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…

Foo Fighters return to Knoxville after more than 20 years

By Chloe DeLuca, Editor In full-throttle Foo Fighters fashion, the band delivered a stellar, unbelievable rock show at the Thompson-Boling Arena on Wednesday night, October 18, 2017. Not only did the Foo Fighters shred hard and perform numerous songs from their catalog, including tracks off ninth studio album “Concrete and Gold,” the concert marked the…

10 Years returns stronger than ever

By Quinn Phillips, Co-Electronic Director • Photo courtesy of 10 Years Local alternative-metal band 10 Years recently released a new single, “Novacaine” and with it, news of a new album, “(How to Live) As Ghosts.” The band welcomed back former guitarist and drummer Brian Vodinh and guitarist Matt Wantland for the new album, which is set…

Moonshine, Mandolins, and Mountain Fest: A Live Review

By DJ Lady Lotus Fall is finally here and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with moonshine and live music in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg. As the mountains start to paint themselves colors of red, orange and yellow, we came together to celebrate them and the great outdoors at Sugarland’s…