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…

Handsome and Humble Pie

Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria, around midnight on the eighth of April. Rhythm and Blooms is in full swing. I missed the concert I most wanted to see (Gogol Bordello, my white whale), but the Calzone, Beer, and Music made up for it. This was one of the best calzones I’ve ever had (and they didn’t…

I Love the 90s: A Slice of My Childhood

Oh the ‘90s, how I look upon you with such fond memories. It has surely been a hot minute since the era when pop culture fashioned bold, geometric print clothing, Beanie Babies, Friends, primitive technologies, such as the World Wide Web, pagers, and portable CD players, and so much more. In the music world, grunge…

The Return of King Kendrick

Attention to all Emcees in the hip-hop game, it’s time to get your minds right because KENDRICK LAMAR IS BACK! The self-proclaimed ‘greatest rapper alive’ recently announced his upcoming project, serving a couple of appetizers with recently released tracks “The Heart Part IV” and “Humble” to whet our collective appetites. “Humble” is accompanied by a…

LOCAL Parents, Scream in NATIVE(s) Tongue

Going to the Mill and Mine is always a journey, and this time was no different. The opening act, Little Scream, came to the Mill and Mine ready to play with a power-packed set in tow. Revolving around themes of disenfranchisement, revolt, and reconciliation, Laurel Sprengelmeyer wasted little time making her opinions heard. Her recently…

Flor Announces Debut Album

Synth-pop band Flor have announced their debut album come out. you’re hiding. will be available everywhere on May 19th. The band signed to Fueled By Ramen in 2016, and judging by the recent mainstream success of the label with artists such as twenty one pilots, Panic! at the Disco, & Paramore, this band should be one to…