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Primus Announce New “Primus & the Chocolate Factory” Album out October 21 via AT PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rusty Odom   
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 19:32

Listen to “Pure Imagination

Preorder Album via Primus’ Official Store or iTunes

The definitive Primus line-up – Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde, and drummer Tim Alexander - is back together and set to release their first full-length studio set in nearly 20 years, 'Primus & the Chocolate Factory,’ due out on ATO Records on October 21.  "The idea was to combine the Frog Brigade and Primus, and do this record,’ says Claypool. I think like a good portion of the planet, we were all pretty put off by the remake of the 'Willy Wonka' movie - the Tim Burton version. I really wanted to pay homage to a film [1971's 'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,' starring Gene Wilder] that was very important to me as a kid and very influential to me musically. So that's what we did. And as opposed to just going in and recording the songs and playing them the way they are in the film, we twisted them up a bit…twisted them up a lot." Listen to classic track “Pure Imagination” re-imagined, which just premiered on Rolling Stone.

It felt so good, in fact, that he decided to take Primus into the studio to prepare the soundtrack for an album release.  Claypool admits that he’s always, “in some way, wanted to be Willy Wonka,” and, also, that he’s always wanted to work a cover of “The Candyman” -- a memorable number from the film’s soundtrack -- into Primus sets.  “Hell, I’ve been doing the line from the boat ride on stage since the ‘80’s,” then Les sings, ”There’s no earthly way of knowing, which direction we are going…”
Lucero unleashes 2 new live tracks from their upcoming album, 'Live from Atlanta' PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rusty Odom   
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 19:27

Just a couple more weeks before Lucero unleash their first-ever live album, Live From Atlanta, out August 12th. We are thrilled to share two songs off the new 32-track album. You can check out recent pieces on “Texas & Tennessee” on Esquire and I’ll Just Fall on AV Club.

Live From Atlanta is a massive, career-spanning collection of songs recorded over three nights in Atlanta’s Terminal West. It’s a four-LP greatest hits collection of 32 tunes played the way they were meant to be heard, with all the distinguishing elements you’d hear at Lucero’s live show—horns, pianos, and the trademark instrument of the band’s live sound: whiskey-fueled audience sing-alongs.

The album’s extensive assortment of songs proves that Lucero is a band for everyone. Parts country and parts folk with an added heaping of punk rock, the seven-piece covers the musical gamut. Even the band members have varying opinions on how to define their sound.  “We’re each playing in a completely different band. We’re on stage and each playing in our own Lucero. I’m not sure that’s how it works for other bands,” laughs Nichols.

However you see Lucero, Live From Atlanta will satisfy your needs, whether you’re in the drunken couple, one of the drunk and rowdy beardos, or the stagediving punk rocker. Whether you look towards slower Lucero songs to get you through tough times like “Nights Like These” or party jams like “All Sewn Up,” Live From Atlanta has got you covered.

The Truth about The Crumbsnatchers, I think... PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jordan Knight   
Sunday, 08 June 2014 19:05

The Crumbsnatchers have secrets. Some so daring that putting pen to paper is simply too frightening to entertain. Those highway tales told quietly around a campfire, that echo and reverberate around a child's questioning mind, calling them from their dreams, those kind of tales. Hooks for hands and moonlight serenades from lover's lane, steamy windows and starlight screams, do not begin to scratch the surface. Shuddering beneath the covers, I waited for their call. At the sound of the phone's ring, I leapt from my skin. Nothing had prepared me for this mayhem, nothing.

“Hello”, I stammered, hoping to find a dial tone. Greeted with the laughter of not one, but three of them. Who can handle such madness? Was it three? Had I finally succumb to the voices in my head? Was this real? Only time would tell. “I'm with Phillip and Ryan,” said the voice of Guetts, the loudest of the three.

“Please tell me who is talking, as I won't know,” I pleaded.

Questions. It was time time for questions. What do I know about them? I once saw them floating on top of a large crowd of people in dresses. I know they have lots of energy. I know their shows are known for the wild, dance driven frenzies that erupt without warning.

An Interview with Dave Barnes PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jordan Knight   
Sunday, 08 June 2014 18:56


Dave Barnes moved to Knoxville just before his junior year of High School back in 1994. Though not born here, we love to claim him just the same. His music has developed over his last eight albums and turned him into a nationally recognized singer/songwriter, garnering him a Grammy nod and a large, adoring fan base. His popularity and skill have grown exponentially over the last 20 years and it is due, in part, to his completely lovable personality and passionately fun lyrics. Recently we caught up with Dave to discuss his first times on stage, Sugar Ray, and of all things, Knoxville.

Shortly after graduating from college at MTSU Barnes hit the road and soon made Nashville home. As with any big city there are always the venues that an artist looks at and says, “If I can just play there, I will have made it.” Barnes elaborates on this in his song “Twenty Three” off of his newest album Golden Days. When talking about playing at the bar The Exit/In he said, “Feeling like it's my home crowd and just being able to say, I was able to finally book a show there. And all of the sudden, what we finally begin to see, which is what that second verse is about, people started to sniff it out. We had some cool other artist start showing up at shows and saying, this guy is legit enough that he is playing this room. The were so many emotions. The kind of excitement that just begets more excitement.”

An Interview with Taylor Rice of Local Natives PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jordan Knight   
Sunday, 06 April 2014 22:31

The Local Natives have been hitting it hard. Everywhere you look, they have already been. It's almost like tracking a famously elusive ghost. Their fans are wild and ready and quickly scoop up every ticket available and their festival stops have become something of legend. When not traipsing around the planet...wait, they are always doing that. Last years Hummingbird was released to a hail of wonderful press. The long awaited release has them currently on the road with Kings of Leon and shortly, on their way to Knoxville for a sold out show at The Bijou Theater on April 18, 2014. Recently we caught up with Taylor to discuss hair care, middle school and the ways of the road.

To look out across a sea of screaming fans, sold out show after sold out show, must be breath taking. For Local Natives, these moments can sometimes be harrowing, each day bringing a new twist.

Two thing come into my mind. Both are sort of negative experiences. We were playing a show in Hamburg, Germany where we barely fit our gear on stage. This one couple, who were so close that I could probably touch them, were making out so hard core and pornographically the whole show, that it was kind of jarring. It was like alright, they feel comfortable in this environment, somehow. It was a very striking thing to see from the stage. The second is a lot more recent. We just played in Mexico City, the last show of 2013, at the end of December. At the end of the set, I went into the audience for the last song. As I was coming back, to come over the barricade on to the stage, it felt like somebody had grabbed my foot. I thought they were just f***ing with me and were going to pull me back in to the audience. As I looked back, my boot was caught in this girls super frizzy hair. I had all these security guards hold it up and sort of cut her hair. It was during the most intense moment of the set. I asked if she was okay and she said, yeah I'm okay and smiled. Immediately after the show, I had someone go check on her but she was already gone.”

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