• In this week's issue, Jack Neely interviews University of Tennessee jazz instructor Greg Tardy, who just happens to be an internationally renowned sax player with a slew of acclaimed solo recordings and appearances on record with a who's who of contemporary jazz big shots.
You can see some video clips and listen to a few tracks from his solo records at his website.
Tardy performs with the rest of the Marble City 5--Vance Thompson, Keith and Kenneth Brown, and Clint Mullican--in the Jazz on the Square series of free concerts at Market Square on Tuesday nights from 8-10 p.m. (Catch him there while you can--he's spending most of June in Qatar as part of a jazz program sponsored by the Lincoln Center.)
• Also in this week's issue, Ryan Reed reviews the new album from local electronic music producer Wesley Wyrick, Second Nature, out now on the local web label Dracula Horse. He describes it as "10 eerie tracks built on left-field samples, electronic spasms, and droning, lo-fi synths."
You can listen to or download Second Nature here.
• Coury Turczyn interviews local rock icon Todd Steed, who has just released a new album of songs written in China called Songs on a Stick.
• I highlighted ZZ Top's concert at the Tennessee Theatre on Tuesday, May 21. The Little Band From Texas may be past their prime, but their prime was better than most--10 years of unassailable hard Texas boogie--and they're still putting out quality music, as this clip from 2012's La Futura demonstrates.
• And Alan Sherrod previewed the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra's upcoming performance of, among other pieces, Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, the 1913 premiere of which was accompanied by riots. It's generally regarded as one of the pivotal moments in modern music; below is a clip of Stravinsky himself conducting the Columbia Symphony Orchestra performing the piece in 1960.