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.

Joseph Takes The Bijou For A Moonlight Mile

On the evening of March 3, up-and-coming band Joseph made their next stop on their Spring tour at the Bijou Theatre. Natalie Closner Schepman, Meegan and Allison Closner grew up in Portland, Oregon, but named the band after the town Joseph, Oregon where their grandfather was from. The intimate venue could not have been more…

Moose Blood: Live in Atlanta

On Friday, March 3, Moose Blood’s 2017 North American tour featuring support from Trophy Eyes, Boston Manor and A Will Away stopped in Atlanta, Georgia. The show took place at the Hell Stage of The Masquerade. The tour, featuring one American band, two bands from the United Kingdom and a band from Australia, is one of…

Emo experimentalists Xiu Xiu to pack punch at Big Ears

Xiu Xiu are true experimentalists. The band’s lead member (and only member to consistently play with the band), Jamie Stewart, explores different methods of approaching music with every album. Stewart has remained one of the most unique voices in music since his album A Promise was released in 2003. Seemingly every album in their lengthy discography…

Lætitia Sadier to pop at Big Ears

Big Ears is approaching next month, and my excitement for the festival grows stronger every day. Just recently, Big Ears released an official Spotify playlist featuring artists in the 2017 lineup. This playlist gives listeners a great preview of what to expect during the festival. I recommend listening to this playlist or perusing through their lineup…

PMA hits Brackins Blues Club

PMA: Positive Mental Attitude, a dub reggae band from Sylva, North Carolina, recently played in East Tennessee at Brackins Blues Club, in Maryville, on February 17, 2017. The show started off with lead singer Phil Thomas giving the audience a cover of Eric Donaldson’s “Cherry oh Baby,” which really hit things off. The band then…

The Lawsuits visit WUTK, to play Jig & Reel show

WUTK The Rock welcomes The Lawsuits to the station and couldn’t be more excited to chat with the band LIVE in-studio. The 4-piece group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania plan to mix it up with air-play of previous and new tracks, like those off the latest album Moon Son. “We definitely like the older stuff, as well,” lead…

Big Ears 2017 Preview

It’s nearly spring, which means festival season has began to peek it’s head around the corner. There’s a lot to be excited about right here in Knoxville: local festival Big Ears, presented by AC Entertainment, is set to draw large crowds with its gathering of avant-garde and experimental talent. The annual event celebrates its 8th…

Isaiah Rashad: A Performance Filled With Energy

“Mama I knew I was ‘bout it, way before venues was crowded.” This opening verse from Isaiah Rashad’s song “Park” definitely set the precedent for the night. The show was sold out. The crowd was hype. And Rashad was all about it. His style of hip-hop is laid-back, but full of energy at the same…

Papadosio: An Existential Experience

As a long time Papadosio fan, I was super stoked to find out they were coming back to Knoxville. Papadosio made their fifth stop of their Pattern Integrities 2017 tour at The International. Hailing from Asheville, North Carolina, Papadosio blends psychedelic space jams with a unique electronic twist. With opening support from Hyperbolic Headspace and…

Photo Gallery of Waynestock 2017

If you were to ask me, a California girl getting to know my new city of Knoxville and someone who attended Waynestock for the first time, about the turnout of the festival, I’d tell you it was such a fantastic event because of this year’s performers and the sheer love and community felt in one room. I stood in awe of…