The biggest ears: five stand-out performances of Big Ears 2018

By Sidney Roy, Indie Aisle Host Knoxville’s 2018 Big Ears Festival drew artists and fans from every continent for a weekend of perfectly-curated music, film, food, and sweet, sweet, droning. This year featured one of the most ambitious programs in its history, as it welcomed more bluegrass, appalachian folk and jam bands than before while…

Rhythm N Blooms artists to watch

By Marie Kolzow, Jam Band Director, and Sidney Roy, Indie Aisle Host The annual Rhythm N Blooms Festival embodies Knoxville’s vibrant music scene. This year’s festival on April 6-8 will feature performances from popular acts like Dr. Dog, Deer Tick, Paul Thorn’s Mission Temple Fireworks Revival and more. Along with nationally recognized headliners, the 2018…

Punk, Rock, Americana collide at WUTK Battle of the Bands

By Luna Brewer, Electronic Co-Director Four local bands entered WUTK’s Battle of the Bands to perform their hearts out on Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria stage Sunday March 18, but only one group emerged victorious. While the competing bands, The Sedonas, Travis Bigwood and the Mourning Doves, Gag Me and High Heat, had their own unique styles,…

I’m With Her gives existential performance at Knoxville’s Bijou

By Marie Kolzow, Jam Band Director On March 12, I’m With Her featuring Sarah Jarosz, Sara Watkins and Aoife O’Donovan hit the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, Tennessee for an intimate performance as a part of their See You Around tour. The house was packed for the trio as all three members have had previous successes in…

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.