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…

Palms Weak, Hands Sweaty, Knees Shaky, Mom’s Spaghetti

This is a big year for the Atlanta based music festival. Shaky Knees is celebrating its fifth year in business. The line up is stacked more than The Expendables part 7. Acts include LCD soundsystem, Slyvan Esso, Cage the Elephant, Dr. Dog, FIDLAR, and a list longer than I want to write here ( fortunately someone else…

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….

Explosions In The Sky: Live at Ryman Auditorium

Explosions In The Sky performed on Easter Sunday, April 16th at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The band is currently touring the globe in support of their latest album The Wilderness, which came out in 2016. Thor & Friends opened the show and put on an interesting performance consisting of vibraphones, synthesizers, and strings. It…

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…

Handsome and Humble Pie

Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria, around midnight on the eighth of April. Rhythm and Blooms is in full swing. I missed the concert I most wanted to see (Gogol Bordello, my white whale), but the Calzone, Beer, and Music made up for it. This was one of the best calzones I’ve ever had (and they didn’t…

I Love the 90s: A Slice of My Childhood

Oh the ‘90s, how I look upon you with such fond memories. It has surely been a hot minute since the era when pop culture fashioned bold, geometric print clothing, Beanie Babies, Friends, primitive technologies, such as the World Wide Web, pagers, and portable CD players, and so much more. In the music world, grunge…

LOCAL Parents, Scream in NATIVE(s) Tongue

Going to the Mill and Mine is always a journey, and this time was no different. The opening act, Little Scream, came to the Mill and Mine ready to play with a power-packed set in tow. Revolving around themes of disenfranchisement, revolt, and reconciliation, Laurel Sprengelmeyer wasted little time making her opinions heard. Her recently…

Hotter than Hott: Selector Dub Narcotic brings the heat to the Pilot Light

To fans of independent music, Calvin Johnson’s name carries the weight of a legacy. He’s the founder of K Records, has worked with such artists as Beck, Modest Mouse, Built to Spill, Kimya Dawson, The Microphones, and was the front-man of the seminal 90’s twee-pop act Beat Happening. In 2015,  Johnson set his own musical…

Okeechobee Festival Recap and Photos

Over 100 bands from Cereus Bright to Usher & The Roots performed at Okeechobee Music Festival. Photographer Erin Sunday describes her experience and shares some of her photos taken there.