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…

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…

Battle of the Bands performers hope to bring competition, showmanship

By Luna Brewer and Quinn Phillips, Electronic Co-Directors The University of Tennessee’s Battle of the Bands will feature four bands: Travis Bigwood and the Mourning Doves, Gag Me, The Sedonas, and High Heat. The competition will be a free show at Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria on Sunday, March 18 in Knoxville’s Old City. In order…

Mill and Mine gets lost with dream pop group Washed Out

By Luna Brewer, Electronic Co-Director The chillwave group Washed Out’s performance at the Mill and Mine on Thursday, March 1, was anything but chill. The show was previously not selling well, so audience members slowly trickled in, creating an intimate environment for the evening. As opener Biyo, a Nashville future-R&B outfit, hit the stage, couples crowded…

Justin Nozuka and Good Old War unplugged and up close

By Chloe DeLuca, Blog Editor Co-headliners Justin Nozuka and Good Old War disconnected from their amps on the Open Chord stage to sing acoustic songs among a crowd of fans on Saturday, Feb. 17. Together with River Matthews, these bands are just days into their U.S. and international tour that kicked off in Philadelphia, Good…

Nashville band LUTHI to get rowdy with Knoxville

After kicking off the year opening for Nashville indie-rock band Moon Taxi for a New Year’s Eve show in Atlanta, LUTHI plans on touring throughout the year, with shows in the spring and summer, including hitting The Mill and Mine with Moon Taxi Feb. 2.

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…

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…

“One-man band” Keller Williams interacts with crowd at the Concourse

The “one-man jam band,” Keller Williams hit Knoxville’s Concourse for an acoustic show Nov. 2. Williams often blends aspects of various music genres such as bluegrass, funk, and reggae, but the artist is most commonly associated with the jam band scene. Outside of his solo career, Williams is a member of many side projects like…

5 artists to look for at 2018’s Big Ears Festival

By Sidney Roy, The Indie Aisle Co-Host Wednesday, Knoxville’s Big Ears Festival, an experimental festival that features unconventional musicians and films, released its initial lineup for this spring’s March 22-25 festival. Wednesday.  While most people will only be familiar with roughly half of the lineup, the next few months will be exciting and vital chances…