Bonnaroo 2017: First time on the farm

Ever since moving to Tennessee four years ago, I have been told about the magical experience of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. It is almost inescapable, especially on a college campus where many of my peers attend the festival regularly. I have never been to a major music festival, so I wasn’t really sure…

Animal Collective returns to Knoxville

Animal Collective played a show on Thursday night, May 18th in Knoxville’s Old City at The Mill & Mine. The band has released two new EP’s this year – The Painters & Meeting of the Waters – this tour being the first for Animal Collective since releasing new music earlier this year. Opener Circuit des Yeux…

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….

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…