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….

“One-man band” Keller Williams interacts with crowd at the Concourse

The “one-man jam band,” Keller Williams hit Knoxville’s Concourse for an acoustic show Nov. 2. Williams often blends aspects of various music genres such as bluegrass, funk, and reggae, but the artist is most commonly associated with the jam band scene. Outside of his solo career, Williams is a member of many side projects like…

Metalcore band Converge explores beyond roots in new album

By Sid Warren Nov. 3, metalcore band Converge returned with an impressive ninth album, “The Dusk In Us,” as the band delves into raw emotion and existentiaism. The 40 minute album is aggressive, and laced with powerful messages from start to end. The only breaks from the exciting in your face messages that dominate this…

5 artists to look for at 2018’s Big Ears Festival

By Sidney Roy, The Indie Aisle Co-Host Wednesday, Knoxville’s Big Ears Festival, an experimental festival that features unconventional musicians and films, released its initial lineup for this spring’s March 22-25 festival. Wednesday.  While most people will only be familiar with roughly half of the lineup, the next few months will be exciting and vital chances…

The Frightnrs’ new album commemorates passing of lead singer

By Mason Mulkey, World Music Director Following the tragic loss of The Frightnrs’ lead singer, Dan Klein, the reggae and rocksteady group from New York City recently released “More to Say Versions,” which consists of dub remixes of 2016’s “Nothing More to Say.” Though The Frightnrs fell on hard times in 2016 when Klein passed…

Fats Domino; Remembering the Godfather of Rock ‘N’ Roll

By Bradley Blackwelder, Music Director Antoine “Fats” Domino, the New Orleans born rock ‘n’ roll pioneer whose music broke racial barriers and influenced countless artists, died on Oct. 24 at the age of 89.     He died from natural causes at his home in Harvey, La., according to Mark Bone, chief investigator with the…

311 shows The Mill & Mine peace, love, unity

By Mason Mulkey, World Music Director Reggae-rock band 311 hit The Mill & Mine Oct. 24 for “one magical night” in Knoxville. Hours before the show, a large crowd of fans, friends and concertgoers lined up to see 311’s performance. Within the crowd one shirt stood out. It read “311 is my religion.” How can…

Young Dolph turns tragedy into triumph on “Thinking Out Loud”

By Darius Williams, Hip-Hop Director Just weeks after being shot multiple times in Los Angeles, Memphian Young Dolph is back and better than ever with his new album, “Thinking Out Loud.” According to Los Angeles police, a gunman critically wounded Dolph after firing several shots at the rapper outside a Hollywood hotel in late September….

STS9 blasts off in the Old City

By Marie Kolzow, Jam Band Director STS9 performs two shows at the Mill and Mine on Oct. 3 and 4. (Marie Kolzow/WUTK) As the end of Sound Tribe Sector 9’s “Enceladus Tour” grows near the group made their annual stop in Knoxville for a two night run presented by WUTK at The Mill & Mine…

Local concert series brings bands to UT campus

  Luna Brewer, Electronic Co-Director The second installment of The Local, hosted by University of Tennessee’s Campus Events Board, succeeded in bringing local artists to the students on Oct. 21. The first installment of the series featured artists The Crumbsnatchers, High Heat and Hardcastle, but Saturday’s installment had a lineup intended to “shake things up…

Spirit Adrift creates unique sound with new album

By Sid Warren Phoenix doom metal artist Spirit Adrift recently released their second album under the label 20 Buck Spin. “Curse of Conception” is an extremely convincing exploration of songwriting and style diversity. Although doom metal is an accurate tag for Spirit Adrift, their second album, released Oct. 6, displays their ability to explore many different…