Slander Interview at Shaky Beats Music Festival

  Slander is a Producer/DJ duo made up of Scott and Derek. They Are currently based out of Los Angeles, California and during their time at Shaky Beats Music festival they took the time to sit down with me and talk about Touring, New Music, and much more.   So what’s it like playing out…

Young Bombs Interview at Shaky Beats Music Festival

  Young Bombs is a Producer/DJ duo made up of Martin and Tristian. They Are currently based out of Vancouver, Canada and during their time at Shaky Beats Music festival they took the time to sit down with me and talk about life, music, and much more.   So to start off how would you…

Surrounded By The Sound Music and Arts Festival: Special Preview from Simmer Down

There’s a Sun-Dried Vibes song called “Young One” featuring Jeremy Anderson of TreeHouse, and one part of the song lyrics are “surrounded by the sound, surrounded by the sound.” This festival will defiantly embrace these lyrics, and if you are going, prepare to get surrounded by the sound with the Southeast’s premiere grassroots reggae/rock music…

Animal Collective returns to Knoxville

Animal Collective played a show on Thursday night, May 18th in Knoxville’s Old City at The Mill & Mine. The band has released two new EP’s this year – The Painters & Meeting of the Waters – this tour being the first for Animal Collective since releasing new music earlier this year. Opener Circuit des Yeux…

Palms Weak, Hands Sweaty, Knees Shaky, Mom’s Spaghetti

This is a big year for the Atlanta based music festival. Shaky Knees is celebrating its fifth year in business. The line up is stacked more than The Expendables part 7. Acts include LCD soundsystem, Slyvan Esso, Cage the Elephant, Dr. Dog, FIDLAR, and a list longer than I want to write here ( fortunately someone else…

Gorillaz killin’ Humanz

Somehow the worldz most successful virtual band has succeed in creating an album that is absolutely beyond expectations. The band consisting of Murdoc Niccals, 2-D, Russel Hobbs, and Noodle (although cyber-Noodle was okay) have been able to perpetually churn out music that is deeply strange, but immaculately beautiful. The album is full of really heavy…

Simmer Down: A Thank You From Mason!

“Welcome to Simmer Down, sponsored in part by the Fieldhouse Social. I’m DJ Mulkster and let’s begin with [Insert reggae/world music here]” is what I always, if not most times, said when I began the show. It wasn’t always like this— I’m going to be honest, I struggled at first. I didn’t really have a…

Big Ears Festival: A Recap and Reflection One Month Later

It’s been nearly 30 days since Big Ears Festival turned Knoxville on its head. Astounding performances from artists across the globe were jam-packed into one quietly crazy festival right in the heart of downtown Knoxville. Each of the four days had quite “literally can’t-miss” experiences: some of the artists made their relatively rare appearances in the U.S….

Explosions In The Sky: Live at Ryman Auditorium

Explosions In The Sky performed on Easter Sunday, April 16th at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The band is currently touring the globe in support of their latest album The Wilderness, which came out in 2016. Thor & Friends opened the show and put on an interesting performance consisting of vibraphones, synthesizers, and strings. It…

The Maine’s new album shows the band at their best

The Maine have released their highly-anticipated new album, Lovely Little Lonely, through their record label 8123. The album is arguably the band’s best, and showcases a newfound fluidity to their sound that is very welcome. The Maine has been going strong for 10 years now, and it seems like just yesterday I was sitting on…

Rhythm N’ Blooms: A weekend filled great music and good times

The Rhythm N’ Blooms Festival returned to Knoxville this past weekend for another weekend of amazing music and non-stop fun. On Friday, things started off on the right foot with Nikki Lane and Dave Barnes performing on the Cripple Creek Stage. The area around the Cripple Creek Stage was like its own little village. It…