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Rising band Filligar's 'Hexagon' PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alec Cunningham   
Monday, 09 September 2013 16:09

You know a rising band when you hear one, and Chicago-based Filligar is one of these. They've compiled a total of 12 tracks for this release, "Hexagon," and though they might not make it as a regular on any mainstream radio stations, they'll be climbing the indie charts soon.

Their new album, which was released July 23, marks their first release since 2010. And boy, have they come back and left listeners with something to remember. As one of their best songs on this new album, "New Local" is the perfect track to open the release. The song is introduced with the lines, "Slow down; there's something up ahead. I feel like an animal staring at a barbed wire fence." Their tracks are peppered with introspective lyrics that form interesting lines such as this one.

A number of their other tracks, such as "Knock Yourself Out" and "Money on the Dark Horse," make use of repetitive lyrics. Although certain lines seem to be heavily repeated throughout some sections of each song, especially within the choruses, it's not to the point of over exhaustion.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 September 2013 16:14
David Lynch, 'The Big Dream' PDF Print E-mail
Written by Johnny Sughrue   
Monday, 09 September 2013 15:57

All right everyone, lock your doors and pull the blinds down, there’s a new David Lynch album on the loose. Yes, we’re talking about that David Lynch, Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet and Lost Highway director and now it seems he’s channeled his talent for creating dark creepy atmospheres into music as well. The Big Dream is his second solo and the director’s own interpretation of blues music taking you into that twisted David Lynchian world of next door normal characters that are just bubbling with evil under the surface.

The music is simple enough: Basic drum beats, quiet organs, murky guitars ripping on slow blues riffs, but over all comes Lynch’s odd voice. It’s not much different from his normal speaking voice which is a bit nasal and mid-western nerdy, but coming through washes of echo and other effects can take on a rather eerie quality. “Star Dream Child” could be an innocent industrial blues tune but for the darkness of his off-kilter narration. “Last Call” sounds like the creepy meanderings of one of his freakier characters sitting next to you at the bar. Bob Dylan’s “The Ballad of Hollis Brown” sounds especially dark and desperate in Lynch’s hands. Even the pretty tunes sounding very Julee Cruise-ish like “Cold Wind Blowin” and the lovely closer “Are You Sure” sound ominous from Lynch’s buttoned-up glassy world. And for some extra creepiness, try “Sun Can’t be Seen No More” with its driving dirty cool guitar work and the chilling pitch shifted vocals.

David Lynch has enjoyed a long career of making us feel uneasy and now that he’s also a songwriter and a blues musician, the uneasiness seems to come naturally.


Last Updated on Monday, 09 September 2013 16:08
Annabelle's Curse - 'Hollow Creature' PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alec Cunningham   
Monday, 09 September 2013 15:45

Hollow Creature is the follow-up to the first release of Bristol TN/VA band Annabelle's Curse, called Monsters, which debuted in 2011. This new album centers on the idea of love and the various topics that surround the experience ranging from first loves to heartbreaks and everything in between.

The group's web page boasts "Bristol Born & Bound For Glory," and though they might be tooting their own horns, they're not far off from the truth. This band has both their instrumental talents and their lyrical prowess working for them, which is what makes the album so memorable. And they make that apparent from song one, which is a track called "Before The Fall." That tune introduces the album with soft instrumentals. And those gorgeous instrumentals do well to complement the equally striking lyrics. Frontman Tim Kilbourne sings, "Your body is a choir and it's singing to me, and the thunderin' in my chest is a tympani. So strike up the band, man, let's let that orchestra play."

Last Updated on Monday, 09 September 2013 15:50
Hudson K's "Ouroboros and the Black Dove" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alec Cunningham   
Monday, 05 August 2013 14:32

When Hudson K's newest release “Ouroboros and the Black Dove” is introduced into the Knoxville market, you shouldn’t waste any time before getting it.

With a total of 11 engaging tracks, the group has made it almost impossible to regret the purchase.

A great deal of synth-elecrto combined with a healthy amount of pop and ample appealing melodies envelops this album in an incredibly infectious sound. The two musicians responsible for this intriguing release are Christina Horn, the crux of the group, and her musical backbone and drummer Nate Barret.

What some might find unusual about the album is that you will not find a lick of guitar throughout the entire release. Instead, Horn relies heavily on her trusty keyboard and synthesizer as well as Barret's faithful drums.

In order to grasp the entirety of this album, you have to look at it not only as a musical release but also as a work of art. Mythical symbolism begins within the album title and artwork, and it continues throughout the entirety of the album.

Ouroboros, an ancient symbol that depicts a snake eating its own tail, is meant to represent rebirth or a cycle of re-creation. The songs carry similar mythical sentiments through the ambient mood conveyed within both the duo's music and lyrics.

Last Updated on Monday, 05 August 2013 14:36
Dave Chappelle Returns to Fame PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Michaela Marchardt   
Monday, 05 August 2013 14:13

Dave Chappelle recently blessed Nashville with three sold-out shows at the Ryman. He started off joking about the newspapers calling his current tour a “comeback” – while he “thought he was just taking care of some bills.” Some may have thought we’d never see Chappelle perform again, seeing how he turned his back on a blooming career in 2005, which peaked with his Comedy Central sketch comedy television series “Chappelle’s Show.” So no wonder rows of people lined up around the Ryman and all the way down the block anticipating the surprise show of a lifetime.

While the set did not seem particularly rehearsed or prepared, Chappelle did a good job of keeping the jokes coming and the audience laughing. He did not bring back any of his old characters, such as Rick James. Instead, many of his stories were inspired by his family life and having to adapt to being married with children, keeping the balance at home while getting to vent about it when on stage. Therefore, he told a lot of jokes about fights with his wife, raising his kids, sneaking out at night and frequenting a local dance club in Ohio, and temptations with a young woman.

Some may have called the show a disappointment, expecting a comeback of the old and more innocent Chappelle. However, as opposed to the performances in Knoxville, TN, where Chappelle was met by rowdy and disrespectful crowds, Nashville still honored the artist by allowing him to steer his own comedic ship.

Maybe Chappelle did not revive his old characters, but he delivered a good dose of real life and how you learn to take it all with humor. After all, laughter can be found in every day life situations. Maybe his message was: Don’t take yourself too serious, and you might just come out on top – or in Chappelle’s case: come back out on top.

Last Updated on Monday, 05 August 2013 14:14
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