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…

Savage Times showcase Hanni el Khatib’s flexibility

Every now and again I’ll give a listen to an album and wonder “how have I not heard of this before?” I’ll think to myself that it must’ve been the product of some sort of highly-focused effort to keep an artist, whose music seems to fit every criteria I’ve established for me to be “into”…

Japandroids show self-reliance in Near To The Wild Heart of Life

The newest album by the Vancouver indie punk-rock group is, in so many words, absolutely killer. The eight song album stands strong among their repertoire. Strong drums and incredible lyrics can quicken the pace of any heart. This is Rock n’ Roll at its finest: two guys (Brian King and David Prowse) succeeding to find…