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…

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…