Björk rediscovers love with “Utopia”

The Icelandic singer-songwriter’s follow-up to 2015’s “Vulnicura” explores finding new love after heartbreak and loneliness addressed in her previous album.

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Dopapod and The Motet collaborate in Asheville

By Marie Kolzow, Jam Band Director As The Motet and Dopapod’s extensive fall tour came to an end they made one of their last stops at the Salvage Station in Asheville, North Carolina Nov. 17. Dopapod shows are known for funky space jams and they’ll almost always leave audiences with a cosmic mindgasm. However, Dopapod…

Sharon Jones lives on through “Soul of a Woman”

By Quinn Phillips, Electronic Co-Director Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, New York based funk and soul band, is set to release their seventh studio album, “Soul of a Woman,” on Friday, November 17. The release comes almost exactly one year after the death of the band’s lead singer and namesake, Sharon Jones.  Jones announced that…

Goblin rock takes over Tennessee Theatre

By Marie Kolzow, Jam Band Director Experimental rock group Primus packed the Tennessee Theatre with their sold out show as a part of their “Ambushing the Storm” tour on Nov. 7. The three piece rock group featuring bass player Les Claypool, Larry “Ler” LoMonde, and Tim Alexander has been around since the early 90’s. Despite…

Metalcore band Converge explores beyond roots in new album

By Sid Warren Nov. 3, metalcore band Converge returned with an impressive ninth album, “The Dusk In Us,” as the band delves into raw emotion and existentiaism. The 40 minute album is aggressive, and laced with powerful messages from start to end. The only breaks from the exciting in your face messages that dominate this…

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…

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…