Battle of the Bands performers hope to bring competition, showmanship

By Luna Brewer and Quinn Phillips, Electronic Co-Directors The University of Tennessee’s Battle of the Bands will feature four bands: Travis Bigwood and the Mourning Doves, Gag Me, The Sedonas, and High Heat. The competition will be a free show at Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria on Sunday, March 18 in Knoxville’s Old City. In order…

Mill and Mine gets lost with dream pop group Washed Out

By Luna Brewer, Electronic Co-Director The chillwave group Washed Out’s performance at the Mill and Mine on Thursday, March 1, was anything but chill. The show was previously not selling well, so audience members slowly trickled in, creating an intimate environment for the evening. As opener Biyo, a Nashville future-R&B outfit, hit the stage, couples crowded…

Dark depths of Moby’s upcoming release

By Asher Bechtel, Guest Reviewer On March 2, Moby’s new album, “Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt” releases in full. At present, two singles from the upcoming record are available: the beat-driven “Like A Motherless Child” and “Mere Anarchy,” a more textural, atmospheric offering. Both singles communicate a grim ambiance reflective of late-70s post-punk, which…

Justin Nozuka and Good Old War unplugged and up close

By Chloe DeLuca, Blog Editor Co-headliners Justin Nozuka and Good Old War disconnected from their amps on the Open Chord stage to sing acoustic songs among a crowd of fans on Saturday, Feb. 17. Together with River Matthews, these bands are just days into their U.S. and international tour that kicked off in Philadelphia, Good…

Nashville band LUTHI to get rowdy with Knoxville

After kicking off the year opening for Nashville indie-rock band Moon Taxi for a New Year’s Eve show in Atlanta, LUTHI plans on touring throughout the year, with shows in the spring and summer, including hitting The Mill and Mine with Moon Taxi Feb. 2.

Björk rediscovers love with “Utopia”

The Icelandic singer-songwriter’s follow-up to 2015’s “Vulnicura” explores finding new love after heartbreak and loneliness addressed in her previous album.

Dopapod and The Motet collaborate in Asheville

By Marie Kolzow, Jam Band Director As The Motet and Dopapod’s extensive fall tour came to an end they made one of their last stops at the Salvage Station in Asheville, North Carolina Nov. 17. Dopapod shows are known for funky space jams and they’ll almost always leave audiences with a cosmic mindgasm. However, Dopapod…

Sharon Jones lives on through “Soul of a Woman”

By Quinn Phillips, Electronic Co-Director Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, New York based funk and soul band, is set to release their seventh studio album, “Soul of a Woman,” on Friday, November 17. The release comes almost exactly one year after the death of the band’s lead singer and namesake, Sharon Jones.  Jones announced that…

Goblin rock takes over Tennessee Theatre

By Marie Kolzow, Jam Band Director Experimental rock group Primus packed the Tennessee Theatre with their sold out show as a part of their “Ambushing the Storm” tour on Nov. 7. The three piece rock group featuring bass player Les Claypool, Larry “Ler” LoMonde, and Tim Alexander has been around since the early 90’s. Despite…

Ode to Vulf

  By Bradley Blackwelder, Music Director   It’s no laughing matter. In music’s current state of affairs, one out of five listeners will suffer from lackluster grooves and severe boredom. Act quick and get your lover, friend or child the remedy they not only need but deserve; the upcoming release from Vulfpeck. Vulfpeck’s new album “Mr….