Blank Square’s Animal I is a primal debut record

Blank Square’s Animal I is an album that knows exactly what it’s setting out to do. Taking influence from the musical landscapes of 70’s underground punk and experimental music, Animal I feels as primal as one would expect given its title. Blank Square works with saxophones, drums, bass, and guitar lavished with slap-back delays and recording methods…

Depeche Mode brings the revolution

Depeche Mode has released a new single, as a taste of their new album Spirit that will be released on March 17.  You can listen to it at the bottom of this article, and should before we get any further. I’ll wait and give you a moment to listen to it. Good job, now we are…

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…

Mastodon’s Emperor of Sand remains a mystery

Mastodon, the well-known masters of diverse heavy metal music, will be releasing their seventh studio album in late March. Considering the span of styles and genres the group has explored and their determination to make every album different from their last, it is hard to say with certainty what exactly this next album will be…

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…

Vasudeva’s new album entrances listeners

Vasudeva, a New Jersey three-piece instrumental band,  is set to release their second album No Clearance on March 31 on the Skeletal Lightning label. This album is a follow-up to their stellar 2013 debut Life in Cycles. Vasudeva has spent the last several years writing another album, touring the world, and gaining a loyal following. Vasudeva’s three members, guitarist…

James Chance and the Contortions explores no-wave

Around September of last year, I happened to come across a compilation from Soul Jazz Records entitled New York Noise (Dance Music from the New York Underground 1978-1982). I didn’t realize it then, but for the next few months, that compilation would be almost all I’d listen to. If you’re looking to start exploring the…

Zillion brings space to Earth

Zillion, the debut album of Ty Richards, has blown my mind six ways to Sunday. This up and coming Austin artist is bringing out the heavy guns in this album of psychedelic dance-rock and it brings out the best in the genre. Holding a voice and lyrical quality of Beck, but the fuzzy rock and roll of…

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…