The biggest ears: five stand-out performances of Big Ears 2018

By Sidney Roy, Indie Aisle Host Knoxville’s 2018 Big Ears Festival drew artists and fans from every continent for a weekend of perfectly-curated music, film, food, and sweet, sweet, droning. This year featured one of the most ambitious programs in its history, as it welcomed more bluegrass, appalachian folk and jam bands than before while…

Rhythm N Blooms artists to watch

By Marie Kolzow, Jam Band Director, and Sidney Roy, Indie Aisle Host The annual Rhythm N Blooms Festival embodies Knoxville’s vibrant music scene. This year’s festival on April 6-8 will feature performances from popular acts like Dr. Dog, Deer Tick, Paul Thorn’s Mission Temple Fireworks Revival and more. Along with nationally recognized headliners, the 2018…

Punk, Rock, Americana collide at WUTK Battle of the Bands

By Luna Brewer, Electronic Co-Director Four local bands entered WUTK’s Battle of the Bands to perform their hearts out on Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria stage Sunday March 18, but only one group emerged victorious. While the competing bands, The Sedonas, Travis Bigwood and the Mourning Doves, Gag Me and High Heat, had their own unique styles,…

I’m With Her gives existential performance at Knoxville’s Bijou

By Marie Kolzow, Jam Band Director On March 12, I’m With Her featuring Sarah Jarosz, Sara Watkins and Aoife O’Donovan hit the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, Tennessee for an intimate performance as a part of their See You Around tour. The house was packed for the trio as all three members have had previous successes in…

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 existentialism. 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 record are the…

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…