10 Years Returns Stronger Than Ever

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 to…

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…

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…

No P rts M ss ng from new Adult. album

House guests come and go, but some are always remembered. This is the case with ‘Detroit House Guests’ the new heavily mechanical and a little maniacal Adult. album. (the period is supposed to be there) When heading into this album be prepared to get super freaked out. This is a definitely a strange one that goes beyond…

Sorority Noise’s new album is an emotional journey

“And if there’s a race to heaven I will always come in last.” Sorority Noise dropped their newest album You’re Not As _____As You Think on March 17th via Triple Crown Records. Sorority Noise is a four-piece emo band from Hartford, Connecticut. This is the band’s first album released on Triple Crown Records, and shows…

An Ungodly Combination; Devil Is Fine by Zeal & Ardor

I love hearing unique combinations of different musical styles that would not normally be paired together or even thought of as being a good mixture. To me, that is precisely what this new album is. Devil is Fine, the nine track journey by Zeal & Ardor features styles of metal that allude to the early Norwegian black…

The Conditions to Play TENNIS

Dear reader, The fourth and newest studio album by the married couple/sexy duo of Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore is a dream within a dream upon a boat of clouds on a sea composed entirely of ecstasy.  This album (to be released later this March) was conceived half at land and half at sea. The couple’s sail…

Thelo-Que’s mixtape provokes thought

Thelo-Que is a local rap artist and member of Rooftop Collective, a Knoxville-based multimedia art collective. After having his track “The Ville” named Knoxville’s best song of 2016 by Knoxville Music Warehouse, Thelo-Que has started off 2017 strong with being featured on the new Hazel single, “Shadow” and the release of his much anticipated new mixtape, Life’s Wonderful Up…

Blank Square’s Animal I is a primal debut record

Blank Square’s Animal I is an album that knows exactly what it’s setting out to do. Taking influence from the musical landscapes of 70’s underground punk and experimental music, Animal I feels as primal as one would expect given its title. Blank Square works with saxophones, drums, bass, and guitar lavished with slap-back delays and recording methods…

Vasudeva’s new album entrances listeners

Vasudeva, a New Jersey three-piece instrumental band,  is set to release their second album No Clearance on March 31 on the Skeletal Lightning label. This album is a follow-up to their stellar 2013 debut Life in Cycles. Vasudeva has spent the last several years writing another album, touring the world, and gaining a loyal following. Vasudeva’s three members, guitarist…

James Chance and the Contortions explores no-wave

Around September of last year, I happened to come across a compilation from Soul Jazz Records entitled New York Noise (Dance Music from the New York Underground 1978-1982). I didn’t realize it then, but for the next few months, that compilation would be almost all I’d listen to. If you’re looking to start exploring the…

Ty Richards is really Far Out

Zillion, the debut album of Ty Richards, has blown my mind six ways to Sunday. This up and coming Austin artist is bringing out the heavy guns in this album of psychedelic dance-rock and it brings out the best in the genre. Holding a voice and lyrical quality of Beck, but the fuzzy rock and roll of…