emerged after a three-year break, and are preparing for the release of their debut album "Mammas, Hide Your Daughters."
Band Scene: Punk-rock act The Bad Dudes tap into more aggressive sound
Published 03/07/2014 at 11:40 a.m.
When last we spoke to Knoxville’s homage to old school rock ’n’ roll debauchery, The Bad Dudes were contemplating a break from performances, during which they intended to write and record. The hiatus never came as the act was approached ...
Band Scene: Impressive improv skills keep Spades Cooley duo hooked
Published 02/21/2014 at 11:16 a.m.
Dynamic Knoxville rock duo Spades Cooley does more with two members than most standard four-man outfits, so much so that many are surprised at live shows to learn the act is a two piece. In 2011, the band released one ...
Band Scene: Comic artist Zac Fallon checks his ego at the door
Published 02/13/2014 at 2:22 p.m.
Zac Fallon wears several hats in Knoxville’s entertainment scene. Now known for his roles in Senryu and LiL iFFy’s crew and as a bartender and standup comic, Fallon’s first foray was as Katie and the Bass Drums. Begun under a ...
Band Scene: Marina Orchestra dives into mixed-media approach for 'Oceans'
Published 02/06/2014 at 1:05 p.m.
The sounds of Knoxville act Marina Orchestra are undeniably suited for a day at the beach, but unlike noted monsters of trop-rock who focus mainly on the relaxation element, the exotic-minded Marina Orchestra is geared toward a more active coastal ...
Band Scene: Waynestock act Teenage Love marks 30 years of punk-rock mayhem
Published 01/30/2014 at 4:43 p.m.
During the ’80s, Knoxville’s biggest punk rock purveyors Teenage Love shared stages with The Dead Kennedys, Suicidal Tendencies, Black Flag and even The Flaming Lips to name just a few, but the band’s biggest milestone to date approaches this year ...
Band Scene: Reunited Hey OK Fantastic leaves the hate behind
Published 01/24/2014 at 6 a.m.
Eclectic local act Hey OK Fantastic is back in business after more than a year, despite improbable odds. Intentionally named to leave itself open to explore any and all genres, the whimsical nature of the band’s material belied the interpersonal ...
Band Scene: Road veterans Fifth Street Saints ready second release
Published 01/17/2014 at 11 a.m.
Morristown modern rock act Fifth Street Saints saw almost-immediate success following its first (and only) release, “Reasons to Run.” The five-song EP circulated radio waves in mid-2011 and looked to be followed up with additional offerings sooner rather than later. ...
Band Scene: Guy Marshall prioritizes new album for 2014
Published 01/10/2014 at 9 a.m.
The new year will bring a new approach to local act Guy Marshall’s steady rise to the top of Knoxville’s Americana heap. The once small group has expanded to a full band, and while the act was prolific in its ...
Forward thinking: Tabula Rasa embraces new material as Lines Taking Shape
Published 01/02/2014 at 2:18 p.m.
Progressive act Tabula Rasa was making big waves in Knoxville leading up to bassist Eric Gedenk’s year-long sojourn in Germany. During his absence, the remaining Tabula Rasa cast pressed on with new material under the moniker Lines Taking Shape, which ...
Band Scene: Tulsa singer-songwriter John Moreland walks alone ... and likes it that way
Published 12/27/2013 at 6 a.m.
The State of Oklahoma breeds its fair share of mainstream country (Garth Brooks, Toby Keith, Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, etc.) and quirky indie rock (Flaming Lips, Starlight Mints, Aqueduct, etc.), but Tulsa native John Moreland fits neither bill. He is ...
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