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Jer Cole

Title: Entertainment Columnist
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  • Band Scene: Veteran rockers to take flight in new act the Damned Angels Published 04/18/2014 at 6 a.m.

    After parting ways with Pick Up the Snake, bassist Adam Matthews and guitarist Shelley White began exchanging song fragments with Asheville vocalist/guitarist Scott Lanning, compiling the groundwork for what is now The Damned Angels catalog. Joined by drummer Donnie Thunder, ...

  • Band Scene: Folk-rock act William Wild takes listeners on 'roller coaster of emotion' Published 04/10/2014 at 3:44 p.m.

    Having played only a handful of performances as a full band, folk-rock outfit William Wild may be the best local act you haven’t heard. Promoted almost exclusively through solo shows by frontman Garrett Sale, the group has taken an inverse ...

  • Southern truths guide artist John Worley's ethos Published 04/04/2014 at 1 p.m.

    Jon “Corn Bred” Worley has a mission. He pursues this mission knowing it might kill him. While he is often construed as a nutter, he may be the sanest musician in Knoxville. Free from delusions of imminent glamor and riches, ...

  • Good-time cover band The M.O.O.D. always ready for a party Published 03/27/2014 at 3:04 p.m.

    Lifelong chums Terry Beal and Bill “Biz” Snyder had often discussed playing music since meeting in high school, and nearly 30 years later they follow through on the dream. Spurred into action by an ideal debut opportunity in the form ...

  • With Tractorhead, guitarist Doug Shanklin no longer just farming out his skills Published 03/19/2014 at 6:03 p.m.

    Guitar phenom Doug Shanklin has lended his talents to various outfits over the years, most recently taking over guitar duties in blues fusion act Leftfoot Dave and the Magic Hats. But with a surplus of his own creations amassing, he ...

  • 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 ...

  • Band Scene: Singer-songwriter Roger Alan Wade always striving to keep it real Published 12/18/2013 at 6:37 p.m.

    Entertainment is in the blood of singer/songwriter Roger Alan Wade. In addition to being the cousin of Johnny Knoxville, Wade’s family has an ongoing legacy of playing music in Knoxville. Despite the family’s recognition, there is no sign of glam ...

  • Band Scene: Polaris, on Repeat growing organically Published 12/13/2013 at 5 a.m.

    Although progressive rock outfit Polaris, on Repeat has been five years in the making, it has only recently seen the stage in its true form. The brainchild of front man Nathan Palmer, the act began as an acoustic project that ...

  • 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 ...

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