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…

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…

Dark depths of Moby’s upcoming release

By Asher Bechtel, Guest Reviewer On March 2, Moby’s new album, “Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt” releases in full. At present, two singles from the upcoming record are available: the beat-driven “Like A Motherless Child” and “Mere Anarchy,” a more textural, atmospheric offering. Both singles communicate a grim ambiance reflective of late-70s post-punk, which…

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.

Ode to Vulf

  By Bradley Blackwelder, Music Director   It’s no laughing matter. In music’s current state of affairs, one out of five listeners will suffer from lackluster grooves and severe boredom. Act quick and get your lover, friend or child the remedy they not only need but deserve; the upcoming release from Vulfpeck. Vulfpeck’s new album “Mr….

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…

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

By Zeke Streetman, Music Department Member Shaky Knees is celebrating its fifth year in business and its line up, including LCD Soundsystem, The Shins, FIDLAR and more, is stacked more than The Expendables part 7. LCD Soundsystem have been touring since they reunited last year. Their live material has a lot of depth, and they have a…

The Return of King Kendrick

Attention to all Emcees in the hip-hop game, it’s time to get your minds right because KENDRICK LAMAR IS BACK! The self-proclaimed ‘greatest rapper alive’ recently announced his upcoming project, serving a couple of appetizers with recently released tracks “The Heart Part IV” and “Humble” to whet our collective appetites. “Humble” is accompanied by a…

Flor Announces Debut Album

Synth-pop band Flor have announced their debut album come out. you’re hiding. will be available everywhere on May 19th. The band signed to Fueled By Ramen in 2016, and judging by the recent mainstream success of the label with artists such as twenty one pilots, Panic! at the Disco, & Paramore, this band should be one to…

No P rts M ss ng from new Adult. album

House guests come and go, but some are always remembered. This is the case with ‘Detroit House Guests’ the new heavily mechanical and a little maniacal Adult. album. (the period is supposed to be there) When heading into this album be prepared to get super freaked out. This is a definitely a strange one that goes beyond…

311 Day: A Celebration of the Band from Simmer Down

Happy 311 Day, everyone! Mulkster of Simmer Down here. What is there to say about 311 besides how amazing their music is and how they treat fans? Little history about the band for you, 311 was originally called Omaha, Nebraska, in the late 1980s. Their music can be best described as reggae, rock, and rap…

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…