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  • Listen Up: The Whiskey Republic Published 3/20/2012 at 3:11 p.m. 0 comments

    Members of The Whiskey Republic are used to getting a new song by lead singer/guitarist Dan Larkin on their computers in the middle of the night. "I try to write a song a day and then I'll send it online. ...

  • Listen Up: Rehearsals for band Chaos Order go beyond music Published 1/9/2012 at 6:06 p.m. 0 comments

    For Chaos Order, the accent is on "Order" during their practice sessions. "A lot of bands will probably get together and play music and drink and get high or whatever they do and that's fine," said Jared Filsinger, bass player ...

  • Listen Up: Autumn Renee Published 9/23/2011 at 3:26 p.m. 0 comments

    Autumn Renee's singing career is progressing by stages -- actual stages. The first stage was when she was 12. "I did an audition at some place in Memphis. ... I kind of froze," said the 17-year-old singer from Brighton, Tenn. ...

  • Listen Up: Brennan Villines Published 9/6/2011 at 1:00 p.m. 1 comment

    The title, “Lot of Livin’ to Do,” from “Bye Bye Birdie” could apply to Brennan Villines, who plays the hip-shaking 1960s egotistical rock singer in Theatre Memphis’ current production of the musical. In addition to acting, Villines, 23, also has ...

  • Listen Up: The Summers Published 8/11/2011 at 5:09 p.m. 0 comments

    The Summers are four people. But there are only three Summers. Branson, Wesley and Jared Summers are brothers. Branson, 18, plays drums; Wesley, 16, sings and plays lead guitar; and Jared, 16, is the lead singer and a guitarist. Peter ...

  • Listen Up: Kaleidophonix Published 7/19/2011 at 4:51 p.m. 0 comments

    The members of Kaleidophonix don’t want you to know if they’re handsome, ugly or plain-looking — at least not until you’ve heard their music. So, they wear masks during part of their show. “The idea of the masks is that ...

  • Listen Up: The Reverent Hitchhikers Published 7/1/2011 at 2:42 p.m. 0 comments

    The Reverent Hitchhikers are hitting the stage with their music, which lead singer Brennan Whalen describes as “country-leaning pop/folk with slight rock and roll influences.” Their first stop will be Neil’s, where they will debut their band tonight.

  • Listen Up: Impeccable Miscreants Published 6/28/2011 at 6:27 p.m. 0 comments

    “Impeccable” means “flawless” and a “miscreant” is “someone who does bad deeds,” said Freddy Hodges, 21, lead singer of Impeccable Miscreants. “In a way, it can mean you’re a perfect sinner,” said Logan Todd, 17, who plays drums in the ...

  • Listen Up: Big City Circus takes on corporate America Updated 5/18/2011 at 8:06 p.m. 0 comments

    Greg Herron isn’t an acrobat, but he was 30 feet in the air when he first heard Big City Circus. “I’m a lineman for AT&T, so I’m climbing poles all day,” Herron said. “I was working in their neighborhood. I ...

  • Listen Up: Modern Slang Published 5/4/2011 at 5:04 p.m. 0 comments

    It's not modern slang, but "scram" was the message to musicians who weren't up to snuff to be in Modern Slang. When they were looking for a bass player, singer and drummer, guitarist Scotty Ogden, 21, and fellow guitarist Kris ...

  • Listen Up: Wampa Published 4/21/2011 at 3:15 p.m. 0 comments

    No matter what’s going on, the members of Wampa meet every Wednesday. “Ryan writes the song,” said Ari Morris, 22, co-lead guitar player referring to Ryan Proctor, 31, guitarist/songwriter. “(He) comes to us with the lyrics and chords for the ...

  • Listen Up: Jon Taylor Yarbrough Published 3/24/2011 at 12:36 p.m. 0 comments

    If he can find the video, Jonathan Taylor Yarbrough can prove he began performing as a child. "I was dressed in a Barney costume with my dad's acoustic that he never played, he just had it, singing 'Mickey Mouse!' at ...

  • Listen Up: Deadfall Road records chilling movie soundtrack Published 3/16/2011 at 4:13 p.m. 0 comments

    Deadfall Road experienced a windfall when they were asked to perform the soundtrack for the upcoming movie, “Shattered Hopes: the True Story Behind the Amityville Murders.” “It was really kind of a shock,” said Blake Leonard, 17, guitarist in the ...

  • Listen Up: Musician/Artist taps his foot to a different tune Updated 1/6/2011 at 11:25 a.m. 0 comments

    The first thing you notice when you see Paulus Bunion perform is the tambourine attached to his right shoe. He's shaking it while he's playing the bass drum with his left foot, the guitar with his hands and, when he's ...

  • Listen Up: The Doorknobs Published 12/21/2010 at 8:32 p.m. 0 comments

    Nobody could play their instruments and the singer didn’t know how to sing when they formed The Doorknobs two years ago. “We started from the roots together, not alone,” said Jesse Wilcox, 15, lead singer/rhythm guitarist in the band that ...