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An Interview with Erica Driscoll of Blondfire PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jordan Knight   
Sunday, 23 June 2013 16:43

The best part about it, is that every day is an adventure.

Success came quickly and with a boom. Like a phoenix, reborn with a new name and ready to rock, Blondfire quickly established themselves as a tour de force. With a little help from KROQ and some other likeminded stations, they were propelled to # 1 on the iTunes alternative chart. The critics were in love and the fans were flocking and the media was in a frenzy.  From Seventeen to Rolling Stone, the hype was all the best for this youngish band from Michigan. Recently we caught up with front woman, Erica Driscoll, about life on constant tour, practical jokes gone right, and the future as shesees it.

Growing up, a life in music seemed all too natural for Erica. “My mom introduced us to music when we were really young. I feel like it was a progression. I always loved to sing. It was just natural for me. I feel like once I got into music like The Smiths, I wanted to write songs. You know, some kids were good at sports, some kids were good at gymnastics. I was playing violin or piano. It just felt like a natural thing.”

Edward Sharpe & the Magentic Zeros Release New Single PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rusty Odom   
Thursday, 23 May 2013 10:58


Listen to the New Single "Better Days"

New Self-Titled Album Due Out on July 23rd



Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros will release their forthcoming self-titled third studio album in the U.S. and Canada on July 23rd via Community Music and everywhere else on July 29th."These songs mean everything to me," said frontman Alex Ebert who produced the album. "It's the rawest, most liberated, most rambunctious stuff we've done."

On August 4th, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros will headline the legendary Hollywood Bowl for a special hometown performance. Tickets are currently available for purchase HERE. The band recently hit the road for an extensive run of live headlines dates and festival appearances (SunFest, Beale Street Music Festival, BottleRock, Sasquatch, Governor's Ball, Bonnaroo, Firefly, Kanrocksas, Floydfest, Summerfest, Southern Ground, and a sold out co-headlining date with Alabama Shakes at Red Rocks) and will travel to Europe in July for dates in Portugal, Ireland, and the UK with more international dates to be announced soon. For details on each show, please visit

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros formed in 2007 after singer Alex Ebert met fellow singer Jade Castrinos outside of a cafe in downtown Los Angeles. In 2009 the 10-member troupe released their debut album Up From Below which featured the hit "Home" as well as fan favorite's "40 Day Dream" and "Janglin". The band has spent the past few years touring the world while winning over audiences at festivals like Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Leeds, Austin City Limits and more. Their follow up album, Here, was released in May 2012 and featured the tracks "Man On Fire" and "That's What's Up."  The album debuted at #1 on the Independent Music Chart and #5 on Billboard Top 200 Chart the week after it's release. Relix Magazine hailed it as "an album full of undeniable folk-rock hooks, gospel overtones, infectious lyrics, orchestral swells and a whole lot of love." Entertainment Weekly declared, "...they've got so much heart, they can crush hipster irony with one squeeze of the accordion." The album was listed at number seven on Rolling Stone's "Best Albums of 2012" List.


1. Better Days

2. Let's Get High

3. Two

4. Please!

5. Life is Hard

6. If I Were Free

7. In The Lion

8. Country Calling

9. They Were Wrong

10. In The Summer

11. Remember To Remember

12. This Life


Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros 2013 Live Dates

5/23 - Stateline, NV - Montbleu Resort Casino & Spa

5/25 - Portland, OR - The Rose Festival

5/26 - Quincy, WA - Sasquatch Music Festival [SOLD OUT]

5/28 - Billings, MT - Babcock Theatre

5/29 - Jackson, WY - Pink Garter Theatre [SOLD OUT]

5/30 - Salt Lake City, UT - Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre [SOLD OUT]

6/2 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheater [SOLD OUT]

6/4 - Council Bluffs, IA - Stir Cove

6/5 - Des Moines, IA - Simon Estes Riverfront Amphitheatre

6/7 - Pittsburgh, PA - Three Rivers Arts Festival (FREE)

6/8 - New York, NY - Governors Ball Music Festival - Randall's Island Park

6/9 - Portland, ME - State Theatre [SOLD OUT]

6/11 - Shelburne, VT - The Green at Shelburne Museum

6/12 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis [SOLD OUT]

6/15 - Atlanta, GA - Candler Park (FREE)

6/13 - 6/16 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music Festival

6/18 - Chattanooga, TN - Track 29

6/19 - Knoxville, TN - Bijour Theatre

6/21 - Norfolk VA - The Norva

6/21 - 6/23  - Dover, DE - Firefly Music Festival

6/24 - Kalamazoo, MI - Kalamazoo State Theatre

6/25 - Minneapolis, MN - Cabooze Outdoor Plaza

6/26 - Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest

6/28 - Chicago, IL - Old St. Pat's Church Block Party

6/29 - Kansas City, KS - Kanrocksas

7/27 - Floyd, VA - Floydfest

8/1 - Las Vegas, NV - The Cosmopolitan Hotel

8/4 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl

8/17 - Sterling Heights, MI - Mo Pop Festival

8/23 - Simcoe, ON - Gentleman of the Road Stopover [SOLD OUT]

8/29 - Kennett Square, PA - Longwood Gardens

8/30 - Troy, OH - Troy Memorial Stadium [SOLD OUT]

9/1 - Aspen, CO - Snowmass Conference Center

9/6 - Guthrie, OK - Cottonwood Flats Campground [SOLD OUT]

9/7- 9/8 - St. Louis, MO - Loufest

9/13 - St. Augustine, FL - Francis Field [SOLD OUT]

9/27 - 9/28 - Nashville, TN - Southern Ground Music Festival


Harpeth Rising, "Americana Sensation," at Scruffy City Ramble PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 13 May 2013 10:19

"Harpeth Rising, warm, honest, and true music by four exquisite musicians." Peter Zeijl, Folk En Zo

Voted 'Best Local Band in Nashville' by The Tennessean, the four classically trained musicians of Harpeth Rising bring an exciting and distinctively new sound to the folk genre.  With a banjo and a fiddle, you might think they're traditional bluegrass - but think again.  Cello and hand drums round out the ensemble, creating a truly unique sound.  Their virtuosic instrumentals are coupled with intimate vocals and powerful lyrics.  The group met at the Indiana University School of Music and were united - and continue to be driven by - their eclectic musical interests.  They began performing as a quartet in Nashville in 2009, playing for both Music City Roots and live in the studio of WSM the following year, and have been touring both nationally and internationally for three years.  A little bit bluegrass, a little bit classical, a little bit folk and a whole lot of original, Harpeth Rising is a band to watch.

The quartet has recently begun promoting their latest album, 'The End of the World,' which debuted in the Top Ten on the International Folk Charts.  This is an special project for Harpeth Rising as it presents songs written by David Greenberg, father of Jordana Greenberg, the band's violinist.  Harpeth Rising has been performing songs by David Greenberg for several years to much acclaim, and fans have requested this project for some time.   Tracks from the album have received several accolades including Best Song of 2012 by the No Surf Music Review and named a Finalist for the International Acoustic Music Awards.  Before the release of this album, Harpeth Rising's touring was largely focused on promoting their second album: Dead Man's Hand, produced by multiple Grammy-winner, Bil VornDick (Alison Krauss, Bob Dylan, and Bela Fleck). Some of this season's highlights have included appearances at the Cambridge Folk Festival, The Frome Festival, Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour, and ROMP Music Festival (alongside artists such as Emmylou Harris and Steve Martin).

Harpeth Rising will be playing in Knoxville at Scruffy City Ramble on May 16th at 7:00pm.  Scruffy City Ramble is a live monthly radio and television show that celebrates East Tennessee's role in American roots music by featuring nationally renowned artists that draw from the music of the region.  The show takes place in downtown Knoxville at The Square Room (4 Market Square) and is broadcast on WUTK, PBS, and WBIR.  General admission is $10, student admission is $5, and advance tickets are available at



Subbluecollar Reunites PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rusty Odom   
Thursday, 18 April 2013 17:45

A Conversation with Kat Brock

As if the Knoxville music scene needed a boost.

Subbluecollar is one of a handful of bands that spawned a great deal of interest in the early 2000’s.  As time went on, each member went in his or her own direction, but each remained respected musicians. In April, this band will be reunited on stage at Barleys Taproom in the Old City and soon after they will hit the studio to record a new album. Here is our conversation with Kat Brock about a band that so many have fond memories of.


BLANK: How did this reunion come about? Whose idea was it?

Kat Brock: I moved back to Knoxville after spending several months in New York and several years in Nashville.  I knew I was going to get a band together when I returned, and I knew I was going to ask Joe to play with me.  He and I have an intense musical connection and I adore him as a human being.  So I called him my second day back and he agreed that we should be making some music together.  The Coveralls were playing a show at Barleys shortly after I returned and I figured it would be a great way to say hello to Dave and Bryan.  After the first song I knew I didn't want any band but them and me. It was a tight-chest-tingly feeling.  And I hadn't felt that in a while.  So Joe and I talked Dave and Bryan into giving it a shot.


Dave Campbell seems very excited about it. Is everyone involved pumped about it?

I think all of us knew it was going to be fun.  But I don't think we knew it was going to be such a bright spot in each of our lives.  We have a history and a way of working together that makes the process so enjoyable that I don't foresee us wanting to end this.  We are creating a really beautiful world.

Fine Peduncle's Metamorphosis PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Damion Huntoon   
Sunday, 24 February 2013 19:48


Fine Peduncle’s one-man engine, Cole Murphy, doesn’t put out albums. He instead refers to his musical releases as “instars,” a term derived from the molting periods of insects in which they crack their outer shells and reveal new forms, shapes, sizes and colors. Murphy takes a lot of meaning out of this. He even says that he derives a spiritual “totem” element from insects. Their natures appeal to him and to his process of making the dense and shimmering music of Fine Peduncle. Just like the brain’s slender stalk-like connectors that inspired the name, Murphy’s music spans a wide web of influences: early-‘90s industrial and R&B, the soulful loops of TV on the Radio, the digital organics of Animal Collective and the slickness of mammoth pop icons Justin Timberlake and Prince. Couple with these a stage act that usually consists of an underwear-clad Murphy coaxing the audience into a sexual fever. According to Murphy, it’s all just part of his process.

“It may seem crazy to think that stripping in my underwear in front of people and singing falsetto could be a personal journey,” says Murphy. “But it’s definitely unlocked me from a lot of the suppression that came with my upbringing.”

Spending his formative years in a conservative, Christian household in Scott County, Tennessee, Murphy has used his music as an opportunity to tap into the taboo of sexuality that has built him a wanton reputation.  Don’t think of this as some kind of gimmick; the creation of Fine Peduncle’s music goes part and parcel with this stage experience.

“It’s not like when I’m doing it in my bedroom, I’m just standing there trying to work on the singing,” says Murphy.  “I just so happen to be dancing around and hopping up on my table and shaking. I do all that stuff. It’s just me being excited.”

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