Band Scene: Setbacks just seem to push O Youth forward
Published 12/05/2013 at 2:43 p.m.
In its two-and-a-half years, indie folk rock act O Youth has moved between Murfreesboro and Knoxville and has seen a number of changes to its lengthy roster and extensive delays to its debut full-length release. And yet the band appears ...
Band Scene: Maturing Yung Life grows organically
Published 11/27/2013 at 3:38 p.m.
Knoxville’s band of brothers, Yung Life, is known for its distinct, updated ’80s vibe, but the band’s newest installment of material, currently being recorded for an album tentatively titled “Soft Divide,” shows a young band spreading its wings. Coming of ...
Band Scene: Flatpicking icon Larry Keel never fishing for friends
Published 11/22/2013 at 9 a.m.
Virginia flatpicking legend Larry Keel is renowned for his technical proficiency and has been winning awards since the age of 19; however, what Keel is most concerned with isn’t flash but substance. Through a well-developed circle of fellow musicians, Keel’s ...
Band Scene: Johnny Astro drums up high-energy return
Published 11/08/2013 at 5 a.m.
Shortly after its formation, Johnny Astro and the Big Bang seemed poised for greatness, having won a major battle of the bands and performed a Sundown in the City show in Market Square. Not long after these watershed accomplishments, the ...
Band Scene: Audiences catching on to pop-punk prowess of On My Honor
Published 10/31/2013 at 2:54 p.m.
Following this year’s release of “I Never Deserve the Things I Need,” Knoxville pop-punk ambassadors On My Honor have seen national acclaim. Among the band’s accomplishments are steady coverage in most applicable national press outlets (Alternative Press, Absolute Punk, Property ...
Shiffty and the Headmasters cover more ground with original tunes
Published 10/24/2013 at 2:53 p.m.
In a college town where cover bands thrive, one new act stands above the rest. Shiffty and the Headmasters goes beyond the typical facsimiles, fully recreating classics of the 1970s and ’80s, and have recently begun interweaving their own creations.
Band Scene: NYC group Miniboone nails 'indie-pop' sound
Published 10/18/2013 at 4 a.m.
Combining efforts in Japan while on a study-abroad program, Miniboone’s founding members inadvertently created a sort of prototype for the band it is today. Now, with its roster sprawled across two boroughs of New York City, the act has played ...
Band Scene: Matt Woods finds inspiration on the road
Published 10/10/2013 at 3:56 p.m.
Veteran Knoxville singer/songwriter and road warrior Matt Woods hasn’t been around much lately. In fact, his upcoming show at The Well on Wednesday will only bring him home for a single night before his ongoing nine-week tour pushes north. Thankfully, ...
West Coast act Dead Winter Carpenters takes on eastward expansion
Published 10/04/2013 at 4:30 a.m.
In just more than three years as a band, North Lake Tahoe Americana act Dead Winter Carpenters has stayed busy. With two releases out and a new EP in the works, the group spends most of the year on the ...
Band Scene: Positivity is rising band Crumbsnatchers' first priority
Published 09/27/2013 at 6 a.m.
Before indie rock quartet Crumbsnatchers had spent six months together as a band, it found itself in the thick of Preservation Pub’s Band Eat Band contest, one of the largest band battles ever put on in Knoxville. The finals recently ...
Band scene: Mobility Chief makes progress via flexibility
Published 09/19/2013 at 2:23 p.m.
Instrumental rock band Mobility Chief has picked up momentum by adding a fourth member and being open-minded in its quest to land a signature sounds.The band, whose members "thrive on the energy of the crowd," has two local shows coming ...
Band Scene: Asheville's Papadosio delivers melded sounds, unifying message
Published 09/12/2013 at 2:16 p.m.
Hailing from Athens, Ohio, progressive/electronic act Papadosio relocated to its current base of operations in Asheville N.C. The move has proven ideal for the act whose style and philosophies are distinctly ... Asheville. Perpetually on the road, the band has ...
Homemade Wine singer's solo gigs become a testing ground for fresh material
Published 09/06/2013 at 7 a.m.
With his band Homemade Wine on the road full time, it’s not often that singer/songwriter Ryan Sheley gets to indulge in a solo gig, but once the dust settles from touring behind his band’s album release scheduled for March, Knoxville ...
Band Scene: Rejuvenated Madre tidies up loose ends
Published 08/30/2013 at 9 a.m.
Uncertainties surrounding the band Madre have been cleared up. Now the group is back to its original lineup, firmly established in Knoxville and harmoniously rolling full-steam ahead.
Gamenight will be off and running when it unleashes 'Pets'
Published 08/23/2013 at 4:30 a.m.
In the Knoxville music scene where bands, fans and venues come and go in the blink of an eye, it is a rarity to come across a rock band toughing it out for the better part of a decade. Indie ...
Band scene: Rock trio Echoes ready to drum up a good time
Published 08/15/2013 at 2:37 p.m.
On the eve of its debut EP, indie rock trio Echoes’ outlook is bright. Having acquired the management services of Science vs Defense (Los Angeles), connections have been made, doors opened, and most importantly, the group’s sole focus is now ...
It's full steam ahead for Milo's hip-hop express
Published 08/08/2013 at 3:34 p.m.
Expectations are high for art rap’s rising star Milo, whose distinctive recipe of intellectual and quirky lyricism bolsters an emerging niche in the underground hip-hop scene.
Band Scene: Love Animals take a darker turn
Published 08/02/2013 at 7:30 a.m.
Shortly after the inception of shoegaze/space rock quartet Love Animals, the outfit of longtime friends parted ways with its original guitarist and nearly threw in the towel altogether. Ultimately deciding to stick it out due to a significant investment in ...
Slaughter Daughters find joy in darkness
Published 07/26/2013 at 5 a.m.
Slaughter Daughters are a small trio with the makings of something soon to be huge. Emerging from Wichita, Kansas, the act constantly tours, and the quality of its first demo belies the fact this is a first band for two-thirds ...
With lineup solidified, Quartjar brimming with fresh ideas
Published 07/18/2013 at 2:35 p.m.
For a decade Quartjar (initially The New Randall Brown Quartet) has performed blues rock with a signature lyrical wit that seems to get better with age. Creative-writing major and longtime music journalist Randall Brown prides his music on a lust ...
Hey OK Fantastic's hiatus takes members in new direction with the Folk You Buddies
Published 07/11/2013 at 2:08 p.m.
After a year’s break from Hey OK Fantastic, most of the band’s lineup has re-emerged as The Folk You Buddies. Established earlier this year, the band has already performed three live radio sets and numerous shows in and out of ...
Bandscene: At fans' insistence, Jescoe just can't let go
Published 06/28/2013 at 5 a.m.
Though long-running jam band Jescoe officially called it quits in 2009 or 2010 (no one remembers exactly), the tight-knit ex-members have never entirely let go. Regrouping yearly, the act performs in Knoxville despite being dispersed throughout the South. Habitually reassembling ...
Haters can't bring down fun-loving Atlanta band Baby Baby
Published 06/20/2013 at 4:11 p.m.
Atlanta-based quartet Baby Baby is all about good times. With a slew of heavily viewed music videos, accolades from Paste Magazine and some impressive opening slots for party rockers like Andrew W.K., the group seems to be infecting others with ...
Bandscene: Punkish Ex-Gold glistens with royal shine
Published 06/13/2013 at 6:05 p.m.
Anymore it’s become routine for veteran rock drummers to grow jaded with their usual position obscured at the rear of the stage and move on to front their own projects. Locally, we’ve seen this with Gene Priest’s Wolf at the ...
Competitive Video Music Awards proving win-win for local bands, filmmakers
Published 06/06/2013 at 1:03 p.m.
With a perpetually changing lineup and forays into punk, hip-hop, EDM and pop, Knoxville collective Oversat promotes itself and other locals through embracing verge culture. ... Taking their DIY concepts to a broader level, the group has partnered with 24 ...
Move to Nashville shapes Deadstring Brothers' evolving sound
Published 05/30/2013 at 12:38 p.m.
Among the faces and stories of Detroit’s mass exodus in recent years are Deadstring Brothers. Bringing the blue-collar work ethic once typical of the old Motor City to the Music City in 2010, the act previously known for straightforward classic ...
Bandscene: Ebony Eyes' intense focus is unblinking
Published 05/23/2013 at 1:41 p.m.
Time waits for no man, and neither does Knoxville rock act Ebony Eyes. The trio, while fun-loving, is designed for efficiency and does not waste time, neither its own or that of its listeners.
Morristown act Far Far Away needs no schooling in rock
Published 05/16/2013 at 2:11 p.m. 1 Comment
Rock quintet Far Far Away is the product of five Morristown music instructors, each with former ties to prominent though now-defunct performing acts, growing fed up with life on the sidelines. The band marks the return of these diverse players ...
Hardworking GRITS finally goes on record with 'TN Weather'
Published 05/09/2013 at 5:09 p.m.
Although GRITS From Dumplin Valley has been a hardworking regional act for the past seven years, the band only recently unveiled its debut recording effort, “TN Weather.” The band, which averages more than 100 shows a year, at long last ...
Real rock 'n' roll: Bad Dudes ready to take their singular swagger beyond K-town
Published 05/01/2013 at 5:28 p.m.
To the delight of rock fans who miss the egos and depraved personalities of rock bands past, Knoxville quintet The Bad Dudes continue their assault on subtlety and good taste through exaggerated ’80s glam/hair band decadence. Championed by its forefathers, ...
Outlook sunny for surf-rock act The Mutations
Published 04/25/2013 at 3:13 p.m.
For two years The Mutations have brought the coast to the landlocked, picking up some well-deserved acclaim along the way. Having performed in nearly every venue in Knoxville, the act looks to increase its emphasis on out-of-town romps and unveil ...
Sidecar Symposium puts variety first
Published 04/19/2013 at 10 a.m.
Less a band than a performance troupe, Sidecar Symposium’s music is only the beginning of its offerings.
Buzz now deafening for indie-rock act Crumbsnatchers
Published 04/11/2013 at 1:13 p.m.
Without a release, merchandise or even a strong web presence, local indie rock outfit Crumbsnatchers has developed a staggering buzz, when taking into account only a single year of activity. Playing one show per week on average, a quick glance ...
New frontman for Scent of Remains sniffs out dynamic range
Published 04/04/2013 at 6:46 p.m.
For the debut of its second full-length album, Knoxville groove metal act Scent of Remains is celebrating in grand fashion. On Sunday, Knoxville’s iconic Sunsphere will host a unique metal experience, emanating the band’s music from roughly 260 feet in ...
Tree Tops poised to tower in Knoxville's music scene
Published 03/28/2013 at 1:56 p.m.
New Knoxville rock quintet Tree Tops is a good bet to instantly enter contention for one of the area’s top acts.
Industrial act Deconbrio finally finding its niche
Published 03/21/2013 at 2:28 p.m. 1 Comment
For more than a decade, Deconbrio has been the industrial rock act of Danny Rendo, and though during that time, the project has had bases on both the East and West coasts, it has only really taken shape upon Rendo’s ...
Don't expect dark and dour from Zach and Kota's Sweet Life
Published 03/14/2013 at 2:04 p.m.
Almost one year ago, Zach Gilleran and Dakota Smith (both also of Lipliplip Hands) performed their first show as Zach and Kota’s Sweet Life. After assembling a set of material in the music room of a house Smith shares with ...
Grandpa's Stash finds new direction with throwback sound
Published 03/07/2013 at 5:37 p.m.
Over its eight years performing in Knoxville, Grandpa’s Stash has seen numerous breakups and lineup changes. Releasing its first album in November 2012, the band’s turbulent times appear to be behind them as the current iteration maintains focus on the ...
Wolf at the Door's inevitable hiatus births new project
Published 03/01/2013 at 4 a.m.
Upon the decision to indefinitely shelve the Wolf at the Door project prior to its still-to-come EP release, remaining members founded the three-man band Echoes to capitalize on chemistry developed not only through W@tD, but also Cold Hands, Henry Gibson ...
Homemade Wine lets the homemade songs flow
Published 02/22/2013 at 4 a.m.
Formed with the strategy of getting its foot in the door with fans and venues across the Southeast through cover tunes, Knoxville act Homemade Wine has reached the second phase of its plan. In the past year, the quintet has ...
Despite logistical hurdles, Lipliplip Hands not ready to kiss off band just yet
Published 02/14/2013 at 4:39 p.m.
Begun in 2010 as the bedroom project of longtime drummer Zach Gilleran, Lipliplip Hands has been through a number of lineup adjustments in its short lifetime but is now a solidified quartet. On the verge of its debut release, Gilleran's ...
Label's backing liberates adventurous singer-songwrter Cory Branan
Published 02/08/2013 at 4 a.m.
Born near Memphis (just south of the Mississippi state line), singer/songwriter Cory Branan currently resides in Nashville, but he is rarely home. Spending half his year on the road, touring solo or opening for major national acts, his diligence and ...
Texas Tony and the Tornado Ramblers stick to their guns
Published 01/31/2013 at 5:15 p.m.
Decked out in cowboy hats, boots, belt buckles and shades, the members of Texas Tony and the Tornado Ramblers are committed to their exaggerated stage personas and back story, but there is nothing disingenuous about the act's growing acclaim or ...
For Con Hunley, the music is still No. 1
Published 01/25/2013 at 4 a.m. 1 Comment
Locals who believe mainstream country music has lost its soul need look no further for an example than the story of legendary East Tennessee crooner and "Smoky Mountain blue-eyed darlin' " Con Hunley.
Great chemistry keeps The Royal Buzz's music evolving
Published 01/18/2013 at 4 a.m.
Indie Brit-pop trio The Royal Buzz formed more than five years ago, but in many ways is only recently beginning in earnest. Despite a couple of EPs to its credit and international airplay, the band has occasionally suffered periods of ...
Leftfoot Dave finds right fit for debut album
Published 01/11/2013 at 4 a.m.
Together and evolving for a little more than a year, local blues band Leftfoot Dave and the Magic Hats' strategic formation has culminated in a group of top-tier musicians. The act will record its debut release in a live setting ...
Solo gigs help Enigmatic Foe re-evaluate material
Published 01/03/2013 at 4:27 p.m.
Enigmatic Foe may be one of the Knoxville music scene's best-kept secrets, but what is most "enigmatic" about the act has been its composition.
Don't expect Magpie Suite to just wing it for reunion show
Published 12/27/2012 at 4:16 p.m.
While the world didn't end on Dec. 21, hell might have frozen over as Knoxville will see a rare Magpie Suite reunion show.
Doom-metal act Wampus Cat keeps it all in the family
Published 12/20/2012 at 3:43 p.m.
Knoxville-based metal quartet Wampus Cat serves up family-style doom, but the band's foreboding, mystical fixations belie the sense of humor and friendship that keep the group tightly knit despite its long-distance correspondence.
Horns of the Headless more than just another metal band
Published 12/13/2012 at 2:01 p.m.
Knoxville heavy rock outfit Horns of the Headless has been in the works for four years but only recently solidified its roster. After revamping its lineup, the reinvigorated act looks to record its first official release on Dec. 22.